How Long Does It Take to Restore an iPhone?

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    If your iPhone is disabled or locked after attempting wrong passwords multiple times, you will need to restore your device to be able to use it again. And to do that, you will need the help of a PC with iTunes installed on it.

    Restoring your iPhone to a factory reset would typically take up to a few minutes at maximum. iTunes will also need software for the process, downloading, which may take some time depending on its size and the network speed you are connected to. And that is the only time-consuming part. If you have the software downloaded on your iTunes, then it is a minutes’ job.

    Here, we will show you a step by step process.


    1. Plug it into your PC: You will have to connect your iPhone to a PC. It can be a computer, laptop or a MacBook. Plug-in your iPhone through a USB cable with it.
    2. Connect to iTunes: Press and hold the Volume down and Power buttons of your iPhone simultaneously. Your device will turn off. Continue to hold both these keys until your phone is connected to iTunes. You will see it on your iPhone’s display when your iPhone is finally connected to iTunes. Note that this can take up to 12-15 seconds.
    3. Restore: Now open iTunes on your PC. A window will pop up and you will see “Cancel”, “Restore” and “Update” options. Click on the “Restore” button.
    4. Allow Restore and Update: Now you will be taken to the iPhone Recovery Mode. A new window will pop up and you will be asked to continue the process. Click on the “Restore and Update” option. You will be asked for permission to Restore your device. Click on “Next” and “Agree” buttons respectively on the next pop up windows.

    Note: This process will need an external download of the iTunes app. If you don’t have the software installed, it will start downloading automatically. You will be able to see the download status at the top right on your iTunes window. The option is located right beside the Search Bar on the app.

    Downloading this software may take some time. Once the software is downloaded, it will start to Restore your iPhone. You will be able to see the status of your iPhone screen. Once the Restore process is completed, your iPhone will restart. Now it is a factory reset and you are ready to use it.*