How to Fully Reset iPhone

Joel Mason

iPhone, Tutorials

Resetting your iPhone can be a helpful troubleshooting step when you encounter issues like software glitches or if you plan to sell your device. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of fully resetting your iPhone to its factory settings.

Backup Your iPhone

Before proceeding with a full reset, it’s important to backup your iPhone to prevent any data loss. You can backup your device using iCloud or iTunes. Here’s how:

Backing Up with iCloud

  1. Connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi network.
  2. Go to Settings on your iPhone and tap on your name at the top.
  3. Select iCloud and then tap on iCloud Backup.
  4. Toggle on the iCloud Backup option and tap Back Up Now.
  5. Ensure that the backup is completed by going to Settings > Your Name > iCloud > iCloud Storage > Manage Storage, and selecting your device from the list of backups.

Backing Up with iTunes

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable.
  2. Open iTunes and select your device from the top-left corner.
  3. In the Summary tab, click on Back Up Now under the Backups section.
  4. You can verify that the backup is completed by going to Edit > Preferences (Windows) or iTunes > Preferences (Mac), then selecting Devices. Your device should be listed with the date and time of the latest backup.

The Reset Process

Note: Performing a full reset erases all data from your iPhone, so make sure you have backed up everything important beforehand!

Step 1: Disable Find My iPhone

  1. Go to Settings on your iPhone and tap on your name at the top.
  2. Select Find My.
  3. Toggle off the Find My iPhone option and enter your Apple ID password to confirm.

Step 2: Erase All Content and Settings

  1. Go to Settings on your iPhone and tap on General.
  2. Scroll down and select Reset.
  3. Tap Erase All Content and Settings.
  4. If prompted, enter your passcode or Apple ID password to proceed.

Note: If you have enabled a Restrictions passcode, you will need to enter it before proceeding with the reset.

Step 3: Confirm the Reset

Your iPhone will display a warning message informing you that all media, data, settings, and other content will be erased. Read the message carefully and make sure you have backed up everything important.

Once you are ready to proceed, tap Erase Now. Your iPhone will then restart and begin the reset process.

Note: The reset process may take a few minutes. Make sure your iPhone is connected to a power source during the entire process to prevent any interruptions.

Setting Up Your Reset iPhone

Once your iPhone has finished resetting, it will display the “Hello” screen. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your device as new or restore it from a previous backup. If you backed up your device before resetting, choose the Restore from iCloud Backup or Restore from iTunes Backup option and sign in with your Apple ID to restore your data.

Congratulations! You have successfully performed a full reset on your iPhone. Remember to reinstall any necessary apps and customize your settings to get your device back to the way you like it.

By following these steps, you can perform a full reset on your iPhone and start fresh whenever needed. Just remember to backup your device before proceeding with the reset to avoid losing any important data.

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