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How to restore an iPhone from an iCloud backup

Whether you’ve bought a new iPhone or reset your iPhone to factory settings, the big question now is, how do you restore your iPhone?

When we say ‘restore your iPhone’, we mean returning your blank slate device to full working order, with all of your apps, accounts, layouts, and data loaded up.

It can be pretty laborious setting up a phone from fresh, but thankfully Apple provides a one-stop means for restoring an iPhone from a previous backup. Here’s how it’s done.

NOTE: This method assumes that you’ve backed up a previous iPhone using iCloud. This should be active by default, but here’s How to back up an iPhone if you want to make sure.

What we used

  • We used the iPhone 13 Pro, but these methods will work on any iPhone

The Short Version

  • Turn on your iPhone
  • Initial set-up
  • Restore your iPhone
  • Choose your backup
  • Set up wallet
  • Finish the Restore process
  1. Step
    1

    Turn on your iPhone

    Turn on your new or wiped iPhone. You should be greeted by the Hello screen. If not, your iPhone has already been set-up, and you should follow our advice on How to reset an iPhone.iOS setup Hello language select

  2. Step
    2

    Initial set-up

    Swipe up to start the set-up process and select your language and country or region. On the ensuing Quick Start screen, tap Set Up Manually.

    You’ll now be guided through the process of selecting a Wi-Fi network and inputting a password. Insert these and press Next, then wait for the initial set-up phase to complete.

    Continue on to the Data & Privacy screen, then click Continue and Set up Face ID, followed by adding a passcode.iOS Wi-Fi Network select setup

  3. Step
    3

    Restore your iPhone

    Now you’re at the crucial point for restoring your iPhone – the Apps & Data screen. Tap the Restore from iCloud Backup option at the top.

    Sign in to iCloud using your Apple ID when prompted, authenticate if asked, agree to any Terms & Conditions, and finally wait while your Apple ID is set up.iOS Apps & Data Restore iCloud

  4. Step
    4

    Choose your backup

    Select your backup from the next screen, ideally the Latest Backup. The ensuing Make This Your New iPhone screen shows you how your backup had things set up (apps & data, Settings etc). Hit Continue.

  5. Step
    5

    Set up wallet

    At this point you’ll need to select any of the Previous Cards that you had set-up in Apple Wallet. Select or de-select the ones you want to keep or discard, then authenticate using their security numbers when asked.Apple Wallet iOS

  6. Step
    6

    Finish the Restore process

    Finally, on the iPhone Analytics, opt whether you want to share data with Apple for analytical purposes or not. Now wait for Restore from iCloud to finish.

    Eventually, your iPhone will reboot. When it does, your home screen will be restored. Now you must wait for all of your apps and content to install.iOS restore iCloud apps

FAQs

Can I restore my iPhone from my Mac or PC?

Yes, just connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable, open Finder or iTunes, select your device, and select Restore Backup.

Can I restore my iPhone using a previous iPhone?

Yes, just follow our How to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone guide.

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