In this blog post, I will tell you how to factory reset an iPhone. If you’re planning on selling your iPhone or taking it somewhere to have it repaired, it would be a good idea to perform a factory reset before you hand over your iPhone.
If you’re experiencing problems with the software on the iPhone in many cases these problems can be fixed by performing a factory reset.
Performing a factory reset will remove all the personal settings and data that you have acquired since you started using the iPhone.
Performing a factory reset on an iPhone may sound complicated. However, it’s not that difficult regardless of what model iPhone you may have, it will only take a few minutes of your time.
Once the process has been completed, you will notice that all the content on your phone such as credit card info, contacts, videos, photos, etc. have all been deleted.
The method for performing a factory reset will vary slightly depending on the version of iOS that’s running on your iPhone.
Whether you decide to perform the factory reset on your untethered iPhone or on iTunes, the process is the same.
You can follow the same process to perform a factory reset on any of your iOS devices.
Factory Reset An iPhone With iCloud:
Regardless of what model iPhone you may have the easiest way to perform a factory reset is by using iCloud.
You Must Backup Your iPhone
If you are using iOS 11.2 or a later version you should do the following:
Go to your iPhone Settings menu – Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud
If you are using an older version of iOS you should do the following:
Go to your iPhone Settings menu – Then turn on the items you want to back up.
You should back up just about everything there because anything you do not back up will be lost forever.
After you have chosen what you would like to back up you should scroll down to the Backup button with the green icon.
Tap the button and turn on iCloud Backup via the toggle switch. If you are connected to Wi-Fi you can tap Back Up Now. The process will take a few minutes to complete.
An alternative method to doing this is to use your laptop or PC. You must connect your iPhone to your computer with the USB cable then click the gray Back Up Now button when you are viewing the Summary tab for your iPhone in iTunes.
2. Go To The Reset Menu
Tap the main Settings icon when you are on the home screen, select General from the menu, then tap the Reset button located at the bottom of the page.
3. Reset Your iPhone
Tap the blue Erase All Content and Settings option close to the top of the display screen. Then tap the red Erase iPhone option in the pop-up window to confirm the process. This will take several minutes, so be patient.
4. Restore Your iPhone
After the reset process has been completed you should check your iPhone to make sure that it has been restored to the original factory settings.
If it was done correctly, the iOS Setup Assistant will appear when the phone starts up.
After the factory reset has been completed you will have to log in and set up your iPhone from scratch.
You will be prompted and you will be asked whether you would like to restore from your iCloud account.
You will have the option to start from scratch without any of your previous settings. Or use iTunes and your Laptop / PC to put your old content back into the phone.
Factory Reset An iPhone With iTunes: (Old Method)
Whether you have the iPhone XS or an older model it’s easier to perform a factory reset using iCloud and resetting directly from the iPhone.
However, if you are still using iTunes with a Laptop / PC you can perform a factory reset with iTunes if you prefer to do so.
You must know that Apple will be retiring iTunes for Mac OS later this year and its functions will be split into different apps.
Syncing a device on a Mac computer will be handled by the Finder, nevertheless, you will still be able to use iTunes on Windows computers.
Prepare Your iPhone For The Factory Reset:
You must launch iTunes if you’re using a Mac you should click the iTunes menu on the left side of the main toolbar.
If you’re using a PC, click the Help menu on the right side then select Check for Updates from the drop-down menu.
Then make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes. If you don’t have the latest version you must download it and install it.
When you’re finished you should connect your iPhone to your PC via the USB cable and click the gray Back Up Now button when you’re viewing the Summary tab for your iPhone.
The great thing about backing up your iPhone is the fact that your data will be stored and you can easily restore it on other iOS devices from the backup at a later time.
If you have an iPhone 4S or a new iPhone, you will have to disable Find My iPhone.
To do this, when you’re on the home screen tap the main Settings icon, select iCloud, and tap Find My iPhone. Then you must toggle the slider to disable the feature.
2. Restore Your iPhone
After the backup process has been completed, you must click the gray Restore iPhone button when you’re viewing the Summary tab for your iPhone.
Click the restore button in the pop-up window to confirm your decision.
If you are prompted, click Agree to accept the license agreement and to begin downloading the iOS software file before you restore your iPhone. The restoration process will take several minutes.
3. Make Sure The iPhone Was Restored
You should check the iPhone to make sure that it has been restored to its original settings. If it was done correctly the iOS Setup Assistant will appear when the iPhone starts up.
Then you can restore your iPhone from the backup or continue as though you were setting up a new iPhone.
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