Why would you want to restore your iPhone to defaults? There could be more than one reason to that. Maybe, the iPhone is not yours and you want it to be cleaned. Maybe, it was given to you as a gift. Second, it could be that your iPhone has been acting really badly and you’ve done all the troubleshooting steps and the last resort is to restore it back to its factory settings. It’s easier this way. After the process, you will have a fresh from the factory iPhone. However, what if you want the applications back the way it was before you restore it. Downloading all these applications takes a lot of time and it is really not convenient.
Keep in mind though that if your iPhone has been acting weird and you restored it to defaults, it is so much better not to restore the backup file. But if you insist, I would be more than happy to walk you through the steps. One of the benefits in doing this is you will be able to solve on going issues and free up more memory.
This tutorial is using a computer running on a Windows operating system. For this tutorial to be simple, let’s focus on situation where you want to restore you phone back to defaults first. On the last part, I will also add some steps for restoring the backup. Let us begin:
Step 1: Make sure that your phone has a battery of more than 50%. This process takes time. This way, we can be sure that battery issues won’t halt the process.
Step 2: Make sure you have the updated version of iTunes. There might have been some bugs on the previous version and surely it has been addressed on the update.
Step 3: Copy all your photos to your computer just to be safe. If you have been using your iPhone for a very long time, you will be able to see a lot of folders in the Windows Explorer when it appears in your computer.
It would be better to manually copy these photos to your computer. There is an alternative way of doing this, but it takes longer and it doesn’t make any difference. Copy your photos in every folder to your computer.
Step 4: Disable Find My iPhone. Since the implementation of this application on 2010, iPhone robbery related crimes have dropped significantly across the world.
A report released by the New York Times says that iPhone theft in London has fallen 24%, San Francisco by 38%, and New York by 19%. That’s a lot of numbers! One the benefits of this app is you can protect your data by doing it remotely. But before we can proceed to the process, we need to disable this first. If you didn’t and you have this installed, you will be asked to do so.
To disable it, just go to Settings → iCloud → Find My iPhone and click the toggle.
If you don’t have this app, you should get it. Just in case you lost your iPhone, there’s a greater chance of finding it.
Step 5: Back up your iPhone. We can’t hurt chances, just in case something goes wrong along the way we have some restore points to get back to.
First, you need to save the content that you have downloaded from the iTunes Store or App Store. Click File → Devices → Transfer Purchases.
This will take a while so your patience is required.
Now, do the same thing but instead of clicking Transfer Purchases click Back Up.
To verify that indeed a backup was created Click Edit → Preferences. On the window that will open click devices and you backup should be shown there.
Step 6: Restore your iPhone. Now we are all set. In the Summary panel, click Restore iPhone. Click Restore again to confirm that you want to restore your device to factory settings and delete all data and content. iTunes will download the device software file and restore your device. This process may take a while.
Your device will boot a couple of times and you will know when it is finished for a “Hello” message will be shown with a “Slide to setup” below. Just follow the steps. You can set it up as new device or use the previous back-up. You can probably enjoy your new iPhone now.
That is the whole process. Now if you are on a separate case and want to setup your iPhone using the stored back-up you need to follow a step. I can’t guarantee a hundred 100 % of restoration, because I myself had problems with this.
There was a time that it worked and there was also a time where it doesn’t. When I say it doesn’t, I’m talking about the messages, notes, and contacts that were not restored. Everything else was fine except for these. And I have to admit, it was kind of painful.
For this process, you will need a third party application. I have been using iBackUpBot for quite a while and it’s pretty good. Just back up your phone from there and you will be able to see all your files there too. This is also a good reference to check for your messages, contacts, and notes in case the iTunes backup will not work.