If you want to sell your iPhone or iPad to someone, it is better to transfer ownership of your device with default factory settings. Restoring your device to its factory settings is an easy process and you may have to do this as a troubleshooting step again and again if you face problems. Even though, you can reset the device on its own, but if your iPhone or iPad become unresponsive, needs restoration, stuck on a boot loop, then you have to connect computer to your iOS device to access iTunes.
If you want to restore your device quickly, using iTunes is much faster option than resetting through the iPad or iPhone itself, so if you are trying for on-device restoration and it took forever, we already warned you.
How to Restore an iPhone or iPad to Default using iTunes
Do not restore from a backup If you want to restore to factory settings during following process:
- Launch iTunes
- Connect the iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone to your computer and select it within iTunes, check the “Show” button if it is not visible
- Click on the “Summary” tab and then click on the “Restore” button
- iTunes will show you a message asking you to back up the device, although this is recommended in most cases but for restoring factory settings, just click “Don’t Back Up”
- The confirmation screen will appear, click “Restore” and it will begin restoration of factory settings on your device.
You will receive an alert message from iTunes when restoration is finished. It takes sometime before iTunes show you an alert message. As soon as restoration is done, your device will boot up and will reset to default factory settings. You need to connect all devices that are pre iOS 5 to iTunes to complete the process. With iOS 5 devices, your device will show you set up screens that will guide you for booting process.
In we already mentioned in our steps, if you are restoring factory settings, do not select to restore from a backup during the process as it will only make a new installation and your device will contain the same old data you had before the restoration began.
If your device is already Jailbroken, you may encounter with error 3194 during this process. If you face such situation, just change the the hosts file before starting to restore your device to factory settings.
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You may experience a situation in which your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch may become unresponsive and you have no choice except to restore you device to fix the functionality of your device. It is a common problem with Apple devices that they freezes sometimes while installing beta versions of firmware. Sometime, your device can simply crash and become unresponsive without any apparent reason. The solution for all these problems with your device is nothing else but to restore your device. Jailbreakers and developers need to restore their device normally after jailbreaking a device or testing beta firmware on any device.
How to Restore iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
This article is simple step by step guide that will help you in restoring your device either by using Mac or PC.
- Make a connection with Computer: The first step is to plug your device into Mac or PC using USB port.
- Launch iTunes: Most probably, it wall launch automatically. If not, launch iTunes manually.
- Select your device: Click on your device on the sidebar at the left of your screen.
- Create backup: Before proceeding further, make sure to create a backup of your device. You can sync your device for backup, right click your device name and click backup.
- Restore Your device: Now, click on the restore button to restore your device. Wait for sometime until iTunes process your device at its end.
After iTunes completes its processing, the popup will appear asking you if you want to restore from a backup or want to set up as a new device. If you select to restore from the backup, your device may still act unstable at times. In such case, restore your device again and set up your device as a new device to ensure full functionality of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. In case you set up a new device, you can get your content back by re-syncing your content.
If you want to install a custom firmware on your device, hold down Option for Mac and CTRL for Windows and click restore at the same time. Now, navigate to the firmware and select the firmware you want.
This is a simple process and all iOS device owners should know about the process as you may have to restore your device anytime when it crashes, freezes or become unresponsive. I strongly recommend creating backups of your device content after regular intervals of time and sync your device on a regular basis to ensure a better recovery of your updated content in case you need to restore your device.
If you have some questions about the topic, or wants to share your experience or feedback, feel free to comment below!!!
Some iOS 5 users are still facing some problems despite getting their iOS 5 updated through iTunes directly by IPSW. Continuously getting the error might sometimes be the result of error caused at the user end and sometimes it is related to the firewall issues or a couple of other issues. For such a scenario, iOS 5 can be updated manually using the approach that we will describe in this article. It is only about how to throw the downloaded IPSW file into the default IPSW location and get the update on iTunes without downloading it. This solution has been found to work for almost all the users who are currently having issues with iOS 5 update or restore.
How To Manually Update and Restore iOS 5
The steps to update and restore iOS 5 would be same for both Windows and Mac OS X users with the exception of the locations where the files are sorted.
- Download iOS 5 IPSW for the device in use, from the links below. Store the iOS 5 IPSW at a place that could be easily assessed later most preferably at the Desktop.
- Quit the iTunes setup.
- Now disconnect the iOS device from your computer.
- It is dependent on the OS of your Desktop that you save the downloaded IPSW file to any of the following locations:
- Click on the Start Menu, select My Computer, go to Local Disk and enter the path c:UsersNAMEAppDataRoamingApple ComputeriTunes
- Look for a directory like ‘iPhone Software Updates’ and since this device is totally dependent that is why it can either be ‘iPad Software Updates’ or ‘iPod Software Updates’ on your desktop.
- Copy the downloaded file to this folder after deleting the already existing files in it.
For Mac OS X
- If you are on Mac desktop, hit the keys Command+Shift+G simultaneously and type the path ~/Library/iTunes/
- On getting your iPhone updated, the folder will automatically be named ‘iPhone Software Updates’, if it is iPad then it will be named as ‘iPad Software Updates’ and so on. Click to open this folder.
- Copy the previously downloaded iOS 5 IPSW file into this folder.
- Others will have to re-launch the iTunes setup and select the device from the left-hand side. Without getting to download the new IPSW file, click on ‘Check for Update’.
Since there is no need to download the file from Apple servers, so this is supposed to work without getting any of the unknown errors. Most of the problems occur due to the user host files or the firewalls. This is the additional benefit that instead of getting onto a manual hunt for this firmware file, it can easily be located and hence reduces confusion.
The best version of iOS is here, so have fun with iOS5.