How To Backup iPhone X Files And Perform iTunes Restore, Recovery Mode Restore, DFU Mode Restore

A system restore is often necessary when something goes wrong with the current iOS platform and none from the applicable workarounds is able to rectify the glitch and make the system work as intended. This however is usually deemed among the last resorts as the process usually involves wiping of all your current data from your device. Any software bugs and glitches affecting the system functions will likewise be eradicated thus gives your device a fresh start and error-free performance afterwards. With that being said, creating a backup of all your contents is highly recommended before restoring the device.


There are different methods to carry out system restore on iOS devices including the latest iPhone X smartphone. This post will walk you through a step-by-step process on how to perform an iOS restore using iTunes, recovery mode, and DFU mode on iPhone X. While this may already be a no-brainer to ever loyal iOS users, iPhone newbies including those who just made a switch from Android to iOS will likely need some help on how to get started. If you are among our target audience, then feel free to use this content as your reference.

What to do before restoring your iPhone X in iTunes, recovery mode, DFU mode

In order to get started, you need to secure a computer, either a Windows PC or Mac preferably running on the latest operating system. You also need to install the latest version of iTunes software on your computer.

Important note:

As much as possible, be sure to backup your iPhone before performing a system restore. You may need to use some of your current contents again after the restore. That being said, you can backup your iPhone X to iCloud or to iTunes beforehand. Once you’re done securing these requisites and created a backup of your data, you’re all set to begin.

How to backup apps, contacts, media and photos on your iPhone X

The following steps will walk you through the process of creating backup of iPhone X data to iCloud. In order to proceed, you need a Wi-Fi connection on your device. If you haven’t already, enable Wi-Fi on your iPhone X then proceed with these steps:

  1. Tap Settings on the Home screen.
  2. Tap your Apple ID at the top of the list.
  3. If prompted, enter your Apple ID credentials to sign in.
  4. Tap iCloud to continue.
    • To back up your apps, tap the slider next to the desired apps then tap iCloud Backup app at the bottom of the list.
    • To back up your contacts, tap the Contacts slider to turn it ON, select the option to Merge contacts with iCloud (if prompted) then tap iCloud Backup app at the bottom of the list.
    • To back up media and photos from the phone, tap Photos, tap iCloud Photo Library slider to turn it ON, tap iCloud to return then tap iCloud Backup app at the bottom of the list.
  5. Turn iCloud Backup if necessary.
  6. Finally, tap Back Up Now to confirm action.

Wait for the backup to complete and by then you should be all set to proceed with iOS restore on your iPhone X.

How to restore your iPhone X from a backup in Cloud

Apple has designed its iOS devices with options to restore from an iCloud backup or using iTunes. To restore your iPhone from an iCloud backup, you need to erase all of its contents before you can restore from your backup. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Turn on your iPhone X.
  2. Wait for the Hello screen to show up. If you already set up your device, you need to erase it before restoring from an iCloud backup.
  3. Follow the onscreen setup steps until you get to the Apps & Data screen.
  4. On the Apps & Data screen, tap Restore from iCloud Backup.
  5. Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID credentials.
  6. Select a backup to use. You can refer to the date and size of each backup file and then pick the most relevant. After selecting the backup file, the transfer begins.
  7. If prompted with a message requiring a newer version of iOS, follow the onscreen instructions to update. Otherwise, skip to the next step.
  8. If prompted, sign in to your Apple ID account to restore apps and purchases. Otherwise, skip this step and sign in later.
  9. Wait until the progress bar appears and completes. It can take a while to finish depending on the size of the backup and the network connection speed. The progress will pause if you disconnect from Wi-Fi too soon and resumes once you reconnect.

Once the backup is restored, you can finish the initial setup and then start using your new iPhone. The rest of your contents including photos, apps, music and other data will continue to restore in the background for the next few hours or days depending on the amount of data there is to restore. Just ensure that your iPhone X is turned on and connected to the Internet so as to allow the process to computer.

How to restore iPhone X using iTunes

With iTunes, you have the options to restore your iPhone X from a previous iOS backup or restore it to factory settings. A factory restore deletes your iPhone settings and the information stored on the internal storage, and installs the latest iOS version available for your device.

Considering that you already have created a backup of your iPhone X, follow these steps to restore your device to factory settings in Tunes:

  1. Connect your iPhone X to the computer using the supplied USB or Lightning cable.
  2. Open iTunes on the computer.
  3. If prompted, enter device passcode or select the option to Trust This Computer on your iPhone screen.
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to continue.
  5. Select your iPhone X when it shows up in iTunes.
  6. Navigate to the Summary section in iTunes.
  7. Click Restore [device] or Restore Backup in Tunes then locate and select your preferred backup to restore from.
  8. Click Restore again to confirm action. iTunes will then start to erase your device and installs the latest iOS version for your iPhone. If prompted, enter the password for your encrypted backup.

Your iPhone X will restart after it restores to factory settings. By then you can set it up as new.

Be sure to keep your device connected after it restarts and wait for it to sync with your computer. Once the sync finishes, you can disconnect your device.

How to restore iPhone X in Recovery Mode

There are certain circumstance when you need to put your iPhone in recovery mode and then restore it with iTunes. This usually happens when iTunes does not recognize your device and keeps saying that it’s not in recovery mode, when your iPhone screen is stuck on Apple logo, and also when you get stuck on the Connect to iTunes screen. If any of these occurs to you while using your iPhone X and you run of other options, then follow these steps to put your iPhone in recovery mode and set it up again:

  1. Connect your iPhone X to the computer using the supplied USB or Lightning cable.
  2. Open iTunes on the computer and wait for it to recognize your device. If iTunes is already open on your computer, close it first then open it again.
  3. While your iPhone X is connected, force it to restart using these steps:
    • Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
    • Press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
    • Then, press and hold the Side (Power) button until the Recovery Mode screen appears. Do not release the button yet when the Apple logo appears and wait for the Recovery Mode screen instead.
  4. When you are prompted with the option to Restore or Update, select Update to command iTunes to try to reinstall iOS without erasing your data. Wait until iTunes is finished downloading the software for your iPhone X.
  5. Select Restore to restore from a previous iOS backup. Select the backup file to use then wait follow the onscreen instructions to complete the iOS backup restore on your device. Restoring will wipe out all existing data from your device and installs the latest iOS version available.

Note: Your iPhone exits recovery mode if the download takes more than 15 minutes. If this happens, you need to let the download finish then repeat the prior steps.

Once you’re done restoring your iPhone X in recovery mode, disconnect your iPhone from the computer, then restart your device by pressing the Side button.

How to restore iPhone X in DFU Mode

DFU stands for Device Firmware Upgrade, another iOS mode that is often used to troubleshoot and fix complex software issues affecting various iPhone models. DFU mode restore is considered as the deepest type of iOS restore that wipes out all data from the device including the firmware. Backing up your iPhone is highly recommended beforehand. Here’s how to put your iPhone X in DFU mode and restore iOS if necessary:

  1. Connect your iPhone X to your computer using the USB or Lightning cable that comes with it.
  2. Open iTunes on your computer.
  3. Turn off your iPhone X as you normally do. In iOS 11, you can turn off your iPhone by going to Settings-> General-> Shut Down menu-> then toggle the slider to the right. Doing so turns off the iPhone.
  4. Press and hold the Side button (Power button) for 3 seconds. Then, press and hold the Volume Down button  while still holding down the Side button. Keep holding both buttons for 10 seconds.
    • If the Apple logo appears, it means that you have held the buttons for too long. If this happens, you need to go back from the very start. Otherwise, skip to the next step.
  5. Release the Side button but keep holding down the Volume Down button for about 5 seconds more.
    • If you are prompted with the Plug into iTunes screen, it means that you have entered Recovery Mode instead. So you’ll need to go back to the very first step and make sure you’re not holding the buttons for so long.
    • If your iPhone X screen remains black, that means your device has successfully entered DFU mode. iTunes will then prompt you with an alert message saying that it has detected your iPhone and will allow it to be restored. Follow the onscreen instructions to restore your iPhone X in iTunes.

Once your iPhone X has been successfully restored, it will exit DFU mode automatically. If it doesn’t, then simply restart your iPhone X and it will boot up in normal mode afterwards.

Important note: Your  device has not successfully entered DFU Mode if you see any of the following:

  • Apple logo on your iPhone screen.
  • iTunes logo on your iPhone screen.
  • iPhone screen doesn’t stay black.

What to do when you encounter problems while trying to restore your iPhone X

If you encounter any problem or prompted with an error code or message while attempting to restore your iPhone X, take note of the error message as it tells you of what went wrong and what needs to be done in order to fix it and proceed with iOS restore. Otherwise, contact your device carrier or Apple Support for further assistance and recommendations.