How to Restore an iPhone or iPad Using iTunes

Feb 9, 2012 - 4 Comments

Restore an iPhone or iPad

Restoring an iPhone or iPad to it’s default factory settings is easy whether you are restoring as a troubleshooting step or just preparing to transfer ownership of the hardware. You can reset the iPhone on the the device itself, but if the device is unresponsive, stuck on a boot loop, or otherwise needs to be restored directly, the next choice is to connect the iOS hardware to a computer and use iTunes.

Using iTunes is also typically faster than resetting through the iPhone or iPad itself, so keep this in mind if you tried the on-device method but it took forever.

How to Restore an iPhone or iPad with iTunes

If you want to restore to factory settings, do not restore from a backup during this process:

  1. Launch iTunes
  2. Connect the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the computer and select it within iTunes, if it’s not visible check the “Show” button
  3. Click on the “Summary” tab and click on the “Restore” button
  4. Restore iPhone or iPad to factory settings

  5. iTunes will prompt you to back up the device, this is recommended but if you want factory settings only click “Don’t Back Up”
  6. At the confirmation screen, click on “Restore” to begin restoring the device to factory settings

When finished, iTunes will alert you the device has been restored, but restoring may take a while. When the device is done, the iPhone/iPad/iPod touch will boot up and be reset completely to factory settings. This means that pre-iOS 5 will require the device to be connected to iTunes to finish, or after iOS 5 you will be presented with the familiar set up screens.

As mentioned before, to maintain the factory settings do not select to restore from a backup when this process is finished, otherwise you’ll simply be left with a device that has a freshly installed iOS but with the same data as when you started.

If you encounter error 3194 during this process, you probably jailbroke your device at some point and need to change the the hosts file.

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Posted by: Matt Chan in iPad, iPhone, iTunes, Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting

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  1. CC says:

    Sometimes you willl need recovery restore though, in which case you hold down Home button when device is off then plug it in. Rest is the same!

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