Performing a system restore is often needed when the device encounters fatal system errors that could not be rectified by any pertinent workarounds and generic solutions. In iPhones, the process is referred to as factory reset or iOS restore. It wipes everything from the phone system and then restores the factory default settings. Restoring an iPhone to factory settings can be done in two ways — through the iPhone settings or using iTunes on the computer. Each of these methods is elaborated below. If you’re new to iOS, then you might as well consider reading further to gain some inputs on how to reset your iPhone to factory settings.
Before restoring your iPhone, back up all your important files to iCloud or iTunes so you can still recover them later. Note that a factory reset will cause permanent data deletion, so don’t forget to create copies of all your important files and personal information. Once you’ve secured your backups, you can move on and carry out factory reset with these subsequent methods.
Restore iPhone to factory settings via settings menu
If your iPhone screen is responsive or working fine, you can carry out factory reset through the settings menu. Here’s how it’s done:
- From the Home screen, tap Settings.
- Select General.
- Scroll down to and then tap on Reset.
- Select the option to Erase all content and settings.
- Enter your device passcode when asked to continue.
- Then tap the option to confirm factory reset.
Your iPhone will automatically restart when the reset is finished and then loads the default options and factory settings.
Restore iPhone to factory settings through iTunes
If your iPhone screen is unresponsive, then you can manually restore and reset your iPhone to its factory settings using iTunes. To get this done, you will need to secure a Windows or Mac computer that runs in a compatible operating system with your iPhone and has the latest iTunes software version installed. Once you have everything ready, you can proceed with these steps to restore your iPhone to its factory settings in iTunes:
- Open iTunes on your computer.
- Connect your iPhone to your computer using the supplied USB/Lightning cable.
- If this is the first time you connect your device to the computer, you will be prompted to Trust This Computer or enter your device passcode. Tap Trust or type in your passcode to continue.
- Select your iPhone when it appears in iTunes.
- Navigate to the Summary section then click the Restore iPhone button.
- Read the warning prompt then click the Restore button to confirm.
This will command iTunes to start erasing your device and then installs the latest iOS version available.
When the factory reset is finished, your iPhone restarts by itself. As soon as it boots up, you can proceed with the initial setup process and set up your iPhone as new.
If you see any error when trying to restore your iPhone in iTunes, take note of the error code or message because you can use it as clue to determine what went wrong and what needs to be done in order to get things right.
For more walkthroughs on how to perform more advanced iOS resets and system restore, visit this site’s troubleshooting page then navigate to the tutorials section.
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