restore iphone after update ios 7

How to restore iPhone after updating to iOS 7 or iOS 8?

Upgrading from a previous iOS version should go smoothly and in most cases you should have the iPhone data and settings back, directly after updating to iOS 7 or iOS 8. However, even a well-engineered upgrade can sometimes fail and may lead to data loss.

iOS 7 brings a major overhaul to Apple’s mobile operating system and as such, installing it on the iPhone requires a major upgrade. It is therefore important to take time and back up iPhone information and settings right before upgrading. If for any reason you do not have the data on the iPhone after upgrading to the new iOS, take a look at the below tips on how to restore iPhone from a previous iOS backup made via iTunes or iCloud. As we discovered, a recent backup of the iPhone serves as a much needed insurance against failure.

NOTE: Don’t rely only on the iOS backups made with iTunes or iCloud. We’d advise you to also back up iPhone contacts, calendars, music, apps, videos and photos to your PC as separate files so that you can restore these whenever you want. To find out more about how to back up and restore data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod in this way, please refer to the set of 4 programs we developed called the CopyTrans 4Pack:

CopyTrans 4Pack – Backup and restore iPhone data easily

What could possibly go wrong during update to iOS 7 or iOS 8?

There are two ways to update your iOS – via iTunes or over-the-air, directly from within the iOS device.

Despite your best efforts, there are a host of things which can potentially go wrong during either update method. If you choose to update your iOS via your computer and iTunes returns an error message, chances are it looks similar to this: ios 7 upgrade error in itunes

So far, we’ve upgraded three iPhone 5 devices, an iPhone 4 and 4S, an iPad Mini and an iPod Touch 5 to one of the latest betas of iOS 7. We used iTunes for the upgrade. In 50% of the cases, iTunes returned a similar message during the upgrade. This meant that we needed to manually restore the iOS data back to the newly-updated iDevices.

Apple provides some information about the meaning of iTunes error messages during upgrade. This article will help you find the steps to resolve most iOS upgrade errors involving iTunes.

My iPhone was put in Recovery Mode after update

In certain cases after the iOS update, the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch could automatically enter Recovery Mode. Recovery Mode is a particular state of iOS devices which have encountered software- or app-related trouble. This mode is instantly recognizable from the iPhone screen once it shows a USB cable, and an arrow pointing towards the iTunes icon. iphone screen indicating recovery mode in ios 7

If your iPhone was automatically placed in Recovery Mode after the upgrade, you would need to restore it via iTunes. Refer to this troubleshooting article for a detailed procedure on how to get the iPhone out of recovery mode after iOS upgrade.

How do I restore my iPhone data after iOS 7 or iOS 8 update?

There are two ways to restore iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch data after updating to iOS 7. If you made a recent backup via iTunes, simply connect the iPhone to the computer and restore via iTunes. You can also restore from iCloud backup which does not require plugging the iPhone to a computer but you must have an active Internet connection.

Restoring iPhone from iCloud backup

If after upgrading to the new iOS your iPhone was restored to factory settings, swipe your finger from left to right upon prompt and select the language and country. first steps to set up iphone in ios 7

Restoring from iCloud backup requires an active connection to the Internet. You must select a WiFi network to connect to. Also, connect the iPhone to a power source since the restore process can quickly deplete the iPhone battery.restoring iphone from icloud backup after update requires internet access

From the next screen, tap “Restore from iCloud Backup” and select an iCloud backup entry to restore from. We recommend selecting the most recent entry. restore iphone from icloud select most recent backup entry

Once the restore is complete, apps which you previously downloaded or purchased off the AppStore will automatically begin to load. iphone apps automatic download after restore

Restoring from backup made via iTunes

Did you know that you can restore your iPhone from a backup made by iTunes, without having to use iTunes at all?

We developed a free and easy iOS restore utility called CopyTrans Shelbee which is dedicated to the backup and restore of iPhone. CopyTrans Shelbee will never ask you to “erase and sync” or propose to add or overwrite information on the iPhone. If you would like to restore the iTunes backup to iPhone without even having to install iTunes, download and run CopyTrans Shelbee

Get CopyTrans Shelbee for Free use copytrans shelbee to restore iphone from itunes backup

If you choose to restore via iTunes, once you set the iPhone language and country, tap “Restore from iTunes Backup” use itunes to restore iphone after update ios 7
NOTE: Before you connect the iPhone to your PC, run iTunes and navigate to Edit > Preferences > Devices. Make sure that the “Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically” option is checked, then click OK. This will prevent iTunes from overwriting the last iPhone backup you made with a new one. prevent automatic itunes sync iphone

Next, connect the iPhone to your computer. Once the device appears in iTunes, click on it and from the Summary tab click the “Restore Backup…” button. restore iphone from backup in itunes

From the next prompt, select the most recent backup and click “Restore”. choose itunes backup entry to restore iphone

Stand by until the iTunes restore operation completes.

Restoring iPhone data after iOS 7 or iOS 8 update is a straight-forward procedure provided that you recently backed up your iPhone.

  • Simon

    I had to have a new phone due to hardware issues, my previous backup was done on ios7, but because the new phone didnt have this as default i cant figure out how to get both ios 7 AND restore from cloud back. The cloud wont back up until i have ios7, but once i download ios 7 i dont have the option to restore??

    Any help would be greatly appreciated?

    • Krasimir CopyTrans

      Hello Simon, to make this clear, you made a backup of your iPhone on iOS 7. Your new iPhone does not have iOS 7. You want to restore your old-iPhone backup to the new phone. If this is correct, you must indeed upgrade the new phone to iOS 7. Next, follow the directions from the above tutorial to restore the backup to your new iPhone.

  • Krasimir CopyTrans

    Hi Hannah, what was exactly the trouble you experienced while trying to restore from iCloud?

  • Krasimir CopyTrans

    Hi Mary-Ann, restoring the iOS backup of your iPhone 4S to your 5S, the data on the 5S will be completely erased and replaced with the information from the 4S backup. For a less invasive method of transferring data between an old and a new iPhone, have a look at this article:

  • Austin

    nice article and very useful app thanks for sharing

  • Staci

    Unfortunately, i now know about the “automatic sync”. i left me phone plugged in and as soon as the update was over, it synced. So now, the backup i was so very careful to run, is gone. There are some that are about 6 months old showing. i know there are some that are more recent, only a few weeks ago. How can i find a more recent backup? PLEASE

    • Krasimir CopyTrans

      Stacey, if you backed up your iPhone via iCloud too, you can try and restore from it instead as described in the article above. In the future, be sure to use more than one backup method before upgrading. Here are some alternative ways to keep the iPhone data backed-up to your PC:

      • Staci

        That’s what i thought. I was hoping there was a magic trick i wasn’t aware of Thank you!!

    • Staci

      One more question please
      Also, after updating, my calendar ( Outlook ) won’t sync to my iphone. I’ve tried unchecking and syncing then re-check/sync and still nothing. I’d sure appreciate

      THank you

  • Hi James, you can only restore from an iCloud backup if the latter exists. To restore from iCloud backup, you’d need to reset the iPhone to factory settings (which will remove all settings and delete all data from the device). To do so, please refer to the following Apple-provided guide:

  • Fadi

    when i tray to Restore backup it’s give my a message “iTunes could not restore the iphone (name) because the backup could bot saved on the computer”

  • Kifan Rock

    My iphon5 start to hang and it does not allow me to enter stting so I makes backup to iCloud then I connect it to the computer to make restor but the computer start to do restoring to the softwear and take a hour with out any change in my iphon then I tried to do it again but the same issue I faced it my Iphon dosent restored

  • Tara, this is usually caused by a temporary trouble for iTunes connecting to the Apple servers or by inconsistent Internet connection on your side. Be sure to check this Apple-provided support article to try and resolve the issue:

  • Alice W

    I have an Iphone 4 with ios 7. If I am to restore my phone will I lose any data? I wish to restore as my phone will shut down at random points even with decent battery. It will then say I need to charge it, but waiting 5-10minutes (in some cases) means I can turn it on again and it has battery life still. PLEASE HELP IN ANY WAY!:)

    • Hi Alice, restoring the iPhone with iTunes will delete all its data. You need to make sure to back up the iPhone via iTunes as described above before resorting to restoring. Then simply use the backup you just made to restore the previous settings and data. I’d also advise you to do an independent backup of your iPhone data such as contacts, calendars, notes, songs and photos by following these directions:

      • Lyn Sarita

        Hi, I updated my iphone 4 with gevey sim to ios 7 using the itunes on pc. It was late I knew that I shouldnt updated my phone coz iphone 4 cant run ios 7. What would be the best solution Sir it keeps on saying invalid sim. I cant open my phone anymore. Can I reset my phone to go back the old version. How? I need help please.

        • Hi Lyn, unfortunately, you cannot downgrade your iOS version once you’ve installed iOS 7. If the iPhone says “Invalid SIM” this might mean that the device is not activated. I’d strongly advise you to take the iPhone to your carrier company and troubleshoot the matter with them.

  • Jenni

    im asking for elp because i updated my ipone 4s to ios7 and now i have no settings, wat do i do??????/

    • Hi Jenni, you need to restore from a previous iCloud or iTunes backup as described in the article above.

  • shey

    there was a prompt for software update on my iphone 5 and when im on the process of installing the update, the icon of connect to itunes appear. i connected it on my itunes but the device is not appearing or cannot be recognized. how can i back up or continue to recovery when my iphone cannot even sync with my itunes?=( pls help

  • gideon adomako

    My iphone 5 is on a recovery mode and i cant restore

    • Hi Gideon, what happens when you connect the iPhone with iTunes and try restoring? Are you being returned an error message?

      • gideon adomako

        Yeah an unkown error keeps occuring

        • I’d suggest a visit to the Apple store. It could be a hardware issue but it is difficult to know without Apple’s support.

  • Abdul hanan

    I have updated my iphone 4gevy sim to ios7 but now my phone is not working its jst showng da Apple sign Again & off wht to do ?? Is my data Available or no??

  • Hi Mark, thanks for writing us and sharing this article! We ourselves are following the latest news on the Internet and we’d be delighted to get more details from Apple! I’d offer to wait for Apple’s official statement concerning iPhone 7.

    • Mark Henry

      Thanks for replying, Entire world is waiting for the official statement 🙂 Let us keep our fingers crossed 🙂 It will be an awesome phone.