Factory Reset iPhone 14/13/12/11/XS/XR/X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus and Former Models

It cannot be denied that iPhone is one of the most advanced technology devices. However, that does not mean it always works well. If you look close on social media or forums, you will discover that there are many discussions about iPhone problems, such as stuck in headphone mode, system crashes, or unexpected errors. Factory reset iPhone is an ultimate solution to help people get rid of various issues. In this tutorial, we are going to talk about how to factory reset iPhone in detail.

Factory Reset iPhone

Part 1: Backup iPhone before you factory reset iPhone

There are at least two methods to create a backup before you factory reset iPhone, iCloud and iTunes. The main difference between iCloud backup and iTunes backup is that, former will save your phone to cloud server and latter will store your files to computer.

Method 1: How to backup iPhone with iCloud before you reset iPhone

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to a safe Wi-Fi connection, you can find it in the "Settings" app.

Step 2. Then tap your "Apple ID" at the top of the Settings screen and then press the "iCloud" option.

Tip: If you are using iOS 10 and earlier versions, you can find iCloud in Settings app directly.

Step 3. Touch the "iCloud Backup" option and then choose "Back Up Now" to start backing up your iPhone to iCloud.

Note: It may take a while to back up all iOS data to iCloud server.

This is the way of resetting iPhone without computer or iTunes on device directly.

Backup iPhone with iCloud

Method 2: How to backup iPhone with iTunes before factory resetting iPhone

Step 1. Link your iPhone and your computer using a USB cord. Launch the latest version of iTunes on your computer and wait for it to detect the iOS device.

Step 2. Click on the "iPhone" icon at upper-right corner and go to the "Summary" tab on left sidebar.

Step 3. Click the "Back Up Now" button under "Manually Back Up and Restore" section to evoke the iPhone backup process.

iTunes backup uses physical connection but not internet, so it is faster and safer.

Backup iPhone with iTunes

Part 2: How to factory reset iPhone directly

The easiest way to factory reset iPhone is using the Settings app. It does not need a computer or third party tools. But the prerequisite is that your iPhone is still accessible.

Step 1. Disable iTunes automatic sync and iCloud backup features on your iPhone. You can set them in the Settings app. This is to avoid auto-restore after factory reset iPhone.

Step 2. Locate to "General" > "Reset" in the "Settings" app and tap on the "Erase App Content and Settings" option. Choose the "Erase iPhone" button on the warning message; then the factory reset process will start immediately.

Step 3. A few seconds later, you iPhone will reboot and show up the welcome screen after factory reset.

Reset iPhone

Part 3: How to factory reset iPhone using iTunes

Sometimes, your iPhone is crashed, water damaged or can't response, you can still factory reset iPhone to try fixing some issues. In that case, you can still do factory reset with iTunes. Make sure that you have installed the latest version of iTunes on your computer.

Step 1. Plug your iPhone into your computer and open iTunes when you prepare to execute factory reset iPhone.

Step 2. After your phone is detected, click the "Device" icon and then hit the "Restore iPhone" button in the "Summary" tab.

Step 3. Press the "Restore" button again to start doing factory reset iPhone. When the process is done, you will see "Slide to set up" screen on your phone.

Factory Reset iPhone wuth iTunes

Part 4: How to factory reset iPhone via a third-party tool

If you prefer not to factory reset iPhone with iTunes, iPhone Eraser can also be a great helper to factory reset iPhone. It is equipped with advanced technology to overwrite entire iPhone. After factory reset with iPhone Eraser, all data are unrecoverable. So, it is a better choice to protect your privacy.

Step 1. Install the iPhone factory reset tool on your computer

Download and install iPhone Eraser to your computer. And use a USB cable to link your iPhone to the program when you need to reset your phone.

Note: This program is able to reset multiple iOS devices at the same time.

Connect iPhone

Step 2. Choose an erasing level

Launch the program and wait for it to recognize your phone. Then erasing level window will show up. Here you can select three erasing levels, Low, Middle and High. The higher the level is, the more thoroughly the data is erased.

Select Security Level

Step 3. Factory reset iPhone in one click

After setting, you can click on the "Start" button, enter “0000” and click on the “Erase” button to start factory resetting iPhone immediately

Erase iOS Device Completely

You can also check this video tutorial to erase your iPhone:

Erase All Content and Settings on iPhonePlay

Part 5: How to selectively restore iPhone from iTunes/iCloud backup

Sometimes, you may need to restore iPhone from iTunes backup or iCloud backup after factory reset iPhone. However, you cannot access iTunes backup on your computer or select specific data to recover. iCloud usually needs verification code to access backup files. So, you will need a third party tool to do selectively restoring, such as iPhone Data Recovery. Its key features include:

  • 1. Use advanced algorithm to open iTunes backup on computers.
  • 2. Access iCloud backup only using Apple ID.
  • 3. Preview backup files for selectively restoring.
  • 4. Extract data from iTunes backup or iCloud backup and save to computers in original conditions.
  • 5. Support iPhone 14/13/12/11/XS/XR/X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus and former models.

In short, iPhone Data Recovery is the ultimate solution to restore iPhone after resetting.

How to selectively restore iPhone from iTunes backup

Step 1. Connect your phone to the selective restoring program

Hook up your iPhone to the computer via a USB cord and start iPhone Data Recovery after installed. On the main interface, go to the Recover from iTunes Backup File tab on left sidebar.

Step 2. Preview data for selectively restoring

After your phone is recognized, highlight the latest backup file on right panel and click the "Start Scan" button to start extracting data from iTunes backup. On the result window you can preview all data by categories.

Step 3. Selectively restore in one click

If you are ready, you need to click on the "Recover" button. All selective data will be saved to your computer from iTunes backup and then restore to your iPhone in a few seconds.

Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup

How to selectively restore iPhone from iCloud backup

Step 1. Launch iPhone Data Recovery on your computer when you need to selectively restore iPhone data. Tab the Recover from iCloud Backup File on left side and enter your Apple ID to access iCloud backup.

Step 2. Choose a backup file and click the corresponding "Download" button; you will be taken to the detail window. Here you can view the data for recovery and restoring.

Step 3. Tick the checkbox in front of each file you want to restore and click "Recover" button. Finally, you can restore specific files to your iPhone.

Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup


As you can see, factory resetting iPhone can not only remove conflicts and problems, but also clear personal data and settings. So it is not a single action, but should be a series of activities, including backup and data restore. And we have shared the overall process to factory reset an iPhone. Following our guides, you can erase all personal information on your iOS device and avoid data loss at the same time.

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