Fixed – iTunes could not restore the iPhone because the password was incorrect

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Are you looking for ways to restore your iPhone without iTunes due to incorrect password? Then, you can use these four methods listed in this article to restore the device. You might have faced an issue saying “iTunes could not restore the iPhone because the password was incorrect” while switching your old iPhone to new iPhone X.

If you are facing this error “iTunes could not restore the iPhone because the password was incorrect” even when you have never set any password on iTunes, then you can solve this troublesome issue in four effective methods.

Through these four ways, you can try restoring your iTunes in an easier way without iTunes. These methods will help you in restoring your old device to the new device. You can choose any method out of these four, to create a backup of all the data.

Part 1: Try hard to remember your password

It might not be possible for you to remember the password for iTunes in case you have forgotten it altogether. You can try restoring your device from backup by trying different passwords until you get hold of the right one. You can take hints from patterns suggested below and try remembering the correct one for your account. There are high chances that you might have placed your password based on the listing below. So, give it a try!

  • Try Wi-Fi password
  • Password for Apple ID
  • Look for email ID passwords
  • Try out different passwords for websites
  • Any password protecting your hard drive
  • Make attempts with other account passwords
  • Keep the field blank of the password and try again!

Part 2: Restore iPhone via iCloud

If iTunes does not work out for you, then you can try this method to restore your device against the error “iTunes could not restore the iPhone because the password was incorrect”. You can restore your device easily in case you have created a backup on iCloud before.

In order to know how to restore your iPhone, you need to follow instructions as given below:

Step 1: Switch your iPhone on

Firstly, you have to switch on your device and wait for the “HELLO” screen. In case, you have already set up your iPhone; then you have to erase all the content and start again with the setup window.

Step 2: Select the option “Restore from iCloud Backup”

Secondly, you have to go to the tab “Apps & Data” and from there, select the option “Restore from iCloud Backup”.

Step 3: Login with Apple ID

After that, you have to log in with Apple ID and select the relevant backup from there. You need a Wi-Fi network connection on your device in order to restore the backup from iCloud through this way.


Part 3: Restore iPhone from iCloud backup selectively via iMyFone iTransor

If you are looking for a more secure and safe way to restore data from iCloud, then iMyFone iTransor is the right choice for you. There might be a risk of losing data with the official method of restoring device through iCloud. In order to restore all of your data, you can go with iMyFone iTransor.

With iMyFone iTransor, you can restore your data completely and even partially if you want to save only important files. This software works not only for iPhones but also with iPads and iPods with touch screen. It is the most effective way to restore iPhone against the error “iTunes could not restore the iPhone because the password was incorrect“.

Unique features of iMyFone iTransor:

  • It restores data like messages, contacts, WeChat data, WhatsApp data to your new device with no overwriting.
  • It can restore the data fully or partially as per your choice on iOS devices.
  • Selectively restore the content from iTunes or iCloud backup. It merges all the data with the equivalent app files on your iPhone.
  • It takes out eighteen kinds of data from iCloud, iTunes, or iPhone to Mac or Windows PC.

Download iMyfone iTransor (Windows Version)Download iMyfone iTransor (Mac Version)

Steps to restore iPhone from iCloud backup selectively via iMyFone iTransor:

For restoring your device using iMyFone iTransor, follow the steps given below:

Step 1: Download iMyFone iTransor

You have to download the application and launch it on your computer. Then, select the option “Download iCloud Backup” from the very first tab.


Put in your iCloud account details and select a backup from the list, which you want to restore and then click on the option “Next” and wait for the completion of the backup-downloading process.

Step 2: Select the option “Restore Backup to Device”

After that, select the option “Restore Backup to Device” and pick up the iCloud backup that you have downloaded just now and click on “Next“.

Step 3: Preview the data

Now, you can select the data type, which you want to move to your iPhone. Connect your device to your system. You can even preview your files before restoring them to your iPhone by opting out the option “Preview & Restore“.

Step 4: Click on the option “Restore”

After choosing files, click on the button “Restore” and then, finally you have to choose whether you want your data to merge to replace with the existing one on the device. Click on one of the options for “Merge” or “Replace“. You have successfully restored your data to your new iPhone.


Part 4: Reset and Restore iPhone via Factory settings

If you cannot move any further with the above methods against the error “iTunes could not restore the iPhone because the password was incorrect”, then you can go with this last method to restore your old iPhone to the new one.

You can restore data on your device with the help of factory settings. By restoring factory settings of the device, you can clear any bugs that might be causing the problem. Follow some steps to reset factory settings on your iPhone.

Step 1: Create a backup

You have to create a backup on iTunes before erasing all the content of your iPhone.

Step 2: Go to the settings

Now, open the settings of your iPhone and click on “General” and then, click on the option “Reset”. After that, select the option “Erase All Content and Settings”. Type your passcode afterward.

Step 3: Tap on the option “Erase”

Next, you will see a warning on your screen seeking your approval. You need to click on “Erase” to confirm this step.

Step 4: Connect the device

After that, you have to connect your device to your computer and next, launch iTunes. Once again try to restore your iPhone from the latest backup and look if you are still facing the error saying “iTunes could not restore the iPhone because the password was incorrect” while running iTunes.


So, by trying out these four methods, you can easily get past through the error “iTunes could not restore the iPhone because the password was incorrect“. If you cannot recall your password by any means of iTunes, then you can use the other three methods listed in this article.

All the methods to restore backup could work for you in case iTunes could not recognize your account. In order to backup in an efficient way, you can opt for iMyFone D-Back, which provides the ultimate solution for the problem facing by you regarding iTunes. Download the app to restore or backup your old iPhone with the new one.

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