Have you ever seen this notification "Preparing iPhone for restore" on your iTunes after you have tried performing jailbreak and it fails? Like any other user who has incurred this problem you could be wondering the reason behind this. This often happens when there is iOS upgrade failure and perhaps your iOS firmware is outdated. In most cases you could be using an older iTunes version that has restoration issues. Therefore, before restoring devices ensure that your iTunes is up to date. You should also ensure that your iOS host files are up to date. If you are using your device over a computer, this could be due to poor iPhone to PC connectivity, outdated OS or outdated host files.

Part 1. How to Solve the Problem "iTunes Stuck on Preparing iPhone for Restore"

In this part we are going to show you how to fix "iTunes stuck on preparing iPhone for restore" on computer. To get you started you need to get latest version of iTunes on your computer with a USB cable that is in a good condition. If everything is okay follow these steps.

Step 1: Open iTunes on your Mac and PC. Ensure it is the latest version.

Step 2: Next, power off your iPhone and connect it to the computer using a USB cable. Ensure that the USB cable is in good condition and is well connected.

Step 3: Now press and hold the Sleep and Home button for about ten seconds until it enters recovery mode, which comes after the Apple logo appears.

Step 4: A notification will pop up on your computer window asking you if you want to restore or update your iPhone. Click on “Update.” If you click on restore, it will still work but your setting and content will be erased on your device.

Step 5: iTunes will then update or restore your iPhone depending on what you chose. From there you can reboot your device and do the setting.

Above is the solution for fixing frozen on "Preparing iPhone for Restore" problem. You will then be able to restore iTunes and iCloud files back to your iPhone. Good luck!

Part 2. Best Tool to Restore iPhone Data from iTunes Backup

After restoring your iPhone you will find out that you cannot be able to view the files you want to extract from the backup file. iSkysoft Toolbox - iOS Data Recovery is a software that is built with a preview feature that allows you to check files before recovering them. Furthermore, this software allows you to selectively retrieve from the iTunes backup file and iCloud Backup file. What is more exciting about this software is its simple user interface with easy steps on recovering files.

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Key Features of iSkysoft Toolbox - iOS Data Recovery (iOS 11 Supported)

  • It has three modes of recovering data. It can recover data directly from iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, from iTunes backup and iCloud backup file.
  • It allows you to preview scanned files according to its data types.
  • It retrieves lost data due to jailbreak failure, broken device, virus attack, deletion, deletion, system crash, factory reset, or even iOS (including iOS 11) upgrade failure.
  • Fully support iOS device, including iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 plus/se/6/6 plus/5/4, iPad/iPod touch and other models.
  • It can also extract backup files to your Mac or PC.
  • It can be compatible with Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista, Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra, 10.11 El Capitan, 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion and 10.6 Snow Leopard.

How to Restore iPhone Data from iTunes Backup via iSkysoft Toolbox for iOS

Step 1: Install and open iSkysoft Toolbox for iOS after you have downloaded and installed iSkysoft Toolbox on your computer. Connect your iPhone to your computer via a USB cable. Then click Data Recovery option on the left.

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Step 2: From the sidebar on the left, choose Recover from iTunes backup. Now all your iTunes backup files will be detected and displayed. Choose the one you want to restore and click on the "Start Scan" button.

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Step 3: iSkysoft Toolbox begins extract the data from the chosen backup files. When it has done, you can see the results in the window in catagories. You can click on each catagory to view the details. Check the wanted items and click on the Export to Mac botton to finish the process!

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