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How to Restore iPhone 5 from iTunes and iCloud Backup

Oct. 31, 2014 01:31 pm / Updated by Jerry Cook to iTunes Tips
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Backing up data for iPhone devices probably has been a kind of potluck since Apple professionals advise so. From Apple's information, you can backup iPhone 5 both in 2 ways: iTunes backup and iCloud backup. Whichever method you choose, you can easily recover iPhone 5 from backup no matter whether you lost all data on iPhone 5 due to deletion, iPhone 5 jailbreak, iOS update (iOS 8.1, iOS 8, iOS 7.1/7 update), factory settings, whether your lost files are messages, photos, contacts, or videos. What's more, you can also restore iPhone 5 from old backups, such as restore iPhone 5 from iPhone 4S/4/3GS backup.

How to Restore Contacts, Photos, Text Messages from iPhone 5 Backup?

For your information, we would like to specify the solutions on how to restore iPhone 5 from backup in the following 2 parts.

Part 1: How to restore iPhone 5 from iTunes backup

You may think that you can retrieve iPhone 5 from backup by clicking "Restore" and "Back Up" in iTunes, since iTunes would regularly back up the data whenever you connect iPhone 5 to computer for syncing. Surely this is workable occasionally. However, you can't view the detailed data within that kind of SQLITEDB file, and selectively recover the wanted files only instead of all the backed up ones. What's even worse, it would overwrite your newly-added and current data.

Luckily, you get iTunes Data Recovery here, which is a professional data recovery program to help you preview and optionally restore iPhone 5 from iTunes backup without any data loss in Windows systems (Windows 8.1/8/7/XP/Vista). If you are using Mac (Mac OS X 10.10, 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, 10.6, 10.5, etc.), you can try iTunes Data Recovery for Mac to restore iPhone 5 from backup on Mac.

Here is a simple guide on how to use iTunes Data Recovery to retrieve iPhone 5 from iTunes backup.

  • Download and run iTunes Data Recovery and select your iTunes backup file of iPhone 5

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  • Select iPhone 5 backup files to preview in details.
  • Choose the wanted ones or select all to restore.

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If you want to restore iPhone 5 from old backups, such as from iPhone 4S/4/3GS backup, you can refer to the above instructions since the steps are typically the same.

Part 2: How to restore iPhone 5 from iCloud backup

All iPhone 5 data can be restored with iCloud. You would be prompted by the Setup Assistant to restore iPhone 5 data from iCloud backup. However, we strongly recommend you not to use iCloud to backup iPhone 5 for privacy security consideration. There are some hidden risks with iCloud, such as wireless vulnerabilities, virus infections, hacking attempts, data theft, etc. What's more, all data and settings on iPhone 5 would be reverted to those contained in the backup so you need to backup recent data on iPhone 5 first. If you have backed up iPhone 5 with iCloud, we higly recommend you to try iPhone Data Recovery. The mode "Recover Data from iCloud Backup File" on it will help you restore all lost data from iCloud, and it won't delete anything on your device.

You can also try this method to restore from iCloud on iPhone 5C. It supports iOS 8.1, iOS 8, iOS 7 and more.

restore iphone 5 from icloud backup

You can also try the following abbreviated instructions to restore data from iCloud.

  • Connect iPhone 5 to Wi-Fi and select "Restore from iCloud Backup".
  • Type your iCloud account and password.
  • Select recent backup you want to restore.

Tips and Warnings to Back Up iPhone 5

Besides the typical way of syncing iPhone 5 with iTunes to backup data, you can also backup iPhone 5 like: right-click or control-click iPhone 5 in the Devices section and select "Back Up".

If you take the above solutions and tips when you lost iPhone 5 data, you would never fall into the pain of headache and can easily restore iPhone 5 from backup.

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