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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 backups with iCloud, iTunes, or iMazing.

iCloud iTunes iMazing
Restore last iCloud backup Restore iTunes or iMazing backups Restore iTunes or iMazing backups
No restore customisationNo restore customisation Choose what data and which Apps are restored
Blind restore Blind restore Browse backup before restore

Before you begin

Download and install iMazing on your Mac or PC computer


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, you will need your backup password to initiate a restore.
    Enter your password and click OK. screenshot_05
  9. iMazing will begin the restore process. Your device will then restart.
    You can safely click Close Window at any point to return to iMazing's main view, the restore operation will continue in the background. screenshot_06

💡 Tips:

  • 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.

Restore options

The restore options allow you to customise what data and apps you want to restore. wizard restore options screenshot

Choose what data to restore Select what datasets you want to restore. Use the Select All checkbox to select or deselect all datasets. The following must be restored:

Accounts:Accounts are all email, contacts, calendars and other cloud service configured on your device.
Other Data and Preferences:Other data and preferences are all settings, system files etc so basically all the data not related to a dataset in particular.

wizard restore options screenshot, choose data to restore

Choose which apps to restore Choose what apps you want to restore, and which ones you want to exclude. Use the Select All checkbox to select or deselect all apps. wizard restore options screenshot, choose data to restore

Select Source Backups

wizard restore options screenshot On this screen, you can choose to to restore backups for the selected device, or backup from another device.

namebackup source
current devicelists all backups for selected device
other backupslists the latest backup from other devices

Turn off Find My iPhone

Find My iPhone includes a feature called Activation Lock that is designed to prevent anyone else from using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch if it's ever lost or stolen.

Activation Lock is enabled automatically when you turn on Find My iPhone on a device using iOS 7 or later.

When Find My iPhone is turned on, Activation Lock prevents iMazing from restoring a backup to your device.

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).


Updated 15 Apr, 2016
by iMazing Team

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