How to Factory Reset a Locked iPhone

Joel Mason

iPhone, Tutorials

If you find yourself in a situation where your iPhone is locked and you need to perform a factory reset, don’t worry! In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to factory reset a locked iPhone. Please note that performing a factory reset will erase all data on your device, so make sure to backup your important files before proceeding.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to a computer

The first step in resetting a locked iPhone is to connect it to a computer using the USB cable that came with your device. Make sure to use a computer that has the latest version of iTunes installed.

Step 2: Launch iTunes

Once your iPhone is connected to the computer, launch iTunes. If iTunes doesn’t open automatically, you can manually open it by double-clicking on the iTunes icon.

Step 3: Put your iPhone into recovery mode

To put your iPhone into recovery mode, follow these steps:

  1. Power off your device by pressing and holding the power button until the slider appears. Slide it to power off.

  2. Press and hold the Home button (the circular button on the front of your iPhone) while connecting it to the computer with the USB cable. Keep holding the Home button until you see the recovery mode screen.

Step 4: Restore your iPhone

Once your iPhone is in recovery mode, iTunes will detect it and display an alert message saying that there is an iPhone in recovery mode that needs to be restored. Click on the “Restore” button to begin the restoration process.

Note: Restoring an iPhone will erase all data on the device, so make sure you have a backup of your important files.

Step 5: Wait for the restore process to complete

During the restore process, iTunes will download the latest version of iOS and install it on your iPhone. This may take some time, so be patient and avoid disconnecting your device during this process.

Step 6: Set up your iPhone

After the restore process is complete, your iPhone will restart. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your device. You can choose to set it up as a new iPhone or restore from a backup if you have one available.


In this tutorial, we have learned how to factory reset a locked iPhone using iTunes. Remember that performing a factory reset will erase all data on your device, so it’s important to back up your files beforehand. By following these steps, you can regain access to your locked iPhone and start fresh.

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