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    Do you need to restore iPhone or iPad from backup? If your iPhone or iPad is running slow, your network settings are messed up, or something is wrong with your device, you can fix it by restoring from a backup! Technology can malfunction at times. Your Bluetooth connection stops working; your iPhone stops tracking your location on Maps and maybe some apps crash as soon as you open them on your iPad.


    Either way, sometimes you need to reset your iPhone or iPad to get things working smoothly again. If your device is behaving strangely and you want to get your system back to normal, you can always restore it from a backup!



    How to restore iPhone or iPad from a backup

    Just as it's essential to back up your Mac, it's also vital to make sure your iPhone or iPad has a regular backup schedule. You can set it up to automatically backup every 24 hours via iCloud or whenever you connect it to your computer and open iTunes. Backups are up to you, but you should be backing up regularly, so when you have to resort to restoring your device, do you have a backup ready?

    • Read here if you don't know how to backup your iPhone or iPad

    1. Restore iPhone without iTunes from a backup

    The first thing you will need to do to restore your iPhone or iPad from a backup is to erase and restore all content and settings. At this point, you will lose any unsynced data in iCloud or another cloud-based service.


    Find My iPhone will also be disabled automatically when you reset the device. Don't worry though. It will automatically activate on reset.



    After verifying the backup of everything you need, wipe your iPhone data directly from the device.

    2. How to restore your iPhone or iPad using iCloud

    Next, you will need to restore your iPhone data from the most recent backup. After resetting it, follow these steps.


    • When you see the “Hello” screen, press the key Home.
    • Select one language.
    • Select a country or region.
    • Choose one WIFI network and log in.
    • Enable or disable i location services.
    • Tax touch ID.
    • When you get to the "Apps & data" screen, tap Restore from iCloud Backup.
    • Enter yours Apple ID and password.
    • Accept i Terms and conditions.
    • Select the backup you want to use. Touch Show all backups to view previous backups stored in iCloud.

    Final report: If you are trying to fix a problem, you can try using a previous backup. However, remember that if you are using a previous backup, you may not be able to restore the saved data.

    It will take a while to restore the backup from iCloud, so have a cup of tea and go for a nice healthy walk.

    3. How to format iphone using iTunes on macOS Mojave or earlier

    If you choose to backup your iPhone or iPad by connecting it to iTunes and storing the backups on your computer, you can also restore it from your most recent iTunes backup. You must first manually disable Find My iPhone. 



    Then, you can use iTunes to restore it from a backup. This is also the best option if you are having trouble updating your software. If over-the-air updates aren't working for you, using iTunes is probably your best bet.



    Final report: This method restores your iPhone's contacts, calendars, notes, text messages, and settings, but not the firmware.

    1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer.
    2. starts iTunes on your computer.
    3. Click icon of device in the upper left corner of the iTunes window.
    4. Click the summary device from the menu on the left.
    5. Make sure the box is checked for automatic backup to this computer.
    6. Click on Restore backup.
    7. When the option appears, select the device and click Restore.
    8. If necessary, enter the Password to unlock your iPhone backups (used when encrypting backups).

    4. How to reset iPhone using macOS Catalina

    Before you start iPhone reset, you need to make sure Find My Phone is turned off on your iPhone or iPad.


    1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer.
    2. starts Finder on your computer.
    3. Click the device name from the sidebar.
    4. Click on Restore iPhone o Restore iPad.
    5. click on Backup if you want to backup or ** Don't backup ** if you don't want to.
    6. Click on Restore.

    This will delete all your data and restore your iPhone or iPad to factory settings.

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