By Stephanie / Last update April 7, 2022

Cannot restore iPhone from iCloud backup

“I'm trying to restore iPhone 11 from iCloud backup. Whenever it gets to like 15% it just sits a long time. Tried 4 or 5 times and the same problem was over and over again. It seemed to be stuck "time remaining" and cannot restore iPhone from iCloud backup. How can I solve this?”

--From Apple Developer

iCloud makes it incredibly simple to back up all of the data on iOS devices. However, restoring an iPhone from an iCloud backup is not as simple as it should be using iCloud. It is up to us whether we want to restore the backup to a new device or restore some of the material on an iPhone that is currently in use.

If your iPhone has been performing strangely, and you want to restore iOS to give it a new lease on life, or you've recently purchased a new iPhone and want to transfer all of your data from your old one, you could restore iPhone data from iCloud backup. In this post, you could follow the method to restore iPhone from iCloud backup, even without erasing all existed iPhone data.

Restore iPhone from iCloud backup by factory reset [Official Way]

If your iPhone is operating slowly or you're experiencing a lot of problems when you use it, a helpful method is to wipe it and reinstall the iOS. If you want to restore iPhone from iCloud backup to a new iPhone or an iPhone that is already in use, you must first ensure that you have an iCloud backup file to restore.

To back up your iPhone to iCloud, Tap “Settings” > [Your Name] > “iCloud” > “Backup” > “Back Up Now”. If you have an iCloud backup, follow the steps to reset your iPhone and restore iPhone data from iCloud backup.

Step 1. Tap “Settings” > “General” > “Reset/Transfer or Reset iPhone” > “Erase All Content and Settings”.

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Step 2. Follow the on-screen instruction to start the set-up process. When getting to the "App & Data" screen, select "Restore from iCloud Backup".  

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Step 3. Sign in to your Apple ID to check iCloud backups. Select the iCloud backup you want to restore according to time from the list.

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When you pick the backup, a progress bar will appear on the iPhone screen. The time it takes to recover your data is determined by the size of your iCloud backup and the speed of your internet connection.
 This method is also suitable for restoring a new iPhone from iCloud backup.

How to restore iPhone from iCloud backup without reset

What if you want to restore iPhone from iCloud backup without reset? This circumstance may happen if you have lost only a part of your iPhone data, like a few photos, but you don’t want to erase all iPhone data to recover the part of data.

While there is no official way to restore from an iCloud backup without a reset, but you could try to restore iPhone data from iCloud synced files on the web.

Step 1. Open iCloud.com on the browser of your computer.

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Step 2. Sign in to your iCloud account or Apple ID to access all your iCloud synced files.

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Notes:
If your iPhone has synced with iCloud, the file may already be gone from iCloud.
The second is that you will be unable to access app-specific data like text messages or data for third-party apps. While this is a good stopgap if you're lucky, it may not be your best option for recovering iPhone data. You could try AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS to recover lost or deleted iPhone data without backup.

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The bottom line

You may have successfully restored your iPhone from iCloud backup using the methods described above. Finally, if you have already set up your new iPhone before restoring it, you could try to restore iPhone from iCloud backup with or without a factory reset.

In addition, if you lost or deleted iPhone data accidentally, AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS is a good choice to help you to recover iPhone data without backup.