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Restore an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch from an iTunes backup?

A backup is a snapshot of the current state of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

When you restore a backup, you can:

  • return your device to the state it was in when that backup was made.
  • move your data to a new device.

You can restore your iTunes backup with iCloud, iTunes, or iMazing.

iCloud iTunes iMazing
Restore last backup Limited restore management Advanced restore management
No restore customisationNo restore customisation Customise what data is restored
Blind restore Blind restore Browse backup before restore

Who is this guide for?

Anyone who wants to restore their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch backup with more control over the process than what is possible with iTunes.

Before you begin

Download and install iMazing.



To restore an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch from a backup:

  1. Launch iMazing and connect your device
  2. In the left sidebar, select your device.
  3. In the Actions Panel, select Restore a Backup. This will open the Restore Wizard.
  4. Select the backup you want to restore.
    • Backups - Restore your device to a previous state.
    • Other backups - Restore another device's backup to your device
  5. Click Choose.
  6. Click on either Customize buttons to select what data to restore.
  7. Click Next.
  8. This will open a confirmation dialog box. Click Restore.
    screenshot_04 If your backup is encrypted encryption, you will need your backup password to initiate a restore.
    Enter your password and click OK. screenshot_05
  9. iMazing will erase all your current data, and start the restore process. Your device will then restart.
    Once your backup is finished, cick Done to return to the iMazing interface.


  • Once you've closed the wizard, you can check the process of your backup by clicking the Operations button in iMazing's upper toolbar.
  • To restore a backup to multiple devices select the backup in the left sidebar, and choose Restore backup from the Actions Panel.
    The Restore Wizard will give you the option to choose multiple targets devices.

What to keep in mind

  • Restoring a backup might take some time to complete. To check the operation's status, click on the Operations button in the upper toolbar (see step 8).

  • Restoring a backup will not change the target device's passcode.

  • Backups do not include your iTunes Media Library (iTunes U, Podcasts, Ringtones, Videos, iBooks and Music).

Going further


For support on iMazing, visit our Support Page.


Updated 15 Apr, 2016
by iMazing Team

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