How to Restore Jailbroken iPhone


March 18, 2016 09:00 / Posted by Boey Wong

I have my iPhone 4 jailbroken. But I realized that it’s not a good idea to jailbreak it since things did not go as well as I planned. I downloaded some apps after jail-breaking but made the iPhone unstable. I want to give up the jailbreak now. Does anybody know how to remove jailbreak from iPhone 4? Please give me some help, I want my iPhone to be back to its unjailbroken state. Thank you!

What is a jailbroken iPhone? Jail-breaking is removing Apple’s restriction on iOS device. That means it allows the downloads of apps that have not been approved by Apple, and other customization features. So many iPhone users all will to take the risk to jailbreak their iPhones. They say that it gives them more flexibility.

However, it’s not as many benefits as they think because after jail-breaking your iPhone will probably become very unstable and not function normally.

If you want to take your jailbroken iphone which has hardware issues to Apple store for repairing, you will be rejected by the employees because Apple doesn’t support jail-breaking and your warranty with Apple is voided.

Therefore above issues may force you to remove jailbreak from the iPhone. How to remove jailbreak then? The only choice is to reset jailbroken iPhone to its factory settings. This is a safe way to remove all jailbreak data and restore iPhone with all the other normal information of previous backup.

You can also learn restore iPhone without updating.


1. How to Reset an iPhone to Factory Settings via iTunes

I will show you how to restore iPhone back to it’s factory settings via iTunes with a few simple steps.

You should make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer. If not, do the update before moving forward.

Disable Find My iPhone on the iPhone if you have enabled it. Go to SettingsiCloud – Tab the Find My iPhone toggle to turn off.

Run iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone to it. Then iTunes will detect your iPhone display an iPhone icon on the top right corner. If iTunes won’t recognize your iPhone, force it into recovery mode by pressing the Power button and Home button together until the connect to iTunes screen appears on the iPhone screen.

Click on the iPhone icon and navigate to Summary section. And then click on the Restore iPhone button on the right main pane.

Restore iPhone

You will be prompted to back up your iPhone or not. I suggest you better not to backup jailbroken iPhone via iTunes because if you’re making a warranty claim from Apple store it’s possible for Apple to tell that your iPhone was jailbroken once some evidence of the jailbreak has been copied back to the freshly restored iPhone. So it’s important to back up your iPhone before jail-breaking your iPhone and please click Don’t Back Up.

iTunes will ask you if you are sure to restore the iPhone to its factory settings. Select Restore and Update on the prompt window.

Restore Jailbroken iPhone

Once the restoring process is complete, leave the iPhone connected until it is activated. Then you can set up as an new iPhone or restore from previous backup on iTunes.

2. Recover Not Backed Up Data from Jailbroken iPhone

As far as you can see above operations will cause data loss of those data before jailbreak haven’t been backed up. Thus, you need a third-party tool which can help you back up an jailbroken iPhone without leaving any jailbreak evidence before you do a restore. All you need is an iPhone data recovery software, I recommend you to use FoneLab iPhone Data Recovery. It’s powerful enough to recover all data from an jailbroken iPhone safely including photos, contacts, messages, call histories, music, app and so on. Download the software and back up your jailbroken iPhone freely now.

Launch the software after the installation and plug your iPhone to the computer.

Recover from Jailbreak

After the software detected your iPhone, select Recover from iOS Device to scan.

Recover from Device

Once the scanning process is done, the software will display the recovered contents in categories. You can preview the details by clicking the content and choose those items you want to back up to computer. Click Restore to save them on your computer.

Backup Jailbroken iPhone to Computer
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