How to Restore iTunes Backup Content to iPhone 7/7Plus/8/X

By Gina Barrow, Last updated: September 21, 2020

Can you restore iTunes backup to new iPhone? I just recently bought a new iPhone 7 and had backed up my old data to iTunes for easy transfer. However, I only need few apps and contents to set up on my new phone to avoid loading up with so much data. How can I restore selective apps and other contents from iTunes backup on my iPhone 7?”~Craig S. iPhone7 user

Getting a new phone especially the recent iPhone 7 can be very exciting and exhausting. It is exciting because we all love to witness and experience first-hand all the cool features and apps of the new device and exhausting because it can be dreading to transfer all your data from the old phone to the new one. It is quite better now that you can just backup all your phone contents and just restore the backup to the new device.

Nevertheless, getting a new iPhone is something we all love to. Backing up data and other personal files from the old phone will be the first thing to do. But How do I transfer everything from my old phone to my new phone? If you are comfortable in using iTunes, you can save and back up all files easily by simply connecting your device to the computer where you have installed the iTunes. However, we understand that there are some apps and settings that you want to use on the new phone and there are those that you want to just keep on the backup; which means, you might need to specifically restore only those you needed.

In order to restore iTunes backup content to iPhone 7/8/X/XR/XS/11/12 selectively, you might need to use other programs that will help you choose those apps you only wish to download on the new device. In this article, we will be explaining the different ways on how to maximize your new phone’s full potential as well as the different options to back up and restore data from iTunes.

Part 1. How to Backup Files and Other iPhone Contents to iTunesPart 2. Restore iTunes Backup to iPhonePart 3. Selectively Restore iTunes Backup Contents Using FoneDog iOS Data RecoveryVideo Guide: How to Restore Contents from iTunes BackupPart 4. Tips on How to Protect Your iTunes Backup Files

Part 1. How to Backup Files and Other iPhone Contents to iTunes

Options 1. You Can also Backup with iTunes

Having a backup is incredibly important because it will save you from any heartache in the future when unwanted incidents happen. It will not only give you backup but rather secures your data and other information from identity theft, damages, and other unwanted scenarios. In order to backup your iPhone to iTunes, follow these guides:

Step1. Connect iPhone and Launch iTunes

On your computer, launch iTunes and check for updates. If there is an available new version, update the software and afterward, connect the iPhone device. It is a good option to update the iTunes first prior to any activities though not necessary.

Step2. Turn Off iCloud from the phone

On your iPhone device, make sure that iCloud is disabled in order to create backups on iTunes. If iCloud is on, you are unable to create iTunes backup. Go to Settings>iCloud>Storage and Backup>turn off the iCloud Backup slide.

Step3. Create Backups on iTunes

Inside iTunes, look for the iPhone icon on the top left portion of the screen and right-click or CTRL + Click, then find Backup. iTunes will now finish the backup process on your iPhone device. You will see the notification on the screen.

Itunes Backup Restore

Options 2. You Can also Backup with iTunes Wirelessly

Once you have already backed up your iPhone to iTunes, you can easily restore them whenever needed. iTunes basically backs up almost everything on your iPhone starting from contacts down to the browser settings. Files that are not usually backed up are those you have purchased from the App store because you will get the chance to re-download them. App store has records of you buying those so you can get it back anytime.

  1. Turn Off iCloud. Settings> iCloud> Storage & Backup> Turn off toggle
  2. Settings> General> iTunes Wi-Fi Sync> Choose your own computer on the lists> Sync Now. By default, it syncs automatically when the following standards are met: a. the screen is locked (idle), b. the device is connected to Wi-Fi, c. the device is charged or plugged into a power source.

Part 2. Restore iTunes Backup Content to iPhone

Wait until the whole restoration process is completed. You will see the progress on the screen and iTunes will notify you at once. The device will restart to complete the restoration then you can now disconnect the device. Most of the iPhone apps and content settings are backed up in iTunes. However, if you are planning to selectively choose which apps to restore only, it might not be possible in the iTunes.

If you are planning to restore the entire backup file from iTunes to your iPhone, you can simply do the following steps:

You can Follow the Guides Given Below

Step 1. Launch iTunes and Connect iPhone Step 2. Click on the device icon from the left-most panel of the screen Step 3. Choose the Summary tab and click on restore. You may also click on Restore when you see this option.

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Part 3. Selectively Restore iTunes Backup Contents Using FoneDog iOS Data Recovery

FoneDog iOS Data Recovery allows you to selectively restore iTunes backup contents conveniently without the need to become an expert. FoneDog iOS Data Recovery is a program that aims to make every iOS device owner‘s lives better and easier. It has been providing backup options and data recovery to almost all Apple devices.

What seems impossible to you is very much possible with FoneDog iOS Data Recovery. Unlike other backup options where you have to extract the entire backup files on your new iPhone 7 and you are not allowed to choose only those you desire, FoneDog iOS Data Recovery will let you preview contents and specifically choose what you only wish to download on the new iPhone 7. So if you have your backup ready, you can go ahead and selectively restore iTunes backup contents by following these guides below:

Step 1. Download FoneDog iOS Data Recovery and Launch

On your computer either Windows or Mac, you need to download the FoneDog iOS Data Recovery program and install. After the successful installation, launch the software until you reach the main menu. Choose a Recovery mode to continue.

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Step 2. Choose Recover from iTunes Backup File and Connect iPhone

There are 3 ways to effectively use this FoneDog iOS Data Recovery software. In order to extract the backup contents selectively, you have to choose Recover from iTunes Backup file, and then connect your iPhone using the USB cable that came along with the original packaging. Automatically, the software will be able to detect the device and it will show you the entire lists of iTunes backup saved on your computer. Choose your iPhone device name and click ”Start Scan.

Select Itunes Backup

Step 3. Scanning and Extracting

The program will now scan the iTunes backup contents and it may take a while before the entire contents to be extracted. Once the scanning is completed, and there is shown as a list of Viber Messages, videos, photos and so on it will now extract the files accordingly.

Itunes Scanning Results

Step 4. Preview and Selectively Restore iTunes Backup Contents

When the extraction is finished, you can now go over those categories which you want to download and use on the iPhone 7. You can now preview the items one by one and tick on the boxes beside each file in order to restore them. Click "Recover " button to save the backup contents on your phone or the computer.

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Finally, you have selectively restored your iTunes backup contents onto the new iPhone 7 and you can now enjoy the latest iOS features and maximize its capabilities. Just in case you need to selectively restore iTunes backup contents again in the future, always bear in mind that FoneDog iOS Data Recovery is definitely worth a try. It is compatible with almost all iOS devices with more users worldwide.

Video Guide: How to Restore Contents from iTunes Backup

Part 4. Tips on How to Protect Your iTunes Backup Files

Did you know that there are several ways to ensure protection for your backup contents in iTunes? Here are some tips to make sure all your data are safe.

Tip#1 Encrypt Backup files

  1. Launch iTunes
  2. Connect iPhone to the computer via USB cable
  3. Click on the iPhone device’s icon on the upper-left corner of iTunes screen
  4. Go to Summary
  5. Click Encrypt under Backups
  6. Choose and Type in password (Create a password that is easy to remember, there are no other ways to use the backup unless with the entered details)
  7. iTunes will backup all your contents and encrypt it.

You can view all the backup contents using your Mac computer and on the top menu click iTunes>Preferences. Go to the Devices tab and you will see a lock icon beside your device’s name. Click OK to close the tab.

Tip#2 iOS 11 software update

If you are planning to upgrade to the iOS 11 version, you can actually use iTunes on your computer to make it faster and more comprehensive. You iPhone may take a while to update the iTunes but doing it on a computer is better.

If in the future you might hear or see a friend who has the same issue like yours that they need to selectively restore iTunes backup contents, direct them to this article or you can inform them about how cool FoneDog iOS Data Recovery is.

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Was a Technical Specialist for a while, troubleshooting Smartphone and Software-related issues until a writing stint caught my attention.

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