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3 Different Methods to Restore iPhone from Previous Backup

It is easy to back up all content on iPhone with iCloud or iTunes. If you have created a backup before data loss, then you can restore the lost data back to your iPhone.

However, it might not be that easy to restore iPhone from previous backup. The complexity depends on whether you need to restore all content or just specific apps.

Through this article, you will learn 3 methods that can be used to restore iPhone from privous backup, either fully or selectively.

Method 1. Restore iPhone from Previous Backup without iCloud/iTunes

There is a great alternative to restore iPhone from previous backup without using iTunes or iCloud. If you have heard of FoneGeek Backup & Restore (iOS), you shall know that this program is the best alternative. Unlike iCloud and iTunes, you can selectively restore specific data from previous backup. Most importantly, you don't even have to worry about that the current data will be overwritten by previous backup.

Key Features of FoneGeek iOS Backup & Restore

  • Current data will not be deleted. This software can flexibly restore any data from iTunes, iCloud and FoneGeek backup without resetting the device.
  • Back up your device for free. Back up most data from your iPhone and iPad, and then export them to computer for free.
  • Simple-to-use interface and instructions. The user interface is simple and clear. People of all ages could backup and restore their iPhone data with ease.
  • Preview before restoration. This program offers a free trial version to preview the data to be restored prior the restoration.
  • Supports all devices and all iOS versions. It is compatible with all iPhone, iPad, iPod touch running from iOS 7 to the newest iOS 16.


If you need to start the process of restoring iPhone from previous backup, download the free trial version and follow the steps below:

Step 1. After running this software, connect your iPhone to the computer and choose "Backup & Restore" from the left menu.

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Step 2. If you device has already been backed up via iTunes, iCloud or FoneGeek, click on "Restore".


Step 3. The software will show you all the backup files on your computer, just choose the one you want to restore on your iPhone.

preview backup

Step 4. Finally, choose any data you wish to restore and click on "Restore to Device" to restore previous backup to iPhone.

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Method 2. Fully Restore iPhone from Previous Backup via iCloud

Restore iPhone from iCloud backup can be simply done without a computer. However, there are some limitation of restoring from iCloud.

You need to erase all content and set your iPhone as a new device. And one more challenge should be taken into consideration is that the device should stay online until the restoration process is finished, or any interruptions will be catastrophic.

  1. For brand-new iPhone, follow the on-screen setup setps until you get to the Apps & Data screen. If the iPhone is already set up, go to Settings > General > Reset to Erase All Content & Settings first.
  2. Hit on "Restore from iCloud Backup" and sign into iCloud with the same iCloud account that you used to back up your iPhone.
  3. Select the iCloud backup you need to restore from the list. Keep the iPhne connected to WiFi and wait for the restore process to complete.

restore iphone from icloud backup

Method 3. Fully Restore iPhone from Previous Backup via iTunes/Finder

If you prefer to back up iPhone via iTunes and then save the backup files on your computer, you can try to restore iPhone from the latest iTunes backup. On prior to restore from iTunes backup, Find My iPhone should be disabled on your iPhone first.

However, same as iCloud, you will have to restore the whole backup to your iPhone and all the current data on the device will be overwritten. And you can't preview and restore certain types of data from previous backup.

  1. Connect your iPhone to the computer and launch iTunes. If you are using a Mac with macOS Catalina or later, open the Finder.
  2. Tap on the iPhone icon when it appears in the iTunes or Finder window.
  3. Select "Restore Backup". Look at the date of each iTunes backup and choose the one you want to restore.
  4. Click on "Restore" to confirm and then wait for the restore to finish. If the backup is encrypted, you need to enter the passcode to decrypt it.

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Now you know the three different ways to restore iPhone from previous backup, with and without iCloud/iTunes. The best method is to use FoneGeek iOS Backup & Restore and restore iPhone from previous backup without resetting the device. It is more flexible than iTunes and iCloud, which allows you to make partial restore and recover specific data as you want.

Joan J. Mims

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

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