How to Restore Data from iCloud to New iPhone?

Wondering how to restore data from iCloud to new iPhone? Two specific solutions have been elaborated in this post.


By Penny / Updated on December 15, 2023

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Is there any way to restore data from iCloud to a new iPhone?


Recently, I purchased another iPhone and I want to restore data from the old one to the new one. Luckily, there’s an iCloud backup available for me. So is there any way to restore data from iCloud to a new iPhone without formatting it? Or is it possible to transfer a part of data from iCloud onto another iOS device?

-A user from Mac Forums

There’s no doubt that iCloud makes it possible to back up all the content and sync automatically between iOS devices. However, there is a point that deserves your attention. That is iOS data synchronicity to iCloud and iCloud backup are not the same thing.

If you turn on iCloud, you could view your synced files like photos, videos, and other data on after signing into your Apple ID. So how to restore new iPhone from iCloud backup? Please read on. 

How to restore data from iCloud to new iPhone?

How do I restore a new iPhone from iCloud if I need to transfer some necessary data?” If you've made backups, you can refer to the first method. If not, please adopt the best free iPhone to PC transfer software recommended in the second solution. 

Method 1. Restore data from iCloud backup to new iPhone

Before restoring a new iPhone from iCloud backup, please ensure your desired photos are in iCloud backups because you’re not allowed to access and select files before the iPhone data recovery process.

Moreover, your selected iCloud backup will replace all the existing data on your iOS devices. If the budget allows, you'd better prepare another new iOS device.

 Tap “Settings” >“Your Name”> “iCloud” > “iCloud Backup” and confirm “iCloud Backup” is accessible but do not click “Backup Now”.
If you turn on the iCloud, the data will be synced and updated automatically on And there's no sign of the same data in your iCloud backup.

Step 1. Click “Settings” > “General” > “Reset” > “Erase all contents and settings”.


Step 2. Your iPhone will restart and be configured. When comes to the “Apps & Data” screen, tap “Restore from iCloud Backup”.


Step 3. Sign in to iCloud with your iCloud account and then select a backup from a list of iCloud backups.  

Method 2. Restore data from old iPhone to new iPhone with the third-party free iPhone backup software

If you are unwilling to wipe out all the current data on your iOS devices, or you can use FoneTool to transfer iPhone data through computers at a fast speed. 

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It can transfer photos, music, videos, messages, and so on between iOS devices and PC. 
 It works well with iOS 15 and all the latest iOS devices.
 You can transfer the whole/selective iPhone data to PC/iPad/iPod Touch fast. For example, it can transfer 1000 songs within 9 minutes. 
An intuitive and easy-to-use interface brings convenience to everyone.

Plan A: Transfer all data from iPhone to iPhone

Step 1. Download and install FoneTool on your PC, then launch it and connect two iPhones to your computer.

Step 2. Click “iPhone to iPhone Transfer”.


Step 3. Enable backup encryption to encrypt data in the source device, then tap “Start Transfer”. It will take some minutes to overwrite the corresponding data. Please wait patiently.


Plan B: Transfer selective data from iPhone to iPhone

Plan B needs two steps: back up data on the old iPhone and restore the data to the new iPhone. You can preview and choose the necessary files before the data transfer. Meanwhile, there’s no need to transfer data with iCloud backup. Please pay attention to this notice.

✌Backup Data on Old iPhone

Step 1. Download and install FoneTool on your PC, then run it and plug in your old iPhone.

Step 2. Click Custom Backup and select the data you want to backup.


Step 3. Choose the storage path and tap “Start Backup”.


✌Transfer Data to New iPhone

Step 1. Connect your new iPhone to your PC, then click “Back” in the Backup Management interface.


Step 2. Tap “Expand” > “Advanced” > “Restore”.


Step 3. You can click the icon to preview and select the necessary data that will be restored to your new iPhone. Then click “Start Restore”.


Wrapping up

That’s all for how to restore data from iCloud to new iPhone. If you have made regular iCloud backups before, you could restore the new iPhone from iCloud backup. But if you prefer to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud or iTunes backup, FoneTool can help you tackle this issue without data erasing.

Besides this, if you just need to recover the lost or deleted data, MyRecover for iOS could help you to recover within a few simple clicks. You can also preview all data before iPhone data recovery and select necessary photos, videos, or other files. 

Penny · Editor
Penny works as an editor at AOMEI Technology, while she's a tester and editor for AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. She enjoys helping users with data recovery issues on Windows and iPhones using simple and practical solutions. Outside of work, she has a strong affection for pets, particularly giant pandas.