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[Full Guide] How to Restore iPhone Without iTunes


Oct 26, 2021 (Updated: Nov 02, 2021) • Filed to: Fix iPhone

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When it comes to restore iPhone, it has two meanings. One is restoring iPhone system and the other is restoring iPhone data. They can often be done with the help of iTunes. However, if you use iTunes to restore iPhone system (firmware), all data will be removed and you may encounter different errors. While if you choose to restore iPhone data with it, you need to have a backup first. Given these limitations, many people are seeking ways to restore iPhone without iTunes. If you are also wondering how to restore iPhone without iTunes, then read this article and the above-mentioned situations will be both included.

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Scenario 1. Restore iPhone System Without iTunes

Usually, iTunes is mostly used to update or restore iPhone system, but it could lead to data loss and cause some other problems duting the process. In this way, you have to choose to restore iPhone without iTunes. Common situations are as follows.

  • iTunes can't get iPhone out of the Recovery Mode or DFU Mode.

  • iTunes error codes such as 4013, 3194 and 51 keeps showing up when restore iPhone with iTunes.

  • iTunes failes to restore iPhone when it is disabled, locked or unresponsive.

  • There are other major issues with iPhone like white screen of death and stuck problems.

1.1Restore iPhone with "Find My" Service (Data Loss)

Firstly, you can restore your iPhone to a working state with new firmware by setting up it as a new phone. "Find My" feature will be used in this process. However, it should be noted that all data will be erased to set your iPhone as a new one and re-gain access to it.

  1. 1. Go to official iCloud website and log into your iCloud account.

  2. 2. Choose Find iPhone icon and enter your Apple ID password.

  3. 3. Click All Devices and your iPhone shown.

  4. restore iphone via find my service

  5. 4. Tap on Erase iPhone and wait the process is complete.

  6. 5. When the "Hello"screen appears, click slide to set up and select Set Up as New iPhone.


This way functions only if you previously enabled the feature. And while using this method, you have to make sure the internet connection is stable and your iPhone is fully charged.

1.2Restore iPhone with iPhixer (No Data Loss)

If you would not like to cause any data loss while restoring iPhone without iTunes to fix some complicated issues, then you will need to use third-party tools like Wootechy iPhixer. This software will solve all of your iPhone problems and restore your iPhone firmware (iOS 15 included) to a wroking state. Moreover, it can help you bypass various iTunes errors, reset iPhone with/without a password, etc. iPhixer has been used by worldwide users and it is also the way on how to restore iphone without itunes in recovery mode.

iPhixer iOS Repair Tool

  • Fix all iOS issues such as disabled iPhone, unresponsive iPhone, white/black screen of death and iPhone could not be restored without data loss.

  • Compatible with all iPhone models and iOS versions including iPhone 13 and iOS 15.

  • Developed by advanced tehnology, iPhixer offers two modes to restore iPhone without iTunes.

  • Ease to use, it is available on both Win and Mac computers.

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Here Are Steps on How to Restore iPhone Without iTunes

Step 1: Get iPhixer on your computer and launch it. Choose the Standard Mode on the main interface.

choose repair mode

Step 2: Connect your device with the computer and tap on Next button. If your iPhone isn't being detected, follow the on-screen instructions to put it into Recovery mode or DFU mode.

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Step 3: Click Download button to get the firmware the software provides.

download firmware

Step 4: Click Start button to let iPhixer repair your iPhone. When the process is complete, your iPhone will restart and be restored without iTunes to a working mode.

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Scenario 2. Restore iPhone Data Without iTunes

Losing data is a common occurrence for iPhone users. It can happen for a lot of different reasons. Having an iTunes backup of the device is a great security blanket, allowing you to restore the device to that backup. The problem is, restoring the device can lead to loss of data that was not included in the backup because you have to restore the iPhone to factory settings. Also, you are unable to see what is in the backup file and as such cannot selectively restore data. In such cases, you have to restore iPhone data without iTunes. The followings are also some other situations that you want to restore iPhone data without iTunes.

  • Simply want to restore data on iPhone.

  • Restore important photos, messages and documents when you don't have iTunes backup.

  • Selectively restore several files rather than restoring the whole iTunes backup.

All of the three ways work for the latest iOS 15/14.

2.1Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup (Fully)

Restoring via iCloud is not as straightforward as backing up. You will need to reset the entire device to restore the iCloud Backup. Here's how to do it.

  1. 1. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.

  2. 2. Enter lock-screen passcode and hit "Erase iPhone" and enter your iCloud password to finish the process.

  3. 3. Connect to Wi-Fi, tap on Restore from iCloud Backup in "Apps & Data", and enter Apple ID and password to continue.

  4. 4. Select the most-recently iCloud backup to restore and it will need several minutes.

  5. 5. After finish restoration, you need to enter your iCloud information to update your settings.

restore iPhone from iCloud backup


You will have all the data in your iCloud backup back on your iPhone. Yet just like with an iTunes restore, you can't selectively restore the data. Our second solution will help you more effectively if you want to partially restore the data.

2.2Backup and Restore iPhone without iTunes (Selectively or Fully)

The 1st method is used widely. But not all users will choose that way to restore with iCloud, for example, users who forgot the iCloud account or who are unwilling to restore the full backup. In this case, you may need to rely on some tools. What we recommend is iMyFone iTransor, a backup and restore tool, which can help users restore a full backup or restore a partial backup of your device without iTunes and iCloud. Before restoring, you have to make a full backup or partial backup with this program. Next we will show you how to backup and restore a partial backup using this tool.

Steps to Back up and Restore Data to iPhone Selectively:

Step 1. Download and run iTransor, choose "Acquire Backup from Device & iCloud" mode.

Step 2. Click on "Back Up Device" and connect device to computer.

backup and restore iphone with iTransor

Step 3. Choose back up messages and click on Back Up button and the program will start to back up the selected data.

Step 4. After that, click "Restore Message Backup to iOS Device".

Step 5: When you select "Restore Message Backup to iOS Device", you'll go to "Restore Backup to Device" mode as below.

Step 6. Choose the Message backup that you created with iTranso. Click Next and tap on Preview & Restore or Directly Restore button.

Step 7. Preview the backup and click on Restore to restore the data that you selected to your phone.

The steps of fully restoring iPhone data is similar to the above and you just need to choose make a Full Backup in step 2.

2.3Restore iPhone Data Without iTunes (with or Without Backup)

If you didn't back up your precious photos and other data on your iPhone into iTunes and want to recover lost or deleted data on iPhone, now you have to use Wootechy iSeeker. The program is a powerful data recovery tool which helps you restore iPhone XS/XR/XS Max/X/8 (Plus)/7 (Plus)/SE/6s (Plus)/6 (Plus). etc. without iTunes and recover lost files from different circumstances under which you lost the files.

Wootechy iSeeker iPhone Data Recovery

  • Supports 22+ file formats such as photos, text messages, notes, voice memos, contacts, WhatsApp messages, Viber messages, etc.

  • Supports recovering deleted data from iOS device.

  • Supports view and extract data from iTunes backup and iCloud backup.

  • Allows you to preview all the extractable data, saving time and enabling selective data exporter.

  • Support almost all the models of iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and the latest iOS 15/14.

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Open the program, and you will be given 4 different choices to restore data from iPhone, "Smart Recovery", "Recover from iOS Device", "Recover from iTunes Backup" and Recover from iCloud". Next, we will give the steps of "Recover Data from iOS Device" mode.

Step 1. After selecting the Recover from iOS Device mode, connect your iPhone to your computer. Then click Next button to proceed.

Step 2. Choose the types of data you'd like to restore, then hit on Scan button.

Step 3. When the scanning finishes, all data will be shoown. You just need to click Recover button to restore iPhone data successfully.


This is the full guide on how to restore iPhone without iTunes. Finally, many people confuse the concepts of "restore" and "reset". Well, actually, "restore iPhone" will affect the system or firmware while "reset iPhone" won't. So to restore iPhone without iTunes and bring your iPhone system back to normal or get back data, use the above methods. If you want to fix different iPhone issues and restore your iPhone system, iPhixer is your best choice, which is also offer reset function.

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