[Reset iPhone] Completely Reset iPhone 14/13/12/11/XS/XR/X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus and Earlier

iPhone is one of the most complicated digital devices, and ordinary people cannot diagnose or remove various software and hardware conflicts. Resetting can clear out random problems that lead to an iPhone getting stuck in death loop. In this tutorial, we will show you how to completely reset iPhone to factory settings, which is essential if you prepare to wipe the data from a handset because you are selling or giving it to other people. Such action is also an effective solution if your iPhone has crashed, frozen, locked out or some problems unexpected. Completely Resetting iPhone is not guaranteed to help people get rid of all problems, but it is worth to try.

Completely Reset iPhone

Part 1: Backup iPhone before you completely reset iPhone

Completely resetting iPhone means all personal data and settings will be erased from your device. To avoid data loss, you'd better back up your iPhone first. We recommend iOS Data Backup & Restore, because it has more custom options. People can decide whether to backup specific data or all files. Moreover, it will save iPhone data to computers in one click, so that everyone could grasp this iPhone backup tool easily.

iOS Data Backup & Restore

How to backup iPhone before you completely reset iPhone

Step 1. Install iPhone backup tool to your PC

Download and install iOS Data Backup & Restore to your PC. (Install the Mac version if you are using a Mac computer.) Connect your iPhone to the PC using a USB cord and launch the backup tool.

Step 2. Backup your iPhone in one click

Click on the iOS Data Backup button to open the data type window. Here you can decide to back up what data types or "Select All" to back up all data. After the selection, click on the "Next" button, the backup process will start.

Step 3. View iPhone backup on PC

When the process is completed, you will be presented with the scanning result. Highlight the latest backup file and click "View Now" to open it. Then you can view your iPhone data on your PC.

Part 2: Use iTunes to completely reset iPhone

iTunes is not only a service to purchase multimedia content, but also a useful tool to completely reset iPhone. Even if an iPhone is inaccessible, resetting with iTunes is feasible.

Step 1. Run iTunes on your computer and install the latest update. Plug your iPhone into your computer when you are ready to completely reset iPhone.

Step 2. Click the "Device" icon and locate to the "Summary" tab. Once you click the "Restore iPhone" button, iTunes will prompt to input Apple ID. After input, iTunes will start resetting your iPhone to factory settings.

Step 3. When iPhone reset is done, it will restart and shows the setup screen as a new device.

Reset iPhone Using iTunes

With the same steps, you can handily reset iPad to the factory default settings.

Part 3: How to directly and completely reset iPhone

If your iPhone device is accessible, you can completely reset iPhone directly.

Step 1. Open the "Settings" app on your home screen, and turn off the iTunes automatic sync feature if you have set up. Then navigate to "General" > "Reset" in the Settings app.

Step 2. Press the "Erase All Content and Settings" option on Reset screen and then tap "Erase iPhone" to start completely resetting iPhone.

Step 3. After resetting process is finished, your iPhone will reboot and present the "Slide to set up" screen. This is the easiest way to completely reset iPhone.

Reset iPhone

Part 4: How to selectively restore iPhone from iTunes/iCloud backup

Completely resetting iPhone means to wipe all data and settings. If you want to restore important iPhone data, iTunes backup and iCloud backup are good options. The problem is that iTunes backup cannot be opened on computer without third party tool. iPhone Data Recovery could help you do this easily. Its key features include:

iPhone Data Recovery

  • Open and preview iTunes backup or iCloud backup.
  • Select and restore specific data from iPhone backup files to computers.
  • Recover iPhone data in one click.
  • Support all iPhone models, including iPhone 14/13/12/11/XS/XR/X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus and earlier.
  • Compatible with Windows 11/10/8/8.1/7 and Mac OS.
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How to selectively restore iPhone from iTunes backup

To help you understand the operations, we use contacts restore as the example.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the iOS restore program

Use a USB cable to connect your iPhone to your computer. Start iPhone Data Recovery and tab Recover from iTunes Backup File to switch to iTunes backup recovery mode.

Step 2. Scan iTunes backup file

After the program detects your iPhone, iTunes backup files will be listed on right side. Select a backup file that contains the content you want to restore and click the "Start Scan" button to scan all data in the backup file.

Step 3. Selectively restore iPhone from iTunes backup

After entering into the scanning result, choose data types on left sidebar, such as "Contacts" and then select specific data on detail panel. Finally, click on the "Recover" button to restore iPhone to your computer.

Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup

How to selectively restore iPhone from iCloud backup

Another solution is to selectively restore iPhone from iCloud backup using iPhone Data Recovery after completely reset iPhone.

Step 1. Turn to iCloud backup recovery mode

Launch iPhone Data Recovery on your computer and go to the Recover from iCloud Backup File tab. When prompted, enter the Apple ID and passcode to access your iCloud account.

Step 2. Preview data in iCloud backup

Select the latest iCloud backup file for your iPhone on the list and click the "Download" button. Then, tick the checkbox in front of each data type you want to restore, like "Contacts". The detail panel will show you details for previewing and selecting.

Step 3. Restore specific data from iCloud backup

When you are ready, click on the "Recover" button. Drop a destination to save the data on pop-up window and click "Recover" again. Then you can view iPhone data on your computer a few seconds later.

Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

Part 5: FAQs of Resetting iPhone

1. How to reset a disabled iPhone?

Resetting a disabled iPhone will definitely mean that you will have to erase all the data on the phone. It wouldn’t be much of an issue if you have created a backup beforehand. You can use iTunes to reset a disabled iPhone, but it requires that you have already disabled Find My iPhone feature before.

2. How do I restore my iPhone to factory settings?

A factory restore erases the information and settings on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod and installs the latest version of iOS, iPadOS, or iPod software. You can use the latest version of iTunes to help you restore iPhone to factory settings.

3. Can I erase my iPhone?

Yes, you can erase your iPhone by navigating to Settings > General > Reset. Then, tap Erase All Content and Settings. If asked, enter your passcode or Apple ID password. Then confirm that you want to erase your device. Depending on your device, it can take a few minutes to completely erase your data.

4. Is it bad for your iPhone to do a hard reset?

There are instances when it’s necessary to hard reset an iPhone as part of the normal troubleshooting process, and that’s absolutely OK.


In this tutorial, we have told you how to completely reset iPhone under different situations. If you can access your iPhone, the reset option in Settings app is the easiest way to do so. On the other hand, iTunes could help you completely reset iPhone too. Anyway, we hope our guides are helpful when you need to restore to factory settings on your iPhone. Plus, we have shared some useful tips before and after factory reset, such as backup your iPhone with iOS Data Backup & Restore and selectively restore iPhone from iTunes or iCloud backup.

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