How Long Does It Take to Restore from iCloud Backup

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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 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, even if iOS 12 is running on it. This option is iMyFone iTransor, 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 (iOS 12 Supported)

Key Features:

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

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How to Use iTransor 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 choose the option of "Back Up Device" from the tab "Acquire Backup from Device & iCloud".

backup device

Step 2: Then connect your device to the program. You can choose to back up all the data and settings or just the data you need. Then click on "Back up" to begin the process.

begin the backup process

Step 3: Once the process is complete, you can view or restore the data in the backup.

back up successfully

Note: You can back up just your messages, contacts, WhatsApp, or WeChat data with similar steps by checking them after  device connection. You can also choose the path of the backup files.

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How to Use iTransor to Restore an iPhone

Follow these very simple steps to restore an iPhone using iTransor.

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

Restore Backup to Device

Step 2: You will see two options to restore full backup or partial backup on the main window if you choose an full backup made by iMyFone or an iTunes backup. Select "Restore full Backup".

Restore Backup to Device

Step 3: Connect your device to the program. After connecting the device, you can choose "Preview & Restore" if you want to check the content in the backup, or choose "Directly Restore" if you are sure the backup is what you exactly want to restore. Here we take "Directly Restore" as example.

directly restore backup

Step 4: The program offers two ways to restore your backup: You can merge the contacts, messages, WhatsApp, and WeChat data in the backup with the corresponding data on your device, or replace the content on your device completely with the data in backup. You can try "Merge & Replace" here.

Merge & replace the data on device

Step 5: 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

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