How to Restore All Data on an iPhone

How to Restore All Data on an iPhone
How to Restore All Data on an iPhone
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iPhones are generally pretty reliable devices. From time to time they do need rebooting and restoring. Hopefully only when you purchase a new iPhone! This article will shed some light on how to restore your iPhone, how to restore data on your iPhone and what resetting means.

What is the Difference between Resetting and Restoring your iPhone?

It is advised that you reset your iPhone if you’re having some problems with the way it works. In the following situations you would use your reset options:

  • If the device is not working the way it used to
  • If you can’t tap on icons anymore
  • If you just want to sell it on

You can do it directly from the phone’s menu. Be aware, it removes all of your personal data including data from your apps. After resetting, your iPhone will go back to factory settings, but it won’t remove the iOS software and the apps that were already installed on your phone when you bought it (only the information they contain such as photos and texts).

Restoring on the other hand, although similar to resetting, it wipes all the information and settings but also reinstalls your iPhone’s operating system. Restoring will install the latest version of iOS that is currently available.

Restore iPhone or Restore Backup?

If you’re thinking of restoring your iPhone, make sure that your data is saved, as everything on it will be deleted. Here’s the difference between restoring your iPhone and restoring a backup file:

  • Restoring your iPhone installs the newest version of iOS and deletes everything that’s saved on your device;
  • Restoring a backup means that everything on your iPhone will be deleted and then replaced with a backup that you did in the past. It doesn’t matter if you choose to restore all data from iTunes or iCloud backup files. The process is the same and your current information will be removed and then replaced. So it’s best to complete another backup before you decide to proceed.

How to Restore All Data on an iPhone from iTunes Backup File

If you wish to restore iPhone data from an iTunes backup file, you will need:

  • Your Computer
  • Your iPhone
  • A USB cable
  • iTunes

Step 1

Open iTunes on your laptop/computer.

Step 2

Use the USB to make the connection between the iPhone and the computer. You may need to “Trust the computer” in order to proceed.

Step 3

On the left side menu in iTunes, pick your iPhone’s name.

Step 4

Click on “Restore Backup” in iTunes and pick the backup file that you want to recover data from.

Step 5

Click on the “Restore” button and wait for the process to end. You may need to enter the password too in case the backup is encrypted.

Step 6

Your iPhone will restart. Let it sync with iTunes although it may take a few minutes.

How to Restore All Data on an iPhone from iCloud Backup File

For recovering data from iCloud, you only need your iPhone. Follow the next steps to restore data on iPhone:

Step 1

Open “Settings” and then tap on “iCloud”, “Storage” and “Manage Storage”. Under the device’s name you will see the size and date of the latest available backup.

Step 2

Go back to “Settings”, “General” and look up for “Reset”. Click on “Erase all content and settings”.

Step 3

On the tab named “Apps & Data”, choose “Restore” (from iCloud backup).

Step 4

Log in to iCloud.

Step 5

Tap on “Choose backup”, and pick the backup file that you want to recover data from.

If you have a new iPhone and you wish to restore all data from your old device, just go on “Apps & Data” on your new device, choose “Restore” and sign in to your iCloud account. Pick the latest backup and that’s it!

Team iTunes – Team iCloud

You have two possibilities to backup your iPhone data. Information contained on it is important so if your device gets stolen or files are deleted by mistake, your backup will enable you to get data back. In some cases, users have even been able to recover lost data, even after an iOS upgrade. It’s recommended to keep your files, photos, videos, contacts and internet history safe. All you have to do is recover the data from these backup files on your iPhone and everything will go back to normal.

Every time you sync your iPhone with iTunes, a backup file is created, with the information that is stored on your device at that moment. These backup files are saved on your computer (PC or Mac), so before backing up make sure that you have enough storage space on your disk. It’s recommended to back up your data as often as possible so you won’t end up losing important files in case of intended or unintended deletion.

Also, keep in mind that iTunes backup files don’t include Touch ID settings, media files that were synced from iTunes, apps or files from the App Store or iTunes, images that are already stored in the cloud and Apple Pay settings. Just to be sure, you can manually back up your information (from iTunes, click on the device’s name, then on “This computer”, and hit the “Back up now” button).

iCloud on the other hand doesn’t need any additional storage space on your computer because the backup files are stored on the cloud (Apple servers). It offers 5GB of free storage but you can buy more if needed. As long as you have a Wi-Fi connection, you can restore all data back to your iPhone without even needing a computer. iCloud backups don’t include Touch ID settings, information that is already saved on iCloud, Apple Pay info, apps or files from the App Store and iCloud Music Library. Before restoring data from iCloud, make sure you sign out of it first and you turn off the “Find My iPhone” feature.

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A better solution

It looks complicated, but restoring all data on an iPhone can be done in just a few minutes. Although restoring is a good way of recovering your lost data, it still has a big disadvantage considering that it deletes everything that you have on your iPhone before replacing it with the backup.

So a better solution if you only wish to recover a few items is to use a data recovery software, such as Enigma Recovery, that will help you extract in the safest manner photos, texts, internet history, notes, videos, WhatsApp history, call history, contacts and even calendar entries. It works the same for Mac and Windows and can be used to recover data from iPhones, iPads and iPods Touch. It also gives you the possibility to view the recovered items (deleted and existing data), before you export them to your computer.


Aldo, a lawyer by training, is the former Head of Global Partnerships and Sponsorship for Kaspersky. He co-founded Kaspersky Lab Italy in 2008 and subsequently held the positions of GM for Italy, Malta and Israel before leaving in 2013 to join the EU Operations in London as EU Director for Marketing.

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