How to Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

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Anyone can restore iPhone from iCloud backup and it is available for all versions of the Apple mobile operating system. In this tutorial, I will guide the readers on how they can restore the device data, and focus on how to avoid errors during the process. Apple software is not easy to install when you are not prepared properly. Make sure to follow the tutorial carefully to learn about the drawbacks and benefits.

How to create an iCloud Backup from an iPhone or iPad?

We want to inform the readers that you need to have an existing backup in the cloud storage for this method to work. Fortunately, Apple cannot control the user preferences, and thus device owners have full control over whether they want to opt for specific Apple services or not. Enable the iCloud backup on iPhone/iPad device, and then it will connect to the internet and start creating a secure backup.

  • Open “Settings” from the menu and tap on your Apple ID name.
  • Select “iCloud” from the list.
  • Swipe down to the bottom and tap on “iCloud Backup” to continue.
  • Tap on “Backup Up Now” to begin the process, and your device should be connected to high-speed internet.
  • An estimated time will be shown on display, and wait till the cloud synchronization finishes.

The manufacturer added several options and customizations to give complete control of what you want to recover and what you don’t want to. Overall, creating a fresh backup won’t consume plenty of time.

How to Bring Back my iPhone Data using iCloud Backup without iTunes

Not many Apple device owners are aware of the iOS Setup Assistant, which shows up on the screen during the setup process. Nobody can recover an iPhone from iCloud, while it is fully functional. I don’t know why the software developers did not provide in-depth options for the customers. Regardless of the limitations of the technology, allow me to guide the readers through the process.

  • Go to the Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents. The device will reboot and start erasing every single piece of personal files and put system files together.
  • The iOS Setup Assistant shows up on the screen after restarting the device.
  • Users will reach “App & Data” screen, and choose “Restore from iCloud Backup”.
  • Sign in to the Apple ID or Apple account and the process will begin, and remain patient throughout the process.

The iCloud backup will restore selected options only. For instance, I choose Photos, Notes, and Videos to backup, and that’s what iCloud will restore. The phone might not find applications, contacts, reminders, etc.

How to Get iCloud Backup from icloud.com

Advanced phone owners always choose to take the hard way, and I will not leave this part out of the equation because it does offer manual options. I’m sure that millions of Apple device owners don’t pay attention to this part because they are not aware of it.

  • Check out the official website of iCloud and provide the login credentials of Apple ID.
  • Account users can access Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Photos, etc. Registered users can access iCloud Drive and store personal files in it including documents, and passwords.
  • Download the files individually from the web-application securely.

The same instructions apply for other content available on the website including photos, contacts, and more. I added photos in the backup options, and they appeared in the web-application and available for download. Local storage downloads allow the device owners do not worry about restoring the phone for the sake of recovering the personal files.

Restore iPhone from iCloud without resetting the device (With iTunes)

Apple did create a powerful layer of protection to keep the smartphones from getting invaded by digital attackers. The prevention also causes the instrument owners to spend more time on the process and giving them a hard time. However, the manufacturer solved the problem many years ago via PC Suite.

  • Connect the iPhone to the Windows PC or Mac OS X computer via lightning cable.
  • Since I have already selected iCloud as the primary source of backing up the files, so I will find a restorable backup file in it. Click on “Restore Backup” in the main dashboard of the iTunes.
  • Choose the device from the list, if connected multiple Apple devices.
  • Let the program estimate the duration of the process, and wait for the meantime for the process to finish.
  • The phone will restart and go through the setup process.

I was asked to unlock the device (I use the traditional lock screen password method) and I had to enter the Apple ID password to confirm the identification. None of the unselected data was lost such as iMessage and FaceTime details, and all selected personal files were restored successfully. If your iPhone does not connect to iTunes, read this article to resolve your issue.

Final Words

I was slightly worried that iTunes will automatically upgrade the firmware to the latest iOS version during the process. However, Apple didn’t upgrade the firmware, while the phone was restoring from iCloud backup.

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