How to Restore iPhone and iPad using iTunes or iCloud Backup

Depending on your need, you can restore your iOS device with or without iTunes. The best thing about this nuclear solution is that it can fix even stubborn issues and even make the device run more smoothly. Refer this complete guide to give your iPhone or iPad a fresh stance!

They rightly say, “Drastic times call for drastic measures.” At times, you will be left with no option but embrace the radical solution to fix your cluttered or ill-functioning iPhone. And, the one remedy that you will be mostly advised to try out is– “Restore your iOS device.” Based on your convenience, you can choose to reinstate your iPhone with or without iTunes.

Before going for the kill, you must ensure that you have the latest backup of your device. Willing to give your iOS device a fresh start to win back the Midas touch or shake off the sluggishness? Let me walk you through this complete guide!

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How to Restore iPhone and iPad

How to Restore iPhone and iPad Without iTunes

You can erase entire content and setting of your iOS device without taking the help of iTunes. Once everything has been wiped out, you can restore the device from iCloud Backup during setup.

As mentioned above make sure your device is fully backed up. If you haven’t yet done it, go to Settings → Apple ID banner → iCloud → iCloud Backup → Back Up Now and get it done without any fail.

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your device → Now, tap on General.

Tap on Settings then General on iDevice

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Step #2. Next, scroll down and tap on Reset → Next up, tap Erase All Content and Settings.

Tap on Reset to Erase All Content and Settings on iPhone

Step #3. Enter your iPhone Passcode → if you have enabled Restrictions, you have to enter its passcode.

Enter iPhone Passcode

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Step #4. Next up, tap on Erase iPhone and confirm that you wish to delete the entire media and data also reset your device to factory default. When asked, enter your Apple ID password and tap on Erase.

Enter your Apple ID to Erase iPhone Data

Up next, you have to wait for a few minutes. Once your device has been successfully erased, you should see Hello screen. Follow the instructions to set up your device.

Along the way, you will get multiple options like set up your device as new, restore it from iCloud backup or from iTunes. Choose the preferred option depending on your need.

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I’m going to Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup. Next, go ahead with the on-screen instructions to set up the device.

Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

How to Restore Your iPhone and iPad from iTunes

Restoring iOS device via iTunes isn’t a big deal. You can use it to back up and reinstate your device whenever you want.

However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

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  • Ensure that you have the latest version of iTunes on your Mac or PC.
  • Always, make sure you have the latest backup of your device.
  • Be sure Find My iPhone is disabled. Go to Settings → [your name] → iCloud → Find My iPhone and turn it off.
  • In case your device is unresponsive, you need to go to to remove it from Find My iPhone. To do so, head over here.

Step #1. Launch iTunes on your Mac or PC and connect your iOS device to computer using the USB cable.

You may get a message on your iOS device asking you to Trust This Computer, tap on Trust to confirm.

Step #2. Now, select your device when it appears on the top left menu.

Step #3. In the Summary panel, you need to click Restore iPhone/iPad.

Restore iPhone 8-8 Plus using iTunes

Note: If you want to restore your device from backup, click on Restore Backup and select the most recent backup. 

Step #4. Next up, you need to click on Restore again to confirm.  Now, iTunes will clean up your entire device and install the latest version of iOS.

Once your device has restored to factory settings, it will restart.  Up next, follow the instructions to set it up as new.

iTunes is undoubtedly a top-notch media library. However, it’s not so impressive as iOS device management tool. If you don’t find it appreciable, you can use third-party tools to manage your iPhone or iPad a bit more efficiently. We have reviewed some very handy iTunes alternatives like DearMob and WinX MediaTrans that you can try out to fill up the void.

Over to You

So, that’s how you can clean up the mess and give your iOS device a refreshed stance. Have any question? Shoot it in the comments.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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