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If you have bought the most current iPhone 6, and want to restore data from your old iPhone 5/5S which you have synced to iTunes, you can refer to this detailed guide.


How to restore data to newly registered iPhone from other iPhone backup in iTunes?
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“I started with backing up data of my newly purchased iPhone 6 to iTunes as "a new iPhone" instead of selecting my old back up from my previous iPhone 5. Is there any option in iTunes how to go back to iPhone 5 and restoring that rather than a new one? Every time when I connect a new iPhone 6, it is recognized as such and when I connect iPhone 5 it is iPhone 5. So I have 2 separate backups for 2 different phones. Any advice will be much appreciated. ------From Apple discussion community

Nowadays, people may have more than one Apple devices, they may have a couple of IiPhone of different modes, or boasting iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch at the same time. Consequently, there would be a couple of iTunes back up files for your different devices. For example, if you have iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 at the same time, probably you will have two different backup files for iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 respectively just like the customer have the trouble posted above.

Now let’s get down to the details of the aforementioned customer’s trouble, he firstly synced his newly purchased iPhone 6 to iTunes and now he wants to bring all the stuff on his old iPhone 5 down to his iPhone 6. The problem is when he plugs his iPhone 6 into his computer he cannot find any other backup file.

Well, here is the solution.

If you are using Mac:

1. Connect your device to the computer that you stored your backup on.

2. Open iTunes. If iTunes tells you there's an iOS update, get the latest version.

3. Choose your backup by going to File > Devices > Restore from Backup. Look at the date and size of each one and pick the most relevant.

4. Click Restore and wait for the process to finish. Your device will restart and then sync with your computer. Stay connected until the sync finishes.
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If you are using Windows(Windows 7 for example) PC:

1. Connect your device to the computer that you stored your backup on.

2. Open iTunes. If iTunes tells you there's an iOS update, get the latest version.

3. Click Restore Backup and there will be popup asking to choose a backup file. If you are not sure which backup is the most relevant, you can follow the route:

\computer\users\username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup to check the data and size.

4. Click Restore and wait until the process finishes.

However, the iTunes has a nasty habit of deleting previous backup every time it generates a new one. Worse still, if you choose to recover from an older backup file, data and files presently on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch will be overwritten and erased forever. Therefore, you’d better extract the Contacts, Notes, Calendars, Reminders, Photos, Voice Memos and Messages etc and transfer to your PC or Mac for alternative backup in case of data loss. You need third party data extraction software. iFonebox is such kind of application allowing you to extract Contacts, Notes, Photos, Messages, Voice Memos, Calendars, Safari Bookmarks, and Reminders etc from iTunes/iCloud backup file and transfer to your computer.

You can free download the trial version of iFonebox to have a try, but you need to pay for full version.

Step 1: Get the full version of iFonebox started and choose “Recover from iTunes Backup File” and then Select the backup file for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch from the interface presented after you choosing recovery mode.
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Step 2: Choose the data you want to recover or extract to your PC, or you can check “Recover All” to extract all the available data supported by iFonebox.
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Step 3: Preview and Transfer
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If you choose to recover all, you will be presented with interface below asking to choose a recover folder before the transferring.
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How to restore data to newly registered iPhone from other iPhone backup in iTunes?
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