How To Reset An iPhone

Mastering the Art of Resetting Your iPhone: A Comprehensive Guide

Resetting your iPhone can be a daunting task, especially for those who are new to Apple devices or have never performed this process before. However, with the right guidance, you’ll find that resetting your device is not only easy but also essential in certain situations.

Why You May Need to Reset Your iPhone

Before we dive into the step-by-step process of resetting your iPhone, it’s essential to understand when you may need to perform this task. Here are some common scenarios where a reset might be necessary:

  • Restoring factory settings: If you’re experiencing issues with your iPhone that can’t be resolved through other means (e.g., updating software), restoring the device to its original settings can help resolve problems caused by corrupted software or preferences.
  • Troubleshooting and debugging: A reset can aid in diagnosing hardware-related issues, such as a frozen screen or unresponsive buttons. It’s also useful when troubleshooting compatibility issues with specific apps or features that require a restart.
  • Removing unwanted content: In case you accidentally downloaded malware, viruses, or other harmful code onto your device, resetting it to the original settings can eliminate potential security threats.
  • Preparing for trade-in or recycling: If you’re considering trading in or recycling your iPhone, performing a reset ensures all personal data is erased and leaves no trace of any previous owner’s information.

The Steps to Reset Your iPhone

Now that we’ve covered the reasons behind resetting your iPhone, it’s time to learn how. Below are two methods: one using Settings and the other using iTunes. Both processes ensure a thorough reset of your device, removing all content and settings except for iCloud data (which may be synced again once you’ve set up your phone).

Resetting Using Settings

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the menu until you see “General” at the terminate of a list that includes various other options like Wi-Fi, iCloud, and Face ID & Passcode (depending on iOS version).
  3. Tap General to open it.
  4. Navigate down within this menu and find “Reset.” If your iPhone doesn’t have a dedicated Reset option under General in Settings, go directly to the next step.

Quickly: If you don’t see ‘Reset,’ head straight for “Erase All Content and Settings” (explained further below).

  1. Tap “Reset” from within this menu.
  2. You’ll be prompted with a confirmation dialogue box titled “Delete Backup & Media.”
  3. Review these messages to confirm your understanding of the impact resetting will have on both backed up data as well as locally stored media like songs or photos.
  4. To continue, simply tap ‘Erase All Content and Settings.’

Resetting Using iTunes

Please note: This method requires you to connect your iPhone to a computer running macOS or Windows with at least one free USB port available.

  1. Connect your iPhone (in this instance we assume it has already synced the desired content) using its cable and ensure both device types are properly detected by their respective operating systems.
  2. Open iTunes, as mentoined earlier for compatibility: either click Start in case you’re running Windows, then “File” -> ‘New > iPod/Phone…’ (Windows Vista or XP). For those who use a newer computer version like macOS Mojave and later:
  • Click the Apple Menu within Finder; select “Restart”; shut down your system after 1 minute once this step is executed successfully for any kind of security concerns related to unauthorized user profiles on Mac machines that share their home folders.
  1. Navigate back into iTunes by opening a new window with no active sessions started beforehand (to prevent interference).
  2. Your device name appears at the top left corner of this new screen – Select it from there.
  3. In case you have multiple devices connected simultaneously and want specifically reset only one iPhone, simply choose ‘Select…’ instead: go for that particular model if your goal is solely focused on resetting these certain Apple products.

Erase All Content and Settings

For both methods mentioned earlier about using settings or iTunes when dealing with deleting all of the material found locally within this device like stored media content. Here you will need to erase everything after creating a fresh setup for another time in which such steps would otherwise take place at regular intervals according to how many times your iPhone has been previously reset during its lifetime.

Conclusion and Tips

That’s it! You’ve successfully learned two distinct approaches, using Settings or iTunes respectively, on resetting your iPhone. Now you know how to erase all content including stored media like songs, photos from any given Apple device in this way – making sure those memories aren’t lost forever but rather waiting patiently for being recalled once set up again under new conditions with that particular Apple phone (or other iOS-powered handhelds).


  1. In order to have your information sync across different devices or services while resetting your iPhone, always sign back into iCloud after setting everything else in place – allowing access and re-access at will through this centralized system.
  2. If you wish not remove certain kinds of content during the reset process such as iBooks for books bought with Apple Books credit account balance), choose to preserve data stored there separately from any other personal information that might have been lost or deleted elsewhere on your iPhone before erasing its settings (more below).