How to Restore iPhone Photos, Contacts, Messages from iPhone 4S Backup
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3 Ways to Restore iPhone Photos, Contacts, Messages from iPhone 4S Backup

Take a good look at your iPhone 4S and you may find that the iPhone retains the exterior design of its predecessor. Well, iPhone 4S differs from iPhone 4 in its improved hardware specifications and software updates, with the adding of a voice recognition system known as Siri. Siri helps us do a lot of things such as making phone calls, open photos stream, however, there is still a lot that Siri cannot do, including one we care most – restore iPhone 4S from previous backup.

1. Recover iPhone 4S from iTunes Backup

  • Pros: It is quite easy to recover data from iTunes, you just need to connect your iPhone with iTunes, tick "Restore from Backup" and iTunes will recover iPhone files for you.
  • Cons: If you deleted or lost files are not included in the backup, or you do not have a recent backup, iTunes will not be able to help you recover iPhone contacts, photos and other files.

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2. Recover iPhone 4S from iCloud Backup

Your iPhone can be restored from iCloud when setting up a new device, or after erasing all data from a device using Settings -> General -> Reset -> Erase All Content and Settings.

You will be prompted by Setup Assistant by a new iPhone to set up as a new phone or restore from backup. And then you need to follow the steps below.

  • 1. Choose "Restore from iCloud Backup".
  • 2. Enter your Apple ID to login. Tap the blue Next button to continue.
  • 3. Agree to the terms and conditions of service by tapping the blue Agree button on the bottom left. Then confirm agreement.
  • 4. Choose your backup. You'll see your Latest iPhone/iPod/iPad Backup listed. This is usually the one you want to choose. You'll also see older backups and backups of your other iOS devices on the same iCloud account.

These done, your iPhone will reboot, all your previous settings will be back in place.

Cons: You have to make sure you have good Wi-Fi and your iPhone is plugged into the charger when you restore from iCloud. iCloud helps you restore data when you delete data using Settings -> General -> Reset -> Erase All Content and Settings. For losing data in other situations, iCloud may not help. Plus, iCloud only allows 5G free space for backup; you will have to pay for extra space.

3. Restore iPhone 4S from Backup with iTune Data Recovery

Asking iTunes Data Recovery to restore iPhone 4S from backup may be the best choice. You only need the iPhone 4S backup files that stored in your computer hard drive C. You'll have the iPhone 4S backup once you backed up iPhone or synched iPhone 4S with iTunes. Thus we could restore iPhone 4S from backup without iTunes then.

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Step1: Scan iPhone 4S Backup Files

When you run iTunes Data Recovery on your computer, in the main interface you will see a backup file list. Your iPhone 4S backup files will be automatically found by the program. Select the one that you want to restore, and then click "Start Scan".

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Step2: Preview photos, contacts, notes, etc. you want to restore

After scanning, you will find all the files stored on your iPhone 4S displayed on a list. Select the files you need to restore and then click "Recover" to restore iPhone 4S from iTunes backup including photos, contacts, notes, call history and more.

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Step3: Restore iPhone 4S from old backup

At last we need to select a path to save the recovered iPhone 4S files.

In addition, if you're running Mac OS, you could restore iPhone 4S from backup on Mac with iTunes Data Recovery for Mac, the Mac version of this tool that supports Mac OS X 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, 10.6 and more.

How to Backup iPhone 4S with iTunes

It is strongly suggested that we regularly backup iPhone 4S, so that we can restore iPhone 4S from old backup when lose data from iPhone 4S. Here's how.

  • 1. Connect your iOS device to a computer with the latest version of iTunes installed.
  • 2. Click the File menu and select Devices > Back up
  • 3. Click the Back Up Now button.

Before the backup, make sure that Sync with iTunes is disabled if you have iCloud backup turned on. You can also click here to find another way to backup iPhone 4S.

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