Want to Restore iPhone 13 from iPhone Backups?Efficient Methods for You

Navkiran Dhaliwal

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After countless rumors and leaks, the iPhone 13 and other variants are finally coming out!

Many iPhone users are changing their devices and iOS to the latest version without hesitation. However, it is commonplace for iPhone users to confront these situations in the phone changing and system upgrading process: iPhone stuck, data erased when repairing, data lost after updating system.

Therefore, we need to develop the habit of backing up our devices regularly. For those who want to switch to the new iPhone 13 and keep original data, this guide will show you how to restore iPhone 13 from previous iPhone backups.

Part 1: Official Ways to Restore iPhone 13 from an iPhone Backup

Situation 1: Restore iPhone 13 from iPhone Backup in iCloud

You can always set up a new Apple device like iPhone 13, iPod touch, or iPad via an iCloud backup.

Step 1: Switch on your brand new iPhone 13 then you will see the 'Hello' screen.

Step 2: Go to the 'Apps and Data' screen and tap on 'Restore from iCloud Backup'.

apps and data screen

Step 3: Sign in using your Apple ID.

Step 4: Tap on 'Choose backup' and select the backup that you want.

There are a few things that you need to know about restoring an iCloud backup. Check out some of them below.

Restoring or setting up a new device via iCloud backup restores all the accounts and settings in the backup. This means that it restores your photos, music, apps, books, movies, and other content.

You need your Apple ID for this process.

Check beneath icons on the home screen of your device to see the 'downloads' progress bars. If you will like to make one of the apps priority, simply tap on it.

Situation 2: iPhone Backup in Computers

If you have backed up your old iPhone data in computer, there are two ways listed below to restore backup to new iPhone 13.

In either case, you need to connect the device to your computer with a lighting cable. Also, you must have an existing backup that you want to restore. Let's discuss each of these methods in more detail.

Using Finder

You can easily restore iPhone 13 from backup through Finder. Apple made this possible with the macOS Catalina 10.15 or later. The process is pretty simple and you should be done with a few clicks.

Step 1: Plug your iPhone into your computer with a USB cable.

Step 2: Open your Finder window.

Step 3: Go to the left pane in the Finder window to locate your device. It should appear under 'Locations'.

Step 4: Go to the 'Summary' screen of your device and click 'Restore Backup'.

tap restore backup

Step 5: Choose the backup that you want to restore. There are three possible options and they are iCloud, Archived, and Local. To restore backup from the first two, you only need to click 'Restore'. For the last option, you have to provide your encryption password first then you can click 'Restore'.

restore your iphone 13 with itunes backup

Ensure that you don't disconnect your device from the computer until the restoration process is complete. You will get a message when it is and then you can remove your device.

Using iTunes

iTunes is a great alternative to restore iPhone 13 from backup if your Mac is with macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier. It also helps if you are using a Windows computer. Here's how to use iTunes to restore your iPhone 13.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone 13 to your computer, then launch iTunes.

Step 2: Click on 'Restore Backup'.

Step 3: Select the right backup and click 'Restore'. If the backup is encrypted, then you need to provide the password.

Step 4: At some point, you will get a prompt to sign in to your device. Ensure that you do. You will also need to sign in after the restoration.

Pros of using the official methods

  • • The official ways are available for free.
  • • You don't always have to rely on cloud storage.

Cros of using the official methods

  • • You may lose all your backups if the computer crashes.
  • • Cannot restore backups to your iPhone 13 Selectively.

Part 2: Alternative Way to Restore iPhone 13 from an iTunes Backup

There is an easier and safer way to restore iPhone 13 from an iTunes backup. One of the biggest advantages of this method is that you can carry out the selective restoration. Wondering what this method is? Let me introduce you MobileTrans - Restore. Check out how you can use this software to restore iPhone 13 from an iTunes backup in the steps below.

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Step 1: If you haven't installed MobileTrans on your computer, you should do that first. After this, launch the software on your computer then select 'Restore' on the home screen.

 click on restore

Step 2: Connect your device to the computer and click 'iTunes Restore'. Doing this detects the backup file automatically.

Step 3: Go to the pane on the left and select the backup that you need. Also, select the file types that you need to restore.

Step 4: When you are done, click 'Start'.

 select data type and start to restore iphone 13

The process is pretty straightforward and fast. You should get a notification once it is done.

You can also watch the video to learn how to use MobileTrans - Restore:

Pros of using MobileTrans - Restore

  • • Selective restoration is possible.
  • • Easy to use with just clicks.

Cros of using MobileTrans - Restore

  • • Not free. However, reasonable price if you try.

Besides restoring from the previous iPhone backups, you can also transfer old phone data to your new iPhone 13 no matter from an iPhone or an Android!

Tips: How to Locate Your Previous iPhone Backups

Finding your previous iPhone backups can be quite problematic, especially if you are a novice. In rounding up this post, we will provide you a few tips to help you locate previous iPhone backups.

Situation 1: Locate iPhone backups on a Mac or PC

To restore iPhone 13 from backups, you must first know its location. One of the easiest ways to do this is to go through iTunes. Here's how to locate your backups on Mac or PC using iTunes.

Step 1: Launch iTunes and go to 'Preferences'.

 tap preferences

Step 2: Check the 'Preferences' dialog box and select 'Devices'.

Step 3: You should see all your previous backups here. This means that you can manage the backups by archiving, deleting, or accessing them in the finder.

Step 4: Click on 'Show in Finder' then copy it to any location that you need.

Situation 2: Locate iPhone backups in iCloud

If you have a Mac PC, then it is pretty easy to locate your iCloud backups. Here's what you need to do.

Step 1: Go to the Apple icon or Dock and click on 'System Preferences'.

Step 2: Select 'iCloud'.

click on icloud to locate your backups

Step 3: Click on 'Manage'.

manage your icloud backups

Step 4: Go to the menu and select 'Backups'. Doing this reveals all the backups in your iCloud account.

Warning: Note that you shouldn't rename, extract, edit, or relocate the contents in your backups. Doing this could ruin the backups altogether.


To prevent data loss, we should back up our phones regularly. For iPhone users, this article give you suggestions to easily restore iPhone backups to your new iPhone 13. We hope both official ways and the thirty party software like MobileTrans - Restore can help you successfully accomplish your target! Anyway, make your day with the new iPhone 13!

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