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[Solved] How to Restore iPhone Firmware without iTunes 2024

The most widely used method to restore iPhone firmware is using iTunes. Most iPhone issues can be solved by restoring the firmware package with iTunes, including iPhone weak signal, quick start not working, downgrade stuck on recovery mode, etc.

But there are some situations when you need to restore/reset iPhone firmware without iTunes. For example,

  • iTunes errors such as error 51, 4013, 8 always occur when restoring iPhone firmware.
  • You don’t have any backups on iTunes.
  • iTunes couldn’t restore your disabled iPhone.

In this post, we'll introduce a great tool to install iPhone firmware without iTunes.

1. What Does iPhone Firmware Mean?

Before restoring firmware without iTunes, we should realize what firmware is. Actually, iOS firmware package is the installation file of iOS version. When you plan to update or downgrade the iOS version, the current iOS version will be erased, and the system will download the new installation file.

2. How to Restore iPhone Firmware without iTunes

To solve this issue easily, the best iTunes alternative to restore iPhone firmware is introduced here: FoneGeek iOS System Recovery. It can effectively restore iPhone firmware without iTunes. And no data will be damaged.

What is FoneGeek iOS System Recovery? This easy-to-use program can simply install IPSW file on iPhone and get the device to normal. And it guarantees that all the files and attachments on the device will not be affected. It stands out in this industry to help iOS users get out of all troublesome iOS system issues by restoring firmware package without iTunes. Meanwhile, it is out forward and recommended by reliable media sites including Lera Blog, GetDroidTips, etc.

Key Features of FoneGeek iOS System Recovery:

  • Fix any iOS issues and get iPhone/iPad to normal again, such as the issues of iPhone won't turn on, iPhone bricked, iPhone stuck in recovery mode, etc.
  • Unlike iTunes, it’s very simple to use, you won’t lose any data.
  • Don’t need to install iTunes on your computer.
  • The most appropriate firmware will always be offered based on your iPhone model and iOS version.
  • Works with all iOS versions and iOS devices, including iOS 17 and iPhone 15.


Step 1. First of all, get FoneGeek iOS System Recovery downloaded and installed on your computer. Then click on "Standard Mode" on the main interface.

choose repair mode

Step 2. You need to ensure that your iPhone is connected the the computer. If the device is not detected, then you can do as the steps on the interface to get the iPhone into DFU/Recovery mode.

put iphone in recovery mode

Step 3. Almost all the firmware package files will be provided by this program. You need to choose the best one according to your device information. Then click on "Download".

download firmware

Step 4. Click on "Fix Now" to restore the firmware to your iPhone. After a few minutes, the iPhone will get restarted and the selected firmware will be installed on the device.

fix now

3. FAQs about iPhone Firmware

Q1. Is iOS Firmware the Same as IPSW File

iOS firmware package is not the same as IPSW file. The former is the iOS system setup file while the latter is the iOS firmware format.

The format of all iOS devices are the same. The firmware is compatible with both WIndows and Mac system.

Q2. Where can I download the IPSW file?

You can download the IPSW file via this site. But the IPSW files may not work on all iOS devices. Thus it’s the best to check your device model and make sure that the IPSW file you downloaded is compatible with your device.


The program listed in this article will let you know how to restore iPhone firmware without iTunes. If you have tried and found that it is indeed useful for you, you are welcome to share this article to your SNS sites to let more friends get this solution.

Joan J. Mims

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.

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