How to restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

When you first set up your iPhone or iPad, you are encouraged to enable iCloud and offered the option to back up your data to Apple’s iCloud service. Before the advent of iCloud in iOS 5, backups took place locally on your Mac or PC. While still an option, many are making the transition to iCloud. One of the main advantages is that your data is secure. Local backups can be problematic should you have trouble with your computer, so more folks are naturally moving to the cloud for backups. iCloud also offers the perks of being able to easily migrate your data from iCloud to a new iOS device. You can literally leave an Apple Store and start the process of moving your apps, pictures, contacts and more. All of this without iTunes or a computer. Whether you are upgrading to a new device or replacing a broken one, here’s how to restore iPhone or iPad from an iCloud backup.

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The process for restoring is going to follow the same basic steps if you were to setup a new iPhone or iPad.

  1. First you’ll want to power on your iPhone or iPad and slide to unlock to start the configuration.
  2. Select your language and top on the blue arrow
  3. Select your country or region
  4. You’ll need to configure your Location Services to either Enable or Disable.
  5. WiFi Network: If you are home, select your home network. If you are near an open WiFi network, you can select that option to help speed up your iCloud restore download.
  6. Activating: Nothing is required here on your part. The iPhone will contact Apple and activate. If a new iPhone isn’t being launched when you are performing a restore, this usually takes a second or two. It’s that quick.

The Set Up iPhone screen or what I’d like to call where the rubber meets the road. Here you can select from three options and we of course are going to select Restore from iCloud Backup.

You’ll need to sign-in using your iCloud Apple ID. Once you’ve logged in, you’ll be presented with the ‘Latest Backup for this iPhone’. Select this option and click on the ‘Restore’ button at the top right.

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Tip: If for some reason you need to recover old data, you can opt for an older backup. iOS will show you the last two backups and you can select ‘Show older backups’.

Restoring from backup

You’ll see a message that your iPhone or iPad is Restoring from backup. With a matter of minutes, you should see a message ‘Restore Completed’. All of your settings and even old text messages will be restored. When the process completes, there are a few steps to follow.

  1. Sign in using your Apple ID password.
  2. iCloud will update your settings.
  3. Messaging: iOS will place checkmarks next to phone numbers and email addresses. These are the contacts where friends and family can contact you using Apple’s iMessage service.

Once you see the ‘Thank You’ screen, your iPhone is now set up. This doesn’t entirely complete the process. This simply means that your settings and core apps have been installed. Apps and media that you previously had installed will start to download. Earlier I recommended you connect to WiFi and this is the main reason. App downloads can be sizable, so a fast connection will help speed up downloads.


When you first set up iCloud and enable it as your default backup, the process of backing up your iOS device becomes effortless. You’ll no longer have to be concerned with connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC and all your information is safely stored in iCloud. If you should ever lose your iPhone or just picked a new iPhone from the Apple Store, you can restore iPhone from iCloud quickly and easily.

  • d moody

    my ipad is frozen what do I do

  • adnan jafri

    i have obtained a rew replacement iphone 5 with ios 6 running. During the set up screen, the icloud did not allow me to login so i could not restore my data including contacts from icloud. Nww i have completed set up and reached home screen but i am surprised to find out that there is no option in iphone 5 to restore contacts or emails from icloud. it only shows optiob to back now but nothing on restoration. All forum web sites talks about restoring while you are running set up but it does not talk about restoring it from home screen when set up is completed.