If you find yourself in a situation where you need to restore an iPhone – don’t panic. It’s easy to restore an iPhone and the steps in this article will guide you through the process. Restoring an iPhone is simple and relatively fool-proof when using the latest version of iTunes.
What Does iTunes Back Up?
When you back up your iPhone, the settings, photos in the camera roll and other important information is stored on your computer. For extra security, you can encrypt the data with a password during the back up process. When you restore an iPhone in the future with the back up, you need to enter the password again to unlock the encrypted data.
How to Back Up an iPhone Using iTunes
Make sure to back up your iPhone using the iTunes software on your computer regularly. It’s a good idea to do it at least once a week, and more often if you use your iPhone for more than just personal tasks. iTunes makes it easy to restore an iPhone and you can also transfer your old iPhone data to a new one.
If you already know how to back up your iPhone using iTunes, you can skip ahead to the next section. If you are using iCloud to back up your iPhone data, iTunes won’t do it automatically for you when you restore an iPhone.
iTunes will automatically back up your iPhone data when you plug the device in, or if you manually tell the program to do it for you. The simplest way to backup your iPhone manually is to click on the iPhone device button in the top right hand corner in iTunes. When the device summary screen is displayed, click on the ‘Back Up Now’ button.
How to Restore an iPhone Using iTunes
The simplest way to restore an iPhone using iTunes is to click the File menu and select Devices > Restore from Back up. Alternatively, you can select the ‘Restore Backup’ button in the iPhone summary screen within iTunes.
Remember that a back up doesn’t save all of the installed apps on the iPhone. You need to do this manually by selecting the ‘Transfer Purchases’ option. This can be found when you right click on your iPhone in iTunes. It’s simple to transfer the apps back after you restore an iPhone.