How can I restore iPhone data from an iTunes backup?

How can I restore my iPhone from an iTunes backup stored on my computer?

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 (or Finder on Mac) and select your iPhone.
  3. If you have a new or erased iPhone, iTunes will prompt you to restore from backup.
  4. Otherwise, click the Restore Backup button.
  5. Choose the backup you wish to sync and click the Restore button.


Restoring from backup will restore the files in the backup altogether, thus you will lose your current data on your device. So, for this situation, a backup extractor software comes in handy if you want to retrieve just specific files or worst if your backup is corrupt. Here is more about the files in an iTunes backup:

You can restore SMS form your iTunes Backupn back to your iPhone or a new iPhone if you once backed up your iPhone data with your iTunes library. Check this tutorial:

Best luck!

If you did backup SMS to iTunes, you can easily restore from iTunes backup, but if you did m\not make backup, you do not need to worry, there is a tip to recover lost messages from iPhone without backup. iPhone data recover can help you. Just see:

Good share. Thanks. iTunes Backup Extractor also can recover iPhone data.

To preview the data on iTunes backup and extract only the items you are interested in, you can refer this tutorial: support/retrieve-deleted-text-messages-from-itunes-backup.htm

Besides the method Apple offers for you, there are some top backup extracting tools you can have a try to extract specific text messages, contacts, notes, Camera Roll photos, such as PhoneRescue,

From my experience, iPhone Backup Extractor is a more user friendly choice. You can preview and extract the selected files from iTunes backup. You don't need to take a full restore. Here goes the details:

I have tried you method. It don't work. I get help on RecoveryTool.

I did the back up of my old phone to itunes. However i did not restored the backup when i bought the new phone. Now i wanted some of the old apps with data to be restored to my new phone. Will i lose any current data on the phone if i restore from the back up.

Apple doesn't allow its users to view the individual file in iTunes backup. But iPhoneRecovery: helps you to selectively recover and extract Photos, Contacts, SMS, Notes, WhatsApp, Videos and more data from iTunes backup.

Yes, the software can do that easily. With this kind of software, users can easily restore data from iTunes backup file separately. You can easily restore only the photos from the backup file or just contacts.

What happens to the data since your last back up? Say for example I backed up last Friday and then my phone broke and I restored from the last back up... Do I lose everything since the last back up?

Nice that. And I want to recommend a software called FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery. It's a helpful program for iOS users. You can recover files from iTunes or iCloud backup selectively, like contacts, photos, videos, messages etc.
You can know more in:

You can restore iPhone from old backup (if you did backup your iPhone) via iTunes, iCloud.
If you didn't backup it, still you can recovery iPhone data with other tools.
Here is a tips about 4 ways to recover iPhone data.

If you have ever synced your iPod, iPad, iPhone with iTunes on computer, Backuptrans iTunes Backup Extractor is a good choice can help you recover lost or deleted iPod, iPad, iPhone data from iTunes Backup files. It offers you the fast & simple-to-use way to extract and recover your data such as photo, video, camera roll, voicemail, Message, contact, note, calendar event, call history, voice memo, Safari bookmark and App Data etc from iTunes Backup. Easy to use software and no technical knowledge required.

It can help you:
1 Extract data from iTunes Backup on computer
2 Recover Message, contact, note, calendar, call history, voice memo, photo, video, voicemail App Data etc
3 Restore SMS, Contact, calendar, note, bookmark etc to iPhone, iPod, iPad directly
4 Retrieve data from encrypted iTunes Backup with your backup password
5 Detect all iTunes Backup files automatically on computer
6 Smart File System to view and extract all data in iTunes backup to file
7 Work perfectly for all iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS, iPad and iPod Touch


Free to try.

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Hello, i need to extract backup from my pc directly to icloud without using my iphone device.

Please can someone help me. My phone has been "wiped" but I have not been able to download all my data and files and pictures and voice messges from my father in hospital.

I never did a backup of any sort. Please can anyone out there help me recover the data, files, memos, voice messages, pictures?

I have the very old iphone, I think the first one that came out.

Thanking you ALL in advance.


Assuming you have older backups:
* Mac OS: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup
* Windows XP: %AppData%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup
* Windows Vista: %AppData%\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup
* Windows 7: %AppData%\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup
Go onto iTunes, right click on your device on the left-hand side bar, and their should be an option 'Restore From Backup', or something similar, click that and it'll help you to restore iPhone from previous Backup.

If you accidentally deleted your iPhone data, You have a big change to recover them: extract your data from the iTunes backup when you lost your iPhone. iTunes can automatically back up your iPhone data and update it every time when you sync it.

Scan and extract iTunes backup to recover iPhone data
a) Scan your iTunes backup for iPhone
b) Preview and recover iPhone data
c) Do backup well

You can see the detail of steps from here:

Here's also an article about how to Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup Files

First, backup your iPhone (right click on your iPhone under devices and click Back Up). To restore from a backup, right click on your iPhone under Devices in iTunes and click Restore from Backup. You can then choose which iPhone backup you want to restore from. Hope this helps.


Hi. I have tried restoring the backup on my iphone 7 but a notification shows me that there is a problem connecting to the servers. My wifi connection is ok. Please help? I follow that:


It is very easy to backup iPhone data with the help of third-party iPhone Backup Software. With the help of comprehensive software you can easily transfer data of your smartphone to your PC within few simple clicks. So, if iTunes fails to backup your data then third-party software could be best option for you.

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Recovering an iPhone 4, 3GS or other data from a backup is easy through iTunes, detailed information about which you can find in this article of Apple here.]

However, if your iTunes backup was not updated and the above article is not working for you, then using a third party software to recover iPhone photos will be beneficial. Wondershare Dr. Fone is one of the best and efficient software for recovering iPhone data easily directly from iPhone or from a backup.

What if you get the "iPhone couldn't restore due to corruption"? That might be because of a difference in the iOS or simple because the previous backup process wasn't fully successful. Then I might recommend you to take a look at the
Also I would love to see you picking up such a subject, how we can deal with corrupt backups. Cheers!

It is possible to recover your lost data from iPhone, some app can only extract backup from iTunes, but if user didn't backup with iTunes, how can you do? But some app allow user to recover lost data from iPhone directly. That's because iOS devices use NAND flash drive to store data. read here to learn more:

You may use it to restore your whole device to the condition when your device is backed up. Well, in most cases, we may not want to restore the whole device but some specific data of iPhone/iPad/iPod. Thus, what shall we do?This article give the details how to do Hope it can help you .For more, you also can go to iPubsoft help you.