Performing a factory reset on an iPhone is the same, no matter how old your iPhone is. No need to worry if it’s a different process for how to reset an iPhone 11, 12, or whatever model you have.
Back up your data
First things first, you’ll probably want to back up and save your information. You can do this by turning on iCloud backup, which will automatically back up the important data like accounts, documents, stored health information, home configuration, settings, and parental controls.
- Open settings
- Open the iCloud sub-folder
- Tap on the “Backup” option
- Turn backup on.
Factory reset iPhone
Once you’ve confirmed that your important information is saved, you can go ahead and hard reset your iPhone. Remember, this will completely wipe your iPhone, so if there’s anything you want to save, make sure it’s backed up.
- Open settings
- Open the General sub-folder
- Open the Reset sub-folder
- Tap on “Erase all content and settings”
- At this point, you’ll be prompted to update your iCloud backup if iCloud is enabled.
- Enter your Apple ID and password to confirm the hard reset.
- Now your iPhone will completely wipe itself and return to the initial setup screen that appeared when the phone was first used.
Factory reset on iPhone without the password
Doing a hard reset on an iPhone is easy when you know the password for the account linked to the device, but sometimes you need to factory reset an iPhone with a password. Fortunately, it’s possible to reset your iPhone, you just need iTunes.
- Download iTunes to your desktop computer
- Connect your iPhone to your computer with a lightning cable
- Let iTunes and your iPhone sync details. You can manually start this by clicking on “sync” in the Summary menu
- Under the General settings menu for your iPhone, click on the “Restore iPhone” button