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Factory reset iPhone, iPad

Learn how to safely erase your iPhone, iPad, reset your device to factory settings.

If you also need to securely wipe your Apple Watch, you can unpair your devices by following the instructions in this article .

Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset [device]

Then click "Erase content and settings"

Use Buttons to Turn Off an iPhone 14

One way to shut down your iPhone 14 is to use the hardware buttons on your phone.

To use this method, on your iPhone, press and hold down the Volume Up or Down button and the Side button at the same time.


When you see a “Slide to Power Off” slider, drag it to the right to turn off your iPhone.

Your iPhone 14 is now switched off.

To turn your iPhone back on, press and hold down the Side button until an Apple logo appears on your screen.

Enter your device password or Apple ID password when prompted

Then confirm that you want to wipe the device. Forgot your Apple ID passcode or password ?

Wait for the data to be erased

Depending on the device, completely erasing data may take several minutes.

If you can't erase your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  • Learn what to do if you don't remember your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch passcode, or if your device is disabled .

  • If you've forgotten your Screen Time password, clear it. To do this, you need to erase the data from the device and set it up as new . Restoring device data from a backup does not remove the Screen Time password.

If you need further assistance, please contact Apple Support .

Return to default settings on iPhone

You can return to default settings without deleting your content.

If you want to keep your settings, back up your iPhone data before returning to the default settings. For example, if a problem occurs that cannot be resolved after resetting the default settings, you can restore the previous settings from a backup.

  1. Go to Settings

  1. > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset.

  2. Do one of the options.
    WARNING. If you select the "Erase content and settings" option, all your content will be deleted. See Erase iPhone .

    • Reset all settings. All settings (including network settings, keyboard dictionary, location and privacy settings, and Apple Pay cards) will be deleted or reset to default settings. Data and media files are not deleted.

    • Reset network settings. All network settings are deleted. In addition, the device name that was assigned in Settings > General > About this device will be removed and "iPhone" will appear instead. And all certificates that were manually marked as trusted (for example, for websites) will become untrusted again.
      Cellular data roaming may also turn off. (See
      View or change cellular data settings on iPhone ).
      Resetting network settings removes the list of networks in use and VPN settings not set through a configuration profile or mobile device management (MDM). Wi-Fi turns off and then back on, disconnecting you from all networks you were connected to. Wi‑Fi and Ask to Connect remain enabled.
      To remove VPN settings set using a configuration profile, go to Settings > General > VPN & Device Management, then select a profile and tap Delete Profile. This also removes other settings and accounts associated with the profile. See
      Install or remove configuration profiles on iPhone .
      To remove network settings set using Mobile Device Management (MDM), go to Settings > General > VPN & Device Management, then select a management and tap Remove Management. This also removes other settings and certificates associated with this MDM management. See the "Mobile device management (MDM)" section of the
      iOS Deployment Reference .

    • Reset keyboard dictionary. Adding words to the keyboard dictionary is done by rejecting words suggested to you on iPhone as you type. Resetting the keyboard dictionary erases only the words you enter.

    • Reset Home settings. Returns built-in apps to their default location on the Home screen.

    • Reset geo settings. Reset geolocation and privacy settings to default.

Reset iPhone to factory settings with iTunes

You can factory reset your iPhone this way even without a passcode, but only if you've ever synced your device with iTunes before.

  1. Update iTunes to the latest version.

  2. Open iTunes on your PC and connect your iPhone to iTunes with a USB cable.

  3. Select the iPhone icon at the top of the iTunes window.

  4. Go to the Summary page and click the Restore iPhone button.

  5. Confirm the recovery on the following screens.

  6. The iPhone will restart and the Setup Assistant will launch.

How to erase iPhone remotely

If you suddenly forgot iPhone password , but you have another device from which you previously logged into iCloud , there is at least one more way to reset it to factory settings. The fact is that Apple no longer requires you to log in to the cloud service with a password, allowing you to log in using biometrics. Thus, authorization is easier and faster. This means that you can reset your iPhone in a matter of seconds.

  • Go to and log in to your account;

  • Click on the "Find iPhone" icon and open the drop-down tab with linked devices;

You can reset iPhone via iCloud even if you don't remember your passcode

  • Select your iPhone in the tab and wait for its location to load;

  • In the device card on the left, click "Erase iPhone" and confirm the data reset.

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This method is convenient in that you can not only reset iPhone without a password , but also simply untie it from iCloud. This way the new owner - if you're selling a smartphone - will be able to log in with their account without worrying that you can subsequently block it remotely. The main thing is that you have at your disposal a second device from which you have already logged into Apple ID . Otherwise, nothing will work.

Written by Tom Brooks