How to Factory Reset An iPhone (iPhone XS/XR/X/8/7/6/5) or iPad

There are various reasons why you might need to perform a factory reset on your iPhone or iPad. And in this guide, we will show you 3 different methods to factory reset an iPhone and iPad.

By Bella Miller | Posted on: Oct. 12, 2018, Last Updated: Oct. 12, 2018
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A factory reset is a software restore of a device. It will remove all information from your device, and return it to its original system status. Most iPhone or iPad users will perform a factory reset to resolve some iOS system problems associated with their device, such as running slow, crashing, stuck on reboot loop, etc.

When you’re planning to sell your iPhone or iPad, a factory reset also comes in handy to ensure that all personal data is removed. And here we’ll tell you how to restore iPhone/iPad to factory settings with 3 different methods (apply to iPhone XS/XR/X/8/7/6/5, iPad Pro/Air/mini).

PhoneRescue – Factory Reset iPhone/iPad

PhoneRescue can help you factory reset your iPhone/iPad, and fix any type of breakdown, like stuck on white Apple logo, continuous reboot loop, or black screen, etc. Beyond fixing iOS errors, recover your accidentally lost data as well.

Before we start, there are some important things you must clear that factory reset iPhone/iPad with Method 1 and Method 2 require you to erase all data and settings on your device, and these erased files can’t be recovered anymore. So, you’re supposed to make a full backup of your iPhone or iPad prior. Or you can move to Method 3 directly to restore iPhone/iPad to factory settings without erasing anything.

Method 1. How to Reset iPhone/iPad to Factory Settings without Computer

This way could be the simplest way to reset iPhone or iPad to factory settings, as it could be finished on your iDevice directly.

Step 1 Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad > Tap on General.

Step 2 Scroll down the screen to the bottom and choose Reset > Tap on Erase All Content and Settings option.

How to Factory Reset iPhone/iPad without Computer

How to Factory Reset iPhone/iPad without Computer

Method 2. How to Reset iPhone/iPad to Factory Settings with iTunes

If your device has been broken or won’t turn on, then you can hard reset your iPhone/iPad with iTunes.

Step 1 Go to Settings on your device > [your name] > iCloud > Tap on Find my iPhone and turn it off.

Step 2 Open iTunes on your computer (make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes) > Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.

Step 3 Click on the device icon on the top-left screen of iTunes > Click on Restore [device] button.

Step 4 Click on the Restore button again to confirm. After your device restores to factory settings, it restarts.

How to Factory Reset iPhone/iPad with iTunes

How to Factory Reset iPhone/iPad with iTunes

Method 3. How to Factory Reset iPhone/iPad without Erasing Data

Both the two methods above require you to wipe everything on your iPhone/iPad, and take a high risk to lose some important files eternally. In this case, if there’s a way that enables to factory reset iPhone without erasing anything, that is the best choice. Fortunately, here is a 100% safe iOS repair and data recovery tool – PhoneRescue for iOS can do this for you.

PhoneRescue for iOS has won a good reputation among iPhone iPad and iPod users, as it has successfully saved over 3,700,000 iOS users from various iOS system problems, such as stuck on black screen, white screen, Apple logo, restarting loop, etc. No need to waste your money on a repair store. Now you can easily fix these errors at home in just a simple click and a few minutes.

More importantly, it resolves all the iPhone errors without wiping anything. It keeps all data and settings complete while restoring iPhone to factory settings. Now, let’s check the detailed steps to factory reset iPhone without erasing data.

Step 1 Free Download PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer (or click the Download button below directly) > Open it.

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Step 2 Connect your iPhone to the computer with its USB cable > Click on iOS Repair Tools mode > Click on Right Arrow at the bottom right corner to continue.

Factory Reset iPhone/iPad without Erasing Data – Step 2

Factory Reset iPhone/iPad without Erasing Data – Step 2

Step 3 Choose Advanced Mode > Follow the steps as the screenshot shows to turn your device to Recovery Mode. If the access failed, try again.

Factory Reset iPhone/iPad without Erasing Data – Step 3

Factory Reset iPhone/iPad without Erasing Data – Step 3

Step 4 After entering Recovery mode, click “Download” button to download the firmware for your iOS device > Once the download completes, it will repair your iOS device to normal automatically.

Factory Reset iPhone/iPad without Erasing Data – Step 4

Factory Reset iPhone/iPad without Erasing Data – Step 4

The Bottom Line

To factory reset an iPhone or iPad, you have several ways to choose from. You can go through the three different methods firstly, and then pick out the one based on your needs. If you just wish to fix some iPhone or iPad system problems, then Method 3 can be the most ideal way for you to do the job. If you find this guide useful, share it to help more iPhone iPad users.

Bella Miller

A senior editor, an Apple fan at iMobie Inc.. I love both dancing and helping users to solve iOS & Android related issues by writing various types of tutorials.