Since the First iPhone was launched in 2007, Apple has provided users with a portal through which they can manage and restore the device, called … iTunes. But the change was in the air. Apple announced in mid-2019 that it will finally eliminate the app and replace it with three separate software.
So, if you don’t have access to iTunes for some reason, or you’re wondering how to restore an iPhone without iTunes once the app ceases to exist, read on.
People often use the word “restore” and “reset” interchangeably. However, it is not correct; the two words refer to two different processes. Of the two, device recovery is the lightest approach. It will delete the data from the phone, but it will not affect the firmware or the version of the operating system.
The reset offers a more detailed list of options. In addition to changing all device settings to the default settings, you can also choose to delete all content and settings. If you prefer, it also supports restoring network settings, keyboard, main screen layout, and privacy and location options.
The hard reset of an iPhone is the process you have to perform if your iPhone has big problems. For example, it is not possible to exit the device from the recovery mode or from the device firmware update mode (DFU) or continue to display error codes (the most common are 3194, 4013, 4014, 9 and 51).
You can further subdivide the restore process into two categories: restore the iPhone to a working state with new firmware or restore a backup of your iPhone’s data.
How to reset or restore an iPhone without iTunes:
It’s easy to restore an iPhone like when it left the factory without iTunes. Assuming your device is working properly, you can do it from the Phone Settings app. To restore your iPhone, follow these steps:
- Turn on your device and make sure it’s not connected to iTunes.
- Open the Settings app.
- Go to General> Restore.
Here you will see a list of the various reset options available. If you want to reset your iPhone to factory status, tap the Clear all content and settings option. Otherwise, touch the choice that best suits your needs.
Before the recovery process begins, you will need to enter your passcode. The procedure will take a few minutes to complete.
How to restore an iPhone without iTunes:
If you want to restore an iPhone without iTunes, the situation is slightly more complicated. For this, it is necessary to use third-party software. Three of the main brands are FonePaw, dr.fone, and Tenorshare.
For this guide, we will focus on the FonePaw software. Feel free to try the other two apps if there is something in the FonePaw process that you don’t like.M
How to restore a broken iPhone without iTunes:
As mentioned, there are two situations in which you should perform a hard reset. FonePaw has solutions available for both problems:
- If the phone is deactivated, blocked or does not respond.
- If you want to restore data on your phone.
Let’s first take a look at how to restore a broken iPhone without iTunes. This is also the method you must follow if you have forgotten your iPhone passcode, you are locked in recovery mode / DFU, or iTunes is generating errors during the recovery process.
To get started, you need to download the FonePaw iOS System Recovery app, which has both a free and a paid version. The free version suffers from some limitations, but for the purposes of this process, it does its job well. If you want to buy the complete app, you need to pay. It is available for both Windows and macOS.
Once the app has been installed, connect the iPhone to the computer. It must be a wired connection; the process does not work with Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. In the next step, the process varies depending on whether the phone is inoperative or locked in recovery mode:
- Recovery mode: the iOS System Recovery app detects that the device is in recovery mode. Click on Confirm to continue.
- Disabled: If your phone is off, you need to click on Advanced Mode. It will provide on-screen instructions to put your iPhone in Recovery / DFU mode.
Whatever process you followed, you should get to a screen that asks for information on your phone. You must enter the category, type, and model of your device. You must also select the version of iOS you want to install during the restore process.
Once you have met all the requirements, click on the Repair button.
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How to restore iPhone data without iTunes:
If you have deleted an important photo, message, document or file from your iPhone, you may be able to restore it if you act quickly. Once again, FonePaw has an app to help us. There is a free version and a paid version, available for Windows and macOS.
The application has a couple of significant advantages over using iTunes to recover files. First of all, unlike iTunes, it can (hopefully) retrieve files directly from your iPhone; no backup required. Moreover, it is possible to restore the data “case by case” from an iTunes backup, rather than having to manage an all or nothing approach.
To restore iPhone data without iTunes, proceed as follows:
- Download and install the FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery app.
- Select Restore from iTunes backup file, Restore from an iCloud backup file or Scan iPhone data, depending on what you want to do.
- Select the files you want to recover and/or restore.
- Click on the Recover button.
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- Resetting your iPhone you will return to its factory settings. You can do it directly from the device without iTunes, but the process will not be available if the phone is disabled or locked in recovery mode.
- Restoring an iPhone is a method that can be used if the device is not responding or if you want to restore the data.
- To restore your iPhone without iTunes, you need to use a third-party app.