Is it possible to partially restore an iPhone from an iTunes backup?

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  1. Achiever macrumors 6502

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    Is it possible to only partially restore an iPhone from an iTunes backup? More specifically, is it possible to only restore selected apps/photos/data from the backup instead of restoring the entire phone wholesale?

    I was having problems with my iPhone 6s so I brought it into an Apple store and they were kind enough to replace it. I backed up the phone prior to the store visit so I have a full iTunes backup available. However, I have been restoring phones since the iPhone 4, so I decided to use the opportunity to do a clean install of new apps, installing only what I want. Many of my apps can be logged into and information I need is stored in the cloud and can be brought down without issue. But a few of the old apps had info stored locally and I would like to restore those handful of apps and perhaps some other data piecemeal (such as voicemails/photos which were saved not he phone). I would prefer not to restore the phone from the backup wholesale.

    Can this be done? Anyone who has done it have any guidance or suggestions? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Floris macrumors 68020

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    It's an all or nothing solution I am afraid. It doesn't let you select what to restore.
     
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, I was hoping that Apple would update that type of thing by now.
    It would be great to select to restore only pics, or text messages, game/app progress etc...
     
  4. Achiever thread starter macrumors 6502

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  5. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    It should have been something we could do a long time ago.

    I was restoring specific parts of a backup down to individual app data on my WinMo phone in 2009.

    Would be nice if Apple managed to move out of the iPod/iTunes era.
     
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I hear you.
    iTunes should still be able to manage and select different types of data to restore or transfer back. It shouldn't be all or nothing.
     

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