Restore iPhone

Is your iPhone taking a long time during the restore?

Usually, you’ll only perform a restore if your iPhone is experiencing a problem. For example, a forgotten passcode, iPhone stuck on the apple screen, the device is bricked, and etc. 

iPhone restore process can be a hassle, But don’t worry, we are here to help!  

How Long Does It Take To Restore an iPhone From iTunes

Using iTunes can be dread, but it can get the job done. It should take you 30 minutes, or Hours depending on the amount of data you store on your device. The more data, the more time it takes.  

But this can vary as this can also depend on what type of restore that you choose to do if it was a factory setting reset it should take you a couple of minutes to complete since it will erase all content and settings.

Another factor that can delay the iPhone restore is internet speed, Some time a new update is released and your iPhone is set to update to the latest OS, or iTunes is struggling to connect to the apple servers. Without a good internet speed, this can take a reasonable amount of time.

How Long Does It Take To Backup iPhone

Backup iPhone

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iCloud backup speed will depend on three factors backup file size, internet connection, and storage. The smaller your backup file, the less time it will take on your restore. But if your face with “iCloud taking to long”, there is something you can do to make your backup faster. 

Tip 1: Free Up Space

If you’re going to perform a backup, you should consider deleting large unnecessary apps as they can take a while to remove. 

Tip 2: Avoid Backing Up Large Files

As I mentioned above, The larger the file, the more time it requires. Choose data that you wouldn’t need like Games, Social apps, and etc. iCloud only allow the first 5GB of storage to be free, So it might be better to backup your files on the computer instead.

Tip 3: Disable Unnecessary Backup

Yourself can choose what to be backup or not, this tip can be handy for many as this can reduce the time a backup can take by half. You check on what get back up with the steps below.

iOS 10.3 and later:


Step 1: Go to Settings and tap on your Profile.

Step 2: Then iCloud and click storage

Step 3: Look for Manage Storage and choose Your device under backup

Step 4: Click Show All Apps and choose what you don’t want to back up to iCloud.

Step 5: Turn off Apps you don’t want and choose Turn Off & Delete.


iOS 10.2 and earlier:


Step 1: Open Settings and go to General.

Step 2: Choose Storage and iCloud Usage and click Manage Storage under the iCloud section.

Step 3: Select your device.

Step 4: In Choose Data To Back Up section, click Show All Apps, turn off the Apps you don’t want to back up to iCloud and confirm.

iTunes Could Not Restore The iPhone Because an Error Occurred?

This error “iTunes could not restore the iPhone because an error occurred” can be a pain but we have the solution! iTunes should tell you why this error occurs or how to fix, but they don’t. (Thanks iTunes) 

Reasoning for error

  • A faulty USB to lighting cable or type C to lighting 
  • A bad backup file
  • Unstable Internet
  • Storage space
  • Your PC

In general, This is iTunes one for all error message so there isn’t a direct answer you will have to try all possible quick fix.


    1. Update iTunes for latest version
    2. Check to make sure you have more than 5 GB of storage ready to use 
    3. Try a different USB to Lighting or type C to Lighting cable
    4. Use a different USB Slot or Type C slot
    5. Perform a Full Restart for your iPhone
    6. Restart your PC

whether none of the solutions I recommend work, it could be that your iPhone is on lock-down and require the file to be deleted before proceeding, or the backup file is corrupted and need to be removed. Try to cancel any other backup file that you won’t need and proceed as usual.

How to Delete Lockdown Folder

Lockdown folder is location: 





How To Delete iPhone Backup

1. Launch iTunes


2. Click Edit then Preference

3. Then Devices Tab

4. Click On the backup 

5. Then the backup you want to remove

iTunes Stuck on Extracting Software

iTunes stuck on extracting software? Try the following the step from an error occurred section or you can disable your firewall that could stop the extraction from happening.


To disabled firewall on Windows, go to Control Panel> System Security > Windows Firewall


On Mac, go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Firewall.

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