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2 Ways to Restore iPhone from iCloud without Resetting in 2021

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 device can cause data loss, especially if the data was not included in the latest iCloud backup.

Due to this problem, many iPhone users look for ways to restore from iCloud backup without resetting iPhone. In this article we provide you with most effective solutions to this problem. But before we offer the solutions, let's share with you the official way to restore data from iCloud.

1. Official Way to Restore from iCloud Backup

The following simple steps are the official way to restore from iCloud backup to iPhone.

  • Begin by making sure that you have an iCloud backup. If no, you can go to Settings > iCloud to turn on "iCloud Backup" and then tap on "Back up Now" to backup iPhone/iPad to iCloud.
  • The next step is to erase the device. To do that, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings. Tap on "Erase iPhone".
  • This will bring you to the setup page. Here, select "Restore from iCloud Backup" and then sign into iCloud with your Apple ID. Select the latest backup and the restore process will begin.

restore from icloud backup

Disadvantages of Restoring from iCloud Backup

The above method of restoring am iCloud backup may be beneficial for a number of reasons, but it also has its disadvantages. They include the following;

  • If the latest iCloud backup doesn't contain all the data on the iPhone, restoring the iCloud 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 complet.
  • 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.

2. Restore iPhone from iCloud without Resetting to Computer

The most feasible way to restore from iCloud without resetting is to use a third-party recovery tool. The best third-party tool to use in this case is FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery. The program is designed to make it very easy for you to recover lost data from iPhone or restore data from iCloud/iTunes backup to computer.


To use FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery, download and install the program to your computer and then follow these simple steps;

Step 1: Launch the program and on the main window, click on "Recover from iCloud Backup File" 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 "Next" to download the iCloud backup.

select icloud backup

select icloud file types

Step 3: The program will scan the selected backup and display the 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

3. Download and Restore Specific Data from iCloud without Reset

One more way to access and restore iCloud backup is through the official website of iCloud.

  • Go to https://www.icloud.com/ on your computer’s browser and sign into this website with your iCloud account.
  • After signing in, the 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 access and restore from iCloud backup without reset via icloud.com. However, you cannot access and restore SMS, iMessages, WhatsApp attachments, voice memos, and photos.

4. What to Do If iCloud Restore Is Not Working?

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

If you get the message of "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 http://www.apple.com/support/systemstatus/ 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.

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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