How to Restore iPhone without Updating

By Emily Watson, Monday, October 2, 2017
"Can I restore my iPhone 6s without updating to iOS 11? iTunes said it would restore and update to the latest software. I didn't find an option to cancel or pass it since I don't want to iOS 11 so quickly which may be not so stable now. Can anyone help?"

Usually, updating iOS to the latest version is the best solution for making full use of Apple's operating system. However there are some cases you may need to reset iPhone without updating, for example, you are using ajailbroken iPhone and you don't want to lose the ability to jailbreak. Or you are using a 16GB iPhone 5s/6 and don't want to upgrade it to iOS 11 which may slow down your iPhone. 

But when your iPhone/iPad is stuck at recovery/DFU mode, is disabled or frozen, how to restore iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch without updating to the latest iOS. In this post, I will show you a 5-step instruction to help you restore iPhone on iTunes without downloading the update of iOS. Now, follow the steps below to get your desired result.

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Part 1: [General] Restore iPhone without Updating iOS

Step 1. Backup iPhone/iPad

Resetting iPhone/iPad/iPod erasing all data and settings on your device, so you are advised to back up the important data on your device first. You can backup iPhone with iTunes or iCloud. And if you want to backup iPhone contents selectively, FonePaw iOS Data Backup & Restore can help you.

1) Download the free trial version of the program on your computer (Windows or Mac)

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2) Connect iPhone to computer after the program is running.

3) When iPhone is detected, hit iOS Data Backup > Standard Backup/Encrypted Backup.

4) You can then select the file types that you want to backup: photos, notes, text messages, contacts, app data, WhatsApp messages, voice memos, safari bookmarks, etc. Click Next to make an iPhone backup on computer.

Backup iPhone Data

Step 2. Reset iPhone to factory settings

Disconnect your iPhone from computer. Then, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings. This will erase all data on your device and restore it to factory settings.

Reset iPhone

Step 3. Plug iPhone back to computer

Once the reset process is complete, the iPhone screen will display the factory default image and show the "Slide to set up" message. Don't start the setup process. Instead, connect your iPhone back to computer.

Step 4. Wait for the unlocking to process

If you device has been previously unlocked, plug it to iTunes will reapply the unlock code, allowing you to use the phone on other networks again. When a windows saying "An update to the carrier settings on your iPhone is available. Would you like to download it now?" appears, click "Download and Update".

iPhone Carrier Settings

Step 5. Restore iPhone without updating

After the unlock message, you will be prompted to restore your iPhone. Select the backup you have just created and wait for the restoring process to complete. If you are asked to upgrade to newer version of iOS, click "Cancel".


A jailbroken device may go into a bootloop if the users enable "Erase All Content and Settings" under "Settings" >"Reset". So to restore a jailbroken iPhone without updating, you may want to unjailbreak the phone first with the tweak Cydia Eraser, which can remove all traces of Cydia to unjailbreak your device. After you have restored the iPhone, you can have the phone jailbroken again.

Mission accomplished! Now you have factory reset an iPhone/iPad without updating. But do you know how to stop iPhone from nagging you about updating to the iOS 11/10? Move on to Part 3.

Part 2:[Easy] Restore iPhone to Noraml without Upgrading

If you think the method above is a little complicated, there is another way recommended here. FonePaw iOS System Recovery does well in this case to restore iPhone and iPad in recovery mode, disabled iPhone/iPad to normal status. It can also be served as a tool to install IPSW file on iPhone without iTunes. Follow the way below to check whether it works for you.

Step 1. Download and launch the program on your PC/Mac.

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Step 2. Connect your frozen iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6s to PC. Then, put your iDevice into recovery mode or DFU mode (if you selected Advanced Mode).

Step 3. Choose the corresponding iOS version in the box. Then, the program will repair your iPhone or iPad to the normal status.

Select the Firmware

Note: If you don't want to update to the newest OS, you can choose the previous version in the list but if Apple closes the entrance to get that iOS version, you must upgrade at that time. On the other hand, you can download the firmware that you want to install on your iPhone from IPSW Downloads on your PC. Then, choose an IPSW in iOS System Recovery to restore your iPhone.

Part 3:Tips to Stop iPhone from Asking You to Update

One of typical alert that we get after each iOS update is the "Install Now" and "Remind Later" alert. It should look something like this:

iOS Update Alert

The update alert comes up again and again. It seems like that Apple won't stop the nagging until we get the update. For those who are sick of the repeated update alert, we get some tips.

Tip 1: Understand Apple's iOS Update Method

Apple encourages every iOS users to have the latest version of iOS. To do that, the company rolled out a feature named "Automatic Downloads". When a new version of iOS, for example, iOS 10/11 is released, your iPhone/iPad/iPod will automatically download the update for you, mostly at night when the device is charging. With the update downloaded in the background, you are prompted to install it.

Tip 2: Disable "Automatic Downloads"

On your iPhone/iPad/iPod, go to "Settings" > "iTunes & App Stores". Toggle the "Updates" option to off. This will stop iOS from downloading update automatically for you in the future.

Disable Automatic Downloads

Tip: If you turn on "Use Cellular Data", downloads are limited to a file size of 100 MB or smaller.

Tip 3: Delete the Downloaded Update

If you want to stop receiving the update alert, you have to delete the downloaded update, too.

Tap "Settings" > "General" > "Storage & iCloud Usage" > "Manage Storage". Then find the iOS update. You can easy recognize it because it is named as something like "iOS 10.0.2", "iOS 11.0.1". Choose "Delete Update" and confirm your choice in the pop-up.

Delete iOS Update

Done! iOS 11 might be great, but it should be your call to update your device or not. Hope you enjoy the post.


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