I would like to restore my iPhone from a backup that is not listed in iTunes. How can I do that? The backup file is saved on my computer hard drive. Thx.
Is the backup folder in the right location on the hard drive? iTunes only lists backups in the MobileSync/Backup folder. If you need to move the folder there, here's instructions for Mac and Windows for getting to that folder: https://deciphertools.com/blog/where-are-iphone-backups/
If it's in the right place, let's make sure it's not a version issue. iTunes won't show backups as a restore choice if they are incompatible with the version of iOS you're restoring to.
- Open the iTunes Preferences (iTunes menu on Mac, and Edit menu on Windows)
- Change to the "Devices" tab.
If you see the backup listed in Devices, iTunes recognizes the backup, and the issue is that the device you're restoring to is running a lower version of iOS than the device that made the backup.