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There are critical situations in the life of iPhone owners. And if iTunes lets you down (or you’re not a fan), a question arises: how to restore iPhone without iTunes? This article suggests one effective way to restore iPhone from backup – CopyTrans Shelbee. Bear with us and learn how to restore iPhone without iTunes in full or in part without complications!

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iTunes could not restore the iPhone because an error occurred

If your iPhone just froze, a simple reset might do. However, if you lost some data and want to recover them, you might need to restore your iPhone from an iTunes backup.

We have prepared a troubleshooting guide for those who encountered an error “iTunes could not restore the iPhone”:

itunes could not restore

Follow these steps to fix the issue:

  • Restart your iPhone and PC;
  • Make sure you have the latest version of iOS and iTunes;
  • Use a different iPhone USB lightning cable and a USB port;
  • Make sure you are entering the right passcode.

If the above doesn’t work, try alternative methods to fix iPhone not restoring with iTunes:

Restore iPhone backup without using iTunes
Restore iPhone in DFU mode

How to restore iPhone without iTunes

CopyTrans Shelbee is a multifunctional tool to restore and back up iPhone without iTunes.

What makes CopyTrans Shelbee such a versatile and reliable tool? We’ve drawn a little comparison table:

iPhone reset iTunes iCloud CopyTrans Shelbee
Full restore checked checked checked checked
Custom restore
(restore only one type of data, e.g. only photos)
checked checked checked checked
Restore from iCloud backup checked checked checked checked
Restore from PC backup checked checked checked checked
Restore WhatsApp checked checked checked checked
Restore apps that are no longer on the App Store checked checked checked checked*apps should be backed up before removal
Restore passwords, Wi-Fi settings, browsing history checked checked

*backup should be encrypted

checked checked

*backup should be encrypted

With CopyTrans Shelbee you can:

⚡ restore selected data;
⚡ restore apps to any iOS device with ease even if they have been removed from the App Store after ***;
⚡ restore data from an iTunes backup;
⚡ restore data from a corrupted iTunes backup;
⚡ restore an encrypted backup.

***provided you did a backup with CopyTrans Shelbee v2.1 and above before they were removed from the App Store.

When restoring data with CopyTrans Shelbee remember:

⚠ the data restored from a backup will not be merged with the one on your iPhone;
⚠ you can’t restore backup from iPhone on a higher iOS version to a device on an earlier iOS version.

Follow these steps to restore data with CopyTrans Shelbee:

  1. To restore the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch from backup, run CopyTrans Shelbee and connect the iOS device.

  2. Click on Full restore. Restore iPhone from backup

  3. Click on the green pencil icon on the right to select a backup to restore from. Choose full restore of iPhone from backup

  4. In the newly-opened window, select the backup file that you wish to restore from. If you made multiple backups, you will all the backups stored in the chosen folder. Select iPhone backup to restore from

  5. If you wish to restore your apps as well, please log in to iTunes Store with your Apple ID. Log in with Aplle ID to backup or restore apps

  6. Wait until the restore process completes. Restore iPhone from backup process

  7. That’s it. You’ve restored your iPhone from backup without iTunes! iPhone restore successful

Restore iPhone from backup selectively

With CopyTrans Shelbee, you can also choose which data you want to restore. Here’s how to restore selected data to iPhone:

  1. Open CopyTrans Shelbee and connect your iPhone. Click on Custom restore. Custom restore in CopyTrans Shelbee

  2. Click on the green pencil icon to select which backup you want to restore your data from. Select a backup to restore from

  3. After you’ve chosen the right backup file, click “Next”. Click next

  4. Wait until the loading process finishes. Loading in progress

  5. Select the data you wish to restore. For example, it is possible to only restore photos from an iPhone backup. Just select Photos, then click on Next.
    For contacts, the process is the same: select Contacts, then click on Next. You can select as many items as you want. Restore calendars, WhatsApp, Notes – in any combination you want!
    Select data to restore in CopyTrans Shelbee

  6. Please note that the data you selected will be overwritten. So, if you want to restore contacts, the device contacts will be replaced with the ones from the backup.
    Confirmation screen in CopyTrans Shelbee
    Click “Next”.

  7. CopyTrans Shelbee will ask you to choose where you want to save the backup of your device in case something goes wrong during Custom restore. Select the destination and click “Start”.
    Save destination device backup in CopyTrans Shelbee

  8. Wait until the restore process finishes. Custom restore in progress

  9. That’s it! Your device will now restart. iPhone restore

How long does it take to restore iPhone

When using iTunes to restore iPhone, it usually takes up to 1 hour depending on the size of your backup. However, the larger your iTunes backup is, the longer it takes to restore iPhone.

Overall, the speed of the process depends on several factors:

    ➡ your internet connection;

    ➡ the type of a cable that you are using;

    ➡ PC operational capabilities.

When using CopyTrans Shelbee, note that due to how custom restore works, you need to have enough space for a full restore in order to perform custom.

We hope the methods described in the article will help you avoid the dreaded iTunes error messages and successfully restore your iPhone. You gave CopyTrans Shelbee a go but the restore still failed? See the troubleshooting steps for when the backup is corrupt.

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Krasimir is an avid marketing aficionado and a tech-support specialist in charge of the English-speaking market. He grew up in Bulgaria and on the island of Mauritius where he became passionate about windsurfing and photography.