Methods to Factory Reset iPhone 14/13/12/11/XS/XR/X/8/8 Plus and Earlier without Computer

When an iPhone is stuck in headphone mode, crashed, black screen or encountering other problems, technology supports usually tell you to try factory reset iPhone first. And actually in many cases, it is effective and able to make iPhone normal. Generally speaking, we have more than one method to do it, and the most common way is to factory reset an iPhone via iTunes. But for mobile-first users, factory reset iPhone without computer is the first choice. So, is that possible to factory iOS device without computer? How can you do it? Now, we will show you how to factory reset iPhone without computer in this tutorial.

Factory Reset iPhone without Computer

Part 1: Backup iPhone before you reset iPhone

No matter you implement factory reset iPhone without computer or other ways, the result is to wipe all personal data and settings on your phone. So, the starting point of factory reset should be to create a backup. There are several methods to back up an iPhone automatically or manually.

Method 1: Backup iPhone with iCloud

If you do not have a computer in your hand, iCloud is a simple way to back up your phone.

Step 1. Unlock your iPhone and swipe upward from the bottom to open the "Control Center". Then tap the "Wi-Fi" icon and connect to internet.

Step 2. Open the "Settings" app, navigate to "Apple ID" > "iCloud" and you can enable the data types you want to back up, such as Photos, Contacts or more.

Step 3. Scroll down and touch the "iCloud Backup" option. Then toggle the slider of "iCloud Backup" and turn it on.

Note: This is automatic backup method and it will be triggered at least once a day.

Step 4. If you want to back up an iPhone manually, you need to touch the "Back Up Now" button on iCloud Backup screen.

iCloud backup includes app data, call history, device settings, health data, HomeKit configuration, messages, photos, videos, ringtones, purchase history and voicemail password.

Backup iPhone with iCloud

Method 2: Backup iPhone with iTunes

Apple offers 5GB free storage for each iCloud account, so sometimes we have to back up iPhone to computers with iTunes instead. Here we use iPhone 6 and a Mac computer as the example.

Step 1. Get the latest version of iTunes installed on the Mac computer. And connect the iPhone 6 to the Mac computer using the original USB cable.

Step 2. Launch iTunes and click the "Device" icon on top ribbon, then the iPhone 6 will show up on left side. Choose "Summary" tab and click the "Back Up Now" button. The iPhone 6 will be saved to Mac.

Note: The iTunes backup includes the content downloaded from iTunes, Apple Stores and iBooks, photos, videos, music and more. According to Apple, an iTunes backup contains nearly all data and settings on your phone. But it is not readable or viewable on your computer.

Backup iPhone with iTunes

Part 2: How to factory reset iPhone without computer

After you back up all necessary iPhone data, just feel free to factory reset iPhone without computer by following the steps below.

Step 1. Turn off both iTunes auto sync and iCloud auto backup features on your phone. You can find them in the Settings app.

Step 2. Head to "Settings" > "General" and scroll down to the bottom. You will see the Reset option, touch it to open the corresponding screen.

Step 3. Tap on the Erase App Content and "Settings" option. And when prompted, enter your PIN passcode to confirm you are the host of this device.

Step 4. Finally, touch "Erase iPhone" again on the warning box to start the process. Once it is done, your iPhone is factory reseted without computer successfully.

In the iOS security whitepaper, Apple wrote that the "Erase all content and settings" option obliterates all the keys in storage, rendering all user data on the device cryptographically in accessible. It is apparently an ideal way to protect your personal information when you prepare to put your device to others' hand in some cases.

Factory Reset iPhone without Computer

Part 3: How to selectively restore iPhone from iTunes/iCloud backup

According to Apple, there is no way to recover the erase data unless you have a backup. However, it is not a simple task to restore iTunes backup or iCloud backup to iPhone after you factory reset iPhone without computer. As I said before, iTunes backup is not readable on computer, so you have to restore an entire backup to your iPhone. If you want to selectively restore iPhone, you have to use a third party tool, such as iPhone Data Recovery. Its advantages include:

  • 1. It is able to open iTunes backup and iCloud backup on computers.
  • 2. People are allowed to preview and selectively restore data from backup files.
  • 3. This program supports restoring iPhone wired or wirelessly.
  • 4. All data will be recovered and restored in original conditions.
  • 5. It is compatible with all iOS devices, including iPhone 14 and earlier.
  • 6. You can use it on Windows 11/10/8/7/XP and Mac OS.

In a word, iPhone Data Recovery is a good partner for iPhone devices.

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How to restore iPhone from iTunes backup

Step 1. Install iPhone Data Recovery on your PC or iPhone Data Recovery for Mac on a Mac device. Plug your phone to the computer via the original USB cord. Start the program and tab Recover from iTunes Backup File on home interface after your phone is detected.

Step 2. Highlight the latest iTunes backup file and press the "Start Scan" button. Then preview the data in result window and select the files you'd like to restore.

Step 3. Click the "Recover" button. Then on the pop-up dialog, enter the path of your iTunes Library folder in the box and press "Recover" again to trigger the process.

Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup

How to restore iPhone from iCloud backup

Step 1. Open iPhone Data Recovery program and tab the Recover from iCloud Backup File mode. Enter your Apple ID to access your iCloud account.

Step 2. Select a backup file on the list and hit the "Download" button. You will be presented the detail window. Preview and select any files you want to get back.

Step 3. Finally, click the "Recover" button; use the iTunes Library folder as the destination and press "Recover" again to start restoring.

Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

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When you want to fix some system issues or bring your iPhone to brand new condition, factory resetting iPhone is the easiest method. This is also an ideal solution if you plan to sell you phone or give it to others as gift. Moreover, it is also a very helpful troubleshooting technique for several persistent software issues. Anyway, this guide shows you who to factory reset iPhone without computer in details. In case you want to restore iPhone after reset, we recommend iPhone Data Recovery, one of the best ways to selectively restore iPhone from iTunes or iCloud backup.

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