If you’re worried that your iPhone or iPad wasn’t backed up, don’t despair: there’s a good chance that there’s a backup you’re unaware of.
To find out if you’re backing up to iCloud (you get free 5GB of space) go to Settings > iCloud and tap on Storage. Wait a few seconds for Manage Storage to show up and tap on that. Here you will see your various backups for your iOS devices (there might even be one for an old iPhone that you could delete if you need more space).
One of the backups should say that it is This iPhone or This iPad. Tap on that and you can see what is, and isn’t being backed up. You can basically turn things on and off so that they don’t take up your full 5GB, or you can pay a few pounds a month for more storage.
You may think that some of those apps don’t need to be backed up, after all, you will be able to download them again from the App Store as you already own them. But note that the data may include saved data for games, and other settings and preferences that you would prefer not to lose.
To check when your iPhone last backed up, go to Settings > iCloud > Backup and look at the date and time of the last back up. It will have happened the last time you plugged your iPhone into charge and had Wi-Fi access available. It happens automatically.
If you find that you aren’t backing up this way, we recommend that you go to Settings > iCloud > Back up and turn iCloud Backup On as this is the simplest way to back up and means that you always recover the data on your phone no matter where you are, all you will need is a connection to the web.
How to rescue data from a wiped iPhone or iPad
On the other hand, if you can’t find a backup, it’s likely that you won’t be able to retrieve data once you have deleted it.
The data on an iOS device is automatically encrypted, and wiping the device destroys the encryption key, making it more or less impossible to get anything back when it’s been fully erased and reset without access to a backup.
In an emergency you could try speaking to someone at an Apple Genius Bar, but it’s a long shot to say the least. (This applies to a full erase/reset, mind you – in other circumstances, such as data corruption, a malfunctioning device and so on, the experts may be able to help.) This also reinforces out frequent advice to back up regularly.
How to restore your iPhone after wiping it
If having erased the content of the phone you intend to keep using it, you can restore the content to your phone from your backup. Here’s how:
Restore an iPhone or iPad via iCloud backup
With the factory reset completed you’ll need to go through the setup of your iPhone again from the beginning:
- Start up the iPhone and enter your details when prompted, including WiFi password, until you reach the page where you’re asked how you want to ‘Set Up iPhone’.
- You now have three options: Set Up as a New iPhone, Restore from iCloud Backup or Restore from iTunes backup – so select the iCloud option and you’ll be prompted to enter your iCloud account details.
- Once you’ve done this, and agreed to the terms and conditions, your iPhone will begin restoring all of your data.
Obviously this could take a while if you have large backups or a slow internet connection, so don’t attempt this if you’re in a hurry. When the backup is completed your iPhone will reboot, and then it will start the larger job of downloading all of your apps.
Restore an iPhone or iPad via iTunes backup
- As with the iCloud instructions we’ve already outlined, follow the steps up to the ‘Set Up iPhone’ screen, then select Restore from iTunes.
- You’ll be prompted to Connect to iTunes, so plug in your iPhone and you’ll see a screen on iTunes that gives you the option to restore a backup. Click continue and your iPhone will be set up automatically, with the apps being restored from the iTunes backup.
- When it’s finished, you’ll have a freshly cleaned system. Hopefully any problems that you were encountering before will be a thing of the past.
- *To download every app from your play store and read the terms of usage.
- *Do not use transfer apps from friends to avoid contaminating virus or malware.
- *Before the installation of any app, check the remaining size of your RAM (For android, click here for the steps), and iPhone, click here, if it still remains sufficient.
- *Uninstall Social Apps that you do not have account with.