How To Restore iPhone From iTunes Backup (#1 Easiest Way)


If the worst happen and you need to restore your iPhone, the simplest way to do so is through iTunes. In this article, we’ll explain how to restore an
iPhone via iTunes…

If your iPhone is not working properly, or if you’re getting ready to sell it, you’ll want to restore the device. But restoring your iPhone can mess up the device
if you don’t do things in the right way.

In this article, we’ll explain what an iPhone restore is, under which circumstance you might want to do a restore, and the steps to follow when you do so.

You will need toback-up your iPhone before getting started, and the best way to do that is via iCloud or iTunes. We’ve explained both options in detail below, so read on for instructions on how to backup and restore your iPhone…

What Restoring Your iPhone Does

Restoring your iPhone is the “nuclear” version of formatting your device back to factory default. A restore will erase everything from your iPhone–settings,
apps, the OS, as well as the firmware itself.
If you want the iPhone to appear the way it was when you first opened it from the box you need to restore it.

All the methods explained here work on iPad too. Another handy tip, especially if you’ve ever thought the following:

Is to make sure you have
Find Myconfigured on your iPhone or iPad.

Why You May Want To Restore Your iPhone

You want to restore your iPhone if you are planning to sell or giving it to someone, or you are having some issues with it. Always keep in mind to do a restore if you
are selling your iPhone.
Restoring your iPhone will remove everything on the device, wiping not only all your information but the existing OS and firmware from the device.

After a restore, the device will install the latest clean version of iOS.

How to Restore Your iPhone From iTunes

Restoring your iPhone can somehow be risky because if you do it wrong you can seriously mess up your device. However, it’s very rare to encounter such an issue.
What we are saying, most of the time people restore their iPhone without doing a backup first. Then when they go to restore their device, they
find they don’t have any of their data saved.

Another common issue is when people restore their iPhone without disassociating their Apple/iCloud ID from it first and then sell their device. If you don’t
disassociate your Apple/iCloud ID first, that iPhone will forever be locked to your Apple/iCloud ID, which means a future owner won’t have full access
over it.

Back-Up Your iPhone First!
The first, MOST ESSENTIAL step is toback up your iPhone BEFORE restoring it. So choose a backup method. You can do this via iCloud or iTunes.

How to backup iPhone to iCloud manually:

  1. Make sure you’re iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network
  2. Head over to Settings & then tap your profile on top
  3. Tap on iCloud
  4. Tap iCloud Backup
  5. > Turn on “iCloud Backup” if it’s switched off

    Tap Backup Now

How to Backup iPhone or iPad in Mac on MacOS Catalina

  1. Build a connection between your iPhone and computer via USB cable and launch Finder.
  2. Now, click on the name of your device.
  3. Next, click on General at the top of the Finder window and then click
    Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac.
  4. Finally, click back up now.

How to back up your iPhone or iPad using iTunes on windows PC or Mac running MacOS Mojave or earlier

  1. Launch iTunes
  2. Connect Your iPhone To Your PC using a USB cable
  3. Click iPhone , then summary
  4. Click Backup Now

How to restore iPhone or iPad backup in MacOS Catalina

If your Mac is runningMacOS Catalina, you can restore your iPhone or iPad from Backup using Finder. Before you jump into it, ensure that the Find My is turned off.
Now, simply follow these steps:

  1. Build a connection between your iPhone and Mac via a USB cable.
  2. Now, open Finder on your Mac.
  3. Next, click on your device from the Locations section.
  4. Next on, click on General to reveal device settings.
  5. Click on restore Backup
  6. Choose the Backup data you wish to restore from the pop-up that appears on the screen.
  7. Lastly, click Restore to initiate the restoration process.

Keep your iPhone or iPad connected after it restarts and wait for it to sync with your Mac.

How to restore iPhone or iPad Backup from iTunes

If your Mac is running MacOS Mojave or older or windows PC, iTunes will help you with the task. Before you dive into it:

  • Ensure that your Mac or PC is running the latest version of iTunes.
  • Ensure that Find My iPhone is disabled.
  • Now, Follow these steps to restore Your iPhone or iPad backup from iTunes
    1. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable.
    2. When your iPhone appears in iTunes, click on its Summary panel and then click Restore backup.
    3. Click Restore again to confirm that you want to restore your iPhone to factory settings. All data and content will be erased.
  • After your iPhone restarts you’ll be asked if you want to set up the iPhone as a new device (do this if you are selling it or giving it away) or if you
    want to restore it from a backup. If you want to set it up as a new device, you’re done, just follow the “Set Up As New iPhone” steps on screen when you see the
    Hello screen.
    If you want to restore your device from a backup you can do so from iCloud or your iTunes backup (depending on where you backed up your iPhone before
    you restored it.
    To restore from iCloud: After you see Hello screen follow the steps in the iOS Setup Assistant until you get to the Set-Up screen. Select Restore from iCloud
    Backup. Select the backup you made.
  • To restore from iTunes: connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC using a USB cable. In iTunes choose File > Devices > Restore from Backup. Choose the backup
    you made.
    That’s all, folks.

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