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3 Ways to Restore iPhone Without Turning Off 'Find My iPhone'

Find My iPhone is a very important feature of iOS 9, in some ways, it reduces the probability of phone stolen. However, if you're trying to restore your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s using iTunes, you will probably encounter the message that "Find my iPhone" must be turned off. That is, you are unable to restore your iPhone, iPad or iPod because "Find my iPhone" is turned on.

There are many ways to switch off 'Find my iPhone', and the easiest way is to do it directly from iPhone's settings: Go to Settings > iCloud > Find my iPhone. Switch off Find my iPhone and enter your Apple ID password.

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quotation- It's easy to do so. But...What if i was unable to unlock my iPhone to turn off the Find my iPhone feature? Is it possible to bypass that error message in iTunes if I don't have access to it?

Luckily, the answer is 'Yes", I list out 3 methods to restore iPhone without turning 'Find My iPhone' off on below, however, you might need to turn to the third-party tool in some solutions.

Method 1. Turn it off from iCloud.com to restore iPhone.

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If you can’t turn off "Find My iPhone" on your iPhone, you can turn it off from your iCoud account iCloud.com:

1. Turn off your iPhone 6 or 6 plus

2. Sign in to icloud.com/#find on a computer using your Apple ID (the one you use with iCloud).

Note: If you don’t see Find My iPhone on iCloud.com, that means your device was not set-up with iCloud. In that case, proceed to the next step.

3. Click All Devices, select the offline device, then click Remove from Account. If you don’t see Remove from Account, click All Devices again, then click the Delete button next to the device.

If you can't turn off "Find My iPhone" from your settings in your iPhone or your iCloud account, you will have to restore your iPhone using recovery mode or proceed the 'Method 2' or 'Method 3'. Make sure you backup your iPhone first as doing so will erase all data that is on your iPhone.

Method 2. Restore iPhone using the data transfer tool.

Note: For some security reasons, Syncios Data Transfer would no longer support restoring iPhone, iPad, iPod without turning off 'Find My iPhone'. Sincerely sorry for any inconvenience. However, as long as you've close 'Find My iPhone', the program could backup, restore your iOS devices without any hassles. -- 6/27/2016 updated by editor.

Alternatively, you are able to use Syncios Data Transfer to restore your iPhone 5/6/6s without switching off 'Find My iPhone' or inputing iCloud account passcode. With this one-click iPhone/iPad/iPod Restoring Tool, you are able to restore up to 12 types of data from your previous iTunes backup to your iPhone, such as messages, call logs, photos, music, videos, notes, contacts, bookmarks, ebooks, etc. Most of all, you are not required to turn off 'Find My iPhone'.

1. Download and install Syncios Data Transfer on your computer or Mac. Connect you iPhone to PC using USB cable.

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2. On the homepage, go to "Restore" > "iTunes Backup". On the following windows you are allowed to select your previous iTunes backup files to restore from list.

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3. After selected, simply click on "Next" button to select certain contents. You can choose desired contents by selecting the checkbox. Then click on "Next" to launch. After a while, all of your selected data would be transfer to your iPhone.

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Method 3. Restore iPhone using the data recovery tool.

Note: For some security reasons, Syncios Data Recovery would no longer support restoring iPhone, iPad, iPod without turning off 'Find My iPhone'. Sincerely sorry for any inconvenience. However, as long as you've close 'Find My iPhone', the program could restore deleted data, iCloud backup or iTunes backup to your iOS devices. -- 6/30/2017 updated by editor.

In this method, you are able to not only restore iTunes backup to your iPhone, but also transfer previous iCloud backup files to your iPhone, iPad or iPod with the help of Syncios Data Recovery.

You can choose different versions according to your computer’s operation system, just get more detail information from here: Syncios Data Recovery for Windows or Syncios Data Recovery for Mac. Simply download the free version and have a try.

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Restore from iTunes :

Step 1. If you have synced different iOS devices with iTunes before, more than one backup files will be displayed in the windows after you click Recover from iTunes Backup File. Just choose the one for your iPhone and click Start Scan.

Step 2.It only take you a few seconds to scan. In the following windows, it enables you to preview your iTunes backup files in detail.

Step 3.To restore iPhone/iPad/iPod, check items on the checkbox, and click "Recover" button on bottom right.

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Restore from iCloud :

Step 1. To access to iCloud backup, download and install Syncios data recovery, launch it and choose "Recover from iCloud backup file" on top menu bar. Then, sign into your Apple iCloud account.

Step 2: After logging in, select the iCloud backup file you need to recover data from and click Download to download it first.

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Step 3. Choose the type of files you'd like to download. On the pop-out dialog, all the contents from the iCloud backup file including contacts, notes, calendar, Camera Roll will be displayed in detail. Then you just need to select contents you’d like to recover. Then click next to move further.

Step 4. After the scan process is finished, we can select the data type we need and preview them first. It supports to preview almost all the data type you have in iCloud. Check the data you need and click Recover the save the data to your computer or iPhone/iPad/iPod.

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