Written by Robyn

How do I reset my Apple iPhone?

If you bought a new iPhone, you can choose to sell your old device. But you don't want others to be able to access your data and apps. That's why you need to reset your old Apple iPhone. In this article, I'll show you how to reset your iPhone step by step.

Step 1: make a backup of your iPhone

iPhone backup iCloud

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.
iPhone backup Finder

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

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

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.

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