How to Restore Your iPhone Without Updating


This wikiHow teaches you how to restore a previous backup on your iPhone without updating it to the latest version of iOS in the process.

Part 1
Using Recovery Mode (iPhone 7)

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Do so by plugging the USB end of your iPhone into the computer's USB port, then plugging the charger side into your iPhone's charging port at the bottom of the phone.

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It's a white app with a multicolored musical note on its icon. In cases where you have auto-sync enabled for iTunes, it will open automatically when you plug in your phone. If iTunes is already open when you connect your iPhone, close it and re-open it.

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It's an iPhone-shaped icon in the upper-left side of the iTunes window.

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It's beneath the "Manually Backup and Restore" heading in the "Backups" section. This process will take a few minutes.

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To do so, hold down the Lock button on the right side of the phone's casing, then slide the slide to power down switch at the top of the screen right.

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At the end of the three seconds, do not let go of the Lock button.

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You'll hold the Volume Down button and the Home button for the next ten seconds. You hold the lock button for thirteen seconds total during this process.

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You'll need to keep holding down the Volume Down button until you see a window pop up in iTunes telling you that it has detected a device in recovery mode.

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It should pop up as an option window in the iTunes window on your computer. Doing so will prompt you to pick a restore date.

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This option will appear in a pop-up window. You'll see a few of your most recent backups, including the one you performed today, listed in a drop-down menu.

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Doing so will restore your iPhone without updating it to the latest iOS version.

Part 2
Using Recovery Mode (iPhone 6S and Older)

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Do so by plugging the USB end of your iPhone into the computer's USB port, then plugging the charger side into your iPhone's charging port at the bottom of the phone.

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It's a white app with a multicolored musical note on its icon. In cases where you have auto-sync enabled for iTunes, it will open automatically when you plug in your phone. If iTunes is already open when you connect your iPhone, close it and re-open it.

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It's an iPhone-shaped icon in the upper-left side of the iTunes window.

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It's beneath the "Manually Backup and Restore" heading in the "Backups" section. This process will take a few minutes.

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You'll be reconnecting it in a minute, so don't close iTunes.

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You'll do this by holding down the Lock button that's either on the right side of your phone's casing (iPhone 6 and up) or the top of the casing (iPhone 5S and down) and then sliding the slide to power down switch at the top of the screen right.

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It's the circular button at the bottom of the phone. As soon as you begin holding it down, proceed to the next step.

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You'll do so while holding down the Home button. This process doesn't always work. If doing this takes you to the Lock Screen, turn off your phone and try again.

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The iTunes logo will appear on your iPhone's screen after the Apple logo appears. You should see an image of a charger cable below the iTunes logo.

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It should pop up as an option window in the iTunes window on your computer. Doing so will prompt you to pick a restore date.

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This option will appear in a pop-up window. You'll see a few of your most recent backups, including the one you performed today, listed in a drop-down menu.

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Doing so will restore your iPhone without updating it to the latest iOS version.

Part 3
Using Cydia on a Jailbroken iPhone

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Make sure that your important files are backed up, as this process will delete everything on your iPhone (but keep your jailbreak and iOS version). You won't be able to use the iTunes backup, as restoring it would remove your jailbreak.

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If you have a jailbroken iPhone, following the first method will leave your iPhone in an endless loop.

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This will display the repositories that Cydia can find packages from.

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This will allow you to enter a new repository.

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Enter the following URL into the text field that appears when you tap Add: http://cydia.myrepospace.com/ilexinfo/.

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This will add the repository that you typed to your list of Cydia sources.

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This will display several search results.

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A.T. option. Make sure this is the exact one you choose.

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This will begin installing the iLEX R.A.T. package.

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A.T. app from your Home screen. It resembles a rat on a yellow background. You'll see several different options pop up.

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This will begin the custom restore process. All of your data will be erased and your firmware will be restored. You will not lose your jailbreak performing this restore, and you will not be forced to install the latest version of iOS.[1]