How to Factory Reset an iPhone

Although the world is fast becoming a tech-based villa, you could say for sure that there are lots of people out there without the basic know-how as to how most devices work. Today I’ll be showing you how to format/factory reset an iPhone. Of course, you would agree with me that the security level of the iPhone devices is one reason it stays in demand. The security is built strongly that resetting an iPhone wrongly could lead to the phone being locked and leaving you locked out of your device.

So if you’ve just bought a fairly used iPhone and you want to take out the old users data from the phone Or probably your friend or a sibling handed over an old iPhone to you because they changed device or whatever reason. It’s logically right for you to start up using this device on a clean sheet. This brings me to what factory setting on iPhone means. When you factory reset an iPhone, it deletes all data on that device giving the device a fresh install to the state it was from the manufacturers.

So if you’ve got an iPhone from a friend or you want to reset your own iPhone then this article is for you.

Before formatting any device, it is always safe to ensure all data on that device stays safe. To make sure this is attained, backing up is advised. However, you can skip this step if you don’t need to retrieve the data in the future.

How to back up your iPhone

Just in case you change your mind after the device is fully erased, you might want to keep all of that data stored somewhere. There are two major ways to back up an iPhone online using iCloud and offline using iTunes.

How to back up your iPhone online using iCloud

To back up your device online, ensure you’re logged in to your iCloud account. After you’ve logged into iCloud, you can begin the backup process. Simply go to your device “Settings”, tap on your name at the top of the page. Then select iCloud, and scroll down to iCloud Backup, then hit “Back up Now“. The backup should begin. This might take a while, depending on the size of files on your device and your connection speed.

To backup offline using iTunes on PC or Mac

To back up your iPhone offline to your PC or Mac ensure you have the iTunes application installed. Connect your iPhone to your computer and click the small icon looking like a device in iTunes. You would find an option to set up automatic backups or simply back up with the click of a button. This is also where you can restore from a backup on any fresh iPhone.

Please Note: the method you used to back up would be the method you’ll use to restore the back up to the next device.

How to Factory reset an iPhone

This guide aims at helping you to reset your iPhone. So whether you have backed up or you choose to skip the backup process, here we go on how to factory reset your iPhone. However, it is advised to make a backup because all data would be deleted from your device.

  • Firstly, go to your device Settings, and tap on “General”.
  • On the General window towards the end, you’ll find the “Reset” option – tap on it.
  • After selecting reset, you should see several reset options. Since you need to factory reset your iPhone, select the “Erase All Content and Settings”.
  • Next, if you’re using a passcode, TouchID, or FaceID on the device, you’ll likely need to confirm this action by authenticating this security then selecting the “Erase iPhone”.
  • Finally, you’ll be required to login with your Apple ID to ensure it can be removed from the device, and also, “Find My iPhone” can be disabled on the device. Else after the reset, you’ll be required to login to that account.

After a few minutes, your device would restart and you’ll have to set it up as a new device.

Cut to the Chase

  • Tap Settings > General > Reset
  • Tap ‘Erase all content and settings’
  • Enter passcode/Face ID/fingerprint
  • Tap ‘Erase iPhone/iPad’
  • Enter Apple ID password
  • Your iPhone/iPad will now factory reset

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