Two Ways to Restore iPhone without iTunes

iPhone users often face the difficulty of losing data due to several reasons such as forgotten password, iOS upgrade, or jailbreak. Software issues are one among the reasons that propel the users to restore their iPhone. The other reason is buying a new phone, which is not a problem, could also be a reason to restore the data from a backed up file.

Restoring backup file requires restoration tools. Apple provides the restoration facility by using the iTunes and iCloud, where users can create and restore backup files. But how should you restore iOS without iTunes? Here are 2 methods for different situations for your reference to restore iPhone without iTunes.

Method 1: Restore iPhone Directly from iCloud Backup

Restoring an iCloud backup isn't as straightforward just like we back iPhone up for there is not a straight-forward “Restore” button in the settings. Instead, we have to reset the entire device to restore the iCloud backup. See the steps below to restore iPhone without iTunes using iCloud backup.

  1. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.
  2. Enter lock-screen passcode and hit "Erase iPhone," and enter your iCloud password to finish the process.
  3. Connect to Wi-Fi, tap on Restore from iCloud Backup in Apps & Data, and enter Apple ID and password to continue.
  4. Select the most-recently iCloud backup to restore and it will need several minutes.
  5. After finish restoration, you need to enter your iCloud information to update your settings.

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And now you get all your data in iCloud backup back on your iPhone. However, if what you need is just partial data in the backup, this method doesn't work for your requirement. But don't worry. The second method will solve this perfectly.

Method 2: Restore iPhone without iTunes Using Third-party Tool

If you didn't back up your precious photos and other data on your iPhone into iTunes and don't want to restore the whole iCloud backup, now you have the opportunity to restore your iPhone data partially or completely using iMyfone D-Back or iMyfone D-Back for Mac. The program is a powerful data recovery tool which helps you restore iPhone 7 (Plus)/SE/6s (Plus)/6 (Plus)/5s/5c/5/4s/4 without iTunes and recover lost files from different circumstances under which you lost the files.

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iMyfone D-Back iPhone Data Recovery (iPhone 7 Supported)

  • Supports 20+ file formats such as photos, text messages, notes, voice memos, etc.
  • Four different recovery methods to retrieve iPhone files intelligently.
  • Allows you to preview all the recoverable data, which saves time hugely.
  • Support almost all the models of iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and the lately iOS 10.

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1 Recover from iOS Device

Step 1: Creat a connection between iPhone and computer

Launch iMyfone D-Back and from "Recover from iOS Device" tab click "Start" button. Pick the files type that you want to recover. You can select multiple file types. Authorize a connection between your iPhone and computer. The software will detect it automatically. Once done, click the "Scan" button to search for the lost files.

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Step 2: Restore 22+ file types from iPhone

After scanning, iMyfone D-Back will display all the recoverable files. You can check the needed tab to preview or select "Only show the deleted files". Choose the ones that you need and click "Recover" button. A small window opens up asking you to choose a folder to store the recovered files. And wait until the recovery process completes.

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2 Recover from iCloud Backup

Step 1: Choose "Restore from iCloud backup"

Launch iMyfone D-Back and select "Recover from iCloud Backup" tab. Choose the file type that you wish to retrieve. Log in your iCloud account details to allow iMyfone D-Back to find the available backup files. Once done, select the backup file and click the "Next" button. The software requires a few minutes to download the backup files.

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Step 2: Preview and restore files from iCloud

After the scan is complete, you can see the available files displayed in the interface. Preview the files and select the ones that you want to recover. Click the "Recover" button. And choose a place on your PC to store the recoverable files. Wait until the software completes the process.

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So you can see, even you don't have iTunes backup for your iPhone photos and other data, you can restore your precious data. And iMyfone D-Back or iMyfone D-Back for Mac offers the free trial version for users to confirm whether their data in iCloud backup can be detected. Why not download and use it to restore your iPhone data without iTunes now?

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  • Sarah J

    I have recently purchased an iPhone 4S, but the former owner doesn’t remember his email ID nor password. The phone needs activation to start. Is there a way to bypass the iTunes ID verification section?

    • Hello Jake,

      What’s the iOS version of your iPhone 4S? If it’s prior to iOS 7, you can enter into DFU mode, restore your device and delete all the content without entering verification info. But A new security part of iOS 7 now requires the original owners Apple ID and password to clear the device. You may still need to contact the former owner and let he/she helps you finish verification section. Wish you had a good luck!

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