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3 Methods to Fully or Selectively Restore iPhone Without iTunes

As we know, iTunes is not only a music management program. It is mainly developed to back up iPhone data and restore iPhone to factory settings. The reality is, however useful iTunes is, there are still potential negatives with iTunes. For example, it runs very slowly on our computer, especially on Windows computer. What’s worse, it also slows down the running speed of the system. In terms of backup and restore, there is no changes to restore only specific data with iTunes. And the premise to restore from iTunes backup is to reset the iPhone to factory settings. This is also the reason why a large number of users asking ‘How to restore iPhone without iTunes’ in Apple forums. So here we will introduce xxx methods to restore iPhone without iTunes.

1. Traditional Way to Restore iPhone Without iTunes from iCloud Backup

It's been a long time that Apple has provided a powerful way to restore from previous iCloud backup. After you trying it, you will find it complex to use iCloud to backup and restore your iPhone. On one hand, it always takes a long time for the restore process as you can only restore a whole backup rather than selected backup. On the other hand, the device will be reset as a new one. In other word, you may suffer from the risk of data loss. Well, if you still need to try this way, then do as follow:

Step 1. To restore from iCloud backup, make sure that an iCloud backup is available. That is to say, the iCloud backup should be enabled from Settings.

Step 2. After that, click Settings tab, then click General, then scrool down to click Reset and tap on Reset All Content and Settings.

Step 3. The device will be reset as a new one. Then make sure that the device is connected with WiFi and charger.

Step 4. Complete the basic settings and select 'Restore from iCloud Backup'.

Step 5. Enter your iCloud id and password, then select the newest iCloud backup to restore.

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2. Selectively or Fully Restore iPhone without iTunes via Backup & Restore Tool 

When it comes to backup and restore iPhone, FoneGeek OS Backup & Restore is always your first choice. It doesn’t enjoy undeserved fame. On the contrary, it deed has its exclusive powerful features. Unlike iTunes, you can choose to restore a full backup or restore selected data from iTunes backup as you want, and what is better still, the device is not required to be restored to factory settings. The existing data saved on the device will not be affected and erased.

What makes his app really shines is its ability?

  • It is completely free to make a full or partial backup of your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
  • Preview and restore selected data from the backup to iOS or Android device.
  • The existing data will not be erased during the backup and restore process.
  • The data saved on the iOS devices or the backup can be exported to your computer in one click.
  • 30 day free trial is available to offer free services to users.


Steps to Restore iPhone without iTunes via iOS Backup & Restore

Step 1. After you have downloaded this program on your computer, run it and choose 'Backup & Restore' from all the toolkits.

Step 2. Before restoring iPhone with this iOS Backup & Restore software, you have to make a backup of your iPhone at first. Thus click 'Backup' on this interface.

Step 3. Don't forget to connect the iPhone to PC using an USB cable. After connecting the device, you need to select one or more data types, it denpends on whether you want to restore a partial or full backup.

Step 4. When you click 'Backup' tab, the backup process will get started. After that process, click 'View Backup History'.

Step 5. The backup file that you created previously will be listed. Just choose the backup that you did just now and tap on 'View', then the program will download and scan the backup file for you to preview.

Step 6. Once downloaded, you can preview the files that selected to back up, tick each data type to check for more detials. Now using the same USB cable to connect another iPhone to computer, and click 'Restore to Device'.

Step 7. Now the program will restore Contacts, Messages, Photos or other data you selected to the new iPhone.

3. Selectively Restore iPhone Without iTunes from iCloud Backup

Considerind that the traditonal way to restore from iCloud is inconvenient to use, this part will introduce afaster and less time consuming way to selectively restore iPhone from iCloud backup. The tool used in this method is the same as the last method.

Step 1. Launch the 'Backup & Restore' control panel of iOS Backup & Restore program. Here are 2 options when you connect your iPhone to computer: Backup and Restore. You need to click 'Restore' at this time.

Step 2. There are 3 choices offered on the sidebar. Click 'Restore from iCloud Backup' to enter your iCloud account. If the two-factor authentication is enabled, you will have to enter the verification code to verify the account.

Step 3. After successful login, all the iCloud backup files created before will be listed. Choose the most relevant one (usually the most recent one) and the Download button.

Step 4. It will take for a moment to download the iCloud backup. After downloading successfully, the data save on the iCloud backup will be displayed to you in category. You can select one or two or more data you want to restore and click 'Restore to Device'.

Step 5. Connect the iPhone that you want to iCloud backup restored to, then the restoring process will start.

After trying the solutions in this article, we sincerely hope that you could successfully restore iPhone without iTunes. If you are afraid of trouble or data loss, you can try to last 2 solution. iOS Backup & Restore is ultimately the best solution to save your time and previous data, expecially when you switch to the popular iPhone XS, iPhone XR and iPhone XS Max.


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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