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2 Ways to Restore iPhone from iCloud without Resetting

Apple offers a comprehensive solution to backup and restore data on your iPhone with iCloud. But the problem with iCloud is that: the only way to restore the backup is to reset the device.

Resetting the iPhone can cause data loss, especially if the data was not included in the latest iCloud backup. To avoid data loss, many users now are looking ways to restore from iCloud backup without resetting the device.

In this article, we will introduce how to restore an iPhone from iCloud during the setup process as well as how to restore from iCloud backup without having to reset the iPhone. Keep reading!

1. Can You Restore iPhone from iCloud without Resetting?

There are various reasons why you would want to restore from iCloud, maybe you want to recover deleted or lost data, or erase the device and reinstall iOS, it is hard to avoid data loss when restoring an iCloud backup to iPhone.

Can you restore iPhone from iCloud backup without resetting? Yes, you can. With thid-party data recovery tool, you can selectively restore data from iCloud backup without a reset. Also, you can download data from iCloud.com and this process won't erase the data on your iPhone.

2. How to Restore an iPhone from iCloud [Official Way]

There is no official way to restore from iCloud backup without resetting your iPhone. To restore an iPhone from iCloud, you need first make sure that you have an iCloud backup file to restore by going to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Manage Storage >Backups.

If there is no backup, you can go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud and tap on "Backup Now" to create a backup.

backup iphone to icloud

Once you are sure that you have a backup, follow the steps below to reset your iPhone and restore from the iCloud backup:

  • Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap "Erase All Contents and Settings".
  • Go through the setup pages and in the "Apps & Data" screen, select "Restore from iCloud Backup".
  • Then sign into iCloud with your Apple ID and password. Select the latest backup and the restore process will begin.

restore from icloud backup


The official way to restore iPhone from iCloud backup may be beneficial for a number of reasons, but it also has some disadvantages. They include the following;

  • If the latest iCloud backup doesn't contain all the data on the iPhone, restoring from the backup may result in the loss of the new data on your device.
  • There is no way to preview the data in the iCloud backup. Since you can't preview the data, you will be unable to selectively restore the data.
  • The restoration may take a long process especially when the backup file is too large. This means that you could end up spending hours waiting for the restore process to complete.
  • It is not uncommon for the iPhone to get stuck during the restore process. A lot of iPhone users have reported problems during the process that can cause the device to be stuck.

3. Selectively Restore Data from iCloud without Resetting iPhone

The most feasible way to restore iPhone from iCloud without resetting is to use a third-party recovery tool. The tool recommend to use in this case is FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery. The program is designed to make it easier to recover lost data from iPhone/iPad directly or selectively restore data from iCloud/iTunes backup without casing data loss.

Why Choose FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery:

  • It supports to recover 20+ types of data including photos, videos, contacts, messages, notes, WhatsApp chats, etc.
  • Enables you to preview and restore specific data from iCloud/iTunes backup. No data loss during the restoring process.
  • Fully compatible wtih all iPhone models and iOS versions, including the newest iPhone 14/13/12 and iOS 16/15.
  • It is very simple to use, everyone can use it without any technical knowledge.


To selectively restore data from iCloud backup, download and install FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery on your computer and then follow these simple steps;

Step 1: Launch the program and on the main window, click on "Recover from iCloud" and log in to your iCloud account to access the backups.

sign in icloud

Step 2: Select the iCloud backup you need from the list. Then choose the data types you want to restore and click "Scan" to download the iCloud backup.

select icloud file types

Step 3: The program will scan the selected backup and display all data in the backup for you to preview. Click "Recover" and the program will immediately begin restoring the backup to your computer.

preview photos icloud

4. Download and Restore Data from iCloud without Resetting

Another way to restore your iPhone from iCloud without a reset is through the official website of iCloud. You can access and restore data from iCloud:

  • Go to https://www.icloud.com/ on your computer’s browser and sign into this website with your iCloud account.
  • After signing in, all the files backed up to iCloud will be accessible. You can click each type of file and download them to your computer.

download from icloud.com


It is convenient to log into your iCloud account from any browser and access your files in the backup, but it also has some shortcomings:

  • If your iPhone has synced with iCloud after deleting files, it is possible that the files are disappraring from iCloud.
  • You cannot access any app-specific data like text messages & iMessages or third-party apps data like WhatsApp/Viber/Kik chat history.

5. Restore from iCloud Backup Not Working? How to Fix

If you experience a problem while restoring an iCloud backup to your device such as an iPhone getting stuck during the restore process, you may want to utilize ways to fix the iCloud restore error.

Case 1: If you get the error message "There was a problem loading your iCloud backups. Try again, set up as a new iPhone or restore from iTunes backup.", it is likely that the iCloud server goes wrong.

You should go to Apple System Status page to check the iCloud status. If the status of iCloud server runs normally, you need to check the device connectivity of your iPhone. Wait for a moment and try again.

Case 2: You may get this error message "Photos and Videos fail to restore" while restoring iPhone from iCloud. This offten happens when the Photos is disabled in iCloud.

You can go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud to check whether the "Photos" is turned ON. If yes, wait for several hours and then try again.

Edwin J. Parke

As a professional writer who is interested in technology, Edwin J. Parke has helped thousands of users by offering various tips to solve their problems.

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