How to Factory Reset iPhone with or without iTunes

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Factory settings can help troubleshoot issues on the iPhone. iPhone users may want to restore their iPhones to factory settings for different reasons. When it comes to factory resetting an iPhone, you may think of the iTunes. In fact, apart from iTunes, there are some other ways you can use to restore iPhone to factory settings. You can read on this article to learn more about how to restore iPhone to factory settings, when should you do so, how to backup data, as well as how to recover data after factory settings.

When Should You Restore iPhone to Factory Settings

Restoring an iPhone refers to restore your iPhone to factory settings. It will erase everything on your iPhone, including photos, contacts, apps, settings, the OS and firmware, etc. Restoring an iPhone is completely different from resetting an iPhone. When resetting an iPhone, you can choose to reset all the settings, erase all content and settings, or reset network settings, keyboard dictionary, home screen layout, or location & privacy settings. iPhone users reset their devices to solve some simple problems. While for restoring an iPhone, there are several reasons.

Back Up Your iPhone Data Before You Factory Reset iPhone

If you have access to your Apple device, it is wise to back your data up before commencing with a factory reset. Remember that a factory reset erases all your data. There are two methods you can use to back up your iPhone: iCloud or iTunes.

Using iTunes

Before using iTunes to restore your iPhone, you need to have the “Find My iPhone” feature disabled on your iPhone. Go to Settings app on iPhone > tap on [your name] > iCloud > Find My iPhone, and turn it off . Now you can start with the restoring.

Using iTunes to backup your iPhone data.

Using iCloud

Using iCloud to backup your iPhone data.

How to Restore iPhone to Factory Settings with or without iTunes

Since you have backed up your iPhone data, it is time to get started with the factory resetting the iPhone. You can use iTunes to restore an iPhone, and you can also factory reset an iPhone without iTunes. The specific methods will be described below, and these methods will work for an iPhone Xs, Xs Max, XR, X, 8, 7, 6s, 6 or 5s.

1. How to Factory Reset iPhone with iTunes

How to Factory Reset iPhone with iTunes

This method will work with locked iPhones. You need to remember that restoring iPhone to factory settings will erase all your data from your device. The data includes apps, message history, contacts, etc. You can use iTunes to create and encrypt your backups before you proceed with restoring your iPhone as mentioned in part 1. What I also propose is that you update your iPhone’s software (if your software isn’t already up to date).

2. How to Factory Reset iPhone without iTunes

Using iCloud

This way is suitable for the lost or stolen iPhones, and it only works for users who have “Find My iPhone” enabled for their devices. The beauty of this method is that you can factory reset your iPhone and erase your data remotely. Before using this method, you had better try to locate your iPhone and play a sound on it, as you are allowed to use Find My iPhone to do either after factory resetting your device.

Using iCloud to Factory Reset iPhone without iTunes

Using Settings

This method requires you to have a passcode and to be logged in on your iPhone. It’s also useful for users who do not want to use iTunes to erase their data.

Using Settings to Factory Reset iPhone without iTunes

This method will delete all media and data and reset all settings on your iPhone.

How to Recover iPhone Data after Factory Setting

After the factory settings, your iPhone will turn back to a brand new one. You can restore your iPhone from iTunes or iCloud backup. Or you can also appeal to a third party data recovery tool if you have no backup or the backup is corrupted.

Restore iPhone Data from iCloud backup

Restore iPhone data from iCloud backup

When you are using this method to restore iPhone data, please make sure your device is connected to a stable Wi-Fi and wait for the progress bar to be finished. The time this progress takes depends on the size of your backup file and the speed of your network.

Recover iPhone Data from iTunes backup

Recover iPhone data from iTunes backup

Recover iPhone Deleted/Lost Data with iPhone Data Recovery

If you have no backup or your backup is corrupted, you can get back your data with a third-party recovery tool like Jihosoft iPhone Data Recovery. This tool is applicable for various data loss scenarios, including factory settings, iOS upgrade or jailbreak failure, accidental deletion, and many more. It offers 3 options for data recovery- recovery from iOS device, from iTunes backup and iCloud backup. Let’s see how to restore your iPhone data without backup now.

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Recover iPhone Deleted/Lost Data with iPhone Data Recovery

Final Word

Whether you are going to factory reset your iPhone, it is always a good habit of backing up your iPhone data. In this article, we’ve introduced some straightforward ways to factory reset your iPhone. Each method is also catered to every circumstance imaginable, and you’re not required to install third party software that isn’t approved by Apple. We hope you ultimately find the solution you’ve been looking for. As for data recovery after factory settings, you can manage it from iTunes or iCloud backup. When you have no available backup, you can also turn to the third-party recovery software – Jihosoft iPhone Data Recovery. If you need any help or want to point out any blind spots on our end, please do not hesitate to comment below.

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