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4 Quick Solutions to Fix iPhone Won't Restore Problem (2022 Update)

Are you trying to restore your iPhone system to fix system bugs and set your phone as a new one? Are you unfortunately encountering a problem during the restoring process? Actually, there are many reasons for the problem of ‘iPhone won’t restore’, such as the system errors or the hardware errors. Let's take a look at the common unknown errors that will occur when restoring iPhone system. How do we solve this problem?

1.  iPhone Won't Restore Error 4005, 9, 4013, 4014

Most of the unknown errors, such as 4005, 4013, 4014, and 9 are caused by hardware problems with the CPU or hard disk (flash memory), and the solution is as follows:

  • You can choose to repeat the restoring process or restore iPhone system on another computer.
  • If your iPhone still won’t restore after trying for several times, there may be a hardware failure. You can choose to send the device to Apple store for maintenance.

2. iPhone Won't Restore Stuck on Waiting for iPhone

There may be a connection problem between your iPhone and computer if the iPhone won’t restore for the error of iPhone such on waiting for iPhone. Let’s take a look at how to resolve this problem.

Step 1. Check whether the device is still connected with computer and iTunes.

Step 2. Go to settings to check whether the iPhone has sufficient memory space to install the new iOS system.

Step 3. Sometime, the restore process will get stuck for server unavailability or clogged network. Thus, you should ensure that the server and network is available and stable all the time.

3. Restore iPhone System Without iTunes (Recommended)

Chances are that your restore error is still not resolved if you are learning this solution. Don’t be nervous, FoneGeek iOS System Recovery is such a one stop option that will restore your iPhone system in one click without any hassle. Along with restoring iOS system, this powerful program also acts as a role to fix various common iPhone issues: iPhone stuck on Recovery/DFU mode, black/white/red screen, etc. What’s worth, you don’t have to worry that your device date will be erased, as no data will be affected after using the program. Many users leave the feedback in forum that this iOS System Recovery can do more than what iTunes can do.


Step-by-step guide to restore iPhone system with iOS System Recovery

Here are the detailed steps to fix ‘iPhone won’t restore’ without iTunes using this iOS System Recovery.

Step 1. Install the software over your Mac or PC, then launch it and select ‘iOS System Recovery’.

choose ios system recovery

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to pc with an original lightning cable. Next, you can follow the instructions on screen to get your iPhone into DFU or Recovery mode.


Step 3. After successfully putting your iPhone into DFU or Recovery mode, the newest and the most compatible firmware package will automatically be matched with your device. Tap on Download button.


Step 4. After successfully downloading the firmware package, click ‘Repair’ button to initial the restoring process. When the repair is done, your iPhone will be restored to the newest version and get restarted.

restore iphone system

4. Selectively or Fully Restore iPhone Without iTunes or iCloud

The traditional way to restore iPhone system with iTunes or iCloud will erase all content and settings of the device. The device will be completely set as a new one. It caused much inconvenience. Therefore, FoneGeek iOS Backup & Restore is recommended here. It performs for either the full or partial backup and restore. If you iPhone won’t restore for unknown errors, try this program! Below are the outstanding features of this iOS Backup & Restore tool.

Why Choose iOS Backup & Restore?

  • Make a full backup or partial backup of your iPhone data and save them on anywhere you want for free. You can save the data on your computer or on an external hard drive.
  • Restore the full backup or selectively restore any data you want from iPhone A to iPhone B without reset the device.
  • Access and extract up to 20+ types of data from iPhone or from iTunes/iCloud backup selectively. So that you can save much time.
  • No network connection is required to perform the backup and restore process with the progress.
  • It is completely compatible with all the iOS devices and iOS versions, including the latest iPhone XS, XR, XS Max and iOS 12, iOS 12.1.4.


How to restore full or specific data from iPhone A to iPhone B without data loss.

Step 1. Launch the program and choose ‘Backup & Restore’.


Step 2. Connect the iPhone A to your computer with an USB cable, then click ‘Backup’.


Step 3. This program allows you to back up the full data or the selected data you want. On this interface, you can choose any data you want to back up with this tool and click ‘Backup’ button on the bottom right corner.


Step 4. After the backup process, this Backup & Restore software will list all the data type that you choose. Click ‘View Backup History’ to proceed.


Step 5. The backup file that you created with this program will be displayed to you. You can click the ‘Next’ button now to view the detailed information of each data type that you backed up.


Step 6. The program will take for a while to load the backup file of iPhone A. After that, click ‘Restore to Device’ and connect your iPhone B to computer.


Step 7. When iPhone B is recognized, the program will start to restore the backup of iPhone A to iPhone B.


As you can see, the issue of ‘iPhone won’t restore’ can be resolved by several solutions after reading this post. You can compare the pros and cons of the variety of tools and choose the best one. In my experience, the least fussy way to restore your iPhone is with the FoneGeek iOS Backup & Restore program. After all, it covers almost all the requirements of backup and restore iPhone.

Edwin J. Parke

As a professional writer who is interested in technology, Edwin J. Parke has helped thousands of users by offering various tips to solve their problems.

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