How Long Does It Take to Restore an iPhone

How long does it take to restore an iPhone

The restoration process can be different because you may want to restore the iPhone from iTunes/iCloud backup, restore the iPhone to factory settings, or restore a defective iPhone via iTunes to turn it normal.

This article will expound on how much time it can take to restore an iPhone including iPhone 14 using different methods and how to speed up the process.

How Long Does It Take to Restore an iPhone?

The restoration process may take as long as 4 hours. It can also take 30 minutes to complete the restoration depending on some factors:

  1. Internet speed plays a big role when restoring iPhone from iCloud backup. For example, 20mbps is faster and better than 10mbps so the one using 20mbps speed will use a shorter time than the one using 10mbps.
  2. The amount of data being backed up also determines the time spent on the restoration. The smaller the size, the lesser time it takes to restore.
  3. The type of restoration can also determine how long the process takes. If you restore iPhone to factory settings, it means erasing iPhone, so it will take less time than restoring iPhone from backup which will take much time on processing the data.

How Long Does It Take to Restore from iCloud Backup?

Restore iPhone from iCloud backup

Approximately it takes 1 to 2 hours per gigabyte to restore from iCloud. The process can also take longer than excepted going up to 4 hours per gigabyte. This is a very slow speed that can make one impatient especially when you just got an iPhone 14 and cannot wait to explore the new iPhone.

However, we can speed up the restoration process by optimizing the internet connection. The internet speed and strength should be reliable to fasten the process. The data size will also determine the time it takes for restoration. Smaller files take less time as compared to bigger files. You can make a smaller backup before restoration by deleting or transferring some data such as photos and videos to a computer or external hard drive.

The phone should also be charged to more than 60%. We don’t want the phone to go off during the process because it can lead to data loss. Besides, it is necessary to make sure that you have enough storage on your iPhone to save the backup data.

How Long Does It Take to Restore from iTunes Backup?

Restore iPhone from iTunes backup

Restoring from iTunes backup can take up to about 1 hour per gigabyte but not less than 15 minutes even for iPhone 14. The process can take more time depending on the size of the files to be restored. The bigger the file, the more time it takes to restore. However, it can take more time than expected. The delay can be caused by a few technical issues which can be resolved.

Updating or reinstalling iTunes can help to resolve the delay. However, in some scenarios, it is not smooth to update iTunes. We recommend that you uninstall iTunes and then restart your computer before reinstalling the latest version of iTunes.

Generally, most problems that come up during restoration using iTunes can be solved by updating or reinstalling iTunes hence speeding up the process. It is also advisable to confirm whether the phone has enough storage to hold the data being restored.

How Long Does It Take to Restore an iPhone to Factory Settings? 

Restore iPhone via iTunes

Some people would like to have their device factory reset before being sold. This can be done using the feature Erasing All Content and Settings on your iPhone. The process is fast and usually takes less than 15 minutes. However, restoring iPhone to factory settings can also be done using iTunes and the process takes approximately 30 minutes to one hour. The time for this process usually depends on how long it takes to download the latest software. It is usually fast.

How Long Does It Take to Restore an iPhone in Recovery Mode?

Restore frozen iPhone through iTunes

Restoring an iPhone in Recovery Mode using iTunes is easy. When you connect your iPhone to a computer, iTunes (Finder on Mac) usually offers 2 options — Update or Restore. If you update the iPhone, the data on your device will be kept. Just the software will be updated to the latest version. If you choose to restore your iPhone, the data on your phone will be definitely erased without any recovery and new software will also be installed on the phone.

The process will be 1-2 hours since it needs to download software from the Apple server. If you have faster internet, the process will be shorter. If the process is stuck, you can turn to a third-party tool for help.

The restoration can be done using a third-party tool like Fixppo. iMyFone, a software company, came up with Fixppo that can help to speed up the process of restoring the iPhone in Recovery Mode. It accelerates the download and extraction of the iPhone software. It also offers a feature — one click to exit Recovery Mode. You can try it for free.

Since Fixppo offers Standard Mode to fix iPhone without losing any data, you can also use this tool if iTunes doesn’t offer an Update option to you (this could happen sometime).


Restoring an iPhone can be a tedious and time-consuming process. It usually tests your patience levels. The whole process can take much more time than expected. We hope the above tips help.

Joel Wilson

Joel Wilson

Joel is a fan of technology. He uses both iPhone and Android phones. Being interesting in exploring new features, he likes to share his experiences on how to use the devices in a better way. Because of his enthusiasm for technology, he becomes an "expert" to fix problems with phones and computers.

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