[Solved] How to Restore iPhone from Backup Files - 3 Ways

Boey Wong

Oct 31, 2017 09:00 / Posted by Boey Wong

Whether you have a new iPhone or come across the Blue screen of death, you might need to restore iPhone. There are different methods to get the data back, like retrieve data from iPhone directly, with iTunes, iCloud or other third-party tool.

This article explains three methods to return back the data of iPhone, including from iPhone, iTunes backup and iCloud backup. Just pick up the right method for restoring iPhone from backups or device.

What are they?

1. How to Restore Data on iPhone

The previous data is backed up somewhere invisible in iPhone. Please stop using your iPhone to prevent data loss. You can simply restore iPhone from iPhone directly with iPhone data recovery tool.

Please keep in mind,

Make sure the iPhone is not synced with iTunes, which might overwrite the lost data.

Scan iPhone for lost data

Click Start Scan to get the iPhone scanned. You can find all the data scanned out.


Get Data back from iPhone

Select any file you want to recover from the scanned result, check the files and click the Recover button to save them.

Recover Photo from iPhone

Wait for seconds, you will find the deleted backup files on your computer.


  • It is a selective restore for the part of iPhone data you required.
  • You can preview the previous backups before recovering iPhone.
  • It might also recover iMessages from iPhone or other data that you deleted by mistake.
  • The method fully backup all the files of iPhone and extract backups to iPhone easily.
  • It can scan the backups from iTunes and iCloud, and then restore iPhone backup from iTunes and iCloud.


  • It is not free to get the best iPhone restoration application tool.

2. How to Recover iPhone from Backup with iTunes

Deivece or Backup?

You need to know...

Above-mentioned way doesn't require backup files of iTunes, iCloud or other cloud services. You can connect the device to computer, and them scan and recover them. So how can you get them back from backup files?

The most common ways to manage iOS data are using iTunes and iCloud. It enables you to backup or restore your data with simple steps.


It is unconvenient that it modify all data on your iPhone or backup. You have no choice to recover certain items.

So what you need is FoneLab iPhone Backup Extractor. It helps you to recover data selectively, you can select separate data and it can save your recovering time.

If you have already backed up the iPhone data in iTunes, you can retrieve the iPhone from iTunes as below.

Select the right iTunes backup and click Start Scan.

Scan iTunes Backup

Choose the backup file in iTunes and click Recover.

Scan iTunes Backup

Wait for seconds, the file will be restored from iTunes backup.


  • iTunes backs up iPhone data with different file format. And then restore everything back to iPhone quickly.
  • Even if you have some large files, you do not have to pay any subscription charge.
  • Does not require a Wi-Fi connection, does not need to reply on iCloud or other third party service to retrieve backup for iPhone.


  • The synced movies and music files cannot be recovered to iPhone with iTunes. It might recover iPhone with purchased items only.
  • The requirement for encryption with password, which might turn out to be a pain when you wanna recover iPhone from backup with iTunes.
  • It is quite difficult to retrieve backup for iPhone from the iTunes folder.

3. How to Restore iPhone from An iCloud Backup

iCloud automatically backup iPhone when you log in your account with the application.

Start FoneLab for iOS and Sign in to iCloud

Login iCloud

Choose the backup folder and click Download button.

Recover Messages from iCloud

Choose the file and click Recover to restore.


  • It is the easiest way to store iPhone from backup with iCloud, you only need to do the whole process on the iPhone itself.
  • iCloud automatically backs up iPhone when Wi-Fi is available, you can always return back iPhone to the latest iCloud backup.
  • Restore iPhone from iCloud backup not only store the data from iPhone, but also other iDevice with the same iCloud account.
  • Helps you restore WhatsApp from iCloud and more.


  • The restriction for the 5GB limitation, you need to have a monthly subscription for iCloud backup of stored iPhone beyond 5GB.
  • Any media content on your iPhone that is not purchased from iTunes store cannot be recovered from iCloud backup for iPhone.
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