How to Restore from iTunes Backup

Losing data or contacts can be a serious problem for those who don’t have any copy or backup of these data. Crashing of system, software glitches during updates or losing your phone can be a nightmare. So why not make a backup of your data. With a recent iOS update, users might face issues and there are possibilities of losing some data in the updating (being a beta version, chances get quite high). This can be prevented if you take a backup. In this article, we will introduce you two solutions on how to restore from iTunes backup and recover your precious data.

Part 1. The official way to restore from iTunes backup

As we know, it will overwrite the existing data on your iPhone if you restore iPhone from iTunes backup directly. If you wish to restore iPhone from iTunes backup, you can follow this official procedure. Also you can follow this official link to ensure that you do it accurately:

There are two available methods to backup and restore iPhone data:

  1. Using iCloud
  2. Using iTunes

We recommend iTunes (because you can have more space available for backup, you can access data in offline mode as well.). Follow these steps and you could restore from iTunes backup with ease.

start to restore from iTunes backup

Step 1: connect your iOS device to your desktop, and launch the iTunes application.

Step 2: Open the File menu, go to devices and then select ‘Restore from Backup’.

restore from iTunes backup

Note : For Mac users, the menu is simply visible on the left corner. But for windows or other OS users, press Alt key and you would see the menu bar appear.

Step 3: Select the backup options as per relevance.

restore from iTunes backup completed

Step 4: Click on restore and let the restore proceed. At completion, the device restarts and automatically sync with the computer.

Please ensure that iTunes is updated for better performance. Also check for compatibility details before proceeding for backup. Data might get lost, if there are compatibility issues.

Part 2: Restore from iTunes backup by dr.fone

The official way to use iTunes restore iPhone may not recover all the files from the device. The offical way will delete all data from your device without a trace. If you want to selectively restore iPhone from iTunes backup, you would not have a way out. So, what if there was an easier way out for this? You need a tool that can help you preview the data from iTunes and iCloud and restore them easily.

If you wish to perform a file specific backup, you can use dr.fone - iPhone Data Recovery that makes backup very easy and handy. You will lose all the data when using the official iTunes way, while with dr.fone, you can selectively restore from iTunes backup.

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Steps to restore from iTunes backup by dr.fone

If you’re looking how to use dr.fone to selectively restore iPhone from iTunes backup, it’s simple. You can follow these steps to restore a backup of device.

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Step 1: Choose “Recover from iTunes Backup File” after installing and launching the dr.fone. Then you can see all your backup files in iTunes displayed in a list.

start to recover from iTunes

Step 2: Choose the backup file that you want to restore, and click on the “Start Scan” button. Then just wait for a moment until the scan is complete.

scan to recover from iTunes

Step 3: Now, you can preview all content that is extracted from iTunes backup and select the data that you wish to recover. Click “Recover” to save them to your computer or directly to your device.

recover from iTunes finished

Note:The data restored to your device is simply added to your device. It won’t erase any existing data on your device, which is different from direct restore from iTunes backup. If you want to restore your data from iCloud backup file, you can also do it in the similar way.

Using dr.fone gives you the freedom to recover files as per requirement (type specific). This prevents excessive network usage, quick access and easy download. You can download files without removing the files from the source (which might happen in case of the official procedure).

Also there is a useful feature offered by dr.fone, that enables you to recover the recently deleted or lost files directly from iOS devices. But there are certain limitation. After sometime, your iOS device refreshes system memory and cleans the cache which might delete this information. Thus it is recommended to perform this action ASAP. Else the chances to recover that data is near impossible.


The above two options can help you restore from iTunes backup and recover your data in the most efficient way, and with extreme ease. However, please check the supporting file types before proceeding with the recovery procedure. If you want the lengthy way out, you can always use iTunes. However, using dr.fone is definitely the better way out. This is because dr.fone - iPhone Data Recovery allows you to do a whole lot more than just restore files. dr.fone works across a range of devices and can work as your one-stop solution.


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