How Long Does It Take to Restore from iCloud Backup

How Long Does It Take to Restore from iCloud

According to Apple, the time it takes to restore from an iCloud backup will depend on the size of the backup and the speed and reliability of the Wi-Fi connection you are using. But even Apple admits that even with the strongest connection, it might still take 1 to 4 hours to per gigabyte to complete the process. We don't find an accurate answer to this question. But many forum users have reported a restore taking much longer than that, too long that some of them gave up. The following are just some of user stories.

User Story 1: One user, Matt, says that when he tried to restore his iPhone 6 from an iCloud backup, the process took more than 24 hours. The size of his backup is only 15GB and he says it is taking up 50GB of his broadband data quota even though all he’s doing is restoring his backup.

User Story 2: Cassini007 is another forum user who claims, it has taken over 3 days for the restore process to complete. While he doesn’t specify the size of the backup, it is still unusual for the process to take over 3 days no matter how large the backup.

User Story 3: Bangerz73 says it took 7-8 hours to restore his iCloud backup to his iPhone despite it being just 708.4 MB in size. He also says there are no photos or music on the backup, just apps and other data.

User Story 4: Mattsticks, on the other hand, claims it’s been 12 hours since he started the backup and it is yet to complete. He is certain his device is connected to a great connection but the process is yet to complete.

The above stories are not isolated cases. There are very many people who experience the same or similar problems restoring their device. This can hinder the usage of the device since you spend too long waiting for the restore process to be completed. If this happens to you, the following are just some of the tips for you when it takes you a lot of time to finish the restore process.

Stay Connected to a Reliable Wi-Fi Network and Power Source

It is important that your device is connected to a strong and reliable Wi-Fi network. So, if you experience problems with the iCloud restore process, check that your Wi-F network is working. You can also leave the device in the same room as the router to increase the strength of the network.

strong and reliable Wi-Fi network

It is also equally as important to connect the device to a functional power source. Without it the restore process may fail to complete. If you are plugging in the device to a desktop for power, be sure to use the USB port on the back tower. The front USB ports often have less power.

connect the device to a functional power source

How to Stop an iCloud Restore that is Stuck

It can be quite possible that your iCloud restore process is stuck and may therefore not complete. If you’ve waited for more than 24 hours, it may be time to end the process and try again. The following guide will show you how to stop an iCloud restore process that is stuck.

Step 1: Go to Setting on your device. Tap on iCloud and click on “Backup”.

Step 2: You should see an option to “Stop Restoring iPhone” tap on it and in the pop up that appears, tap on “Stop” to stop the restore process.

Once you’ve done that you will no longer see a warning that an iCloud restore is in progress. You will be able to use your device and can even try to restore later.

Stop an iCloud Restore

Alternative Solution to Backup and Restore iPhone Selectively

If you are still having issues with an iCloud restore, there is another option you can try to backup and restore your iPhone. This option is iMyFone D-Port Pro, an iOS backup and restore tool that is easy to use and will not have any of the hang-ups you may find with iCloud or iTunes. Some of its features include the following.

iPhone Backup & Restore Tool

Key Features:

  • Back up all the data on your iPhone or backup just your messages, WhatsApp or WeChat data.
  • It is also quite reliable when you want to restore messages, WhatsApp or WeChat data from the backup you’ve created using D-Port Pro/iTunes/iCloud.
  • It can also be used to export 18 types of data from your iOS device such as messages, contacts, photos, videos and more.

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How to Use D-Port Pro to Backup iPhone Data

Download and install the program to your computer and then follow these simple steps to back up all the data on your iPhone.

Step 1: launch the program and from the main window, choose “Back Up & Export from Device” and then click on the “Make a Full Backup” option.

make a full backup

Step 2: Click on “Backup” in the next window and the program will begin the process immediately. You will be notified when the backup process is complete.

begin the backup process

If you want to only backup your messages, follow these simple steps.

Step 1: On the main window, choose “Back Up and Export from Device and then click “Back up Messages.”

back up messages on iOS device

Step 2: Click “Back Up” the next window and the program will proceed to back up all messages on the device. You will receive notification when the process is complete.

backing up messages on your device

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How to Use D-Port Pro to Restore an iPhone

Follow these very simple steps to restore an iPhone using D-Port Pro.

Step 1: From the "Restore Backup to Device" tab choose a backup to restore and click on the Next button.

Restore Backup to Device

Step 2: On the main window, select “Restore full Backup.” If our iPhone is not connected to the computer, the program will prompt you to connect the device. After connecting the device, choose “Restore Full Backup.” Click “Restore” to start the process.

Restore full Back up

Step 3: Wait for the program to complete the process. Ensure that the device remains connected to the computer through the process.

Wait for the program to complete the process

To restore a section of the data, follow these simple steps to do it.

Step 1: Choose “Restore Partial Backup” after selecting the backup you want to restore from and click “Next.”

Restore Partial Backup

Step 2: In the next window, select the type of data you want to restore. The program currently supports only a few types of data, there will be more soon. Once you’ve made your selection click “Next.”

select the type of data

Step 3: The program will begin to scan the backup for the type of data you’ve selected. Once the scan is complete, you can preview and choose the data you’d like to restore. Click “Restore” and the program will restore the selected data to your device.

preview data in backup

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