How to factory reset your iPhone/iPad without passcode or computer? That means you want your iPhone/iPad like a brand new one with factory settings.
There may be many reasons causing you to do this.
- When your iPhone/iPad is damaged or disabled, or there are some other problems, you can only reuse your iPhone to enable or fix it.
- Before selling or after buying an old iPhone or iPad, you need to erase all the data. Or before transferring your old iPhone or iPad to other people, you’d like to keep your private data safe by erasing it.
- You prefer a factory reset to rearrange your iPhone or iPad, for full storage or other your liking.
However, it’s worth mentioning that sometimes you only need a soft reset to troubleshoot common problems. With a force restart, you won’t lose any data. Unlike the hard reset (factory reset), which will wipe all the data from the iPhone/iPad/iPod. When you force restart your iPhone, the whole iOS system and the apps will be restarted and minor errors should be probably fixed.
Let’s work through the four main methods to factory reset your iPhone/iPad/iPod without a passcode or computer. To save your data, we advise you to back up your iPhone/iPad with iCloud iTunes or apps before a hard reset.
If you need to restore a disabled iPhone without losing data, read Part 5.
Part 1: Factory Reset your iPhone/iPad via Settings.
This is the easiest way to reset your iPhone/iPad only with your iDevice. To use this method, your iPhone shouldn’t be disabled. And you can normally use the apps on it.
- Tap Settings.
- Tap General.
- Scroll all the way down and choose Reset.
- Tap Erase All Content and Settings.
- Tap Erase Now.
Later, your iDevice will be reset to factory settings and restart. You can set it up meticulously from scratch or restore it from a recent backup either from iCloud, iTunes, or other desktop apps.
Part 2: Reset your iPhone/iPad via Finder/iTunes (without passcode).
If you have synced your iPhone with iTunes on your PC or Mac before, it will not ask you for a passcode when it’s plugged into the computer. Then you can restore your iPhone or iPad with iTunes under most conditions, either it is disabled or not.
For Windows users with iTunes, or users with Mac and iTunes, Open iTunes; For Mac users with macOS Catalina 10.15 or later, open Finder.
The difference between locating devices on Finder with macOS Catalina and on iTunes on a computer is that it’s easy for you to locate your device in the sidebar of the Finder windows.
- Open iTunes and plug your iPhone/iPad into the computer with the lightning cable.
- Click the iPhone icon near the top left corner. Go to Summary Page.
- Hit Restore iPhone or Restore iPad/iPod. Confirm it when prompted by clicking Restore and Update.
With a disabled iPhone, after connecting to the computer, you are required to put your iPhone into Recovery Mode. And then restore it when the pop-up window gives you Restore directions.
Part 3: Factory Reset your iPhone/iPad via the SD iPhone unlocker (without passcode).
SD iPhone unlocker is a light app to remove Apple ID, remove forgotten passcode, etc. By removing the Apple ID of the iPhone or Passcode, it will erase all content and settings on your iPhone.
This app is also capable of resetting the screen time passcode on your iPhone without data loss if you’d like to remove the screen time passcode.
Whether you remember your passcode or not, you can use this software to factory reset your iPhone/iPad by wiping the screen lock passcode.
Firstly, free download and install this SD iPhone unlocker on your PC or Mac. Afterwards, launch it.
Step 1: Open the App and connect your iPhone to your computer.
Step 2: Head to “Unlock Screen Passcode”. Go on next if your screen is not locked with the password. if you want to reset your iPhone or iPad without knowing the passcode or when iPhone is disabled, follow the on-screen directions to put your iDevice to Recovery Mode.
Step 3: Confirm your device information(make sure it’s accurate) and download the firmware. if you are unable to download the firmware on the app, just copy the link to your browser and download it. Then select the firmware folder from the app.
Step 4: After the extraction complete, enter “000000” to confirm unlock your passcode. Removing the lock screen passcode will erase all your data and your device will be updated to the latest iOS version.
Make sure your device is connected during the resetting process. Wait for a while, your iPhone or iPad will reopen. Re-setup your iPhone/iPad, if your Find My is turned on, you will be asked to enter your Apple ID passcode during the setup process.
Part 4: Erase your iPhone to factory settings via iCloud Find My app (without a computer).
With this method, you can reset your iPhone/iPad with your iPhone or do it when you don’t physically access your iPhone/iPad.
- Know your Apple ID and password.
- If you turn on the two-factor authentication on your iPhone or iPad, you still need another iDevice or Mac to receive the authentication code or Trust authentication.
- Turn Find My iPhone/iPad on.
- Your iPhone or iPad is connected to the Wi-Fi or cellular network.
Steps to reset your iPhone/iPad via iCloud Find iPhone/iPad app.
- Open iCloud.com use your iPhone or your family or friend’s iDevice. Then enter it with your Apple ID credentials, and authentication it following the on-screen directions.
- Tap Find iPhone/iPad on the device.
- Tap All Device and locate your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap Erase iPhone or Erase iPad and then confirm Erase.
There are the above options to factory reset your iPhone without a passcode or computer. Choose the best for your convenience. If you got a transferred iPhone or iPad without passcode or without knowing Apple ID and password. The SD iPhone unlocker software is your ideal choice.
Part 5. Recover the iPhone data from Backups after Reset without Data Loss.
Step 1. Backup your iPhone or iPad before a Factory reset or Reset.
If you won’t want to lose your precious photos, contacts, emails, videos, chat messages, and other important app data etc. on your iPhone, the most important thing to do is to back up your iPhone or iPad before the reset. You can opt for iCloud backups, iTunes backups, or third-party software backups.
Check these detailed steps for backing up an iPhone or iPad: Methods to back up your iPhone/iPad with iCloud iTunes or Apps
Step 2: Restore from iCloud backup, iTunes backup or local backup data from third-party software, even other cloud services backup.
Option 1: Restore from iCloud backup.
When you set up your iPhone or iPad after a reset, once on the Apps & Data Screen, choose Restore from iCloud Backups. Make sure to find a place with a strong Wi-Fi network signal and fast network speed to do the restoring backup.
Option 2: Restore from iTunes or Finder Backup with computer/laptop.
Restore iTunes backups from iTunes or Finder on the computer or laptop your iPhone or iPad synced with.
After Plugging your iPhone into the computer or laptop, Launch iTunes or Finder. Then choose Restore Backup and pick the most recent backup to proceed.
Option 3: Restore from local computer backup of SD iOS Data Backup and Restore software.
Once you have backed up your iPhone or iPad data with SD iOS Data Backup and Restore Software, it is easy to restore from the local computer backup from your PC or Mac.
While your iPhone or iPad is disabled, read this How to Restore Disabled iPhone/iPad without Losing Data.
The above solutions work well for all the iPhone models like iPhone 4,5, SE, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone X, XR, XS, Xs(Max), iPhone 11,11 pro,11 Pro Max, or iPhone 12(mini), 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max.
You may also want to read: Factory Reset iPhone 11/11 Pro (Max) without Passcode or Computer.