How to Reset iPhone to Factory Settings


iPhones are cool devices, but they sure aren’t perfect.

They contain a limited amount of space and they may get unnecessarily slow at times.

If you’ve been using your iPhone for quite some time, cases of the phone freezing up and responding slowly are almost inevitable, with the recent claims of Apple slowing down their older devices.

When your iPhone gets unreasonably slow, you might consider wiping it up to release the memory or gifting it out.

Either way, you still have to wipe it; you won’t want to gift out your WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram accounts in addition to your iPhone.

That’s why you’re seeking how to reset iPhone to factory settings.

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In case you don’t know,

What is a factory reset?

Remember when you brought your iPhone out of the box. It looked harmless, with no unnecessary apps and files that you got loaded into it afterward.

Factory resetting is the process of defaulting a phone or any device back to the initial settings, so it seems like it becomes exactly how it was released from the factory.

However, you shouldn’t confuse a soft reset, with a factory reset. They’re two entirely different things.

A soft reset just fixes some issues when your iPhone becomes slow and you want to restore to default settings. It doesn’t delete any of your information and it has minimal impact on your phone’s software.

A factory reset, otherwise called hard reset is what we’re discussing here. It wipes all your data and restores every settings back to default to make the iPhone appear as it was when it was manufactured.

If a soft reset is what you think you want, the steps to perform a soft reset are outlined below

How to perform a soft reset on iPhone

Performing a soft reset on an iPhone involves the simple process of rebooting. As an iPhone user, you should know the simple process of rebooting your iPhone, but just in case;

  • Press down and hold either the volume down button or the volume up button until the power off slider shows up.
  • Drag the slider to turn off your iPhone.
  • Hold the button at the side of your iPhone until the Apple logo appears.

And that’s all. A soft reset is as easy as that, and its impacts are as minimal as that. It’s not necessary to perform a backup of your data before a soft reset because you don’t plan to lose your data.

However, a factory reset is a much complex. You are advised to back up your iPhone before embarking on a factory reset, or you lose all of your important data. I know you won’t like to experience the latter. So I’ll take you through the steps required to complete the former.

How to backup an iPhone

You can back up all your iPhone data and hide it somewhere in Apple’s cloud or your PC. After performing a factory reset, you can choose to restore all the data, like you never lost them.

If this sounds a good idea, and you wish to learn it before learning how to reset the iPhone to factory settings, there is it below.

There are two simple ways to back up your iPhone. You can choose to back it up on a computer, or back it up on iCloud. These two ways will be discussed qualitatively.

How to back up iPhone data to a computer

If you’ve got a PC with a decent amount of free memory left, you can consider backing up your iPhone data to the PC. This is the fastest and the most cost-effective way to back up your iPhone. To do this, follow the below steps.

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable.
  2. Click your device icon on iTunes and select “Back up now” in the resulting menu.

Wait for the backup to complete, then you can proceed with the tutorial on how to reset iPhone to factory settings.

If you don’t have a PC/Mac, or you don’t trust its ability to keep your information safe and protected, then you should use the iCloud option.

How to back up your iPhone to iCloud

  1. Go to your iPhone settings
  2. Your name is usually situated at the top of the device (or what you choose to name your iPhone). Click it and select iCloud.
  3. Navigate through until you see “iCloud Backup”.
  4. Select “Back up now”

All said and done. It’s time to get to the actual business. Let’s restore this to factory settings.

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How to reset the iPhone to factory settings

As I mentioned earlier, it is highly recommended to back up your device before commencing this part. However, the choice is yours.

Also, make sure your iPhone has sufficient battery power to complete this process.  Charging your iPhone to at least 30% is the recommended minimum.

The steps required to perform a factory reset on the iPhone are the following.

  1. Go to your iPhone settings. I’m sure you won’t be needing any tutorials to do this.
  2. Select “General”. This is visible as long as you’re on the correct settings page.
  3. Click on “Reset”. This opens you to many reset options, but you have to find “Erase All Content and Settings”. This is the option that the factory resets your iPhone.
  4. You have to enter any means you use to unlock your phone, to proceed. This might be a passcode, Touch ID or Face ID.
  5. Click “Erase iPhone” to complete your factory reset.
  6. You’ll be required to log in with your Apple ID to remove it from your device and ascertain you’re doing it on your iPhone. Find My iPhone and all associated information will be disabled permanently from the device.
  7. Congratulations, you just acquired a new iPhone. You’d be prompted to set it up as you would do on a new device.

The process of resetting an iPhone to factory settings is no more than that. If you are confused in any way, indicate in the comments and I’ll surely help out. You can also contact us if you have any issues with this, or any other content we put up on our blog.

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