How to Restore iPhone 8 Entirely or Selectively

Restoring your device can become necessary if at some point during your use you lose some of the data on your device. The data lost can be restored back to the device through a process that is often referred to as a “restore.” It usually involves the recovery of data from an iTunes or iCloud backup created earlier. Anyone with any iOS device needs to create a backup to restore from in the event of data loss.

Assuming that you regularly create a backup of your device to either iTunes or iCloud, this article deals with how to restore the backup. But we won’t stop there, we will show you a better way to restore your backups to an iPhone 8.

Restore iPhone 8 Entirely or Selectively

The Official Way to Restore Your iPhone 8

You are no doubt aware of the official way to restore your device either via iTunes or iCloud. It follows these simple steps.

Restore from iTunes

Step 1: To restore via iTunes connect the iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes.

Step 2: Select the iPhone when it appears and then click “Restore Backup.”

Step 3: Select the most relevant backup and then click “Restore.” Keep the device connected through the entire process.

Restore from iTunes

Restore from iCloud

Step 1: Unless you are setting up a new device, you will first have to erase all data and settings. To do that go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings.

Step 2: This will take you to the set-up screen. Follow the instructions on the screen until you get to “Apps & Data” and then select “Restore from iCloud Backup.”

Step 3: Sign in to iCloud, select a relevant backup and keep the device connected to a Wi-Fi network until the process is complete.

Restore from iCloud


The main problem with the methods outlined above is that you can only restore the entire backup. There is no provision to restore a section of the backup or certain types of data over others. But we have a solution for that particular problem.

Restore iPhone 8 Selectively Using iMyFone D-Port Pro

If you want more control; to be able to backup and restore specific data on your iPhone, you may need the services of iMyFone D-Port Pro. This tool is designed to make the backup and restore process easy. You can use it to backup just your messages, WhatsApp and WeChat data exclusively. The backup and restore process is made simple and can be completed in a single click. It also offers a unique solution allowing users to export data from their devices, an iTunes or iCloud backup.

The following is a simple way to use D-Port Pro to restore specific types of data from both iTunes and iCloud backups. To begin, download and install the program to your computer, launch it and then select “Restore Backup to Device” in the main window. You may be prompted to connect the device to the computer. That done, here are the specific steps.

Restore Specific Data from iTunes Backup

Step 1: Select an iTunes backup you wish to restore data from the list.

Select an iTunes backup

Then click “Restore Partial Backup” and click “Next.”

choose to restore partial backup

Step 2: Select the type of data you want to restore and then click “Next” to allow the program to begin scanning the backup for the selected data.

Step 3: Once the scanning process is complete, select the data you want to restore from the results and click “Restore.” The program will begin restoring the data immediately.

Restore Specific Data from iCloud Backup

Step 1: If you don’t see your iCloud backup files, click on “Download iCloud Backup” from the main window and then sign in to iCloud.

choose an iCloud backup to download

Step 2: Select an iCloud backup file you need to restore.


Step 3: Select the type of data you want to restore and then click “Next” to allow the program to scan the backup file.

Step 4: After the program has downloaded and scanned the backup file, select the data from the results page and click “Restore” and the process will begin immediately.