Restoring the iPhone is a relatively common process, being the most frequent solution that occurs when something important happens. Although it causes the loss of all the information, it allows bugs to be eliminated. But although it is a problem-solving process, different errors can also occur during its execution as we collect in this article.
Failures before starting the restore
When the decision has been made to start the iPhone restore, there are previous steps that are carried out in a general way on a Mac or PC. In this situation, Finder or iTunes is used in order to be able to download the software, and also copy all the data. And it is that here there are also many errors that can be presented.
The iPhone is not detected by the Mac
One of the most frustrating failures when you are going to start the restore. As we have mentioned before, in order to perform a complete restoration, it must be done with a computer. This is because in these cases the download is made from Apple’s servers, and the content of the device is completely erased.
But obviously the problem can be the fact that it is not detected by the computer. It is something that in some cases is quite common, and this is mainly due to a problem in the computer. In this case, what should always be done is to review the software that is being used. In the event that it is Finder, you must ensure that it is always completely up to date through the updates that have come out of macOS. Speaking of iTunes, if you have a PC, you’ll also need to check that it’s completely updated.
If it is none of this, the most classic solution is to change the connection cable and even the connection port. In the most extreme cases, you can choose completely switch devices, to be able to check if it is something related to the Mac or PC software itself, and not that the iPhone is not sending information. If it is the latter, you will have to go to Apple technical support to perform the restoration.
Unable to download software
If you’re already in Finder or iTunes, you’re probably ready to start your computer restore. After a few steps, you will agree to the software’s terms and the download should start. But in many cases this is a critical point, since different errors can occur. One of the most typical is the inability to download the software version you are trying to install. This may be due to a bug with the company’s own servers that cancel the download itself.
Likewise, you can also force the installation with external files. In Finder or iTunes, right-clicking on Software Restore will open the file browser. In this case you will choose the version you want to install, previously downloaded from IPSW pages, and the export to the device will begin. It is something quite strange, because the servers support all updates well, but if it coincides that an important version of iOS has been released, this problem can occur.
Restoration is canceled
When you have everything downloaded, and the extraction of the software begins, it is possible that the system detects an error that causes the restoration to always be cancelled. And this is something quite common when you have a beta installed and want to remove it. Many people believe that it is an easy way to remove the test version with a simple restore as if it were a stable version. And it is that in this situation Finder or iTunes will always give you an unknown error.
If this is the personal situation of your device with a beta installed that you need to restore, you are going to have to turn on iPhone DFU mode. In this situation on the PC or Mac you will have a pop-up dialog box that detects that this mode has been activated. Automatically, you will be able to choose the option to restore the device and install the latest version available. In most cases, if you had it downloaded, you will not have to start this process again.
What can go wrong during the process
When the restore starts you will see the Apple logo appear on a black background with a progress bar at the bottom. And during this wait that for many people can be eternal, there are also many problems that can appear.
iPhone freezes on apple
As we have mentioned before, when the company logo appears on the black background, many users tremble. There is practically no going back here, and it can happen that you get completely frozen. That is to say, that the restore progress bar does not advance and remain petrified for several minutes or even hours. Here it is logical that you can begin to hyperventilate, since we believe that we have lost the iPhone or that it has completely broken. But the truth is that there is a solution.
When you have verified that the restoration has been completely frozen, you will be forced to turn off the device. When you want to start again, you will not be able to go back and have access to all the information that there was, since will have been completely eliminated. In these situations, when you start it, the iPhone will ask you to connect it to a computer. It will detect that something has gone wrong during this process and will start from scratch.
This will re-download the software from Apple’s servers and begin removing the previous version. That is why if there is a bug in the previous version that has caused this inconvenience, it will be completely solved and the restoration will be carried out.
The computer shuts down and cannot be restarted
When the operating system is reinstalled, several restarts occur in order to perform the installation correctly. In these situations, it may happen that in one of these reboots the device turns off and cannot be started again. Although it is recommended not to manipulate the device when the software is being installed, you can always force it to turn on if we see that it is not progressing properly. The normal thing is that when you start it in this way, it will continue with the installation where you had previously left it, seeing how the status bar progresses.
But it can also happen that it does not start again and is completely turned off. In these situations, what should always be done is to check the state of charge. This can be done by simply connecting the iPhone to the charger itself, although previously you always have to check the level of charge you have. Reinstalling the operating system is a process that can consume a lot of battery power, especially on older devices or devices with low battery health.
Problems when you finish restoring
When the software has supposedly been installed on the iPhone and if all went well, you’ll see the classic setup window greet you. But sometimes, although it may seem like something really simple, different really important problems can also arise. And it is that although it may seem strange, the operating system may not download completely and that some type of package is missing. This can lead to complications such as system startup bugs. In this situation, it is best to start the restoration process again so that the software is downloaded correctly and installed.
Another problem, which although rare, can occur is not deleting all the previous files. There are several options within the operating system to be able to carry out the restoration, and one of them may be the installation of the software, but keeping everything intact. In this situation, the most important thing is to restore the operating system again, with the steps that are already known to everyone.