Restore from backup taking too long

In this article, I’m going to show you what to do when your iPhone or iPad is taking too long to restore from a backup.

This can be extremely frustrating after you’ve spent a long time without your device because it’s restoring but it’s just taking too long.

I’m going to show you the best way to shorten the restore time and why this is happening.

The main reason why your iPhone or iPad is taking too long to restore from a backup is that your iTunes isn’t up to date. This can cause bugs to slow down the time. Go to iTunes > left click on the help button at the top left of iTunes > Click the ‘check for updates button’. Scroll down to see more tips to take.

Why is my iPhone Taking too long to Restore?

Whether you’re backing up your device, restoring it, trying to troubleshoot it, or trying to fix the boot loop error, restoring your iPhone or iPad in iTunes shouldn’t take a long time at all.

In some rare cases, the restoring process may just be taking an extremely long time and the time remaining at the bottom of the box is just ridiculous.

If the time you’re seeing here is something stupid, there are a few things that may be causing the restore time to be too long.

This is mostly caused by an error on your iPhone or iPad or even your PC.

I’m going to show you a few troubleshooting steps to take if you find that the restore time is taking a long time.

Things to Take Note of Before Worrying About the Time

Something we both need to be aware of is that the word ‘long’ is relative to what you would class as long.

If you can see that the restore time remaining is something like 1-2 hours or maybe even three, I wouldn’t worry about it because that’s pretty standard.

If you see that it’s taking over 6 hours plus, then you should definitely try some troubleshooting steps.

You should also note that if your internet is always slow, your restore time is generally going to take a long time and you should expect it.

You should also check if your router is connected to the internet properly so that iTunes isn’t going to have any trouble restoring your iPhone or iPad.

One more thing you should make sure of is how big the backup is.

If the back up is something huge such as 128GB, you shouldn’t be surprised to see an update time that’s long.

The smaller your back up, the shorter the restore time is going to be.

Update iTunes if There is an Update

The very first thing to do is to update iTunes.

I ran into this problem and as soon as I updated iTunes, the problem was gone.

Having an old version of iTunes is one of the errors that Apple have taken note off when you’re having issues restoring your device.

If there is a bug in the old version of your iTunes, this can be an issue because the bug is going to cause iTunes to not function properly which may be the reason the take remaining is excessively long.

Here’s how you update it:

  • Open the iTunes app from your desktop
  • Once you’ve opened it, you may get a pop up saying that there’s a new version of iTunes available and you need to download and install it
  • If this didn’t come up, left click on the help button at the top left of iTunes
  • Click the ‘check for updates button’

This is going to force iTunes to look for an update and once it finds one, click on ‘Download iTunes’.

After the new version is downloaded, try restoring your device again and see if it works.

Reboot your iPhone & the Computer

The next step to take in the troubleshooting process is to reboot both devices.

Rebooting means to shut down the device then turn it back on.

Doing this is going to reload the operating system and fix any minor software issues it’s experiencing.

Here’s what to do:

  • Disconnect your iPhone or iPad from the PC
  • Reboot your iPhone or iPad
  • Reboot the PC
  • Launch iTunes once your PC is on
  • Plug in your device and start the reboot process again and click on ‘Restore from Backup with iTunes’

Once you’ve followed these steps, you should notice that you should get the restore time down to a smaller time and it shouldn’t be too long anymore.

If you see anything between 1-2 hours, you should be over the moon.

Turn off Any Firewall or Antivirus on your PC

A very popular solution when Apple users are experiencing issues with iTunes is to turn off any firewalls.

The reason a firewall is going to stop your device from restoring properly is that it may not recognise your iPhone or iPad as a trusted source.

If it doesn’t recognise your device as a trusted source, it’s not going to connect properly meaning that the time remaining could come up as something ridiculous such as 20 hours.

To make sure that it’s not any firewalls causing the issue, you’ll need to disable them for the time being and start the restoring process again.

Here’s how you turn off firewalls:

  • Locate the program from the notifications area
  • Right-click the antivirus icon and tap ‘disable’ or something along those lines

Bottom Line

If you managed to reduce your time remaining, comment down below which method you used.

If you have any concerns, comment down below and I’ll help you.

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