Resetting your iPhone to its factory settings may fix many problems like misbehaving, freezing, or glitching. Or, if you’re selling or trading your iPhone, it’s absolutely vital to wipe out all your sensitive information from the device.
But before you begin the process of resetting your iPhone, it’s important to back up contacts, photos, or anything you want to keep on the iCloud or iTunes. Just in case you change your mind, you can use the backup to restore your device. If you want to find out about How to Back up your iPhone, check out our step-by-step guide.
How to Factory Reset Your iPhone
Sign out of your Apple ID
If you’re getting get rid of your iPhone, you should sign out of Your Apple ID. This will remove your iCloud account and disable Apple’s activation lock. Feel free to skip this section if you’re trying to fix an issue with your device.
Step 1. Launch the Settings app.
Step 2. Tap on [Your Name] and Apple ID at the top of the screen.
Step 3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, tap Sign Out.
Step 4. Enter your password when prompted, then tap Turn Off on the top right corner.
Factory Reset your iPhone
Step 1. Open the Settings app.
Step 2. Scroll down and tap General.
Step 3. Select Reset at the bottom of the screen.
Step 5. Enter your passcode.
Step 6. Tap Erase Now to confirm that you want to erase everything.
Step 7. You’re required to log in with your Apple ID to continue.
Step 8. Finally, tap Erase iPhone when prompted. After the process is complete, your iPhone will restart and go back to the initial setup screen.
How to Reset Your iPhone Remotely
If you’ve lost your iPhone or iPad, you can also completely wipe your device using iCloud.
Step 2. Sign in with your iCloud account.
Step 3. Apple will send you a verification code to your phone number or another Apple device that has the same iCloud account. Contact Apple if you have neither of these.
Step 4. Click on Find iPhone.
Step 5. Select your device from the drop-down menu.
Step 6. Finally, click Erase iPhone to wipe your data.
How to Reset Your iPhone from Finder
Step 1. Connect iPhone and Mac with a cable.
Step 2. Open New Finder Window.
Step 3. In the Finder sidebar, click your iPhone under the list of locations.
To reset your phone using Finder, macOS Catalina, or newer is required. If you have earlier versions of macOS, use iTunes to reset your phone.
Step 4. If prompted, select Trust This Computer and enter your Passcode to continue.
Step 5. Click the General tab at the top of the Finder window.
Step 6. Select Restore iPhone and confirm that you want to proceed when prompted.
If your device has crashed or stalled, we recommend you should try to restart your iPhone first. Unlike a factory reset, you can do so easily without deleting any of your data. This will vary depending on your device, check out our article for How to Restart or Shutdown your iPhone.