How to Reset Apple iPhone

Kyle Wood

iPhone, Tutorials

Resetting your Apple iPhone can be a useful troubleshooting step if you’re experiencing software issues or want to erase all your personal data before selling or giving away your device. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of resetting your iPhone to its factory settings.

Back Up Your Data

Before resetting your iPhone, it’s essential to back up all your important data. This includes photos, videos, contacts, and any other files or information you want to keep. You can back up your iPhone using iCloud or iTunes.

To back up using iCloud:

  • Connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi network.
  • Go to “Settings” on your home screen.
  • Select your name at the top of the Settings menu.
  • Tap “iCloud” and then “iCloud Backup”.
  • Toggle on the “iCloud Backup” switch.
  • Tap “Back Up Now”.

To back up using iTunes:

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable.
  • Open iTunes (or download it from if you don’t have it installed).
  • Select your iPhone when it appears in iTunes.
  • In the Summary tab, click “Back Up Now”.

Resetting Your iPhone

Step 1: Accessing the Settings Menu

To begin the reset process, first locate and tap on the “Settings” app icon on your home screen. The icon resembles a gear wheel and is usually found on the first page of apps.

Step 2: Navigating to the Reset Options

Once you’re in the Settings menu, scroll down and tap on “General.” In the General menu, find and select “Reset.”

Step 3: Choosing the Reset Option

Inside the Reset menu, you’ll see various reset options. The two main options for resetting your iPhone are “Reset All Settings” and “Erase All Content and Settings.”

“Reset All Settings”:

This option will reset all your iPhone’s settings to their factory defaults. It won’t delete any of your data, such as photos or apps, but it will remove saved Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth connections, and personalized settings.

“Erase All Content and Settings”:

This option will completely erase all data on your iPhone. It’s important to note that this action is irreversible. Once you choose this option, all your data will be permanently deleted.

Step 4: Confirming the Reset

After selecting the reset option that suits your needs, you’ll be prompted to enter your passcode (if applicable) and confirm your decision. Make sure you’ve backed up all important data before proceeding.

Step 5: Waiting for the Reset Process to Complete

Your iPhone will now begin the reset process. This may take a few minutes depending on the model and amount of data stored on your device. Ensure that your iPhone remains connected to a power source throughout this process.

Once the reset is complete, your iPhone will restart with its factory settings restored. You can then set it up as new or restore from a previous backup using iCloud or iTunes.


Resetting your Apple iPhone can help resolve software issues and provide a fresh start. Remember to back up all your important data before proceeding with the reset process. Whether you choose to reset all settings or erase all content and settings, make sure you understand the consequences of each option.

Now that you know how to reset your iPhone, you can confidently troubleshoot any software issues that may arise or prepare your device for a new owner.

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