How to restore your iOS devices from iCloud or iTunes back up

Set up a new or restore an iOS device from iTunes back up

You can restore iTunes backups to your iPhone at any time. Follow these steps to choose a backup and sync the data to your iPhone.

  1. Connect the iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. If you have a new or erased iPhone, iTunes will prompt you to restore from backup or set up as a new device
  4. Select Restore From Backup (Date appropriate) or set up as new device...
  5. Choose the backup you wish to sync and click the Restore button.

Set up a new device from an iCloud backup

Set up iPhone

  1. Turn on your iOS device
  2. In the Setup Assistant, proceed to “Set up your device,” tap Restore from a Backup, then sign in to iCloud.
  3. Proceed to “Choose backup,” then choose from a list of available backups in iCloud.

After using an iCloud backup to restore or set up a device:

  • Your settings and accounts are restored from the iCloud backup you chose. Your device restarts and begins downloading your purchased music, movies, TV shows, apps, books, photos, and other content. If your device can’t download the version of an app that was backed up, it downloads the latest version.
  • Your purchased content is automatically downloaded from the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store based on iTunes in the Cloud availability by country. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they have been refunded or are no longer available in the store.
  • You may be asked to enter passwords for iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store accounts to restore purchased items.
  • Progress bars appear below Home screen icons for apps being downloaded.
  • To make an app a priority for downloading, tap its icon.
  • To check if the information on your device is fully restored, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage (Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup on an iOS 7 device).
  • If you subscribe to iTunes Match, you can download your songs, albums, and playlists from iCloud after other information on your device is fully restored.

For further information regarding backing up your iOS device please see the following link:

Author: Anthony Baldwin