How to Restore iPhone from an iTunes Backup

If you're wondering how to restore a backup to a new iPhone with iTunes, or you just need to know how to load an old backup onto your existing iPhone or iPad, this article will show you how. Note: These steps work for Mac users running macOS Mojave or earlier and for PC users. If you have a newer Mac, check out our article on how to restore an iPhone from Finder.

Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup

Before you can restore a backup to your iPhone using iTunes, you'll need to make sure you have a backup stored on your computer. To learn how, check out our article on how to back up your iPhone to your Mac or PC. To learn more about keeping your iPhone safe and up-to-date, sign up for our Tip of the Day newsletter.

Before you begin, you'll need to turn Find My off in iCloud settings. We'll go over how to do that first.

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  1. Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.

    Tap Settings
  2. Tap your profile.

    Tap profile
  3. Tap Find My.

    Tap Find My
  4. Tap Find My iPhone.

    Tap Find My iPhone
  5. Toggle Find My iPhone off.

    Toggle Find My iPhone off
  6. Enter your Apple ID password and tap Turn Off.

    Enter passcode and tap Turn Off
  7. On your computer, open iTunes.

    Open iTunes
  8. Plug your iPhone into your computer using your charging cable.
  9. If you see a notification titled Trust This Computer? on your iPhone or iPad, tap Trust.

    Tap Trust
  10. If needed, enter your passcode to continue.

    Enter passcode
  11. In iTunes, click the icon indicating your iPhone or iPad.

    Click iPhone/iPad icon
  12. Click Restore Backup.

    Click Restore Backup
  13. Select the backup you want to restore.

    Select correct iPhone or iPad
  14. Click Restore.

    Click Restore
  15. If your backup is encrypted, enter your password and click Restore again.

    Enter password and click Restore
  16. Keep your device plugged into your computer until restoration is complete.

Now your iPhone or iPad should be restored with your saved backup!

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Elisabeth Garry

Elisabeth Garry is an Associate Editor for iPhone Life. Formerly of Gartner and Software Advice, they have six years of experience writing about technology for everyday users, specializing in iPhones, HomePods, and Apple TV. As a former college writing instructor, they are passionate about effective, accessible communication, which is perhaps why they love helping readers master the strongest communication tools they have available: their iPhones. They have a degree in Russian Literature and Language from Reed College.

When they’re not writing for iPhone Life, they’re reading about maritime disasters, writing fiction, rock climbing, or walking their adorable dog, Moosh.