How to Fix iTunes Stuck on Verifying iPhone Restore

Restore iPhone with iTunes shouldn’t’ take more than hours since verifying iPhone restore stuck. Read this post and get the proven methods to get iPhone to finish restoring.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Oct. 21, 2020

My iPhone 7 plus is stuck in recovery mode and when I try to restore using iTunes it got stuck in verifying iPhone restore with apple. My phone screen displayed Apple logo with a progress bar that does not even start progressing. I waited for over one day but no progress. Can anyone help, please??

Restoring iPhone with iTunes will create an automatic backup on your Mac or PC which enables you to access songs, photos, or videos you had stored on your iPhone.

You will lose all your data if you attempt to restore an iPhone without creating a backup.

However, your device can get stuck on the verifying iPhone restore step as the above user said, while you are updating iOS or restoring it back to factory settings using iTunes. In some cases, your iPhone may just be slow, but if the progress bar doesn’t move for more than fifteen minutes it is a sure sign that something is wrong with the software.

So in this article, we are going to show you how to fix iTunes stuck on verifying iPhone restore the problem and offer several different solutions to this issue.

How Long Does it Take to Verify iPhone Restore

Usually, it shouldn’t’ take more than a few minutes for iTunes to verify iPhone restore, although the exact amount of time you will have to wait for your device to be verified depends on the size of the update.

Hence, this step can be completed in just a few seconds or up to ten minutes if the size of the update is larger than a gigabyte. In case, your iPhone is stuck on this step for more than ten minutes chances are that you are dealing with malfunctioning software or hardware.

iTunes Stuck on Verifying iPhone Restore

iTunes Stuck on Verifying iPhone Restore

Also Read: Fix iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone in Recovery Mode >

What to Do if iTunes Gets Stuck While Verifying iPhone Restore

Checking the basics is the first thing you should do

Tip 1. USB and WiFi Connection Issue

The USB cable you used to connect your device to a computer may not be correctly positioned. The iPhone may have gone offline during the process or the issue can be caused by iTunes.

So, before attempting to update or restore an iPhone using iTunes, you must make sure that both devices are connected to a WiFi network and that the connection between the two devices is established.

Tip 2. Disable the Antivirus and Update iTunes

In addition, you should also disable the antivirus and ensure that you have the latest version of iTunes.

Tip 3. Use Another Computer

Optionally, you can try to restore your iPhone from another computer, especially if you are attempting to restore an iPhone with iTunes from a PC.

Tip 4. Delete the iOS Update

In case the issue still persists, you should delete the iOS update from iTunes and clear the cache. You can do so in simple steps:

  1. Launch the Finder window and then choose ‘Go To Folder’ from the Go menu.
  2. Insert ‘Library/Caches/’ into the search bar and then press enter in order to gain access to this folder.
  3. Proceed to open all folders at this address and delete all files from them.

Tip 5. Use DFU Mode to Restore

When done you should restart your computer, launch iTunes again and then access your iPhone’s DFU mode. Differing from recovery mode, DFU mode restores your iPhone to its original factory settings but with the latest iOS and firmware. But keep in mind that the actual steps you need to take to access the DFU mode depend on the model of iPhone you have. Here’s how you can do this:

  1. Make sure that your iPhone is connected to a computer via USB cable.
  2. Press and hold the Home and Lock buttons for approximately 8 seconds, but bear in mind that you need to release the Home button before the Apple logo pops up on the screen.
  3. Your iPhone’s screen will be blank once you enter the DFU mode and iTunes will show you a prompt notifying you that it detected a device in the DFU mode.

Proceed to choose the restore option in the recovery mode and then update your iPhone. Once the update is completed you should hard reset the iPhone in order to exit the DFU mode.

Using the iTunes repair tool to fix verifying iPhone restore stuck

If you are still wondering how do I get my iPhone to finish restoring, you can try installing a third-party app like AnyFix – iOS system recovery that is compatible with both Mac and PCs. This system repair software can help you resolve the iTunes stuck on verifying iPhone restore issue if the problem was caused by iTunes. Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Select the Repair iTunes option once you’ve completed the installation process and launched the AnyFix app.

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Click iTunes Repair

Click iTunes Repair

Step 2: A new window will appear on the screen offering you four different options. Select the iTunes Connection/Backup/Restore errors option and click on the Scan Now button. AnyFix will commence the analysis of the components.

Choose iTunes Connection/Backup/Restore Errors

Choose iTunes Connection/Backup/Restore Errors

Step 3: After the software completes the analysis it will display a list of components on the screen that may potentially be the reason why iTunes gets stuck while verifying iPhone restore. Click on the Fix Now button.

iTunes Component Errors will be Detected

iTunes Component Errors will be Detected

Step 4: Then proceed to grant AnyFix the administrator rights by clicking on the OK button once the User Account Control window appears on the screen. It will start repairing iTunes as soon as you give the software the administrator rights.

Step 5: Once the repairing process is completed, you should click on the Open iTunes button in order to check.

iTunes Repair Completed

iTunes Repair Completed

If the iTunes stuck on verifying iPhone restore issue is not resolved after you’ve taken these steps chances are that the problem is caused by malfunctioning hardware. The device’s logic board may be faulty, and replacing it is the only way to fix the iTunes stuck on verifying iPhone restore issue.

The Bottom Line

The iTunes stuck on verifying iPhone restore issue suggests that there is something wrong with iTunes or your iPhone. If the problem is caused by software, you won’t need much time to resolve it, but in case the malfunctioning hardware is the root of the problem you will have to take your device to an authorized Apple repair center. If you have any further questions or want to share other tips, leave a comment and let us know.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.