iPhone 13 and some iPads reset their home screen widgets when restored from a backup

If your iPhone or iPad widgets reset to their default settings after restoring your device from a backup, feel free to chalk that up to an iOS bug that Apple is aware of.


  • Some Apple devices reset home screen widgets when restored from a backup
  • The latest iPhone and iPad models suffer from this software bug
  • Apple says a limited number of its devices exhibit the issue

A still image taken from iDownloadBlog's video about 10 hidden iPhone 13 features, with host Harris Craycraft showing a blue iPhone 13 Pro Max in his hand to the camera

Home screen widgets reset after restoring iPhone from backup?

Apple is aware of a bug where home screen widgets might revert to their default settings after an iPhone or iPad is restored from a backup. The company writes in a support document published on the Apple website that the issue affects only “a limited number” of devices.

Concretely, the following iPhone and iPad models could reset the user’s home screen widgets after the device is restored from a previously created backup.

  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPad (9th generation)
  • iPad mini (6th generation)

If you’re seeing this issue, you must manually customize your widgets as you normally would. As a quick refresher, touch and hold a widget on the home screen to reveal the shortcuts menu, then choose Edit [widget name]. Don’t forget to tap outside of the widget to exit after making your changes! Read: How to manage home screen widgets on iPhone

Some of the early iPhone 13 adopters have reported encountering various other problems as well. For example, restoring your new iPhone 13 from an iCloud backup can lead to problems with Apple Music on the device. Apple has acknowledged this particular bug as well, writing in yet another support document that a day-one security update will fix that.

And as iDB also reported, an unknown percentage of iPhone 13 buyers are seeing an error message when trying to unlock the phone while wearing a mask and their watch.