iOS 17 Restore iPhone using Finder on macOS Sonoma 2023

🗓️ December 1, 2023 By ✍️ Jaysukh patel

Find the Steps by Step Guide for Install iOS or Restore iPhone using Finder on Mac Until now, We used iTunes, But No iTunes on Mac With the Release of macOS Catalina or later all macOS, So we must use Finder on Mac to Restore, Update, Backup [Manage Backups] for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. Here in this article learn how to install a New iOS copy or Restore an iOS device Using Finder. 

This tutorial also covers iOS installation problems, Failed iOS install, Stuck on Update iOS, iOS Stuck on Apple Logo on your iPhone 15, iPhone 14, iPhone XS Max, iPhone Xs, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6S/6S Plus, iPhone 6 and iPad.

Now getting back to the title, you are looking for how to restore iPhone on mac Without iTunes, isn’t it? For that also macOS Catalina or later macOS is necessary. I guess you have installed the macOS on your Mac and now, see the restoring process of the iPhone in macOS.

Steps for Update or Restore iPhone Using Finder on Mac

Video Walkthrough Guide on Restore iOS/iPadOS and Restore Latest Backup

Step #1: Connect your iPhone to your Mac using the original Lightning cable.
Step #2: Open the “Finder”.

Step #3: Now, on the left side panel, under Locations, select your iPhone. [Unlock the device with a passcode on iPhone/iPad to allow access on Mac]
Step #4: Click on “Pair” to proceed.
Step #5: On your iPhone, you will be asked to Trust the Computer, tap “Trust”.
Step #6: Type in the Passcode of the iPhone.
Step #7: Next, on Mac, click on “Get Started”.
Step #8: There you can see, Restore and Update, Press Option on Keyboard and click on “Restore iPhone”.

Update iPhone/iPad: Without Erase your Device, Update iOS to iOS 15 on your iPhone and iPad. Use Option + Click on the Update iPhone button.

Update iOS to iPhone using Finder on MacOS
Update iOS to iPhone using Finder on MacOS

Or Another Way is to Restore iOS using Clean install: [Skip This if you haven’t any problem in Restore File]

Clean Restore your iPhone using Finder on Mac
Clean Restore your iPhone using Finder on Mac

Restore iPhone/iPad: This Option is for Factory Restore, Clean install New ipsw file of iOS on your iPhone or iPad. Use the Options Key From the Keyboard + Click on the Restore iPhone button.

Step #9: When pop-up asks you to Browse the Downloaded ipsw file for iPhone, allow Mac to proceed.

Enter Passcode to Validate and Start install iOS
Enter Passcode to Validate and Start install iOS

After that, your iPhone will reboot and Show the Lightning cable with the iTunes logo. So don’t interrupt the installation process by pressing any switch or closing the finder. Also, Wait for a long.

  • If your iPhone goes from finder during restart time, Wait. It will be back in your Finder’s Sidebar.

Keep your iPhone connected until you see the iPhone Lock screen or Welcome screen.


The iPhone Could not be updated. The Server returned an internal error. : Restart your Mac, Open the Host file, and add # in the line of after that reboot your Mac and iPhone.

Also, check you have a working internet connection on your iPhone and Mac.

Also, check the Apple Server status. Go Google for that and find what is the status in your region.

NOTE: For now this is the only way left for us to install iOS 15 betas on iPhone. Hopefully, Apple will consider this lengthy procedure and look forward to resuming the over-the-air install button on Profile so that we could easily install new updates on the iPhone.

if you having issues installing the iOS ipsw files on iPhone, iPad on MacOS using Finder.

Jaysukh Patel
Jaysukh Patel

Jaysukh Patel is the founder of howtoisolve. Also self Professional Developer, Techno lover mainly for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and iOS, Jaysukh is one of responsible person in his family. Contact On: [OR]

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