How To Restore iPhone From Backup on Mac, PC and iCloud

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By Fortune Osinachi - Technical Writer
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When you have a new iPhone and want to transfer your data to the device, it can be done when you restore your iPhone from a backup.

If you have been storing or backing up your iPhone data on iCloud, Mac, or PC via iTunes you’ll need to go through a few simple steps to successfully restore your iPhone to the backup.

Restoring a backup to an iPhone brings back all the data you have saved to your iCloud before factory resetting your device.

In this article, you’ll learn how to restore an iPhone from a backup on Mac, PC, and iCloud within a few minutes.

How To Restore iPhone From Backup on iCloud

Normally, it is paramount to always or automatically back up your data on iCloud just in case of unexpected happenings.

You can restore data you’ve backed up on iCloud to your new or wiped iPhone by following the steps below.

Step 1: Turn On your iPhone

If it is a new iPhone or an erased one, turn on the iPhone and follow the on-screen instructions.

Step 2: Enter Location, WiFi Network, and Passcode.

On the setup screen, enter all your details when asked, and do well to connect to Wi-Fi.

Step 3: On Apps & Data Screen

Once everything is set up, on the Apps & Data page where you are asked to choose how you want to “Set Up iPhone,” you’ll have three options but have to choose one.

From the three options; “Set Up as a New iPhone,” “Restore from iCloud Backup” or “Restore from iTunes backup.”

From the list of options, select the Restore from iCloud Backup option and you’ll be asked to enter your Apple ID account details.

Step 4: Sign In to your Apple ID account

On the next screen, enter your correct Apple ID email and password to sign in first. After that, find and choose the particular backup you want.

Step 5: Choose Backup to Restore

Backup date and file size will be available for each time you’ve previously saved your data on iCloud, simply choose the backup you want to start the transfer process.

Patiently wait for the transfer to be completed and then your backup will be restored to the iPhone.

The backup restore can take longer if you have a large data backup or a slow network.

When you finish restoring the backup to your iPhone or iPad, your device will restart, and then all your apps will begin downloading. Make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi.

How To Restore iPhone From Backup on Mac and PC

If you are using a Mac or PC to back up your data, it is possible to restore your iPhone backup on the Mac using the Finder or PC using iTunes.

Step 1: Connect iPhone to Mac or PC

Depending on the device you using, connect your iPhone to it and enter your iPhone passcode if prompted to.

Step 2: Select iPhone in Finder or iTunes

If it is on Mac, open Finder from the task menu while on your PC, open iTunes, and then click on the iPhone icon.

Step 3: Click on the iPhone icon

On the Finder window, click on the iPhone icon and select Restore Backup option at the lower left side of your screen.

On iTunes, click the Summary section and then click on Restore Backup.

Step 4: Choose Backup to Restore

Your previous backup will appear and then you have to check for the date and size of the data and choose the backup to restore.

Step 5: Click on Restore

If the backup is protected with a password, you’ll be required to enter the correct password, then click on the blue Restore button and wait for the restore process to finish.

After your device restores backups to your iPhone or iPad, it’ll restart and start downloading your apps.


Restoring your iPhone from a backup is an essential process when you want to transfer your data or recover lost information.

Whether you are using a Mac, PC, or iCloud, this guide will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to restore your iPhone from backup.

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By Fortune Osinachi Technical Writer
Fortune Osinachi is an experienced freelance tech writer specializing in consumer technology. With 5 years of expertise, he delves into comprehensive guides for iOS, macOS, and Windows on Techvocast. His work also extends to prominent online media platforms including What Gadget, iGeekPhone, Xiaomitoday, and MobiGaming.
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