How to Force iTunes to Restore a Specific Backup

by Avery Martin
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When restoring your iOS device using an iTunes backup, the setup wizard prompts you with a list of the three most recent backups. You can select the backup you wish to use from the available options. Restoring a previous backup can help you to isolate and troubleshoot problems with apps and recently installed software that might affect the performance of your iOS device. An iTunes backup includes your settings, apps, data and other pertinent information. The backup doesn't include media files, but you can restore those by syncing with your iTunes library after the restoration process completes.

Step 1

Connect your iOS device to your computer, and then select the device when it displays within iTunes.

Step 2

Select the "Summary" tab, and then click the "Restore Backup..." button in the Backups section.

Select the backup you want to restore from the drop-down menu, and then click the "Restore" button.


  • Information in this article applies to iTunes 11 and iOS 7. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


  • Before attempting to restore a backup, select the "Settings" app, select "iCloud," and then turn off the "Find My [Device]" option. Select the "Storage & Backup" option, and then turn off "iCloud Backup." You can't restore a backup with iTunes until you disable these options.


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About the Author

Avery Martin holds a Bachelor of Music in opera performance and a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian studies. As a professional writer, she has written for, Samsung and IBM. Martin contributed English translations for a collection of Japanese poems by Misuzu Kaneko. She has worked as an educator in Japan, and she runs a private voice studio out of her home. She writes about education, music and travel.

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