How to Restore iPhone from an External Hard Drive Backup

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How to Backup & Restore iPhone from External Hard Drive

If you are looking to restore your iPhone from an external hard drive, you’ve come to the right place. Restoring your iPhone from a backup can be a tricky process, but with the right instructions and tools, it is definitely doable. In this blog post, we will go through the steps of restoring your iPhone from an external hard drive backup.

The first step is to make sure that you have all of the necessary tools and information needed to complete the process. This includes an external hard drive that contains your backup files, a Mac computer with access to Finder, and your Apple ID. Once you have these items ready, follow these steps:

  • 1) Connect your external hard drive to your Mac computer.
  • 2) Open Finder on your Mac computer and navigate to the Locations section in Finder.
  • 3) Select your iPhone from the list of devices connected to your Mac.
  • 4) Click Manage Backups and then long-press the Control key on your keyboard while clicking on the backup name you want to restore from.
  • 5) Select Show in Finder from the drop-down menu. You should now see the backup folder that contains all of your files and data from previous backups stored on this external hard drive.
  • 6) Drag this folder onto your desktop or other location on your Mac for easy access later on in this process.
  • 7) Turn on your device and follow its instructions until you reach the Apps & Data screen. Then tap Restore from the iCloud Backup option and sign in with the Apple ID associated with this device’s iCloud account when prompted.
  • 8) Now select Choose a Backup option which will bring up a list of available backups stored on iCloud or other third-party services like Dropbox or Google Drive (if applicable). Choose which one you want to restore by tapping it once more time and waiting for it to finish downloading before continuing with the setup process.
  • 9) Finally, sign in with Apple ID again so it can download any apps associated with the device as well as any purchased content such as music, movies etc. Wait for everything to finish syncing before using the phone normally again!

We hope our guide has helped you successfully restore an iPhone from an external hard drive backup without any issues! If you have any questions or need additional help during this process, don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance!

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Restoring an iphone from external hard drive backup

Restoring an iPhone from an External Backup

Restoring your iPhone from an external backup is easy! First, connect your iPhone to a computer with the latest version of iTunes installed. Once iTunes has opened, select your device in the list and click “Restore Backup.”

You will then be prompted to choose a backup file saved on your computer – select the most recent one. Finally, click “Restore” and wait for the process to complete. Once completed, your iPhone should be restored to its previous state with all data intact!

Locating an iPhone Backup on an External Hard Drive

If you have an external hard drive connected to your Mac, locating your iPhone backup is easy. First, select Finder from the Mac Dock. In the Locations section of Finder, choose your iPhone.

Then, click Manage Backups and long-press the Control key while clicking the backup name you want. In the drop-down menu that appears, select Show in Finder. Your chosen backup should then appear in a Finder window, allowing you to access it from your external hard drive.

Locating an iPhone Backup on an External Hard Drive
Locating an iPhone Backup on an External Hard Drive

Transferring an iPhone Backup from an External Hard Drive to a Mac

To transfer your iPhone backup from an external hard drive to your Mac, first connect the external hard drive to your Mac if it isn’t already connected. Then open the external hard drive, and go back to the Finder window with your iOS backups in it. Select the device backup folder (It will either be called “Backup” or have a bunch of numbers and letters). Finally, drag it to your external hard drive. That’s all tere is to it!

Restoring an iPhone Manually

Yes, you can manually restore your iPhone. To do this, open the Settings app on your iPhone and choose General. Then tap Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. This will erase all your data and settings, so it’s important to make sure that you have a recent backup of your device. Once the reset is complete, you can restore any data or settings from a previous backup using iCloud or iTunes.

Transferring a Backup Directly to an iPhone

To transfer a backup directly to your iPhone, first make sure your old iPhone is backed up to iCloud. Once you have completed that step, turn on your new iPhone and connect it to WiFi.

During the setup process, select “Restore from iCloud Backup” on the “Apps & Data” page. Sign in to iCloud and choose the backup you want to restore. The restoration may take some time, but once complete, all the data from your old device will be transferred over to your new device.

Can an iPhone Connect to an External Hard Drive?

No, an iPhone cannot connect directly to an external hard drive. However, you can use the Files app and other supported apps to access files stored on external hard drives if they are connected to your iPhone via a Lightning to USB Camera Adapter or a USB-C to USB adapter. Additionally, if the external hard drive has its own Wi-Fi connection capability, you can connect it to your iPhone’s Wi-Fi network and access the files stored on it.

Can an iPhone Connect to an External Hard Drive?
Can an iPhone Connect to an External Hard Drive?

Backing Up an External Hard Drive to iCloud

No, an external hard drive cannot back up directly to iCloud. However, if you have an iCloud Drive with sufficient storage capacity, you can back up the contents of your external hard drive to the iCloud Drive. To do this, you will need to connect your external USB hard drive to your Mac and then navigate to Finder > iCloud Drive and log in with your Apple ID. Once you are logged in, you can copy or drag files from the external hard drive into iCloud Drive.

Accessing an iPhone Backup Without an iPhone

You can access your iPhone backup without your iPhone by using iCloud for Windows. First, open iCloud for Windows and click Storage. On the left side of the window, click Backups. On the right side of the window, you will see devices with iCloud Backup turned on.

Select the device that you want to access and click the Download button to download the backup to your computer. You can then access the files from your computer without needing your iPhone.

Recovering Data From an External Hard Drive

Yes, it is possible to recover data from an external hard drive. Depending on the type of damage or deletion, the process of recovery can vary. If a file has been accidentally deleted, you may be able to recover it using recovery software or by connecting the drive to another computer.

If the hard drive has been formatted or physically damaged, more advanced methods such as data recovery services may be required. In any case, it is important to act quickly as further use of the hard drive can overwrite deleted files and make them unrecoverable.

Transferring Files From an External Hard Drive to an Apple Device

To transfer files from an external hard drive to an Apple device, you need to first connect the hard drive to your Apple device. This can be done either directly with a USB cable or wirelessly with AirDrop.

Once the external hard drive is connected, open Finder on your Apple device. You should see the external hard drive listed in Finder under “Locations” in the sidebar, or in the “Devices” section at the top of the window.

Transferring Files From an External Hard Drive to an Apple Device
Transferring Files From an External Hard Drive to an Apple Device

Navigate to the file you want to transfer and drag it onto your Apple device. You can also right-click on a file and select “Copy” and then navigate to where you want it on your Apple device and right-click again and select “Paste” to copy it over.

Once all of the files have been copied over, you can safely eject your external hard drive by dragging its icon into Trash, or selecting it in Finder and pressing Command + E (or clicking File > Eject).

Backing Up an iPhone Without iTunes

You can back up your iPhone without using iTunes by using iCloud. To do this, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup and turn on iCloud Backup. Your iPhone will then automatically back up daily when it is connected to power, locked, and connected to Wi-Fi.

If you would like to perform a manual backup, you can tap Back Up Now. Additionally, if you are running low on storage space on your device or in your iCloud account, periodically consider deleting older backups in order to free up some space. 

Effortless iPhone Restoration

To restore iPhone backup from iTunes, begin by ensuring your Apple computer is powered on. Then, launch iTunes and connect your iPhone using a compatible USB cable. Once connected, navigate to the iTunes backup folder where your iPhone backups are stored.

Within iTunes, select Restore Backup and choose the specific backup you wish to restore from the list displayed. Confirm your selection and allow the restoration process to complete. With this straightforward approach, your iPhone will soon be back to its previous state, thanks to the meticulous computer backup facilitated by iTunes.


In conclusion, knowing how to backup iPhone data and how to restore iphone from an external hard drive provides invaluable peace of mind and convenience. The iPhone is an incredibly versatile and powerful device that can do more than just make phone calls.

With its wide range of features, it can be used for a variety of tasks such as taking pictures, sending emails and texts, surfing the web, playing music and videos, and much more. Additionally, its ability to be backed up with iCloud and other methods makes it easy to restore data in the event of loss or damage. The iPhone is an ideal choice for anyone looking for a powerful yet convenient device for their daily needs.

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