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

Because of this problem, many iPhone users look for ways to restore the iPhone from an iCloud backup without resetting the device. In this article we provide you with lasting 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 will help you restore an iCloud backup to your device;

  1. Begin by making sure that you have an iCloud backup. If no, you can go to Settings > iCloud turn on "iCloud Backup" and then tap on "Back up Now" to backup iPhone/iPad to iCloud.

  2. 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" .

  3. This will bring you to the set up 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 to your iPhone 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. Because you can't preview the data, you are also unable to selectively recover data.
  • The restore process may also take a long especially when the backup file is too large. This means you could end up spending hours waiting for the restore process to be completed.
  • It is also not uncommon for the iPhone to get stuck during the restore process. A lot of iPhone users have reported a number of problems during the process that can cause the device to be stuck.

2. How to Restore iPhone from iCloud without Resetting

The only way to restore an iPhone from iCloud without resetting the device and thereby losing new data 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 restore data from iCloud backup to your computer. You can also use it to restore data from iTunes backups with the major benefit that you can preview and selectively restore data from backup to your device.


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 "Restore 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. iCloud Restore Not Working? Use a 3rd-Party Tool to Fix it

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 the services of a third-party tool to fix the device. One of the best tools to use is FoneGeek iOS System Recovery. It is ideal for fixing nearly all problems you may experience with the device including a device that is stuck on the restore progress bar.


To use it, install the program on to your computer and then follow these simple steps;

Step 1: Open FoneGeek iOS System Recovery and connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cable. 

connect ios device

Step 2: Choose "Repair Operating System" and the program will detect the firmware you need for the device. Simply, click "Download" to download the firmware.

repiar operating system

download firmware

Step 3: When the download is complete, the program will notify you and the device will restart in normal mode.


Edwin J. Parke
Thursday on Jun 14, 2018, 16:22:12 GMT / Post By Edwin J. Parke to Backup & Restore

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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