You may want to Factory Reset your iPhone, in case you are selling it or taking it for repairs. In both cases, you want to make sure that all your personal data, apps, photos, music, emails, etc are removed from the device. This can be achieved by Resetting your iPhone to its Factory Default Settings.
Factory Reset iPhone
As mentioned above, Resetting your iPhone to its Factory Default Settings will remove all its data, settings, accounts, passwords and just about everything on the iPhone. Your iPhone will go back to the blank data state, just like it was when you bought it new.
Hence, make sure that you make a backup of your iPhone’s data to your local computer. In case you haven’t done this before you can follow the steps mentioned in this article: How to Backup Your iPhone to Computer and iCloud.
Another step that you may want to carry out before Factory Resetting Your iPhone is to make sure that Find My iPhone is turned OFF on your iPhone.
Note: You can also proceed without turning OFF Find iPhone. In most cases, you should have no problem Resetting your iPhone without turning off this feature.
Steps to Factory Reset iPhone
Now that you have backed up your iPhone’s data and turned OFF Find My iPhone, follow the steps below to factory reset your iPhone to its original Factory Default Settings.
1. From the home screen of your iPhone, tap on Settings
2. Next, tap on General.
3. Scroll down the screen and tap on Reset.
4. On the next screen, you will see six Reset options (see image below).
5. From the six options as described above, choose Erase All Content and Settings. This is because we want to clear the phone of all its content, settings and take it back to the way it was when you bought it new.
6. Once you tap on Erase All Content and Settings, you will be asked to enter your Apple ID password.
7. Next, you will see a Popup Message informing you that All media, data and settings will be erased from your iPhone. Click on Erase iPhone to confirm this step.
Depending on the data on your phone, an iPhone Reset could take anywhere from a few minutes to as long as 10 to 15 minutes.
Once the process of iPhone Reset is finished, your iPhone will be back to its Default Factory Settings, just like it was when you bought it new.
Other Reset Options
As you can see in Step#4 above, there were a total of six Reset Options. All the Reset Options have been briefly described below, so that you can make use of them (in case required).
Reset All Settings: Choosing this option will keep all your data intact, but wipe out all your settings on the phone, including all your manual settings and also your Wi-Fi password.
Erase All Content and Settings: As it should be clear from the wordings. This option will erase all your content, settings and just about everything from the device.
Reset Network Settings: Choose this option in case your WiFi appears to be inconsistent and not working as it should be. This option will Reset WiFi Network Settings, flushing all caches and delete temporary files left over from your activities on the phone.
Reset Keyboard Dictionary: iOS Keyboard dictionary is designed to learn as you type and it stores some words in the dictionary, so that it can readily suggest these words to you as you begin to type them.
At times, you may feel that this feature is bothering you and decide to clear the list of words stored in the keyboard dictionary by using this option.
Reset Home Screen Layout: Use this option to reset the home screen to its default layout. This option is useful in case you have messed up the home screen with tons of apps and the situation is so bad that you can’t even reach to the app that you want to use.
Reset Location & Privacy: This option is useful in case you had to change the privacy settings on your phone for some reason and you want the settings back to as they were when the phone was new.