What Does Restore from Backup Mean?

Have you heard the phrase "restore from backup" and aren't sure what that means? Are you wondering if you should restore your iPhone or other device from backup in order to fix iOS issues? The fact of the matter is that restoring from backup is a simple process, even if it does have some consequences that you should know before you try it.

What Does Restore from Backup Mean?

To "restore from backup" means that you're restoring your iPhone's data from an iTunes backup, an iCloud backup, or a backup made by some other iOS backup tool. You're taking data that you saved previously and reloading it on your phone.

iTunes and iCloud backup

Usually, this also means that you're writing over all of the existing data that is currently on your phone. iTunes and iCloud will erase the data and settings on your phone in order to restore the backup. The backup will replace whatever was on your phone—which can be a good or bad thing, depending on your goals.

What if you only want to restore part of your backup, though? You're out of luck if you only use iTunes or iCloud.

How to Restore From Backup?

Well, there are 3 main ways to restore from backup:

  • Restore from an iTunes backup.
  • Restore from an iCloud backup.
  • Restore using a third-party tool that possibly gives you more choices and convenience.

The method that you choose will depend on your specific situation, of course.

Restore from Backup Using iTunes/iCloud

Restoring from backup using Apple's official tools—iTunes or iCloud—is a fairly straightforward process. You can follow Apple's instructions on their website to do this:

Transfer content from your previous iOS device to your new iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Keep in mind, though, that you are forced to restore the entire backup with you use iTunes and iCloud. You can't restore the backup partially and you have to overwrite the data that is currently on your device. That's just the way it is. In addition, iTunes can only restore backups made with iTunes, and iCloud similarly can only restore backups from iCloud. Also, you can't preview any of the data on the backup before you restore it. You don't really have too many choices; Apple products are very closed systems.

Restore from Backup with More Choices & Freedom

Another option you have is using third-party software like iMyFone D-Port ProThis is a tool that helps you both create and restore backups, and you have a lot more freedom with D-Port Pro than you would with Apple's official tools. Some of the features that really stand out include:

Key Features:

  • The tool can search for and find your iTunes backups as well as download your iCloud backups.
  • You can use it to back up your device either completely or partially.
  • You can restore backups either completely or partially as well.
  • You can preview the data in your backups before you restore, that way you can pick only what you need.
  • You can extract data from your backups and save the data on your computer.

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How to Restore from Backup Using iMyFone D-Port Pro

Here is how you restore your device from backup using D-Port Pro:

(1) Download iMyFone D-Port Pro and install in onto your computer, then connect your device to your computer.

(2) Open D-Port Pro, then click where it says Restore Backup to Device. It is in the left sidebar and then the program will show you all the backups on your computer.

(3) Choose the backup you want from the list provided on the main screen, then click Next.

backups list

(4) Click Restore Full Backup to restore all the data and settings in the backup.

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(5) You will be asked to notice the matters before restoring and plug your iPhone into your computer if you haven't already. Click Next once a connection is established. Wait for the restore process to finish and don't unplug your device until it is done.

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You can also use similar steps to restore partial data to your device, or even to extract data from your backups to your computer.

In short, restoring from backup means writing all of the data from a backup onto your device, often erasing the current data on your device in the process. If you use iMyFone D-Port Pro instead of iTunes or iCloud, though, you have the option to restore partial backups that don't overwrite your data. There are tons of other features, too.

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