Get your phone back to how it was when it was first released.
In addition to explaining how to turn off iCloud and Find My iPhone, which can be useful in certain circumstances, this article explains how to perform a factory reset on any iPhone running iOS 12 or later (explained below).
Complete I Phone Reset Instructions
If you perform a factory reset on your iPhone, it will revert back to its original state, meaning it will be completely empty and devoid of any of your personal information. After you have completed backing up your information and have disabled iCloud and Find My, you are prepared to proceed.
To restore your iPhone to factory settings, please follow these steps:
- Tap Settings.
- Scroll down and tap General.
- Scroll to the bottom and tap Reset.
- On the Reset screen, tap Erase All Content and Settings.
- If prompted, enter the passcode set on your phone.
- The screen displays a warning that all music, other media, data, and settings will be erased. Tap Erase to continue.
- It takes a few minutes to delete everything from the iPhone. When the process is done, the iPhone is restarted, and the iPhone has been reset to its original settings.
To Back up Your Data
When you perform a factory reset on your iPhone, all of the information stored on it is deleted. If you do that, everything on the device—including music, apps, contacts, and photos—will be deleted. The only thing that will remain is Apple’s iOS and any factory-installed apps.
This is why it’s so important to have a backup of your data before you begin. You can avoid losing crucial information by regularly backing up your data and restoring it if necessary.
In addition to iTunes and iCloud, you may also back up your files with Finder.
Save to iTunes regularly
Click the Backup button on the main iPhone page after syncing with your computer to save your data to iTunes.
Create a Finder Backup
Connect your iPhone to a Mac running macOS Catalina (10.15) or later, launch Finder, navigate to your iPhone under Devices on the left, and click the Back-Up button to create a backup.
To iCloud for a backup
Start an iCloud backup by navigating to Settings > [your name] (omit this step on prior iOS versions) > iCloud > iCloud Backup. Check out How to Backup Your iPhone 7 or How to Back Up iPhone X for in-depth guidance on this topic (despite the titles, the tips apply to all models).
Disabling iCloud and Turning Off Find My iPhone
It is essential to turn off iCloud and Find My iPhone before doing a factory reset on your iPhone. To bypass the Activation Lock security measure, you will need to enter the Apple ID that was used to set up the device. When you deactivate iCloud/Find My iPhone, the service will no longer work.
Thanks to Activation Lock, fewer iPhones are stolen and used fraudulently because a stolen iPhone is more difficult to use. If you sell or give away your iPhone without turning off Activation Lock, the person who buys it or fixes it will be unable to use it.
- Tap Settings.
- Tap your name (skip this step on earlier versions of the iOS).
- Tap iCloud > Find My iPhone > Find My iPhone. (On iOS 13 and up, skip iCloud and just tap Find My.)
- Move the Find My iPhone slider to off/white.
- Tap Find My in the top left corner to go back one screen. Then tap Apple ID to go back one more screen.
- Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap Sign Out.
- If prompted, enter your Apple ID/iCloud password.
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