How to Restore iPhone without Update

Try to restore your iPhone using iTunes, but it says it will update your iPhone? This post tells how to restore iPhone without update when your iPhone freezes or is locked.


By Kathy / Updated on May 31, 2024

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“I screwed up my phone while changing the resolution, and can I restore my phone without updating it? I also can't restore my phone with iCloud because it will ask me security questions and I forget got the answer. After connecting to iTunes it let me update but I don't want to, so what should I do?

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3 ways to restore iPhone without update

Here are three methods, including resetting your phone, using recovery mode, and using iTunes. These methods will make the existing data on the iPhone disappear, so it is best to back it up first.

Way 1. Restore iPhone without updating in Recovery Mode

 The way to get into recovery mode are given, and you can choose it according to your device model.

▶iPhone 8 or later devices: Power off your phone first, then connect your iPhone to your computer via USB cable (Press and hold the side button until recovery mode appears on the screen.)

▶iPhone 7 and 7 plus: Turn off your device first. Press and hold the left volume down button while connected to the computer. You can't release the button until the screen shows recovery mode.

▶iPhone 6s and earlier: Power off your iPhone. Connect your iPhone to your computer, and press and hold your home button at the same time until recovery mode appears on the screen.

After connecting, and open the iTunes, you can see an iPhone icon in the upper-left corner, click on it, and There is a problem with the iPhone that requires it to be updated or restored will pop up. Finally, click Restore button. (If iTunes asks you to update your phone, you can choose to Cancel.)

iTunes Restore

After waiting for a while, you can disconnect the phone, then restart you will find that the phone has been restored.

Way 2. Recover iPhone by using iTunes backup without updating

If you have a previous iTunes backup, this method is suitable for you to restore iPhone without update. The steps are listed below.

Step 1. You should connect your iPhone to computer via USB cable.

Step 2. There is a phone icon in the upper-left corner, click it to locate your iPhone.

Step 3. Find the “Restore Backup” in the “Backups” box, and then click it.

Step 4. A new window will pop up where you will find the backup you want to restore.

Step 5. Finally, enter your Apple ID password, and then start to restore.

iTunes Backup

Way 3. Reset settings to restore iPhone without update

Resetting will clear your iPhone data, so you need to backup your iPhone data in iCloud or iTunes. After the operation, you can retrieve your data from them.

Step 1. Go to Settings > Find General > Tap Reset > Select Erase All Content and Settings.

Reset Step1

Step 2. After resetting your iPhone, you will see the Apps & Data on your screen, and then click Restore from iCloud Backup.

Step 3. Sign in to your iCloud with your Apple ID, and then you could restore your iPhone backup in iCloud.

Protect your iPhone data via powerful backup software

As aforementioned, restoring your iPhone without update will erase all your existing data on your iPhone. Here is recommended to you an overall and powerful backup software for iPhone and iPad, FoneTool.

▪ It enables you to backup iPhone fully or selectively to your computer, whose capacity to hold data is far more than 5GB, saving from the trouble of iCloud Storage full.

▪ It has a fast backup speed, you can backup your iPhone data without wasting too much time.

▪ It also supports creating an encrypted backup, preventing your iPhone data from being seen by others.

Click the following button to download it and see how it works.

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Full backup: One-click backup iPhone data

Step 1. Launch the FoneTool, and then connect your iPhone to computer.

Step 2. Click the "Phone Backup", go to "Full Backup" and click "Get Started".

iPhone Backup Step2

Step 3. Click “Start Backup” to start the opeartion.

iPhone Backup Step3


Selectively backup iPhone data

Step 1. Run FoneTool, and then connect your iPhone to computer via USB cable.

Step 2. Click "Get Started" under "Selective Backup". 

iPhone Backup Step

Step 3. You can choose the data you want to backup (you are able to preview them). And click  “Start Backup”.

selective backup

Note: FoneTool can also transfer data, not only to another iPhone but also to a computer.

Sum up

Now, surely you have realized how to restore iPhone without update. You can use recovery mode and iTunes, reset your iPhone.

Honestly, backup is a good way to restore iPhone data. I recommend you to use FoneTool because safety, stability and speed are its advantages. It also supports data transfer, not only between iPhone, but also between iPhone and computer.


Kathy · Editor
Kathy is an editor of FoneTool, who prefers to help more users address a series of iOS-related problems. She likes traveling and being close to nature makes her relax. She is also keen to engage in social activities and spend much free time with her friends.