How to Reset iPhone or iPad without iTunes via Two Methods

Want to reset your iPhone or iPad but not use iTunes? In this guide, we will share details about how to reset iPhone/iPad without iTunes, 2 different ways will be provided here.

By Bella Miller | Posted on: Oct. 22, 2018, Last Updated: Sep. 11, 2019

Your iOS device may suddenly get stuck when you turn it on or show a frozen screen that does not respond when you touch screen icons. That’s why you should know how to reset iPhone without iTunes, as you may not have access to computer in such circumstances.

Why Should You Reset iPhone/iPad without iTunes

A faulty software update or unintentional settings misconfiguration may cause your iPhone or iPad to crash and show a frozen screen upon turning on or during exploitation. Sometimes a hard restart/reset will restore your device back to operation while sometimes you will need to restore the device to factory settings to be able to use it again.

As you cannot plan when your iOS device will crash, you may need to reset an iPhone or iPad without iTunes. Basically, there are two ways to reset an iPhone or an iPad without iTunes – using hard reset and through the iOS settings. Below is a step-by-step guide explaining how to reset iPhone/iPad using either methods.

How to Reset iPhone/iPad without iTunes

When you see your iOS device showing a black screen or your screen freezes, the best method to recover it is by applying hard reset. A force restart, or reset, will not erase your data or settings and will only hard restart the device.

Method 1.How to Reset iPhone/iPad without iTunes – Hard Reset

On an iPhone XS/XR/X/8:

On an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus:

On an iPhone 6s and earlier, iPad or iPod touch:

On a rare occasion, your iPhone or iPad won’t reset/restart after you perform the above action. Then, you should plug in your device and charge it for up to one hour.

If everything goes smoothly, you should see the below screen after a few minutes of charging (even if your battery is completely discharged). Wait for the device to charge, and repeat the above actions.

Screen showing proper charging on iPhone.

Screen showing proper charging on iPhone.

If you see the “Connect to power” screen or if the device does not show the charging screen for more than an hour, you should check your power adapter, USB cable and power source before attempting to reset your device. Replace any faulty power hardware, charge your device and try to complete the above steps.

Method 2. How to Reset iPhone/iPad without iTunes – Settings

You can decide to reset your iPhone or iPad to factory settings at any time through Settings. You should be aware that this will erase all files and settings on your device. Follow the below steps to reset your iPhone without iTunes using Settings.

Step 1 Go to Settings and select General > Tap on Reset and choose Erase All Content and Settings option.

How to Reset iPhone/iPad/iPod without iTunes – Settings

How to Reset iPhone/iPad/iPod without iTunes – Settings

Step 2 Enter your password or Apple ID password if asked > Confirm you want to reset your device. Wait a few minutes for your device to reset.

The Bottom Line

Resetting iPhone or iPad without iTunes is a simple and straightforward process but you should keep in mind that resetting to factory settings would wipe all the information on your device.

Furthermore, before learning how to reset an iPhone without iTunes you should take your time and store all your iPhone or iPad passcodes at a safe place. It is far better if you can remember those, of course. That is needed because if you do not know your Restrictions passcode, then you will need to erase your device in any case and then set it up as a new device in order to remove the Restrictions password.

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.

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