How To Restore iPhone XS/XS Max/XR From iCloud Backup [2 Ways]

Restore iPhone XS, XS Max, XR From iCloud Backup

Learn 2 Easy Ways To Restore iPhone XS (Max)/XR From iCloud Backup!

Overview: Are you wondering on how to restore iPhone XS/XS Max/XR From iTunes Backup? Don’t have any idea on how to do it? Just Calm Down! In this tutorial, I will guide you through the two easiest ways to restore iPhone XS, XS Max or XR from iTunes backup.

tipExpert Tip: One of the best ways to restore iPhone XS (Max) or iPhone XR from iCloud backup is to use iOS Data Recovery which is suitable iCloud Backup Data Recovery software.

With the help of iOS Data Recovery Tool, you can:

  • Efficiently restore data back to your iPhone XS/XS Max/XR from iCloud backup.
  • Selectively restore files from iCloud backup such as photos, videos, audio, contacts, messages, call logs, notes, reminders, voice memos, documents, WhatsApp/Kik/Viber/Messenger messages, Safari bookmarks, etc.
  • Preview and restore any file from the backup to an iPhone.
  • No data loss on device during the restore.
  • Supports all iPhones including iPhone XS (Max)/iPhone XR/iPhone X/iPhone 8 (Plus)/iPhone 7 (Plus) and the latest iOS version fully!
  • Fully compatible with Windows 10 or Mac 10.14/10.13/10.12/10.11.

Free Download Trial Version/Buy Now iCloud Backup Data Recovery Tool

*Trial version only scans and previews recoverable files.

*Trial version only scans and previews recoverable files.

Your iPhone XS (Max) or XR may contain lots of important data that you do not want to lose. Hence, it is always recommended that you must regular backup your iPhone.

There are various ways through which you can back up your iPhone XS/XS Max/XR. Below follow the following links to know how backup your iPhone:

Well, you know how to back up your iPhone!

But there are lots of users out there who face problems or they do not know on how to restore iPhone XS Max, XS or XR from iCloud backup.

For example, just check out the real-user practical scenario!

Practical Scenario: A User Not Able To Restore From iPhone 8 Plus To iPhone XS Max Via iCloud Backup

Can’t restore from icloud

I recently upgraded to the XS Max from 8Plus. When trying to restore from iCloud was given a prompt saying that my backup couldn’t be used until phone is updated to ios12.3.2. The XS Max uses iOS 12.3.1 and doesn’t detect that it needs an update because 12.3.2 is a fix for the 8Plus. How can I restore from iCloud?

Source: Apple Community

That was just one example. Similarly, there are several iPhone XS Max/XS/XR users out there want to know – how to restore from iCloud backup when they encounter different problems or simply want to know the steps to restore data from iPhone XS (Max)/XR via iCloud backup.

Well, you do not need to worry at all! Below I have mentioned 2 ways that will help you to restore your iPhone XS, XS Max or iPhone XR From iCloud. You can follow any one of them as per your requirement.

Also Read: Solved: iCloud Backup Greyed Out On iPhone (iOS 12 Supported)

Way 1: Restore iPhone XS, XS Max Or XR From iCloud Backup [Need iPhone Reset]

If you have previously taken a backup of your iPhone XS (Max)/XR to iCloud, then you can easily restore your iPhone from the iCloud backup.

Performing an iPhone XS/XS Max/XR from iCloud is quite easy. You can restore iCloud backup while setting up your new device.

However, if you are already using your iPhone XS (Max)/XR then you have to first factory reset it. This is the main drawbacks of this solution. Besides that, this solution does not allow you to restore file selectively from the iCloud backup.

Anyway, below follow the steps to restore iPhone XS/XS Max/XR from iCloud backup.

Steps To Restore iCloud Backup To iPhone XS/XS Max/XR

Step 1: On your iPhone go to Settings> General > Reset and tap on “Erase all content and settings”. Confirm your choice to reset your iPhone.

Factory Reset iPhone

Step 2: Once your phone get reset, it will get restarted with default settings. You can now set-up your phone, just follow the on-screen step.

Step 3: Once you reach “Apps & Data” screen, tap on “Restore from iCloud Backup”.

Step 4: Log-in to your iCloud account with your iCloud Apple ID and password.

Restore iPhone From iCloud Backup

Step 5: It will show a list of backup file linked to the respective account. Simply select the appropriate (look at the date and size) backup file.

Step 6: If asked, then sign-in to your Apple ID account to restore your apps & purchases. If you don’t remember the password, then you can tap Skip this Step and sign-in later.

Step 7: During the restore process, make sure your phone stay connected to Wi-Fi network. The restore progress bar may take few minutes to several hours to get complete, depending upon the size of the backup file and Wi-Fi network speed.

Restore iOS From iCloud Backup

Note: Since restoring data from iCloud backup by resetting iPhone, replaces/overwrite all the data on the phone and you can’t recover the files selectively, hence we recommend you to opt for Way 2.

Also Read: How To Factory Reset iPhone Without iCloud Password [4 Solutions]

Way 2: Selectively Restore iPhone XS, XS Max Or XR From iCloud Backup [No iPhone Reset Required]

Let me tell you that traditional restoring way several limitations such as you have to factory reset (erases all data) your device, you can’t check the backup contents, you can’t restore file selectively and so on. Hence, many iPhone/iPad users prefer to try reliable third-party software such as iOS Data Recovery which is an appropriate iCloud Backup Data Recovery Tool.

This software will help you to easily retrieve file selectively from iCloud backup to iPhone XS/XS Max/XR or to PC or Mac. It will allow you to extract data such as photos, videos, audio, messages, contacts, call logs, notes, voice memos, calendars, reminders, Safari bookmarks, documents, WhatsApp chat history, Kik/Viber/Messenger messages, etc from iCloud Backup. Additionally, this restore iPhone XS (Max)/XR from iCloud backup without resetting and without Wi-Fi network.

Beside that it does not overwrite/replaces the existing data stored on your device as well as you do not have to factory reset your device. It means there is no data loss at while restoring from iCloud backup.

The best part about this iCloud Data Recovery for iPhone XS (Max)/XR is that it also recovers deleted files from iPhone, iPad & iPod touch without any backup and also selectively retrieve files from iTunes backup. The software is available for both Windows and Mac computer.

*Trial version only scans and previews recoverable files.

*Trial version only scans and previews recoverable files.

Below, follow the steps to restore files selectively from iCloud backup to iPhone XS (Max)/XR by using iOS Data Recovery Software.

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Steps To Restore Files Selectively From iCloud Backup To iPhone XS/XS Max/XR

Step 1: Select Recovery Mode

Download iOS Data Recovery software on your computer and launch and click on “Recover”. Now connect your iPhone to computer with the help of USB/Lightning cable.

Then select the option “Recover iOS Data”.

Then click on “Recover from iCloud Backup Files“. You will get the following windows as it is shown in the screenshot below. Simply log-in to your iCloud account with your iCloud id and password.

Note: This iOS Data Recovery take privacy very seriously. This tool does not take or keep any record of any of your Apple account info or content at any time or while during recovery sessions.

Step 2: Download Data From iCloud Backup File

After you successfully logged in to your iCloud account, the software will display all the iCloud backup files of your account. Select the relevant iCloud backup files from which you want to recover data and then click on “Download” button.

A pop-up window will appear, now select the type of files that you want to download and recover. After that click on “Next” button to scan the iCloud content.

Step 3: Preview And Recover Data From iCloud Backup File

Once the scan process gets complete, you can then preview the recoverable files of your iCloud backup file. Select the files that you want to restore and then click on “Recover to Computer” or “Recover to your device” button to save recovered files to your computer or to your device respectively.

Tip: What If You Have Already Downloaded The iCloud Backup Files?

If you already downloaded the iCloud backup file earlier, then you don’t have to sign-in again to your iCloud account. Simply click on “To preview and scan previously downloaded iCloud backup file” that is located under iCloud sign-in account.

Here you can see all the downloaded iCloud Backup files. Select the backup file from which you want to recover data and click on “Scan Downloaded” button. All these download iCloud Backup files are stored on your computer. If you want to delete them completely, then simply click on “trash” icon.


*Trial version only scans and previews recoverable files.

*Trial version only scans and previews recoverable files.

Wrap Up

I hope after going through this article, you can now easily restore iPhone XS (Max)/XR from iCloud backup. I have provided 2 ways to so – (i) Restore from iCloud backup that ask you to factory reset your phone and (ii) Restore data selectively from iCloud backup to iPhone XS/XS Max without factory resetting your phone.

You can follow any of the above-mentioned ways as per requirement. However, restoring from iCloud erases all content and settings with the backup file, hence it is recommended that you must opt for Way 2 that is to use iOS Data Recovery software which allow you to selectively restore data from iCloud backup to iPhone XS/XS Max/XR without deleting existing data.

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Max Field

Max Field is a founder of ios-datarecovery.com. He is an iOS lover and loves to write tips, tricks, fixes for errors, data recovery solutions and more related to iOS, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, iTunes and iCloud.

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