How to Restore iPhone, iPad & iPod touch from Backup

Losing the data from your iPhone can happen for lots of reasons, including:

> Get iPhone stolen or broken

> Repairs that require you to erase all data on phone

> iOS upgrades causing data loss

> Delete data accidentally or intentionally

> Reset your iPhone

> Corruption making data loss

No one can predict when the disaster will strike, but it happens. Therefore, do not forget to make regular backups for your important data. Then you can easily restore your iPhone from backup files. If you use iTunes as your iPhone manager, you should know there is auto backup generated by iTunes when you sync iPhone with it. Yes, iTunes has done the backup for your iPhone indeed. You only need to restore from the iPhone backup file.

How to restore iPhone, iPad & iPod touch from backup

However, things go a little difficultly. The iTunes-generated backup file is not a common file type, but a SQlitedb file, which you can’t view, or extract any content from. To get the content, you need a recovery that allows you to preview and restore iPhone from the old backup file.

My recommendation is Wondershare  Dr.Fone (Mac) (for Mac users), or Wondershare Dr.Fone (for Windows users), which enable you to preview and restore the backup file, no matter you are using iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone4,  iPhone 3GS or the previous versions. You can restore them all or restore them selectively.

Note: Wondershare Dr.Fone also allows you to directly scan and recover data from iPhone 4/3GS, when you don’t have iTunes backup.

Download the free trial version below to take a try.

Next, let’s check how to restore iPhone from backup with Wondershare Data Recovery in steps.


Install and run the program. Don’t connect and sync your iPhone with iTunes when you are restoring iPhone from backup. All device backup file will be displayed automatically. Here you only need to choose the one that you want to restore, and proceed to “Scan”.

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Here all the content in the backup file has been displayed, and you can preview and check them one by one. After preview, check those you want back and hit to “Recover” and save them.

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To avoid losing data from your iPhone, do remember to backup it on your computer well.

Note: Wondershare Dr.Fone also allows you to directly scan and recover data from iPhone 4/3GS, when you don’t have iTunes backup.

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  1. […] The tutorial below is about the Windows version of Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS. If you are a Mac user, please read the guide for Wondershare Dr.Fone (Mac) here: Wondershare Dr.Fone (Mac) User Guide. […]