How to Clean Install iOS 17.3.1 on iPhone like New

Clean iPhone and iPad should be the final stage and Option for all iOS users to make devices like new. After that, you can freely sell or Trade-in your Device or Hand it over to an unknown for repair and use. Once we clean follow clean install we have two options, which people case choose depending on use or requirements. This trick is very useful to fix internal problems by clean install then Restore the iPhone and iPad. if you know, Apple Shut down iTunes support on Mac, After the Backup and Restoring ways are changed and easier. Also, iOS Clean install Required Finder to Backup, Restore and Sync data to iPhone and iPad. Let’s Check in this Tutorial.

Restore after Erase iPhone/ iPad: Restore the required old backup that should be the latest. You will get photos, Videos, Apps or Settings, and Other important data. The backup we can restore from iCloud or iTunes (Now Finder). I recommended iTunes because it’s very fast and more users friendly. No worry about how much your backup was.

Note: Restore iPhone/ iPad using iCloud before Erase, Upgrade iCloud storage then start the backup.

Setup Like new after Erase: Once you erase all data from the device, Very easy to start iPhone/ iPad like new. (Skip Restore from iCloud) Follow the on-screen instructions.

Steps for Erase and Restore iPhone and iPad or Setup New

Erase Device – iPhone/ iPad

  1. Go to the Settings app on the iPhone or iPad.
  2. Next, Scroll down a screen and Tap on General.
  1. Scroll to the Option, “Transfer or Reset iPhone
  2. Erase All Content and Settings.transfer-or-reset-iphone
  3. See the on-screen instructions and continue with Data will be erased, Apple ID, Find my Remove, Apple Wallet.
  4. Now, Enter your iPhone lock screen passcode, and Your iPhone will upload data to iCloud > Enter your Apple ID password to remove the lock and turn off find my activation.
  5. That’s it.

Restore From iCloud or iTunes/Finder: Old Latest Backup

Connect your device via USB Lightning cable to your Mac/ PC after erase.

  1. Open iTunes/Finder on PC or Mac. Wait for the sync times then your device will appear in iTunes top tab.
  2. Turn off “Find My iPhone” on iPhone, iPad (Go to the Settings App on iDevice > Tap on Apple ID Profile Name > iCloud > Find My iPhone > Disable Find My iPhone).

1.1 Using Finder [iOS Restore on MacOS]

  1. First, Connect your Phone to a Mac computer or laptop.
Apple iPhone connected to MacBook to get new software Update
  1. Open Finder on Mac running MacOS.
Where is Finder on Mac computer
  1. Next, Connect your iPhone to Mac and Get the iPhone under the Locations.
Find iPhone in Finder side bar under location section and click on check for update settings on Mac computer
  1. Click on your iPhone name, and Your iPhone required to pair,
  2. Unlock the iPhone screen and enter the lock screen passcode on iPhone Screen. Once you validate, Finder will show the below screen.
  3. Here’s Check for Backup and Restore iPhone button will show here.

Now Use Option Key + Click on Restore iPhone button to Browse downloaded ipsw file. Choose the ipsw file and click on Open.

restore ipsw file using finder restore option on Mac

  • restore ipsw file using finder restore option on Mac

Go with the Update button. To start the process. Enter the passcode to continue the restoring process. First Enter Passcode on iPhone and Tap on the continue button.

Don’t disconnect the iPhone from Mac, Your iPhone will reboot many times during the process. When you see the lock screen, you can disconnect and set up like a new one.

Restore Old Recent Backup using Finder on Mac [Without iTunes]

Now, Copy data from an old recent backup, Follow the same steps and select Restore backup under the Backup and Restore options.

Copy data from old backup to iPhone using Finder
Copy data from old backup to iPhone using Finder

1.2 Using iTunes Restore and Backup

Turn off Find my iPhone on iPhone or iPad

3. Click on it > Summary > Restore iPhone (Choose last backup or what you want)

Click on continue for start restore iPhone

4. Click Restore iPhone + Shift key on Windows && Click on Restore + Option Key on Mac

Accept terms and condition for start restore

5. Press Continue > Next on confirmation popup,

6. Browse .ipsw file (Get latest .ipsw file for the update or downgrade purpose from below links). Then Open. (.ipsw file for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch)

Find ipsw file on computer or Mac then restore on iPhone or iPad

Installation Tutorial:

Start Restore process for install new iOS on iPhone iPad

7. Start Restore, Wait for few minutes, it depends on your system speed. Don’t unplug iPhone or iPad in-between process.

(Restore Old Backup on iPhone)

2. Clean Install Without iTunes: Use iCloud for Restore

Before Erase if we have past Recent backup into iCloud then you can go with the iCloud restore. After resetting your new device setup will show screen option to start to restore data from iCloud. If you didn’t take the backup of your device earlier then Take a Backup first in iCloud: Open Settings app on iPhone > Tap on Apple ID profile name > iCloud > iCloud Backup > Enable iCloud Backup Toggle > That’s it.

Now, Erase the Device from settings app > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Now your iPhone will take a few minutes to Erase the Device. and Then set up like a new. Follow the below steps,

6 Restore from iCloud or iTunes after Erase

It’s totally online automatic process, doesn’t need iTunes or Mac/PC. Restore time depends on your internet speed and Size of data.

Don’t Restore old Backup, Setup like new

4 Setup like new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus

Skip all the restore processes after erase the full device explained in the first step. Skip backup restore instruction and Choose “Set up as New iPhone”. And complete setup.

I hope you get the complete overview and Guide on what to do for a clean install or Restore iPhone and iPad like new. For extra help comment on the box.

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