How to Factory Reset Apple iPhone 12 via Settings | Erase all Data

This post will teach you how to factory reset an iPhone 12 via settings menu. Read on if you need help wiping all data and restore factory default settings on your new iOS smartphone without using iTunes.

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A factory reset is usually deemed among the most effective solutions to fatal system issues in mobile devices. While this reset often yields a positive outcome, it is only used as the last resort if all else fails to fix the problem. 

Unlike other iOS resets, a factory reset wipes everything from the iPhone storage including downloaded content, custom settings and app preferences. All saved data will also be deleted in the process.

Aside from fixing complex system issues, a factory reset is also recommended before selling or giving your iPhone away. 

You can back up all your important files before the reset. Backups can be created through iCloud or on a computer through iTunes. 

To back up using iCloud, iCloud Backup must be enabled on your device. Just make sure that your phone is connected to Wi-Fi and has sufficient battery life. Backups can be created automatically or manually.

If you’re new to the iOS platform and you need some input on how to carry out a factory reset on the iPhone 12, I’ve laid out this simple walkthrough for your reference.

Easy Steps to Factory Reset an iPhone 12 through Settings

Before you begin, make sure that you’ve already backed up all important data on your iPhone. Failure to do so will result in permanent data loss. Also verify and ensure that Find My iPhone is disabled on your device. 

1. Once everything is set, unlock your iPhone to access the Home screen.

On the Home screen, you will see different shortcut controls or icons for launching pre-installed and downloaded apps.

2. Tap on the Settings icon to proceed.

The main settings menu opens next. Here,  you will see a list of all basic and advanced iOS features you can manage and utilize.

3. Scroll down or up to view more items. Then, tap General.

General settings menu will load up on the next display.

4. Scroll down to the bottom of the list. Then, tap Reset.

The Reset menu opens, highlighting different reset commands.

5. Select the option to Erase all content and settings.

A pop-up menu will appear, asking if you would like to update your iCloud Backup before erasing your iPhone.

6. Read and review the information to learn what would happen if you erase without updating your backup.

After reading the message, you may choose to Back up then erase if you want to create backups of all your important files or Erase now if you want to proceed with the reset without creating backups.

Just follow the rest of the onscreen commands to instigate factory reset. The entire process may take several minutes so just wait patiently.

After erasing all content and settings, your iPhone will reboot automatically. When it’s done rebooting, factory default settings are restored. 

By then, you can proceed with the initial setup and get your device ready for use again.

And that’s about performing a factory reset on the iPhone 12 through settings.

Factory Reset in iTunes

A factory reset can also be done through iTunes on a computer. This is often needed when restoring a disabled or unresponsive iPhone.

You will need to have the latest version of iTunes app installed on the computer to make sure it will recognize your device. You can iTunes on a Windows or Mac computer to restore your iPhone.

Also make sure that your computer is running the latest OS version to avoid bumping into some errors due to system incompatibility.

You can also back up your iPhone using your computer before restoring. 

All you have to do is connect your iPhone to the computer via USB cable, open iTunes and then wait for it to recognize your phone.

In iTunes, the icon of your iPhone should appear on the upper-left pane. Click Summary and then click the Back Up Now command.

All backups can be accessed through a dedicated folder on the computer.

Hope this helps!

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