IPhone recovery via iTunes takes too long? It can be fixed

The iPhone recovery process through iTunes should not take much time, but sometimes the progress window

recovery shows a too long balance of time, which can reach up to 20 hours.

This may be the result of a mistake that can be corrected, and significantly speed up the process.

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In some cases, waiting a couple of hoursnormal, depending on the size of the backup file. Abnormal are those cases where the process can take 15, 20 or even 30 hours. Also note that this is a recovery through iTunes on the computer, not through iCloud. The second method may take longer due to the slow internet. The tips below apply only to recovery using iTunes via USB.

How to speed up the recovery process through iTunes

  1. Disconnect the iPhone from the computer and unplug the USB cable.
  2. Update iTunes to the latest version.
  3. Reboot your iPhone.
  4. Reboot the computer.
  5. When the computer boots up, open iTunes.
  6. On the iPhone, start the recovery process again.
  7. Connect the iPhone to the computer using the USB cable and start the recovery process.

This problem may occur even ifsetting up a new iPhone X with a copy. In the example, the first attempt to recover should have taken 8 hours, and then the time increased up to 20. Having done all the steps above, the problem was fixed, and the process of recovering 128GB of data was completed in just an hour.

Prior to this, the recovery process through iTunes took 20 hours:

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And after - less than an hour:

The problem cannot be called new, usersthey’ve been complaining about it for years, and it’s not related to a specific iPhone model, version of iTunes or iOS. We don’t know the exact reason, but it’s good to know that the problem is easily fixed with a few simple steps.