How to Reinstall iPhone Software


iTunes, the iPhone's media management program, not only allows you to re-install the iPhone's software, it allows you to make a backup of all of the phone's settings, data and applications before doing so. If you want to re-install the iPhone's software, you can do so in a few simple steps.The iPhone's iOS firmware, like any other firmware, periodically runs into problems and sometimes needs re-installation.

Things You'll Need

  • iPhone USB connection cable
  • Connect the iPhone to the computer via the USB connection cable that came with the device. Double-click the iTunes application icon if the application does not launch automatically.

  • Click the iPhone under the "Devices" heading in the iTunes window. Click the "Summary" tab, followed by the "Restore" button.

  • Click the "Back Up" button after the prompt, "Do you want to back up the settings for the iPhone before restoring the software?" When the backup process starts, the iTunes application will display a progress bar showing the progress of the backup process. Allow several minutes for the progress bar to fill and for the backup process to finish. Once the backup process finishes, the progress bar will disappear.

  • Click the "Restore" button to confirm that you want to restore the iPhone. Allow several minutes for the iPhone to re-install the software and activate.

  • Select the "Restore from the backup of:" option. Click the arrow to the right of this option and select the most recent backup from the drop-down menu. Click the "Continue" button to restore the iPhone's settings, apps, contacts, messages, etc. Allow several minutes for this process to finish.

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