Reset iPhone 14/13/12/11/XS/XR/X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus and Earlier Using iTunes

iTunes was released by Apple in 2001. At first, it was just a media player and library for iPod. When iPhone was launched, Apple realized that mobile phone users need an app manager on computer platform too. So, iTunes had a new role and became a good partner of iPhone handsets. Now, in addition to purchasing multimedia content, we also rely on iTunes to backup iPhone and reset iPhone. In the cases that you cannot access your iPhone, such as system crashed, resetting iPhone using iTunes seems to be a good choice to get your phone working as usual. And in this tutorial, we will show you how to reset iPhone using iTunes without data loss.

Reset iPhone with iTunes

Part 1: Backup iPhone before you reset iPhone

Actually, the first step to reset iPhone using iTunes is to back up your phone. We all know that factory resetting will remove all personal files and settings from an iPhone. That means that you will lose all iPhone data if you did not back up all types of data from iPhone to other places, such as iTunes or iCloud.

Method 1: Backup iPhone with iCloud

You can find IMEI number on virtually any phone by dialing in the requested code. And this way can be the easiest way to find your IMEI number.

Step 1. Unlock your iPhone, swipe upward from bottom of the screen and connect your phone to an internet connection in "Control Center".

Step 2. Head to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud.

Step 3. Tap on "iCloud Backup" and then press "Back Up Now". Then the backup process will start immediately. It usually takes dozens of minutes to several hours to back up an iPhone to iCloud server.

Backup iPhone with iCloud

Method 2: Backup iPhone with iTunes

Step 1. Hook up you phone to the computer via USB cord and launch the latest version of iTunes.

Step 2. Wait for it to detect your phone and click your iPhone name at upper left corner of the window.

Step 3. Tab "Summary" and locate to the right side. Then click on the "Back Up Now" button in "Manually Back Up and Restore" area. After that, you can start to reset iPhone using iTunes.

Note: iTunes will create an iPhone backup on your computer.

Backup iPhone with iTunes

Apart from iTunes or iCloud, you can also try iPhone backup software to save all your iPhone data to computer.

Part 2: How to reset iPhone using iTunes

After backing up your iPhone, you can start resetting iPhone using iTunes. Make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer, which can be downloaded on Apple website.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer with the cable that came with your device and open the iTunes client. If it is the first time to connect your phone to the computer, you need to tap "Trust This Computer" when prompt on screen. (iPhone does not show up on computer?)

Tip: If your phone is frozen or black screen, you need to switch to recovery mode screen by hold down "Home" and "Power" buttons on iPhone 6/6s, "Power" and "Volume Down" buttons on iPhone 7/7 Plus, "Power" button on iPhone X/8/8 Plus until the recovery mode screen appears.

Step 2. After connection is successful, your iPhone name will appear on the left side of iTunes window. Unfold the "Summary" tab and click the "Restore iPhone" button on right side.

Tip: If iTunes does not recognize your phone, you should check whether you have the latest iTunes, trust the computer and use the original USB cable. Try restarting both your computer and your phone; then connect again.

Step 3. When the warning window pops up, read the message carefully and click "Restore" button to confirm it. Then iTunes will start formatting your phone and installing the latest iOS.

Step 4. After you reset iPhone using iTunes, reboot iPhone to set it up as new device.

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Part 3: Reset iPhone to factory without iTunes

Instead of using iTunes, you can reset your iPhone to factory settings permanently with Apeaksoft iPhone Eraser. It can wipe all the iPhone data completely and guarantees your privacy with unrecoverable data claim. Your iPhone will be reset to factory in a safe way of erasing.

iPhone Eraser

  • Erase all content and settings permanently and thoroughly from iPhone.
  • Free up iPhone by removing junk files, uninstall apps, delete large files and compress photos.
  • Any iOS data can be removed, such as contacts, SMS, photos, browser histories, videos, songs, games, etc.
  • Fully compatible with the latest iOS 16 and iPhone 14/13/12/11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6/5/4 and other iOS models.
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Step 1. Run iPhone reset program

Download Apeaksoft iPhone Eraser and install it on your Windows computer. Plug your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable. Tap "Trust" on your iPhone and allow the program to access your data. It will detect your iPhone automatically.

iPhone Eraser

Step 3. Choose an erasing level

When presented the erasing level window, you get three erasing levels, "Low", "Middle" and "High". Follow the onscreen instructions and select a proper erasing level.

Choose Erasing Level

Step 3. Reset iPhone without iTunes

At last, you can click the "Start" button to start resetting iPhone. Then you need to enter "0000" to confirm the erasing, and click "Erase" button to start erasing everything on your iPhone. When the process is done, you can restart your iPhone without using iTunes and set it up as a new one.

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Part 4: How to restore iPhone after the reset

What if you forgot to back up iPhone data before resetting iOS devices? How to restore all lost iOS files when you reset iPhone using iTunes? To restore data after you reset iPhone using iTunes, you will need a professional program, such as iPhone Data Recovery. Its benefits include:

  • 1. Easy to use. Restore iTunes backup or iCloud backup in one click.
  • 2. Controllability. You can open iTunes backup or iCloud backup on your computer, preview the data and select specific ones for restoring to iPhone.
  • 3. Higher efficient. It has the capacity to restore iTunes backup and iCloud backup in original conditions, including quality and format.
  • 4. Compatibility. This iPhone restore program is compatible with all iPhone models, including iPhone 14/13/12/11/XS/XR/X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6/6s and earlier models.
  • 5. Besides backups, it also has the capacity to get lost data back from iOS devices directly.

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

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How to restore iPhone from iTunes backup

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to this iOS data restoring program

Plug your iPhone to your computer using a USB cord after set up. Start iPhone Data Recovery and tab Recover from iTunes Backup File on home interface. Then all iTunes backup files will show up on right side.

Step 2. Extract data from iTunes backup

Select the latest backup file, and click on the "Start Scan" button to begin scanning the file and extracting data. When you are presented the result, you can preview any date by categories, such as Contacts, Messages and more.

Step 3. Restore iPhone in one click

Select the data you want to restore to iPhone and click on the "Recover" button. On the pop-up window, pick "iTunes Library folder" in the destination box and press "Recover" again to restore data to iPhone through iTunes.

Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup

How to restore iPhone from iCloud backup

Step 1. Switch to iCloud backup recovery mode

Open iPhone Data Recovery on your computer after reset iPhone using iTunes. Click the Recover from iCloud Backup File option on left sidebar. When it prompts, enter your Apple ID and password to access iCloud.

Step 2. Download iCloud backup

Select any iCloud backup file on the list and click the "Download" button next to the file. After download, you will be brought to the detail window. Here you can view "Contacts, Photos, Call History" and other data stored in iCloud backup.

Step 3. Restore iCloud backup to iPhone

Select the data you'd like to restore to your phone and click "Recover" button at bottom right corner. Drop iTunes Library folder when the program prompts you to decide a destination to save the files. When you turn on auto-sync feature, they will be restored to your phone.

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In this tutorial, we have discussed how to reset iPhone using iTunes. As you can see, resetting an iPhone is not a single activity. It includes a series of steps, like backup, reset and restore. We have offered the best solutions and detailed guides for each step. If you follow our guides, you will get what you want easily. More importantly, iPhone Data Recovery can simplify the process to restore iPhone after setting up. If you still have questions about resetting iPhone using iTunes, you can leave us a message below this article.

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