During the setup process of a new or freshly restored iOS device, select “Restore from iCloud Backup” and enter your account information.
iCloud Backup is a wonderful thing. It helps protect your pictures, videos, text messages, and any other data on your iPhone and iPad by making a carbon copy every 24 hours to Apple’s cloud storage. You can check out our article explaining iCloud Backup if you don’t know what it is or how it works.
While iCloud Backup is great, it’s not so obvious how you actually retrieve your data out of it. We get a lot of questions about this, so know that you aren’t the only one confused!
Here’s how you can restore your stuff from iCloud:
- Make sure your device is in an erased state, meaning that it must be reset to factory default. iCloud Restore must happen from the initial setup of an iOS device or after you’ve erased by going to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings or by restoring your device using iTunes.
- During the setup, you’ll get to a screen that asks you if you want to A. Set up as New, B. Restore from iCloud, or C. Restore from iTunes. We want to do an iCloud Restore!
- When prompted, type in your Apple ID and password of the account you want to restore from.
- Select the time/day of the backup you want to restore.
- Wait as your phone installs the backup!
That’s it! iCloud will do the rest. Your device will reboot once during the process, then it will load up your home screen where it will start downloading your apps, photos, videos, and anything else you had on there.
A Couple of Notes
- You might have to type in any iTunes or App Store account IDs or passwords that you’ve used to download any apps or media at any point in the backup you’re attempting to restore from.
- Also, you might have to update your iOS before you can restore. This is because you CAN’T restore a newer iOS backup onto an older iOS system.
- You CAN restore an older iOS backup onto a newer iOS system.
- This process is the same for any iOS device, including the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that supports iOS 5 or later according to Wikipedia.
- iCloud backup does not restore any passwords, UNLESS you have Two-Factor Authentication enabled.
- iCloud backups are not encrypted unless you have Two-Factor Authentication enabled.
iCloud Restore FAQ
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about iCloud Backup that we see in our appointments with our clients.
Can I restore an individual file or photo?
- You cannot restore individual files like Time Machine. It’s all or nothing. 😢
- [UPDATE: Actually, Apple just released a new feature allowing us to recover individual files! You can read more about this new feature here.]
When can I restore from and iCloud Backup? How to I get my device ready?
- Your iPhone or iPad has to be in an erased state in order to Restore. You can follow our instructions to learn how to erase your device or put it in recovery mode.
Why does my device say, “You must update the software before restoring from this backup?” I can’t update because I can’t get past this part of the setup!
- You can’t restore onto older software than the backup was made. This one is tricky: we’ve seen sometimes where someone gets a new iPhone and tries to restore a backup to it and it fails, saying the software was too old. That means the new iPhone had older software from the factory than your old iPhone! You need to put it in recovery mode and do an update first using iTunes or complete the initial setup “As a New Device”, run the update, then Erase All Content & Settings by going to Settings > General > Erase All Content & Settings.
Can I see which photos, videos, or other individual files before I restore?
- You can’t see individual items before you restore, you can only see the kinds of things stored. For example, you can see, “There are 2GB of photos and videos,” but you can’t actually look at each picture until you do an actual restore. However, you can do a restore to see what’s in the backup, but then start over again if you pulled from the wrong one!
How can I see what iCloud backups I have already and what time they last backed up?
- To see what’s in your current iCloud Backup, head over to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage where you can see which devices are being backed up. Click on whichever device is in question and you can see the latest backup time. NOTE: You can only see the content of the backup if you’re on the particular device in question. Otherwise, you can only see the backup time and size. (Kind of a bummer).
Relevant Official Apple Documentation
Make a Genius Bar appointment and take your broken charger and Apple will give you $20 off a new charger.
You’re here because something happened: your MacBook charger got chewed by your cat, dog, child, or couch. It might even be lost.
You’re also here because you don’t want to pony up $80 for a new MacBook charger, and I totally understand that, it’s a steep price for something that we take for granted.
Here’s how you can make $20 by spending a little time to get a new MacBook charger:
1. Make a Genius Bar appointment
Head over to Apple’s support online tool here — getsupport.apple.com. Then click on Mac > Mac Accessories > Other Peripherals > Accidental Damage > Bring In for Repair then sign in with your Apple ID and password.
Quick tip: as of Oct 2016 you can no longer book appointments through the Apple Store app directly, it sends you to the same website as above.
You should then be presented with dates and times you can book a Mac repair.
Be sure to select the Mac option because only the Mac technicians are authorized to replace MacBook chargers. The iPhone technicians will punt you to the Mac queue and you may end up waiting longer.
2. Bring your defunct charger with you to the appointment AND your Mac’s serial number
Apple has a $20 off a new replacement if you go through the Genius bar if you trade in your old, broken charger. That way you end up with a brand new charger.
Be sure to bring your Mac’s serial number in when you have the visit because they link the replacement to your Mac. If you don’t know how to find your serial number, check out Apple’s guide.
Absolutely NEVER buy a non-Apple MacBook charger because Apple has not licensed the MagSafe connector, the magnetized tip that goes on the end of all of the MacBook Air and Pro chargers Apple has made for a really long time.
The 12″ Retina MacBook charger uses USB Type C for the charger and you can easily find a new cable. It’s safe to get a third party USB-C cable, but not the actual charger brick. Get your new charger brick straight from Apple.
Buy the right adapter, case, or dongle to convert the lightning port to the traditional headphone/aux jack and allow simultaneous charging. 🎧🔋
The iPhone 7 removed the headphone jack. I get it, it’s inconvenient. There have been a few times already where I was denied music because I didn’t have the proper equipment to plug into an aux jack or headphones. You’ve probably had a similar situation if you’re reading this article, so you feel my pain.
Here are the best options for you to never get caught in that situation again. And no, you don’t have to drill a hole in the bottom of your iPhone like this crazy guy did 😂.
Apple was kind enough to include a short Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter that converts the Lightning port in the bottom of your iPhone 7 into an aux or headphone slot.
My recommendation would be to purchase one of these adapters for each place you consistently plug into for music. Aka one for the car, one for your speakers at home, and one for your go-to headphones. Switching this bad boy back and forth between spots is how it will get lost.
It is super small, maybe ~2″ long. You can purchase another adapter for only $9 if that happens, so all in all it isn’t a terrible solution.
Belkin announced their Lightning Audio + Charge adapter recently that splits your Lightning port into two different slots so you can charge in one and use the included dongle at the same time. It’s a little bit of a bummer because you now have to use two different adapters, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. It’s a little steep at $40, but desperate times call for dongles.
Purchase a DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) — $$$
The Verge covered the A-2SE, which is a high-end audio converter plus a battery for your iPhone 7. At $299, it’s not easy on the wallet but it will sound amazing and includes a 3000mAh battery which will recharge your iPhone while also converting your audio.
Listen to Bluetooth wireless headphones — $$$
Because wireless headphones don’t suck anymore, there are plenty of good models to choose from.
My recommendation would be to purchase a pair with Apple’s new high-powered, battery efficient W1 chip. It pairs your headphones instantly with your device when you need them and can dynamically switch between your iPhone, iPad, or Mac depending on which one you’re playing audio from at that moment.
Here’s a list of Bluetooth wireless headphones that include the awesome W1 chip along with my general summary of each.
There are other great Bluetooth headphones, but if you’re bought into the Apple ecosystem, I wouldn’t buy any that don’t have the magical W1 chip.
In the Car
Use the Bluetooth or USB connection your car has now — FREE
If this is your situation, consider yourself lucky. You can listen to audio and charge your iPhone at the same time without having to purchase anything. Yay!
Purchase an adapter if you already have an aux jack in your car — $
This converter from IlDock will split your single Lightning jack into a charging port and 3.5″ audio port for the aux in your car. Problem solved! Plus it gets the job done for an affordable price, as of 11/28/16 the IlDock is on sale for $10. Great for those who have a traditional aux jack already hooked up and don’t want to have to buy a new car audio system.
Get it directly from IlDock.
Finally, for almost $400, this may seem like overkill, but CarPlay is a very compelling car audio unit for lots of reasons besides simply audio.
What this would give you is one USB cable that would charge and transmit the CarPlay interface plus audio to your stereo system.
Kenwood makes a good head unit and you can purchase one on Amazon.
The iPhone 7 puts out audio in many different ways, I hope you find the one that works for you from my advice! Happy listening 🎧
If I’m leaving any other good ideas or products out, please let me know in the comments and I’ll add them and give you credit!
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