iTunes Could Not Restore iPhone XS? How to Fix

If you are now meeting the problem that iTunes could not restore your iPhone XS, just read this guide to figure out why this issue occurs and how to fix it easily.

By Gigi Albert | Posted on: Oct. 16, 2018, Last Updated: Oct. 18, 2018
Home > PhoneRescue > iPhone Data Recovery > iTunes Could Not Restore iPhone XS? How to Fix

When you get a new iPhone XS, what is the first thing you will do? To set your new iPhone XS from scratch or directly restore the old backup from your old iPhone to the new iPhone XS with iTunes? I believe the later one is a more popular choice for most iOS users. However, if you are not so familiar with the steps to restore, unknown errors that may stop you from restoring your iPhone XS or XS Max with iTunes. What would you do if you meet errors during the process of restore? If you want to know why errors occur and how to fix them, just keep reading to know it.

Why iTunes Could Not Restore iPhone XS?

1. Network and USB cable problem

2. The version of your iTunes is too old.

3. Your backup has corrupted or been incompatible with your device.

4. Not enough space on your iPhone XS.

Why iTunes Could Not Restore the iPhone XS

Why iTunes Could Not Restore the iPhone XS

How to Fix iTunes Could Not Restore iPhone XS Issue?

Based on the causes we mentioned above, now we have collected some possible ways to fix iTunes could not restore the iPhone XS issue.

Method 1. Check your network 

The first thing you need to do is to check the stability of your network. If it is unstable, please change a stable or active one.

Method 2. Check your USB cable

If there’s nothing wrong goes with your internet, just check if there’s any problem with your USB cable, lose or break, if it is damaged, just replace it with a new one.

Fix iTunes Could Not Restore iPhone XS By Checking Network And USB Cable

Fix iTunes Could Not Restore iPhone XS By Checking Network And USB Cable

Method 3. Update your iTunes to the latest version

An outdated version of iTunes might cause a lot of unknown errors. The best way to get rid of such errors is to download the latest iTunes version. Read this guide to get the steps to update your iTunes.

Fix iTunes Could Not Restore iPhone XS By Updating Your iTunes

Fix iTunes Could Not Restore iPhone XS By Updating Your iTunes

Method 4. Free up more space on your computer

A lack of storage space on your iPhone XS could also lead to the failure of restoring. The backup contents might be so large that your iPhone XS has not enough storage space to keep it. So you can selectively restore iTunes backup contents instead of the whole one to your iPhone XS.

Method 5. Restore from iCloud backup

Restore your iPhone XS from iTunes is not the only way that you can get your backup contents. iCloud is also a good choice. But you need to make sure that you have made a backup before. Read this guide to get the specific steps to restore iPhone XS from iCloud backup.

A disadvantage of method 5 is that your current contents on your iPhone XS might be replaced by the iCloud backup contents. So if the method 1- method 4 cannot help you out and you don’t want to lose any data by taking method 5, you can refer to the method 6, which will provide you with the most efficient way to restore your backup without iTunes and without erasing.

Method 6. Restore iPhone XS with an iTunes alternative

This method is available for people whose iTunes is not working and doesn’t want to restore iPhone XS from iCloud backup at the price of losing data. To restore iPhone XS without using iTunes and iCloud, you need to ask for the help of some iTunes alternatives. The iOS data extractor – PhoneRescue for iOS, one of the best iPhone data recovery tool, is actually what you need. With PhoneRescue for iOS, you can not only restore your iPhone from iTunes or iCloud backup but also from the iOS device directly. And compared with the traditional restore way with iTunes, PhoneRescue for iOS supports previewing data and selectively restoring data. Now just follow us to give it a try.

Step 1Download and launch PhoneRescue for iOS on your Mac or PC > Connect your iPhone XS to the computer > Select Recover from iTunes Backup > Click on the arrow.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Restore iPhone XS with An iTunes Alternative – Step 1

Restore iPhone XS with An iTunes Alternative – Step 1

Step 2Select a backup and select the type of data you want to restore, if you want to scan all data, just tick Select All and click on OK.

Restore iPhone XS with An iTunes Alternative – Step 2

Restore iPhone XS with An iTunes Alternative – Step 2

Step 3Preview and select data you want to restore. Then click To Device or To Computer button to restore the backup to your iPhone XS or computer.

Restore iPhone XS with An iTunes Alternative – Step 3

Restore iPhone XS with An iTunes Alternative – Step 3

The Bottom Line

That’s all about how to fix iTunes could not restore iPhone XS issue. Sincerely hope that you can get rid of this issue by using method 1 to method 5. If you failed, just let PhoneRescue for iOS do you a favor.

Gigi Albert

Member of iMobie team, a professional editor, is interested in solving iOS & Android related problems by writing various tutorials.