Can I restore my iPhone from iCloud after setting it up as a new phone?
Your iPhone data can be restored from iCloud when setting up a new device, or after erasing all data from a device using Settings -> General -> Reset -> Erase All Content and Settings. You will be prompted by Setup Assistant by a new iPhone to set up as a new phone or restore from backup.
According to Apple, the time it takes to restore from an iCloud backup will depend on the size of the backup and the speed and reliability of the Wi-Fi connection you are using. But even Apple admits that even with the strongest connection, it might still take 1 to 4 hours to per gigabyte to complete the process.
- First, open the Settings app on iPhone and navigate to iCloud, as seen in the screenshot above. Next, scroll down and tap on Backup. If it's not already activated, tap the iCloud Backup option. You will see a brief description of the backup process.
- The time it takes to back up for the first time depends on the file size being backed up (you can find this from your back up settings) and how fast your Wi-Fi connection is. For example, if the upload speed is around 1 Mbps so 1 GB may take around 2 hrs to upload.
- To do this, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage. If there is an iOS update, upgrade your device. After your backup is deleted, tap Settings > iCloud > Back up and turn iCloud Backup off then on again. Then tap Back Up Now.
Steps to stop a stuck iCloud recovery
- On your phone, navigate your way to 'Settings' and tap on 'iCloud'.
- Then go to 'Backup'.
- Tap on 'Stop Restoring iPhone'.
- You will then be prompted to confirm that you really want to stop the recovery process. Tap on 'Stop'.
- Wait ten minutes, then go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup. If you're using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud, then scroll down and tap Backup. Make sure that iCloud Backup is on. If you see a different alert message, follow the steps for that message and try again.
- According to Apple, the time it takes to restore from an iCloud backup will depend on the size of the backup and the speed and reliability of the Wi-Fi connection you are using. But even Apple admits that even with the strongest connection, it might still take 1 to 4 hours to per gigabyte to complete the process.
- Restore from an iCloud backup
- On your iOS device, go to Settings > General > Software Update.
- Make sure you have a recent backup to restore from.
- Go to Settings > General > Reset, then tap “Erase all content and settings.”
- On the Apps & Data screen, tap Restore from iCloud Backup, then sign in to iCloud.
Transfer your iTunes backup to your new device
- Turn on your new device.
- Follow the steps until you see the Apps & Data screen, then tap Restore from iTunes Backup > next.
- Connect your new device to the computer that you used to back up your previous device.
- Open iTunes on your computer and select your device.
- How to erase all data from your iPhone or iPad
- Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
- Now tap on General.
- Scroll all the way to the bottom and tap on Reset.
- Tap on Erase All Content and Settings.
- Tap on Erase iPhone.
- Tap on Erase iPhone again to confirm.
- Enter your Passcode.
- Enable Location Services or disable Location Services. If you have already set up your iPhone 7/7 Plus and want to go back to the App & Data window, you can: Settings > General > Reset > then tap "Erase all content and settings." 5. From the Touch ID screen, you can set your fingerprint.
- If you don't use iCloud, you can use iTunes to transfer contacts from one iPhone to another.
- Plug your old iPhone into your PC/Mac and open the latest version of iTunes.
- Select your iPhone from the menu bar, click 'info' and make sure 'Sync Contacts' is enabled.
Updated: 3rd October 2019