What Does Restore from Backup Mean?

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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 the iOS issues happening after iOS 12 update? 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.

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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. If you choose a third-party, you need check if it supports the latest iOS version (iOS 12) or not.

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 (iOS 12 Supported)

Another option you have is using a third-party software like iMyFone iTransor. This is a tool that helps you both create and restore backups, and you have a lot more freedom with iTransor than you would with Apple's official tools. It supports all iOS device and iOS versions including iPad, iPhone 8, iPhone X and iOS 12. Some of the features that really stand out include:

Key Features:

  • You can use it to back up your device either completely or partially for free.
  • You can restore backups either completely or partially as well. If you restore partially, the other data on your device won't be affected.
  • The program can merge the data on your iPhone with the data in backup when you are restoring iPhone from a backup.
  • You can preview the data in your backups before you restore.
  • 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 iTransor

Here is how you restore your device from backup using iTransor:

(1) Download iMyFone iTransor and install in onto your computer, then connect your device to your computer.

(2) Open iTransor, then click where it says Restore Backup to Device. It is in the left sidebar and the program will show you all the backups on your computer. You need to choose a backup and click Next.

Note: If you want to restore iCloud backup, you need to download the backup first. Please click "Log in" on the left bottom of the screen to download your iCloud backup.

choose a backup

(3) Then you can see 2 options Restore Full Backup and Restore Partial Backup. You can choose an option according to your own needs. Here we take Restore Partial Backup as an example.

restore full or partial backup

(4) After you click Restore Partial Backup, you will need to connect your device and choose the data type that you want to restore. You can choose Contacts, Messages, WhatsApp, or WeChat based on your needs. Besides, you can choose to directly restore the data or preview the data before restoring.

selectively restore data

(5) If you choose to directly restore the data, the program will start the process soon. If you choose Preview & Restore. You can preview the data after the scanning.

preview partial data

(6) When it comes to restore the data, you will be offered with 2 options Merge or Replace. If you want to save the current data on your device, you can choose Merge. If you just want the data in the backup, you can choose Replace. After you choose that, the restore process will start and finish soon.

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You can also use similar steps to restore a full backup 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 iTransor instead of iTunes or iCloud, though, you have the option to restore partial backups and not overwrite the current data on your device. There are tons of other features, too.

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