Four Ways to Factory Reset iPhone 7/6/SE

--Tuesday, Nov.29, 2016

The factory reset is always the last but most effective choice to solve a variety of mobile phone problems. Sometimes you may do so because of the reasons below. 

1. iPhone is working so slowly due to any reason.

2. iPhone has been using for years and now it's turn to upgrade your phone.

3. iPhone gets stuck and frozen somehow.

4. Sadly and fortunately, iPhone got lost or stolen.

5. Manage to sell or give away the old iPhone.

Resetting iPhone means, to some extent, to return it to the original status making it as new as the one that is just produced in a factory. As you might find it troublesome to trudge a long way to Apple store asking for addressing your iPhone problems, it would be a good idea to reset it as a new one. However, if the problem is caused by hardware, resetting your iPhone may not work.

Preparation: Back up Existing Data in Advance

Before you perform the reset process for you iPhone, you'd better do a full backup in the first place. Later on, you can restore them to a new iPhone or to computer.

Backup via iTunes

Step 1. Connect iPhone to iTunes on PC/Mac.

Step 2. Enter "Summary" page via clicking on the "Phone-like" icon.

Step 3. Click on "Back Up Now".

Step 4. Wait until the process completes.

Note that you can also encrypt backup files or do an iCloud backup via iTunes.

Backup Via iTunes

Backup via iCloud

Step 1. Go to "Settings" app on device.

Step 2. Scroll down and select "iCloud" option.

Step 3. Enter your iCloud account to log in.

Step 4. Scroll down and select "Backup"

Step 5. Click on "Back Up Now".

Backup Via iCloud

Backup via iOS Data Backup & Restore

iPhone Data Recovery also supports to do a backup for iPhone/iPad/iPod. Compared to iTunes and iCloud, it will back up your contents much faster. Better yet, you can preview those files in detail before the recovery. You can do a backup with a button as following steps show.

Step 1. Connect your device to iPhone Data Recovery.

Step 2. Go to "More Tools" > "iOS Data Backup & Restore".

Step 3. Select types of files you want to back up.

Step 4. Tap on "Backup” button and it's done in no time.

Backup Via Software

Method 1: Directly Perform Reset on iPhone

iPhone/iPad/iPod provide users with different reset options, such as "Reset All Settings", "Erase All Content and Settings", "Reset Network Settings", "Reset Keyboard Dictionary", "Reset Home Screen Layout" and "Reset Location & Privacy". You can choose an option according to your need, and the most used option is "Erase All Content and Settings". Let's see how to do it.

Step 1. Launch "Settings" app on iPhone.

Step 2. Select "General" and scroll down to the last choice - "Reset".

Step 3. Tap "Erase All Contents and Settings" to continue.

Step 4. Enter your passcord if you've set one.

Step 5. Choose "Erase iPhone" on the pop-up, and confirm again.

Note that though this way would clear all the data on the iPhone, those deleted files can still be retrieved by professional software.

Reset on iPhone

Method 2: Use iTunes to Factory Reset iPhone

The other choice is to do it via iTunes. Make sure that you've updated iTunes to the latest version and had your data backed up at first. Then, check out the following steps.

Step 1. Launch iTunes on Mac/PC and connect iPhone to it.

Step 2. Tap on "Phone-like" icon to enter "Summary" page.

Step 3. Click on "Restore iPhone..." option.

Step 4. You will be asked whether to make a backup or not. Please make your choice.

Step 5. Now, click on "Restore" and wait till the process finishes. Your iPhone will automatically reboot lately.

Note that it is possible to restore data which are erased via iTunes. If you plan to sell your old phone, you may consider the next method.

Reset Via iTunes

Method 3: Reset iPhone via iOS Full Data Eraser (Completely and Safely)

To be on the safer side, you should completely wipe out your data especially if you want to reset your iPhone in order to sell it to others. I bet you don't want your private contents to be recovered and viewed by others, right? Here you may try iOS Full Data Eraser, so none of your data would be restored any more.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to iOS Full Data Eraser

Download and install iOS Full Data Eraser for the first time, and then launch the software and go to "iOS Full Data Eraser". Then, please connect your iPhone to it.

Erase iPhone

Step 2. Erase iPhone Data Completely

Now, please click on "Erase" button and confirm the operation via spelling "delete" in the blank. Then, tap "Erase Now" to start erasing your iPhone.

Confirm Deletion

It may take a while in order to completely and permanently erase your iPhone. Please wait until the process completes. Then your iPhone will reboot and become a totally new one.

Erase Completed

Method 4: Wipe out Existing Data on iPhone via iCloud if It's Lost

This could be the worst situation that you need to have your iPhone reset, but you still have to wipe out your existing data on the lost/stolen iPhone so as to erase personal data as well as protect your privacy. However, be sure that you have enabled "Find My iPhone" at first. ("Settings" > "iCloud" > "Find My iPhone") Now, please follow the instructions below.

Step 1. Open iCloud.com on browser and log in your iCloud account.

Step 2. Click on "Find iPhone" on the screen, then you will be redirected to another page.

Step 3. Enter your password as to re-sign in the account.

Step 4. Click "All Devices" right at the top and choose the related device.

Step 5. Select "Erase iPhone" and click "Erase" to confirm.

Step 6. Now, you need to type in your Apple ID password and tap "Next" to start resetting.

Reset via iCloud


1. If the device is offline, the remote erase begins the next time it's online.

2. If you erase your device and you have credit and debit cards in Wallet for Apple Pay, Find My iPhone attempts to remove your cards immediately, even if your device is offline.

Note: How to Restore Data after the Reset If Necessary?

If you need to recover some deleted contents after the reset, it is still of possibility. But, if you're using the third method to reset your iPhone, it would be impossible. You can still recover data after resetting iPhone via itself/iTunes/iCloud. However, you have to use a powerful recovery tool. Here I recommend you iPhone Data Recovery.

What you should do is to run the software and plug your iPhone in computer to finish connection. Next, choose types of files that you'd like to recover them and tap on "Start Scan". After the process is done, files will be scanned out and listed on the program. You can preview them before you perform the recovery.

Restore Data from iPhone

Above are four methods to reset your iPhone. Whatever reason you got, you have to do a backup ahead of time. Then, choose the method that you'd like to try and have your iPhone reset. If you have any questions, welcome to leave a comment below, I will reply as soon as possible.

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