While backing up photos and other content on iCloud is very simple, we often get confused and lost when we wish to access this data to view or restore the same on our devices. This write-up should give you a comprehensive view of various ways to access icloud photos and show you how to restore your iPhone using iCloud Backup without having to reset your phone. We will also delve into the roadblocks you may face in this process and try to iron out these issues for you to leverage your Apple device to the fullest.


1. Restore your iPhone using iCloud Backup

You can restore content onto your existing iPhone, your new iPhone or any other Apple device such as an iPad which is linked to the same Apple ID. Let us also run you through the basic steps to backing up your data to ensure you can restore it back on your phone using iCloud Backup. Go to your iPhone Settings > Your Name > iCloud > Backup Now. Voila! Your images, contacts and other important data are now safe on iCloud.

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Now let’s explore how to restore the same onto your existing iPhone. Keep in mind, however, that this process involves erasing settings and data from your phone completely to restore the same again. Proceed only if you are comfortable with the idea. Go to General Settings > Reset > Erase all content and settings. Once you click the above and the process kicks in, your iPhone will reboot. Follow the instructions and when you get to ‘App & Data’, choose the ‘Restore from iCloud Backup’ Option. Sign into your Apple ID to set the process rolling.

If its a new iPhone you wish to restore you’ve backed up data on, it’s fairly simple. Go to ‘App & Data’ and click on ‘Restore from iCloud Backup’ sign into your Apple ID and selects the files you wish to restore.

2. Restore your iPhone without the reset using iCloud Backup

For those of us with huge amounts of data on our phones, the above option of completely erasing and restoring your iPhone may not be a great idea as we may not have backed up certain data and hence stand to lose the same. In such a case, you can employ professional tools such as dr.fone –BackUp & Restore (iOS) that helps you easily restore selected backed up data including selected contacts, messages, photos, documents and much more.

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3. Restore your iPhone through iCloud.com

Log onto the iCloud official website to access your e-mails, calendars contacts, and reminders and restore them on your iPhone or download icloud backup any other device. However, the drawback of this method is that Apple doesn’t allow you to access images, videos, ringtones wallpapers and other such media from iCloud. This method is useful for limited data types as listed above. For images, voicemail, text messages and MMS messages, you can try option 1 and 2.

4. Restoring your iPhone when iCloud fails

In some cases, your iPhone does not fully restore the backed up content due to various issues such as problems with iCloud servers, connectivity, or some error during the backup that has resulted in incomplete backing up of your content.

To troubleshoot this problem, first, check your iCloud system status on the Apple website. If the status is green, there is no server or incomplete backup problem. You should probably give it a try again as there may be some connectivity issues.

We hope this guide was helpful to you and has now made the process of backing up and restoring your iPhone an easier task.