It’s simple to restore your iPhone to factory settings, but before you do so, make a backup of all your data.
If you’re having problems with your iPhone, such as freezing or glitching, resetting the device to factory settings may help. If you’re selling or giving away your iPhone, you should reset it so that all of your personal information is erased.
Resetting your iPhone to factory settings will return it to its original state, with no contacts, playlists, photos, password memory, or anything else you’ve added since the day you purchased it.
However, before you begin the process of resetting your iPhone, make a backup of all your data to ensure that you do not lose any important information. After you’ve reset your iPhone, you can restore it using your backup.
Here’s how to factory reset your iPhone, with or without a password, and backup your data.
How to Factory Reset Your iPhone
Before you factory reset your iPhone, make a backup of your data and sign out of your Apple ID.
iCloud backup your iPhone
To begin, back up your iPhone to iCloud to avoid losing any unsaved data.
Before you begin, make sure your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi.
- Launch the Settings app and select your name and Apple ID at the top of the screen.
- Tap iCloud on the Apple ID page.
- Select iCloud Backup.
- Turn on Back Up This iPhone by tapping the toggle – it will have a green background when it is on.
- Select Back Up Now to immediately backup all of your data to iCloud.
Sign out of your Apple ID account
If you’re getting rid of your phone, make sure you sign out of your Apple ID so no one else can access your account.
- On your iPhone, open the Settings app and tap your name and Apple ID at the top of the screen.
- Tap Sign Out at the very bottom of this page.
- You might be prompted to enter your password. If this is the case, enter your password and then tap Turn Off in the top right corner to disable Find My.
- In the top right corner, tap Sign Out.
- Tap Sign Out again in the prompt to confirm your decision.
Your iPhone has been factory reset
Before you factory reset your iPhone, make a backup of your data so you can restore it later.
- Launch the Settings app and scroll down to General.
- Tap Transfer and Reset iPhone at the bottom of the General page.
- Tap Erase All Content and Settings to factory reset your iPhone.
- Tap Continue to confirm that you want to delete your iPhone.
- Enter your passcode on the next screen.
- After that, your iPhone will create an iCloud backup. Tap Skip Backup at the bottom if you’ve already made a backup.
- Enter your Apple ID password, then tap Turn Off in the top right corner to disable Find My and Activation Lock.
Finally, tap Erase iPhone to clear all data and settings. This may take a few minutes, depending on how much data you have on your iPhone, but once completed, your device will restart as new.
Quick tip: If you decide to keep your device, you can restore your iPhone from a backup to recover all of your data and information.
Using iTunes, how do you reset your iPhone without a password?
As you can see from the preceding instructions, when factory resetting your iPhone, you must enter your password.
However, if you have forgotten it, you can avoid this issue by using iTunes. This is how.
Before you continue, make sure you’ve turned off Find My on your iPhone.
- Use iTunes to connect your iPhone to a computer.
- Launch iTunes and then select the phone icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
- In the left side menu, select Summary.
- Tap Restore iPhone.
- Before restoring your iPhone, iTunes will ask if you want to back up its settings. Click either Back Up or Don’t Back Up, depending on what you want to do.
- Confirm your decision by clicking Restore and Update.
iTunes will erase your iPhone before installing the most recent version of iOS.