When it comes time to trade in, sell or pass on your old iPhone, it is imperative that you return it to a new factory condition.

This way, your old iPhone can be set up as new by the next owner, without your old account stuff getting in the way. Of course, it is also a very good idea from a data security point of view.

Here’s how to do a factory reset of your iPhone.

What we used?

We used the iPhone 13 Pro, but these methods work on any iPhone.

The short version

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Step
1

Make sure your iPhone is backed up

Before resetting your iPhone, make sure iCloud backup is active. Go to the Settings app, tap your Apple ID at the very top and make sure iCloud Backup is set to On.
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Step
2

Transfer or reset iPhone

Go to the Settings app and go to General. Now scroll down and click on Transfer or Reset iPhone, followed by Erase All Content and Settings.

Step
3

Continue and authenticate

You will now be presented with a screen showing all items that will be deleted from your iPhone. Press Continue and then enter your device password and Apple ID password for verification.

The reset process will take a few minutes, so make sure your iPhone has enough power and be patient. When you’re done, your iPhone will boot to the welcome screen that first greeted you when you first set it up.iPhone reset Continue

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I get if I erase my iPhone?

All your personal information will be erased, including your apps and data, your Apple ID, your Find My iPhone security, and all your Apple Wallet accounts. It is a completely clean cloth.

What if I forgot my password?

If you have forgotten your passcode or Apple ID password, tap the Forgot Password option below the input field in the relevant password entry screen and follow the instructions.

How do I reset my iPhone?

If you want detailed advice or guidance on alternatives to iCloud backup, follow our How to Backup iPhone guide.

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