How to Restore or Reset an iPhone Without iTunes?



Do you want to know how to restore your iPhone without using iTunes? You can reset and restore your Mac without using Apple’s software, as shown in this guide.

When Apple first released the iPhone, the most effective method of resetting or restoring your device was to connect it to a computer running Apple’s iTunes software. Apple, on the other hand, discontinued iTunes for the Mac in 2019, replacing it with the Music app instead, and iTunes does not run on all Windows computers. So, what is the most effective method of resetting or restoring an iPhone that does not require the use of iTunes?

In this guide, we’ll show you how to reset or restore your iPhone using the device settings, the Finder, or a third-party app if you don’t have access to iTunes at the time of the reset or restore.

What is the difference between resetting and restoring an iPhone?

The terms “reset” and “restore” are frequently used interchangeably. It is, however, incorrect to do so because the two words refer to entirely different processes.

Resetting your device is the more straightforward of the two options. Depending on the reset option you choose, it may erase all of the data on your phone, but it has no effect on the firmware or the operating system version on your phone.

In addition, resetting provides a more detailed list of options. Additionally, you have the option to erase all of your content and settings on your device in addition to restoring all of your device’s settings to their default state. Instead, you can choose to only wipe out the network settings, keyboard dictionary, Home Screen layout, and location and privacy options, leaving the rest of your data intact. If you choose to do this, the rest of your data will remain intact.

iPhone restoration is the procedure you must follow if your iPhone is experiencing serious problems. For example, you may be unable to boot your device out of Recovery mode or Device Firmware Update (DFU) mode, or you may be encountering error codes on a regular basis (the most common are 3194, 4013, 4014, 9, and 51).

When you restore an iPhone, all of your data is erased, and the operating system is completely reinstalled from the ground up.



In addition, you can categories the restoration process into two categories: restoring your iPhone to a working state without any data and restoring a backup of your iPhone’s data.

How to Reset an iPhone Without the Use of an Apple Computer?

It is simple to reset an iPhone without the use of iTunes. Assuming that your device is in proper working order, you can perform this action from the Settings app on your phone. To restore your iPhone to its factory settings, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure your device is turned on and that it is not connected to iTunes.
  2. Launch the Settings application.
  3. Select General > Transfer or Reset iPhone from the drop-down menu.
  4. You will find a list of the various reset options available in this section. If you want to completely erase all of your data and restore your
  5. iPhone to its factory settings, select Erase All Content and Settings from the menu bar on the left. Otherwise, press Reset and then
  6. Choose the option that best suits your needs from the drop-down menu.

You will be prompted to enter your passcode before the reset procedure can begin. The procedure will take a few minutes to complete, so please be patient.

If you are unable to complete these steps because your iPhone is not functioning properly, you will need to follow the instructions to restore your iPhone without using iTunes instead.

How to Restore an iPhone on a Mac Without the Use of iTunes

If you have a Mac and are unable to use iTunes due to Apple’s discontinuation of the program, you can restore your iPhone using the Finder application. The procedure for doing so is exactly the same as it was for iTunes in the past:

Connect your iPhone to your Mac with the help of a USB cord.

  1. Open the Finder and select your iPhone from the sidebar of the window that appears.
  2. If prompted, enter your passcode and then tap Trust on your iPhone’s screen to confirm your identity.
  3. To completely erase your device and reinstall the software, navigate to the General tab in Finder and select Restore iPhone from the menu bar. Alternatively, you can choose to restore data from a previous backup on your Mac by selecting Restore Backup.
  4. The iPhone is connected to the Finder.
  5. Additionally, depending on the nature of the problem with your iPhone, you may be required to restore the firmware. To accomplish this, you must first put your iPhone into DFU mode.

How to Restore an iPhone on a Windows PC Without the Use of iTunes

Using a Windows PC to restore an iPhone, for example, if you have the white screen of death and are unable to use iTunes or the Finder, the situation becomes slightly more complicated. You will need to use third-party software to accomplish this. Tenorshare, dr.fone, and FonePaw are three of the most well-known names in the industry.

For the purposes of this guide, we will concentrate on the Tenorshare software. If there is something about the Tenorshare process that you don’t like, you are welcome to experiment with the other two apps.

Tenorshare demonstrates how to restore a disabled iPhone.

Examine how to restore a non-functioning or disabled iPhone without the use of an iTunes backup. This is also the procedure to use if you’ve forgotten your iPhone passcode, if you’ve become stuck in Recovery or DFU mode, or if iTunes is displaying errors while the restore process is taking place.

To get started, you’ll need to download the Tenorshare ReiBoot app, which is available for free but requires a paid subscription to access the full features.

Connect your iPhone to your computer once the app has been installed and is up and running. It is necessary to use a wired connection; the process will not function properly over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connections.



If necessary, you can use the one-click buttons to enter or exit recovery mode if necessary. However, in the vast majority of cases, simply pressing the Start button will suffice to repair your iPhone.

The list of potential iOS problems will now appear; select the one that is the closest match to your iPhone and then click Fix Now. In the following screen, the ReiBoot app offers you the choice between a Standard Repair, which is less effective but does not delete your data, and a Deep Repair, which is more effective but also deletes all of your data in the process.

Whichever process you choose, make sure to follow the onscreen instructions to put your iPhone in the proper mode and complete the repair.

Tenorshare ReiBoot is available for download (Free, subscription available)

What is the best way to restore iPhone data using Tenorshare?

Depending on how quickly you act after accidentally deleting an important photo, message, document or file from your iPhone, you may be able to recover it. UltData is a new app from Tenorshare that can assist you once more. It’s completely free, but a subscription will grant you access to additional features. The app is available for both Mac OS X and Windows computers.

When compared to using iTunes to recover files, the app offers a number of significant advantages. First and foremost, unlike iTunes, it has the ability to (hopefully) recover files directly from your iPhone; you do not need to have previously created a backup of your device. Aside from that, you can restore individual files from an iTunes backup rather than having to deal with a one-size-fits-all approach to restoring the entire backup.

Follow the steps outlined below to restore iPhone data without the use of iTunes:

  1. UltData is a mobile application that can be downloaded and installed.
  2. Depending on what you want to accomplish, choose either Recover from iOS Devices, Recover from Backup, or Recover Data from
  3. iCloud from the drop-down menu.
  4. Select the files that you want to recover and click on the Restore button.
  5. To find out what’s available, click on the Scan button, and then restore whatever you require.
  6. Tenorshare UltData is available for download (Free, subscription available)

Third-Party Apps Provide You with a Wider Range of Options Than iTunes

It may appear that not being able to use iTunes to reset or restore your iPhone puts you at a competitive disadvantage at first glance, but many third-party apps actually provide significantly more functionality than iTunes.

In addition to using Tenorshare to quickly enter and exit Recovery mode, as well as to fix a variety of issues, you can also use UltData to recover virtually any type of data from your iPhone, iCloud, or a backup. Though there are alternatives to some of those options, some of them are still available.

Mark Funk
Mark Funk is an experienced information security specialist who works with enterprises to mature and improve their enterprise security programs. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.