There are some situations when the iPhone’s internal memory should be completely erased. For example, if you want to give away or sell your Apple cell phone.
The following scenario: You will soon receive a new iPhone and want to give your old device to a friend. Before you pass on the iPhone including all pictures and messages, we recommend a “hard reset”. A “hard reset” is usually a process of resetting to the factory settings. This enables you to delete all data on your iPhone and reset the device to its original state.
Many users also use the “hard reset” if the iPhone has “hung up” or the installed iOS version causes problems. We’ll show you step by step how you can easily reset your iPhone to factory settings.
Factory data reset iPhone in just three steps
Step 1: Backup data from iPhone
Before you get down to it and erase all data from iPhone, you should back them up first. This works best in the form of a backup. Apple offers two methods: backup via PC or Mac and backup via iCloud. The best way to save the data on the computer is to use iTunes and go to the corresponding iPhone in the “Places” tab. Under “General” you will now find the point “Backup”. Tip: It is best to choose the encrypted backup to protect private data.
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Backup via the iCloud is more convenient, as this can be initiated directly on the iPhone’s iOS menu. The prerequisite is that the Apple smartphone is connected to the Internet. The menu item “iCloud” can be found in your own user data in the settings. Click on “Create backup now” to start the backup.
Step 2: Sign out of iCloud
Once you have backed up your data, sign out the old device from iCloud before doing a factory reset on the iPhone. Otherwise, your data on the iPhone and iCloud will be deleted and no longer recoverable.
To do this, proceed as follows: Tap on “Settings” and then on “iCloud”.
Scroll down and tap Sign Out. Tap “Sign Out” again to confirm the action. Finally, this process is confirmed by entering your PIN number (Apple calls this the restriction code).
Step 3: factory reset iPhone
Once you have done the above points, you can reset the iPhone to factory settings. The settings for this can be found in the iOS menu under “General” and here under “Reset”.
Here you can now select the item “Delete all content and settings”. If you have activated “Find my iPhone”, you will be asked to enter your Apple ID and password.
When asked for your restriction code, enter it as well. From the next step there is no going back. Now tap on “Erase iPhone”.
All private data and media, but also saved network settings, the keyboard dictionary, the layout of the home screen, the location settings, the cards stored for Apple Pay and many other settings are now removed from the device.
After an automatic restart, your iPhone will be reset to the factory settings. You start on the welcome screen as at the beginning and can reconfigure the iPhone.