Reasons to Factory Reset an iPhone vary. It could be that you want to sell your iPhone, or perhaps you want to cleanse it if the device is infected by a virus or having general issues, so Factory Reset in this case will be part of trouble shooting. For the latter though, make sure to back up your data before undergoing a Factory Reset, or you will simply lose it. Following a Factory Reset, you will be left with a fresh-like-new looking iPhone, just like the day you first bought it.

If you are getting rid of your iPhone, found a good deal, selling or trading it, Factory Reset will assist you to remove all your personal info, which is obviously highly recommended, lest your personal stuff ends up in the wrong hands.

Alternatively, if your iPhone has glitches or it`s freezing, a Factory Reset might be a solution, however we reiterate to back up your personal data before proceeding, if you can do so, depending what issues you are facing on your iPhone.

So How Do I Factory Reset My iPhone Then?

If you want to sell your iPhone to purchase the latest model, thus obtaining Apple`s latest iOS bells and whistles, Factory Reset is a must, and can be processed by following these five easy steps:

  1. Click on General in Settings
  2. Click on Reset at the bottom of the General page
  3. Choose Erase All Content and Settings
  4. System will require your passcode, after which you will be asked to confirm that you want to erase everything, so proceed and click Erase to confirm
  5. This will take some time depending on how much data is stored on your iPhone, but once done system will restart as new

On the other hand, if you want to tackle iPhone issues via Factory Reset, but you will still be holding on to your iPhone, it is imperative to back up your data first. See how below.

Backing Up Your Precious Data

Apple`s iCloud is a backup, and it is indeed one of the best options out there, as you have the peace of mind that your personal stuff is safe, to be obtained back at a later stage.

To utilise the iCloud follow these steps:

  1. Go on Settings, type your name and Apple ID at the top of the page
  2. Once on your Apple ID page, click on iCloud
  3. Scroll down, and click on Back Up Now

It is important to make sure that you signed out from your Apple ID, especially if you`re getting rid of your phone, so there`s no chance that anyone can access your Apple ID account.

Signing out from Apple ID:

  1. Go on Settings, type your name and Apple ID at the top of the page
  2. Click on Sign Out at the very bottom of this page
  3. Could be that you are asked to re-enter your password, if so type it, then click on Turn Off at the top-right corner


Remember, resetting your iPhone via Factory Reset will wipe out all your present data, being media, contacts, playlists, password memory or anything else you have installed from the day you bought it.

We recommend to back up your data before proceeding with Factory Reset, if you will be holding on to your device afterwards.