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2 Ways to Restore iTunes Backup to iPhone 8 Entirely or Selectively

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Gabriel Hammond

September 7, 2017 (Updated: July 25, 2018)• Filed to: Backup & Restore iPhone

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Most people choose to back up their iPhone data on iTunes as it is one of the most advantageous ways to keep their data safe. Not only is creating a backup in iTunes easy, it also doesn’t require too much, for instance, you don’t need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network to create an iTunes backup. However, restore an iTunes backup can have its own shortcomings.

This article will explore two ways to restore an iTunes backup entirely or selectively. Keep reading for a solution that will provide you with more control when it comes to the data restore process. Please note that the methods which will be discussed work for iOS 12.

1 Restore iPhone 8 from iTunes Backup Entirely

The official process to restore an iTunes backup is simple as the following steps clearly demonstrate.

Step 1: Launch iTunes on your computer and connect the iPhone to the device using USB cables. Select the iPhone when it appears in iTunes and then click on “Restore Backup.”

 Launch iTunes on your computer

Step 2: Select the most relevant backup and then click “Restore”. Wait for the process to finish. You may be required to enter your password if the backup you selected was encrypted.

restore from backup

Like we mentioned before, this method although effective does have a few shortcomings. For instance, you are unable to view the backup file itself and as such cannot see the individual files in the backup. You can therefore not selectively restore only a section of the data; you can only restore the entire backup.

2 Restore iTunes Backup to iPhone 8 Selectively using iTransor

There is a tool that overcomes all the problems you may face with the official method to ensure you restore any or all data on your device quickly and effectively. That tool is iMyFone iTransor and the following are some of the features that make it the ideal tool.

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  • You can choose to restore only contacts, messages, WhatsApp messages, WeChat messages from iTunes/iCloud/iMyFone backup without overwriting all the other data on the device.
  • You can merge the contacts, messages, WhatsApp and WeChat data in the backup with which on your device.
  • It can come in handy when you want to export data from device, an iTunes backup or an iCloud backup.
  • It is compatible with the new iOS 12.

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How to Restore an iTunes Backup to your iPhone 8 using iTransor

To begin, download and install the program to your computer. Launch it and then follow these simple steps to restore your iTunes backup to iPhone 8.

Step 1: From the “Restore Backup to Device” tab choose an iTunes backup. iTransor supports also to restore iCloud or iMyFone backup to your device.


Step 2: Then choose “Restore Partial Backup” and connect your iPhone 8 to the computer using USB cable.


Step 3: Choose the type of data you want to restore from iTunes backup and click Preview & Restore.


Note: If you are sure what content is in the backup, you can choose Directly Restore.

Step 4: Wait for the scanning. Preview the data you want to restore when scanning is complete and then click “Restore” to choose "Merge" or "Replace".

choose merge or replace

Step 5: Do not disconnect the device from the computer until the process is complete.

restored successfully

You can also choose to restore full backup to your device. Simply choose “Restore Full Backup”. iMyFone iTransor will take a few minutes to restore the full backup to device with similar steps. Download the free trial version of the program to check out what it can do for you.

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