Can You Restore Parts of an iPhone Backup?

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"Hi, I use iPhone 7 Plus and I want to know if there is any way to restore only some parts of my backup of iPhone. I don’t need whole data restoring. Is there a way to restore selectively?  Thanks!"

To restore part of iPhone backup is the concern of many iPhone users. The demand has increased because many popular ways (such as iTunes and iCloud) fail to restore selectively. If you are also confused with the question, "can you restore parts of an iPhone backup" , you will find solution for this query in this article. Just scroll down to know the details.

1. Can You Restore Parts of an iPhone Backup?

People usually use iTunes or iCloud to backup or restore device, so they are more acquainted with these two popular methods. However, when it comes to restoring part of iPhone backup, unfortunately iTunes or iCloud doesn’t support this function. You can only restore a full backup to your device using iTunes or iCloud. If you want to do a selective restore, you will need the help of a third-party tool. Don’t worry if you have no clue about what to use. We are now going to tell you how to do it.

2. Tool You'll Need to Restore Parts of an iPhone Backup

The name of the tool that can help you to restore part of iPhone backup is iMyFone D-Port Pro. It is an amazing third-party tool for making backup and restoring iOS data flexibly. The tool is highly recommended to the users for its simplicity as well as trustworthiness. To get clearer understanding about iMyFone D-Port Pro, read on the following features.

iPhone Backup & Restore Tool (iOS 11.2 Supported)

Key Features:

  • If you want only particular type(s) of data such as WhatsApp, WeChat or messages to get restored, this tool will be there to help you out.
  • It allows you to backup a specific type of data without overwriting any previous backup files. For example, you can backup WhatsApp, WeChat or messages separately.
  • It can restore your data from iTunes, iCloud and iMyFone backup files.
  • This tool allows you to extract more than 16 types of data from iOS device or iTunes/iCloud backup.

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Let us know the guides on how to restore part of iPhone backup made by iTunes and iCloud.

Part 1 Restore Part of iTunes Backup

Step 1 – Download the tool in your PC and run it to initiate the process. Enter the first screen and click on "Restore Backup to Device" tab from left sidebar of the screen. Your backup files will be listed on the screen post clicking on the option. Select the wanted iTunes backup file now.

backup list

Step 2 – Now, you need to choose if you want to restore full or partial backup. Of course if you need to restore some particular parts, so you are required to choose "Restore Partial Backup" option.

click restore a partial backup

Step 3 – Hit on "Next" option and you will be asked to choose the desired file type you need to restore. Choose one and hit on "Next" to let the program scan the data type.

preview data in backup

Lastly, hit on "Restore" button and your desired part of iTunes backup will start to restore.

successfully restore data in backup to device

Part 2 Restore Part of iCloud Backup

Step 1 – Launch the software first and hit on "Restore Backup to Device" option to get the backup files. Choose iCloud backup you need. In case, you don’t find the iCloud backup, simply click on "Download iCloud Backup" hyperlink at the bottom.

choose Download iCloud Backup

Step 2 – Log into your iCloud account. Don't worry, this tool will not record your account information.

log in your iCloud account

Your iCloud backups will show up now. Select the needed iCloud backup and hit "Next". Then you can choose the data type you want to restore which is Message.

choose an iCloud backup

Step 3 – Your data will be scanned and then you will choose the part needed to be restored. Once done, just click on "Next". Subsequently, preview your data once and then hit "Restore" option to complete the process.

preview data in iCloud backup

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3. Tip: Regularly and Selectively Backup Your iPhone

It is always suggested to make backup of iPhone on regular basis. Make this a habit and there will be more chance for you to get back the data you lost. You can use iTunes to make backup which is well-known method that most iPhone users go with. Although iTunes is the preferred method by most iPhone users, when it comes to selective backup of data, it doesn't help at all. You can also turn to iMyFone D-Port Pro in this case. It will help you in making backup of your iPhone completely or separately. Unlike iTunes, all the backup files made by iMyFone D-Port Pro will be kept on your computer without overwriting the previous backup. Besides, this feature is totally free.

interface of iMyFone D-Port Pro

Note: If you unfortunately have data loss, another program by iMyFone will help you out. The program is iMyFone D-Back which is a powerful data recovery tool and helps you recover 20+ types of data when you have data lost on your iOS device for various reason, such as accidental deletion, software update, and others.


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