How to Restore iPhone From Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Restoring your iPhone from your Mac is a simple yet important process that can help you get your device back to its original state or recover lost data. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to restore your iPhone using your Mac. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Connect Your iPhone to Your Mac

First, ensure that you have a USB cable compatible with your iPhone model. Connect one end of the cable to your iPhone’s lightning port and the other end to an available USB port on your Mac.

Step 2: Open Finder

On your Mac, click on the Finder icon located in the dock. Alternatively, you can press Command + Spacebar and type “Finder” in the spotlight search.

Step 3: Select Your iPhone

In the Finder window, look for your connected iPhone under the “Locations” section in the sidebar. Click on it to select it.

Step 4: Access iPhone Summary

In the top menu bar, click on “File” and then select “Show Sidebar” if it’s not already checked. This will display additional options for managing your iPhone within Finder.

Next, click on “File” again and choose “Get Info”. This will open a new window with detailed information about your connected device.


If you are using macOS Catalina or later versions, you might see an option called “Device Management” instead of “Get Info”. Click on it to proceed.

Step 5: Restore Your iPhone

In the new window or tab that opens after selecting “Get Info” or “Device Management”, click on the “Restore iPhone…” button located towards the top-right corner of the window.

A confirmation pop-up will appear, asking if you want to restore your iPhone to its factory settings. Click on “Restore” to confirm and proceed with the restoration process.


Restoring your iPhone will erase all data and settings on your device. Make sure you have a backup available if you want to restore your data after the process is complete.

Step 6: Wait for the Restore to Complete

Once you click on “Restore”, your Mac will download the latest version of iOS (if available) and proceed with restoring your iPhone. The process may take some time, so be patient and avoid disconnecting your iPhone during this time.

Step 7: Set Up Your Restored iPhone

After the restore process is complete, your iPhone will restart. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your device as new or restore from a backup if you have one available.


If you choose to set up your device as new, you can manually transfer your data back or use iCloud or iTunes to restore from a backup later.


You have successfully restored your iPhone from your Mac. Now you can enjoy using your device in its refreshed state or recover lost data if needed. Remember to regularly back up your iPhone to avoid any data loss in the future.

  • Tips:
    • Backup Your Data: Before restoring, it’s always a good practice to create a backup of your important data using iCloud or iTunes.
    • Keep Your Mac Updated: Ensure that both macOS and iTunes are up to date to avoid any compatibility issues during the restore process.

That’s it! You now have a step-by-step guide to restore your iPhone using your Mac.

We hope this tutorial was helpful and informative. If you have any further questions or need assistance, feel free to reach out to Apple Support or consult their official documentation for more detailed instructions.

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