There are times when you will need iPhone backup but will realize that you can’t use what’s in iTunes.
Most of the time people do not archive their good backups and by when they realize that they have some problem with iPhone, they would have already synced it with iTunes. It means that you can’t restore the iPhone with the iTunes backup as it also contains the same problem.
Luckily if you have your Time Machine backup, you can restore the old iPhone backup from there.
How to restore iPhone Backup
The only way to restore the iPhone backup in iTunes is restoring the folder for the backup. Here is step by step guide to restore the iPhone backup.
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First thing first, Archive the current iPhone backups so you won’t mess up anything.
You can archive the backup by going into iTunes -> Preferences -> Devices. Right click on the backup and select Archive to archive that backup.
Now connect your Time Machine backup drive and Enter Time Machine. Select the date and time from which you need to restore the backup.
You need to go to below path to check your iPhone backup’s available in Time Machine.
~ represents user’s home folder on your Mac. If you don’t see the Library folder, right click on your home folder and select “Show View Options”. Select the checkbox “Show Library Folder” and it will visible.
You will not be able to recognize your iPhone Backup by the names of the folders. So only way to check it by restoring the folder and checking it in iTunes preferences.
There you will see the name of the device correctly, so restore the backup folders and make sure it’s for the iPhone you are looking for.
Once this is done, you can restore the iPhone with the backup in iTunes normally.
You have done everything and have a fully functioning iPhone. Now is the time to enjoy with that beautiful gadget, so do whatever you like to do with that awesome piece of tech.
This is how you will restore the iPhone Backup from Time Machine to iTunes. Have you ever faced this situation? or wanted to have a more straight forward approach?