For iPhone users, iPhone is what they cannot live without every day. For some reason, they may need to restore their iPhone using iTunes. For example, the iPhone is disabled, iPhone gets stuck or frozen during iOS update such as the latest iOS 14/13, they want to sell the iPhone or the iPhone is running slow, and so on.

However, some people reported that when they try to restore the iPhone with iTunes, they get a message that 'The iPhone cannot be restored. The device cannot be found'.

Therefore, we would like to list some tips in this article to help you successfully restore your iPhone. Keep reading!

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Success Rate Required Time Difficulty Data Loss What Can Be Fixed
iMyFone Fixppo 100% Short Easy No All system/software issues
Change USB Cable 10% Short Easy No Only USB cable issues
Update iTunes 50% Long Complex No Only iTunes issues
Force Restart iPhone 30% Short Easy No Some software issues
Restore iPhone via iTunes 80% Long Complex Yes Many software issues

Best Way to Fix "iPhone Could Not Be Restored. Device Not Found"

If you're still not able to get through the iPhone cannot be restored issue, we have one wonderful tool iMyFone Fixppo (iOS 14/13 Supported) that will not only help you to bypass 'The iPhone cannot be restored. The device cannot be found', but also fix any other iOS issues without data loss.

There are three different modes, namely Standard Mode, Enter/Exit Recovery Mode with 1 click, and Advanced Mode, through which this tool kicks away all your iOS-related problems like this one and you do not need to be a tech-savvy.

  • Easy to use: This powerful tool can quickly fix various iOS-related problems in just 3 clicks.
  • The highest success rate: You can enjoy a 100% success rate for repairing your iPhone/iPad system issues.
  • Perfect compatibility: It supports all iPhone models from iPhone 4 and all iOS versions from iOS 9 to the latest iOS 14.
  • Trustworthy: A lot of famous media sites have trusted and highly recommended this tool.

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In this section, we are going to understand how to use the Standard Mode to restore your iPhone system with no data loss.

  • Step 1 – Launch the iMyFone Fixppo tool in your PC/Mac after installing it. Now, choose Standard Mode.
If there is an iOS problem with your iPhone and you wish to save your data, we recommend that you try Standard mode first because it won't affect the data on your device.

choose Standard Mode

Connect your device to the computer and click Next. If your device is not detected, put your device into the DFU/Recovery mode using the set of instructions appearing on your screen.

 enter DFU Mode under Standard Mode

  • Step 2 – Once done, the program will automatically detect the version of your device and show all the compatible firmware for it. You now just need to choose a suitable version and hit the 'Download' button.

download firmware under Standard Mode

  • Step 3 – After the firmware is downloaded, it will automatically verify the firmware. Lastly, hit the 'Start' button and your device will be restored back to the factory state automatically.

finished fixing your device

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If you want to restore a backup from iTunes to your iPhone and get the message 'The iPhone cannot be restored. The device cannot be found', you can try the tool iMyFone iTransor (iOS 14/13 supported) which is a flexible iPhone backup and restore tool. It can be used to restore partial data such as Contact, Messages, WhatsApp, WeChat from your iTunes backup. Check more details here.

4 Other Tips to Fix iPhone/iPad Could Not Be Restored

There are some other methods that you can try to troubleshoot the problem. We will explain 4 tips that might be helpful.

1. Use Original USB Cable

If you encounter the problem 'The iPhone could not be restored. The device cannot be found', it is highly recommended to use the original Apple lightning cable which was supplied with your device than any other USB cable.

Just in case, if you are using the original one only and are still not able to connect your iPhone with the PC, you must ensure that the USB cable is actually working out or not. Try plugging in another iPhone with the same cable. If the cable is faulty, you need to buy out an original Apple lightning cable to proceed.

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2. Update iTunes to the Latest Version

Generally the issue of restoring, including the error message 'The iPhone cannot be restored. The device cannot be found', arises when the iTunes application is not updated to its latest version. To get this done, here's the step by step tutorial.

  • For Mac:  Go to the App Store. Towards the top of the App Store window, select the 'Updates' option. You will be able to see if there is an iTunes update available or not.

update iTunes in Mac

  • For Windows: Launch the iTunes. Navigate the 'Help' menu and hit on the 'Check for Updates' option.


update iTunes in Windows

If there are any updates available, ensure to follow the prompts to install the latest version.

3. Force Restart Your iPhone and Try Another Computer

If you are trying to restore your iPhone but the iTunes error states 'The iPhone cannot be restored. The device cannot be found'. You can still start afresh by forcing a restart over your device and then try again with restoring your phone.

For iPhone 6 or below:

If you have iPhone 6 or any lesser version, you can optimally force the restart in your phone by pressing the "Home" and "Sleep/Wake' buttons together till the apple logo does not surface on your screen.

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iPhone 7 Series:

Thumb down the "Sleep/Wake" and "Volume Down" button altogether to obtain the Apple logo on the screen. If you successfully get that, you may free your fingers from the tabs and your iPhone would go on a restart mode.

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iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X:

Push and release the "Volume Up" button. Repeat the same with the "Volume Down" button. Then, hold the 'Power' button down until the apple logo does not appear on the screen.

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Connect your phone with different PC

You can even connect your phone from a different PC and check if you still get the error message 'The iPhone cannot be restored. The device cannot be found' on that PC.

4. Restore with iTunes using Recovery Mode

In this section, we are going to know how to use the 'Recovery mode' to restore your iPhone to factory settings with iTunes. This only works for people who have never tried this method.

  • Launch iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone with your computer using the lightning cable.
  • Follow the steps guide offered in this article and put your device into Recovery mode. When your iPhone is in recovery mode, you will see the iTunes logo on the screen. (iMyFone Fixppo also offers a totally free function to enter your iPhone in recovery mode.)
  • iTunes will detect your iPhone in recovery mode and ask you to restore your device. Click OK on the screen and then click Restore iPhone to get your iPhone restored. Wait for a short while and it will finish soon. Then you can set up your iPhone which is like a new device now.

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Do not hesitate to try the methods above and your problem will be solved quickly.

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