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How to Restore iPhone from Backup after iOS Downgrade

Jul 14, 2022 • Filed to: Fix iOS Mobile Device Issues • Proven solutions

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Updating an iOS device to the latest version can have a lot of great advantages, and you can get a lot of great new features as well. However, doing so also comes with its fair share of iOS errors and problems. In fact, because of all the glitches, you might in desperation have decided to downgrade iOS 10 to iOS 9.3.2, downgrade iOS 15 to iOS 14, or any other. In this case, you would likely suffer a lot of data loss.

However, if you read on we'll show you how to restore iPhone from backup, how to restore iPhone from iTunes, and even iCloud backups. We shall also show you how to backup your iPhone beforehand so that you can later restore iPhone after downgrading.

Part 1: How to restore iPhone from backup after downgrade (Backup with iTunes or iCloud before)

After the downgrade, you'll need to restore iPhone from a backup. You can only do this in a couple of different ways. If you made a backup in either iTunes or iCloud beforehand, before you downgraded your iOS, or if you created a backup in third-party software such as Dr.Fone - Phone Backup (iOS).

However, an iTunes or iCloud backup made from a higher iOS version would be incompatible on a lower iOS version. In order to restore iPhone from a higher version backup to a lower version backup, you'll need a backup extractor for both iTunes and iCloud. There are a lot of great iTunes backup extractors and iCloud backup extractors that you could use, however our personal recommendation is that you use Dr.Fone - Data Recovery (iOS).

This is because Dr.Fone has carved a niche for itself in the market and proven itself to be a reliable and trustworthy software loved by millions of users. In fact, their parent company, Wondershare, has even received accolades from Forbes and Deloitte! When it comes to your iPhone, you should only rely on the most trustworthy sources.

This software works as a recovery software that can recover data from your iPhone, but it can also extract the data on iTunes backups and iCloud backups, which can then be transferred to your iOS devices! Basically, you can restore data regardless of the iOS version.

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Restore iPhone from iTunes backup or iCloud backup after iOS downgrade

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How to restore iPhone from iTunes backup after downgrade:

Step 1: Choose 'Data Recovery'

Download and launch Dr.Fone. From the main menu choose 'Data Recovery'.

Restore iPhone from Backup after iOS Downgrade

Step 2: Choose 'Recover iOS Data'

Now you'll have to choose the 'Recover iOS Data'. Select 'Recover from iTunes backup file' from a left-hand panel. You'll find a list of all the available backup files. You can choose the one you want based on its date of creation.

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Step 3: Scan for data

Once you choose the backup file you want to retrieve, select it and click on 'Start Scan.' Give it a few minutes while the data scans.

Restore iPhone from Backup after iOS Downgrade

Step 4: Restore iPhone from iTunes backup!

You can go through all the data. On the left-hand panel, you'll find the categories, and on the right, you'll find a gallery to view the data on. Select the data you want to recover and click on 'Recover.'

Restore iPhone after iOS Downgrade

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How to restore iPhone from iCloud backup after downgrade:

Step 1: Choose 'Data Recovery'

Download and launch Dr.Fone. From the main menu choose 'Data Recovery.' Just like you did for the iTunes backup.

Step 2: Choose 'Recover from iCloud Synced File'

In this case, go to the left-hand panel like before, but this time chooses 'Recover from iCloud Synced File'. Now you'll have to enter your iCloud ID and password. However, rest assured that your details are perfectly safe, Dr.Fone only acts as a portal from which to access iCloud.

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Step 3: Choose and download the iCloud backup file

Go through all your iCloud backup files, based on date and size, and once you find the one you'd like to recover, click on 'Download.'

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Select the types of files you want to recover. This helps you narrow down the exact files you want to retrieve so you don't waste too much time downloading the files. Once you're done, click on 'Next.'

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Step 4: Restore iPhone from iCloud backup!

Finally, you'll find all the data in a separate gallery. You can go through it, select the files you'd like to recover, and then click on 'Restore to Device.'

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In the next part, we'll also show you how you can use the Dr.Fone tool to backup the data before downgrading the iOS, so that you can later easily restore iPhone from backup!

Part 2: How to restore iPhone from backup after iOS downgrade (Backup with Dr.Fone - Phone Backup (iOS) before)

An easier alternative for you to try is to backup iPhone data with Dr.Fone - Phone Backup (iOS) before you downgrade it. With Dr.Fone -Phone Backup (iOS), you can easily and conveniently save iPhone data. It's a very convenient and simple process and achieves great results. After you save the data and downgrade, you use the same software to selectively restore iPhone data!

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Backup and restore iPhone backup before and after iOS downgrade!

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  • Restore iOS backup with no iOS version limitation
  • Supported all iPhone models and iOS versions.
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How to backup iPhone with Dr.Fone - Phone Backup (iOS) before iOS downgrade

Step 1: Select 'Phone Backup'

Download and launch Dr.Fone on your computer. Select 'Phone Backup', and then connect your iOS device to the computer using a USB cable.

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Step 2: Select the file types.

You'll find a list of the file types that you would like to backup, such as Contacts, Messages, etc. Choose the ones you'd like to backup and then select 'Backup. The entire process should take a few minutes and all your data would be backed up safely!

Select the file types to restore iPhone data after iOS downgrade

You can now go on and downgrade iOS!

How to restore iPhone from backup after iOS downgrade

Finally, now that you've downgraded, you can launch Dr.Fone again. Follow the previous steps. Choose 'Restore'.

Final Step: Selectively Restore iPhone from Backup!

Now you can go through the list of file types on the panel in the left-hand corner. You can then go through the gallery of files on the right-hand side. Select the files you would like to restore and then click on 'Restore to Device' or 'Export to PC' depending on what you want to do next!

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With this, you're done! You've restored all your iPhone and successfully downgraded your iOS!

So now you know of all the different means by which you can restore iPhone after you've downgraded your iPhone! If your iPhone is backed up on iTunes or iCloud, then you can use Dr.Fone - Data Recovery (iOS) to restore iPhone from iTunes or restore iPhone from iCloud. Alternatively, you can also backup iPhone using Dr.Fone - Phone Backup (iOS). In this case, after you've downgraded, you can directly use the same tool to restore iPhone!

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