How to Restore iPhone from Backup: Complete Guide (2023)

Written by: Cristian Fry


We've all been there: you're in a hurry, trying to send important emails or documents when suddenly your iPhone crashes.

Your heart skips a beat, and you panic. What do you do?

Don't worry, restoring an iPhone from a backup is simple – if you know the right steps.

In this article, we'll guide you through the entire process and equip you with the knowledge needed to make sure your data will stay safe and secure.

Read on for some helpful tips that will prepare you for any potential tech crisis!

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Why You Should Backup Your iPhone

Everyone knows how important it is to have a backup plan - and having one for your iOS device should be no exception.

Whether you suffer from accidental data loss, get a new phone or update to a newer version, backing up your iPhone is the only way to ensure all your data and information can always be retrieved.

By using cloud-based backup solutions such as iCloud, you can rest assured that with just one tap of a button, you'll be able to restore everything back to its original form - even if it's on a newer version.

Why Should I Restore My iPhone to a Previous Date?

Restoring your iPhone to a previous date can be the answer to many of your iPhone issues.

If you're running into error messages, experiencing unexpected shutdowns or just generally feeling like your phone is not running optimally, it may be time to try restoring it to an old backup.

Setup is easy - all you need to do is connect your iPhone to your computer, locate the backup file, and let the restore process begin.

With iCloud backups, iOS users can easily use this feature on any device they own, while computer backups are available for iPhone users too.

So if things start getting wonky with your iPhone, go back in time and restore it!

How Backing Up and Restoring Your iPhone Works

There is nothing worse than having to go back through all your apps and re-download them one by one, so the simplest way is to restore your iPhone from a backup.

Before you can install a backup and, more importantly, run into any issues, you need to ensure your phone is backed up.

Creating an iCloud backup stores your important data together, including photos, settings, messages, and app data which you can then select restore backup.

This also comes in handy if you trade in your old phone and upgrade to a new model, either brand new or by saving money and buying a refurbished iPhone.

How to Restore Your iPhone to Factory Settings

Before you restore data from your iPhone, we'd always recommend ensuring you have a recent backup on iCloud.

Once that's done, follow these simple on-

screen instructions

  • Tap “Settings”
  • Tap “General”
  • Scroll to and tap “Transfer or Reset iPhone
  • Choose either “Reset” or “Reset and Erase all settings”

Please note that following the 'tap erase iPhone' process above will fully wipe the phone, removing all content.

So if you've not backed up your files already, do so before you begin.

How Do I Retrieve My Backup from iCloud?

Now that you have reset your iPhone to factory settings, you can restore all your data from your iCloud backup.

  • Turn on your device, and you should see the hello screen, follow the steps here until you reach apps and data.
  • Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID
  • Choose a backup – look at the dates of the backups and select which backup file you want to install
  • When asked to sign in with your Apple ID
  • Stay connected to WIFI and watch as your apps and data are reinstalled

Restoring from a backup is also a time-saving way to set up a new or refurbished iPhone when it's time to upgrade.

Cloud Storage vs Local Backup: Which Should You Choose?

When it comes to backing up your iPhone, the choice is clear: iCloud Backup. It requires no tedious setup process and always keeps your data safe and secure – even if you lose your device.

iCloud Backup files are stored securely on Apple’s servers, with encryption and an Apple ID password protecting your data.

Plus, anytime you want to set up your iOS device as a new one, restoring that data from an iCloud Backup is simple.

Local computer backups are not nearly as convenient or as reliable as storing your data in the cloud.

Choose iCloud backup for peace of mind and an effortless process for restoring your data whenever you need it.

How to Back up Your iPhone to iCloud

Using iCloud on your phone…

  • Open “Settings”
  • Tap your Apple ID at the top
  • Tap “iCloud”
  • Tap “iCloud Backup”
  • Switch the toggle to the “On” position
  • See when the last backup date was, and if required, press “Back Up now”

You can also back up your iPhone via a computer backup. 

However, we do believe this is the simplest and quickest way to ensure your data is backed up and kept safe.

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How do I restore from iCloud backup after setup?

After setting up your iPhone, you can restore it from an iCloud backup. 

To do this, go to the Apps & Data screen during setup and tap Restore from iCloud Backup. 

Next, simply sign in with your Apple ID and follow the onscreen steps to complete the process.

Can I restore my iPhone from a backup after setting it up as a new phone?

Yes, you can restore your iPhone from a backup after setting it up as a new phone. 

During setup, go to the Apps & Data screen and select Restore from iCloud Backup. 

Sign in with your Apple ID and follow the onscreen steps to complete the process.

Can I Restore iPhone from Backup without Resetting?

Yes, you can restore your iPhone from a backup without resetting it. 

During setup, go to the Apps & Data screen and select Restore from iCloud Backup. 

Sign in with your Apple ID and follow the onscreen steps to complete the process.

Cristian Fry

Cristian is a skilled writer who provides informative and engaging content about refurbished phones at His expertise helps readers make informed decisions and find the perfect refurbished phone for their needs.