How to restore iPhone without losing everything
Will restoring an iPhone delete everything? When restoring an iPhone, you have the option to restore from a backup or you can restore to factory defaults. If you restore to factory defaults then yes, everything will be gone—your files, your contacts, your apps, and so on. If you have a backup, though, you can rescue your lost data by simply restoring the backup onto your iPhone after it is wiped. We recommend restoring an iPhone if you are having major software issues. So, as always, it is important to backup frequently. opens in a new windowClickAway can always help with this process.
How to restore or set up your device from an iCloud backup
- On your iOS or iPadOS device, go to Settings > General > Software Update. …
- Make sure you have a recent backup to restore from. …
- Go to Settings > General > Reset, then tap Erase All Content and Settings.
- On the Apps & Data screen, tap Restore from iCloud Backup, then sign in with your Apple ID.