How do I reset my Apple iPhone?
Step 1: make a backup of your iPhone
Backup via iCloud
I want to save the photos and settings of this iPhone, so I first make a backup of my iPhone. I do this via iCloud or Apple Finder. I follow the following steps for iCloud.
- Step 1. I connect to WiFi on my iPhone.
- Step 2. I go to 'Settings', click on my name, then on 'iCloud' and 'iCloud backup'.
- Step 3. I click on 'Make backup now'.
- Step 4. I wait until the backup has been made.
Backup via Finder
To make a backup via Finder, I need a Mac or MacBook with macOS Catalina.
- Step 1. I connect my old iPhone to my MacBook.
- Step 2. I open Finder and select my iPhone under 'Locations'.
- Step 3. In the next screen, I select MacBook as the storage location for the backup and click on 'Make backup now'.
If you haven't installed macOS Catalina on your MacBook or are using a Windows computer, you can make a backup in iTunes.
Step 2: find reset settings
Open 'Settings' and scroll to 'General'
Click on 'Reset'
You can see all reset options here
Before I reset my iPhone, I make sure it's charged. Once the battery is full, I go to the correct settings:
- Step 1. I open 'Settings' and scroll to 'General'.
- Step 2. I scroll down and click on 'Reset'.
- Step 3. In the next window, I get to see all reset options.
Step 3: Reset the iPhone
Click 'Delete all content and settings'
Click 'Delete now' if you've already made a backup
Enter your access code and click on 'Done'
Click on 'Remove iPhone'
Your iPhone is now resetting
To completely empty my old iPhone, I choose 'Delete all content and settings'.
- Step 1. I click on 'Delete all content and settings'.
- Step 2. I have iCloud backup turned on and the device asks if I want to make another backup. I just did that, so I click on 'Delete now'.
- Step 3. I now have to enter the access code of my old iPhone. Once I've done that, I click on 'Done'.
- Step 4. I click on 'Delete iPhone'. My iPhone is now being reset.