How to Restore iPhone on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Restoring your iPhone on a Mac is a straightforward process that can help resolve various software issues or simply give your device a fresh start. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to restore your iPhone using your Mac computer.


Before you begin, make sure you have the following items ready:

  • An iPhone USB cable
  • A Mac computer with the latest version of iTunes installed
  • Your iPhone passcode (if enabled)
  • A stable internet connection

Step 1: Launch iTunes

Connect your iPhone to your Mac using the USB cable. Once connected, open iTunes. If it doesn’t open automatically, you can find it in your Applications folder or by searching for “iTunes” in Spotlight.

Step 2: Trust Your Computer

If this is the first time connecting your iPhone to this Mac, you may need to trust the computer on your device. Unlock your iPhone and tap “Trust” when prompted. This allows iTunes to access and manage your device.

Step 3: Select Your Device

In iTunes, you will see an icon representing your connected iPhone at the top-left corner of the window. Click on it to select your device.

Step 4: Back Up Your Data (Optional)

Before restoring your iPhone, it’s always a good idea to create a backup of your data. This step is optional but highly recommended.

To back up your data, click on “Back Up Now” under the “Manually Back Up and Restore” section. Wait for the backup process to complete before proceeding.


If you have already backed up your data, skip this step and proceed directly to the next step.

Step 5: Restore iPhone

To restore your iPhone, click on the “Restore iPhone” button located in the “Summary” tab of your device’s page in iTunes. A confirmation dialog will appear, informing you that restoring your iPhone will erase all data and settings. If you have already backed up your data, you can proceed by clicking “Restore”.


If you haven’t backed up your data yet and want to do so, click on “Back Up Then Restore”. This option will create a backup of your data before restoring your device.

Step 6: Wait for the Process to Complete

iTunes will begin restoring your iPhone to its factory settings. This process may take some time depending on the size of your device’s storage and the speed of your internet connection. Ensure that your Mac remains connected to the internet and avoid disconnecting or using your iPhone during this process.

Step 7: Set Up Your Restored iPhone

Once the restore process is complete, you will be prompted to set up your restored iPhone. Follow the on-screen instructions to configure language preferences, Wi-Fi settings, Apple ID login, and other necessary details.


If you have created a backup earlier in this tutorial or have an iCloud backup, you can choose to restore from that backup during the initial setup process. This will bring back all your previously saved data and settings.

Congratulations! You have successfully restored your iPhone using a Mac computer.

Whether you needed to resolve software issues or start fresh with a clean slate, restoring your device ensures a smooth user experience. Remember to regularly back up your data to prevent any potential loss in the future.

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