Easy Ways to Restore iPhone to Previous Date [2023]

How do I restore iPhone to previous date? In this article, useful methods are ready to help users restore iPhone to earlier date.


By Lora / Updated on July 19, 2023

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Why restore iPhone to previous date?


Sometimes, some certain important files are deleted or lost somehow for no reason; but we need them right now, and, at this time, the backups we made come in handy.

Then, it is time to restore iPhone to previous date. To make it clear, let’s view a case here.

My iPhone got stolen and everything was deleted which means videos, apps pictures, including pictures of my twins when they were born. I was wondering if there is any way I can get them back to safety.

- Question from Apple Community

In this case, the user encountered pilferage, which is one of the most common reasons for data loss on iPhones. After his/her iPhone got erased, everything was gone, including his/her precious photos of family members.

Except for force majeure like pilferage, careless deletion and data overwritten is also a reason for users to restore iPhone to earlier date. They might delete something important but quickly repent/make changes to the notes but need to go back to the previous version.

What’s more, when users replace their devices, they may need to use a copy of all their data or info on the old one. Luckily, backups and data recovery tool can save their situation. Several methods are introduced below for both PC users and Mac users.

Now get what you need in the next part. If your iPhone was stolen/your data was overwritten, try to restore your iPhone from backups; if your data was deleted/lost, then please navigate to Case 2.

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Case 1. How to restore iPhone to previous date?

“How do I restore my iPhone to an earlier date?” So many users are bothered by this question. There is no need to panic, things will go smooth if you follow the steps below properly.

Method 1. Restore iPhone to previous date From PC or Mac

iPhone provides several backup methods through which users can obtain their backup data. First, let’s get started restoring iPhone to earlier date with PC and Mac.

1. Restore iPhone to earlier date on the PC

For Windows users, to retrieve iPhone to a past date, preparation is required. Check what you need at first.

What you need:

 Your iPhone.

A charging cable. It needs to be compatible, and an original lightning cable is preferable.

The latest version of iTunes.

An available backup for recovery.

Now follow the steps here.

Since you have created a backup on your computer, you should have already trusted this computer. But if you have restarted the phone before connecting to the computer, you need to click “Trust” again. 
Please keep the connection between your iPhone and PC during the operation. 
Before restoring, if you need to create a backup of your current data, please make sure to archive your backup to lock it and avoid it being overwritten by a new one. Start iTunes, go to “Edit” > “Preferences” > “Devices”, right-click on your backup, and choose “Archive”. 
When choosing a backup version to retrieve, check if you have selected the correct one you need. 
If trying to restore iPhone from iTunes backup failed, please get help.

Step 1. Run iTunes, and connect your iPhone via a charging cable.


Step 2. Find the “iPhone” icon.


Step 3. Go to “Summary”, and click “Restore Backup”.


Thus you could see your backup versions. Select the one you need and retrieve iPhone to earlier date. Thus you have successfully gone back to the earlier date of the backup you need.

Phase 2. Restore iPhone to earlier date on Mac

If you are a Mac user, you could utilize “Finder” to retrieve iPhone to earlier date. Here you also need some preparation.

What you need:

 Your iPhone.

A charging cable. An original lightning cable is recommended.

A Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15 or later.

An available backup for recovery.

Now get ready to follow the steps to restore your iOS device to a past date.

During the process, please do not unplug your device. 
The same, if you have rebooted your iPhone, you need to click “Trust” again.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac. Start Finder. Select your device in “Locations”.

Step 2. Go to “General”, then select “Restore Backup”. Check the date and size of your backup, and make sure you have selected the right one to restore.


Then you have successfully retrieved your iPhone to previous date.

Method 2. Restore iPhone to previous date via iCloud Backup

If you possess an iCloud backup, you could also utilize iCloud here.

What you need:

Your iPhone.

A well-worked WiFi network is recommended.

Now the steps below will guide you to reset your iPhone to previous date using iCloud Backup.

First you need to erase your iPhone data before restoring it to an earlier date, so it is recommended to make a backup on iTunes or Mac in advance
If iCloud cannot restore iPhone from backup, please refer to the troubleshooting guide.

Step 1. Go to “General” > “Reset” > “Erase All Content and Settings”. Input your passcode.


Step 2. Then you need to set up your iPhone. In this process, you will be asked to connect to a WiFi network. Then you will come to “Apps & Data”. Click “Restore from iCloud Backup”, then sign in with your iCloud Apple ID. Choose a backup to recover from.


Thus, you can get your previous data back on your iPhone.

Case 2. How to recover deleted data on iPhone directly?

You definitely don't need to restore your iPhone, if you just want to get deleted data back. Restoring iPhone from backups to some degree is pretty dangerous because the changes made after the backup is done will get lost. 

It is better to retrieve deleted/lost data directly with ease rather than back-breakingly restore from a backup. To recover deleted data on iPhone, relying on a data recovery tool is a better bet. Since there are Good data recovery should have the following characteristics:

Comprehensive. Applies to all-around data loss scenarios. 
Convenient. Easy-to-operate, even green hands can easily deal with. 
Compatible. Supports all iOS devices from iOS 10.0 and above.

MyRecover for iOS is such a data recovery software which is satisfied all characters we mentioned above.

With AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS, you could recover iPhone data including photos, videos, voice memos, notes, contacts, etc. What's more, restoring WeChat chat history on iPhone will be an easy task with this tool.

Now download AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS to save your precious time and labor to get lost data back on iPhone.

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Tap “Trust” when asked “Trust This Computer?”.
Please keep the connection between your iPhone and the computer.

Step 1. Run MyRecover for iOS. Connect your iPhone to your PC.


Step 2. Click “Scan Now” to start scanning.


Step 3. All recoverable data will be listed. Select the lost data you want, then click “Recover” to save them on your computer.


Within only 3 steps, you could get deleted or lost data back on iPhone effortlessly. Moreover, it can help users recover permanently deleted notes on iPhone.

Further reading: how to prevent data loss in the future?

It is suggested to pay attention to iPhone backup and restore for all users. Backing up iPhone on a regular basis, then you could retrieve data from iPhone without problems.

FoneTool could save your situation. iCloud and iTunes are good, but what if you just want to back up photos or a specific type of data? This tool can do this for you.

Now download FoneTool to back up your data flexibly and smartly.

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When “Trust This Computer?” comes out on your iPhone, tap “Trust”.

Step 1. Run FoneTool > connect your iPhone via a lightning cable or a compatible one > Click “Custom Backup”.


Step 2. Select the data you want to back up > click “OK”.


Step 3. Choose the storage path according to your needs > click “Start Backup”.


"Photos Backup" and "Full Backup" can also protect your data safe from loss.

To conclude,  some feasible methods have been provided in detail in this tutorial to help users solve the problem of how to restore iPhone to previous date.

Users could restore iPhone from backups: utilize iTunes, iCloud, and Finder on Mac to restore iPhone to earlier date safely. Or just let MyRecover for iOS, the best data rescue tool for iDevices to help you.

In addition, backing up your iPhone data is always a good idea to protect your data.

Lora · Editor
Lora is an editor of AOMEI Technology. She is also a tester and editor of AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. -- "Keep testing, write the most useful tutorials for helping people recover the lost data for Windows and phones" is the most meaningful thing for her. Dedicated to creating helpful tutorials, she hopes her tutorial can assist users to effortlessly solve data loss problems on their personal computers and mobile phones.