How Long Does It Take to Restore from iCloud Backup

Sometimes it is required to restore iPhone from iCloud backup to fix the minor glitches. How long does it take to restore from iCloud? Actually, according to Apple, the process to restore from iCloud backup usually takes some time, mainly depending on the data stored on the iCloud backup. In other words, the larger amount of data are stored, the longer time you have to wait to complete the restore process.

Recently, many users have complained in Apple forums that the restoration process has taken for more than 8 hours and still has not finished, it that normal? It's not normal absolutely. Something isn't right here. The iCloud restore may get stuck. Keep reading to get help on restoring from iCloud.

1. Check Wi-Fi connection

Confirm that your iPhone is connected with a reliable Wi-Fi. The restoring process will never get started or be interrupted if the device is connected to cellular data or disconnected with Wi-Fi.

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2. iCloud restore is incomplete or some items won't restore

If you got a message saying that your restore is incomplete or some items won't restore, you will need to check the Wi-Fi network and the items that won't be restored.

3. Last backup couldn't be completed

There might be an internection error if you got a message saying that the last backup couldn't be completed. Ensure that the device is well-connected with Wi-Fi. Then go to Settings > iCloud > iCloud Backup to backup and restore again.

4. iCloud keeps asking for Apple ID

"Some apps or content can't be restored, because they are no longer available in the iTunes or App Store, were purchased with a different account, or were synced from your computer."

If the items that saved in iCloud is purchased with different Apple ID, you will need to enter multiple Apple IDs during the restoring process. Once you have forgotten the Apple ID password, you will get a message as that.

5. Alternative tool to selectively restore iCloud backup to iPhone

If the iCloud restore error still cannot be fixed, try another option to backup and restore from iCloud backup. FoneGeek Backup & Restore (iOS) is exactly the option that can help you. What is better than Apple iCloud is that this Backup and Restore program is even able to selectively restore individual data to iPhone without data loss.


Here are the steps to restore from iCloud backup with this iCloud alternative.

Step 1. Choose "Backup & Restore" after running this FoneGeek iOS Backup & Restore software.

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Connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer using USB cable. Once it is detected, click on "Restore" to initial the process.


Step 2. Select a backup that you wish to restore data from and click on "View" view all contents in this backup. 

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Step 3. After that, choose the data you want to recover and click on "Export to Computer" button.

We hope that the tips supplied in this post will be helpful for you to successfully restore the iCloud backup to your iPhone. And it is always important to make a backup of your iPhone data before trying to restore iTunes or iCloud backup.


By Joan J. Mims

Posted on Jul 07, 2018, 20:23:51

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.