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How to restore your iPhone or iPad from iCloud or iTunes

How to restore your iPhone or iPad from iCloud or iTunes

Sometimes you need to restore your device. No matter whether it is because your iPhone stopped working normally or you just want to refresh the system, the task may seem difficult and scary, especially if it's the first time you perform this kind of operation. But there is no need to worry as Apple has given you all the tools to make restore process smooth. You can restore your iPhone or iPad either from iCloud or from iTunes. Check the simple guide below.

How to restore iPhone from iCloud

You have to have Wi-Fi available and we highly recommend that you charge your device beforehand or even leave it plugged in to a power source during the restore process.

If you are configuring a brand-new device proceed to Step 3. Otherwise, make your way through the whole guidelines:

  1. Make sure that you have iCloud backup. Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup. At the bottom of the screen you should see when your last backup was made.
  2. Next step is to erase all the data from your iPhone or iPad. Do it by choosing Erase All Content and Settings from Settings > General > Reset menu. The system will ask you to confirm erase several times and then lead you to the screen with a progress bar. Finally the phone will reboot.
  3. You will find yourself at the Hello screen. Setup Assistant will prompt you to select your language, country, etc., and bring to the Set Up iPhone screen.
  4. Choose Restore from iCloud Backup option. Enter your iCloud ID and password.
  5. See the list with all available backups. Choose the most relevant one. Progress bar will appear. The device will reboot at the halfway of the progress.
  6. Wait a bit more until your iPhone or iPad informs you that the update is completed. Press Continue and enter your Apple ID password. Follow all the other steps prompted by Setup Assistant.
  7. Now you can see your Home screen. All the apps will be installed automatically if your Wi-Fi is on. If you need some apps to be installed first just tap their icons.

Restoring might take time depending on the size of your backup and speed of the network you use. You may need approximately from 1 to 4 hours for every gigabyte of data to be restored.

How to restore iPhone from iTunes backup

  1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to the Mac or PC where you have your backup stored.
  2. Open iTunes (you should have the latest version of the program).
  3. Turn off Find My iPhone function at Settings > iCloud menu on your device. Choose Restore from Backup option from File > Devices menu (press the Alt key if you are using Windows and can't find File menu). The alternative way to start the process is to
  4. choose your device, proceed to the Summary menu and click Restore Backup button.
  5. Choose the most relevant version of backup.
  6. Click ‘restore’. After your phone or tablet restarts, the system will initiate sync with the computer. The device should stay connected to the computer until the process is finished.


Are there others ways to restore my iPhone?

Yes, there are alternative ways to restore your iPhone or iPad. They are related to the use of third-part software (such as Dr.Fone, iPhone PC Suite, etc.), which is not free (can cost up to 70$). In common cases using alternatives won't be easier than variants with iCloud and iTunes described above.

So we would recommend you to restore your devices using Apple's built-in solutions. But third-party solutions can be much of help if you need to recover only some information form previously created backup/backups (unfortunately, Apple won't allow you to do it through iCloud or through iTunes: you can either restore everything which can take quite long or abandon the idea of having your data back on your device).

How to restore iPhone to factory settings?

There are two ways to do this: a) directly on your iOS device or b) through iTunes.

  • To restore your iPhone to factory settings without iTunes you can tap Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.
  • To restore your iPhone to factory settings via iTunes you need to choose your device in iTunes (make sure your iTunes version is up to date and for iOS 6 or later you'll need to turn off Find My iPhone feature in Settings > iCloud menu) after connecting it to your computer and click Restore in Summary tab. Confirm your decision to restore your phone and iTunes will do all the rest. Note that when you restore your iPhone or iPad to factory setting you will automatically get the latest version of software.

After using one of the variants you can either set up your iPhone as a new device or use a backup.

Mind that by restoring your device to factory settings you will erase all of your data including photos, music, contacts, etc. So if there is even a slight chance that you'll need it, make sure you've backed it up.

We believe that now you see that it's really not that difficult to restore your iPhone or iPad. In some cases the procedure will help if you experience problems with your device software. It's also very convenient when you get a new device and want to have all of your data and settings on it without making too many manual actions. You don't need to have strong technical background or go to a specialist to restore your phone or tablet. Just stick to the guidelines and it will be done.

If you have any problems with restoring your iPhone or iPad, not sure about the process or want to save some time – contact us and will try to do our best to help you!