How to Restore iPhone without iTunes

By Emily Watson, Monday, June 05 2017

iTunes is useful for our iPhone/iPad. It can restore data or factory reset the iOS device when the deivce is frozen, locked and dead. However, there are many situations that we would like to restore iPhone or iPhone data without iTunes, for example,

  • When we don't get any iTunes backup;

  • When we only need to extract several contacts/photos instead of restoring the whole iTunes backup;

  • When iTunes fails to restore the disabled/locked iPhone.

So this post is going to show you how to restore iPhone data or disabled/frozen/locked iPhone without iTunes. The methods can be applied to iPhone 4s/5/5s/5c/6/6 Plus/6s/6s Plus/iPhone 7.

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1. Restore iPhone Data Without iTunes

If you accidentally deleted important data such as contacts, photos, videos, SMS, etc. on iPhone, FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery is a fabulous program that can help you recover lost data from iPhone without iTunes backups or extract data selectively from iTunes backups. It can:

  • Recover files from iPhone directly, which requires no iTunes backup.

  • Restore data selectively from iTunes/iCloud backups.

  • Can be used to recover all kinds of files from iCloud backup when your iPhone is water damaged, lost, frozen, or locked.


Now download and try the trial version to restore your iPhone!

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Step 1. Launch FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery

After downloading and installing the program, run it on PC with double clicks. Then you will see an interface below. Connect iPhone to the computer via a USB cable. After that, select the first recovery mode "Recover from iOS Device" and then click on "Start Scan" to continue.

Note: If you don't have iTunes backup but iCloud backup, you can simply restore iPhone from iCloud by entering your Apple ID and password in "Recover from iCloud Backup File" mode.

Launch FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery on PC

Step 2. Scan iPhone data on PC

All iPhone data will be automatically scanned by the program. You can pause or stop the scanning process at any point you like.

Scan Data of Your iPhone

Step 3. Preview and restore iPhone data

Soon you will see that all files are listed on the menu in certain categories. Select "Camera Roll", "Videos", "Contacts", "Notes" or any other data you like to take a deep preview. You can selectively check on the deleted items by clicking on the "Only display the deleted item(s)" button. Just mark down the items you want back and hit on the "Recover" button to save all marked files to PC.

Preview and Restore iPhone Data without iTunes


2. Restore iPhone System Without iTunes

When your iPhone is stuck at recovery mode, DFU mode or is disable after entering wrong passcode for too many times, you may need to factory reset your iPhone with iTunes. However, sometimes, iTunes just stops working when you really need it or fails to fix your iPhone back to normal. Luckily, there is other way that can restore your iPhone without iTunes.

FonePaw iOS System Recovery can restore iPhone without iTunes and get your device out of abnormal states. It can:

  • Factory Reset locked iPhone without passcode;

  • Restore iPhone stuck at Recovery mode/DFU mode;

  • Fix iPhone in boot loop, frozen status back to normal;

  • ...

Follow these steps to fix your iPhone without iTunes.

Step 1. Download iOS System Recovery to PC/Mac

Click the download button below to get iOS System Recovery on your PC or Mac. Then launch the program and click "More Tools" > "iOS System Recovery".

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Step 2. Connect iPhone to Computer

Connect your disabled or frozen iPhone to the program.

If your iPhone is in recovery mode, the program will detect that your device is in abnormal state, just click Confirm to continue.

If your iPhone is disabled, click Advanced Mode to continue.

Enter Advanced Mode

Step 3. Enter Recovery Mode/DFU Mode

If you have chosen Advanced Mode, you'll need to follow the instruction to put your device in DFU mode.

If not, follow the instruction to enter Recovery mode on your iPhone. Skip this step if your iPhone is stuck at recovery mode or DFU mode.

Put Your iPhone in DFU Mode

Step 4. Enter Information of Your iPhone

You'll need to confirm the device name, model of your iPhone. Make sure the information is correct about your iPhone.

Select Device Info

Click Repair, the program will download suitable firmware according the information you have provided and begin to restore your iPhone. Watch the following video for more details.

After the program is done, your iPhone will be fixed. Please notice that if you restore the disable iPhone in Advanced Mode, all your data will be gone after resetting your device. To get your iPhone out of recovery mode, all data will be fine on your phone.

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