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Learn how to restore your backup to a new iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Implemented on the iOS system since the beginning with iTunes and in recent years with iCloud, device backup is almost mandatory for those who value the security of their information, in case of any unforeseen with the gadget in itself.

In addition to being a simple and secure process, backup facilitates the migration of all settings and content between iOS devices. You might be asking yourself: is it possible to restore backup from an iPad to an iPhone, for example? Yes, however, product-specific content such as applications may not be transferred due to compatibility between devices.

It is also worth noting that there is a difference between the backup performed by iCloud and that made on iTunes. To choose the best method, understand what at the be stored in each of them.

ICloud Backup

  • Information already stored in iCloud, such as Notes, Calendar, Contacts, Photo Sharing and iCloud Photo Library;
  • Touch ID or Face ID and Apple Pay settings;
  • Data stored in other services, such as Google Drive, OneDrive and Exchange;
  • ICloud music library or content from the App Store (see below how to reacquire downloaded apps).

ITunes Backup

  • Photos already sent to iCloud Photo Sharing and Photo Library;
  • Music, videos, books and photos synced by iTunes;
  • Touch ID or Face ID and Apple Pay settings;
  • Keys, Activity and Health data (it is necessary to create an encrypted backup in iTunes to include this data).

Find out below how to restore a new iOS device from a copy of the data on another device via iTunes or the device itself, from iCloud.

Restoring an iCloud backup

Backing up iCloud does not require that the iOS device is connected to any computer and is performed automatically when the device is connected to power, locked and connected to Wi-Fi. To recover a backup from this method, follow the following steps that the device is connected to the network during the entire process.

  1. In the initial setup of the device, follow the instructions until you reach the Applications and Data;
  2. Select Restore from an iCloud Backup (you will need to enter your Apple ID and password);
  3. Select one backup if more than one file is available, check the dates of each backup and choose the most recent one;
  4. If requested, enter your Apple ID and password again to retrieve apps from the App Store;
  5. After the restoration is complete, content such as photos, apps, music will continue to be downloaded when the device is connected to W-Fi and power. Therefore, if at the end of the process you find that not all of the content has been transferred, wait a few hours.


Regarding the restoration process from iCloud, if during the initial configuration of the device you go through the screen Applications and Data and not selecting the option to restore from iCloud, it will be necessary to start the whole process again.

Restoring an iTunes backup

The backup of iTunes stored on the computer, and not in the cloud. So it may be the best option for anyone who makes use of the free 5GB iCloud plan, or who does not have so much affinity with the cloud service, or even does not have a fast connection to the internet.

  1. Open the iTunes on Mac or PC;
  2. Connect your iPhone / iPad / iPod touch to your computer from the USB cable (it may be necessary to allow the computer to access the mobile device from the ?Trust this computer? alert);
  3. Select the iOS device you want to recover when it appears in iTunes;
  4. On the "Summary" screen, which contains information about the device, select the button Restore Backup;

    Restoring backup from iTunes

  5. A window will appear with the backup data according to the name of the previous iOS device, check the most relevant file and select To restore;

    Restoring backup from iTunes

  6. Wait for the restoration process to complete. Do not disconnect the iOS device from the computer until it restarts and is redisplayed in iTunes. You will be able to disconnect at the end of synchronization.

Important: if a warning requiring a newer version of iOS appears at the time of restoring from backup, it will be necessary to configure the iOS device as a new device (skip all initial settings until you can access Settings). Then, update the software from the device itself or iTunes and then delete the device check how to delete all content and settings from iOS to, finally, restart the restoration process from a backup.

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