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5 Ways to Factory Reset iPhone 12 without Passcode[Also 12 mini/12 Pro (Max)]

How do I Factory Reset My iPhone 12, or iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro (Max)?

The iPhone 12, as the successor of the iPhone XR and iPhone 11, which is expected to be the best-sold iPhone version has several advantages. Many people have bought the iPhone 12 or mini, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max for their advantages, such as 5G connectivity, Super Retina XDR display, A14 chip, the camera, or the new design, etc. There are lots of reasons to factory reset an iPhone 12(mini) or reset iPhone 12 Pro (Max).

factory reset iPhone 12(mini) 12 Pro (Max) without Passcode
Factory Reset iPhone 12(mini) 12 Pro (Max) without Password

Why do you want to factory reset your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max)?

Some people didn’t set it up properly the first time and need a factory reset to re-setup. Others may have various problems to be resolved by resetting the iPhone 12 to default factory settings. Others may transfer, give away, or trade in their iPhone 12/12 mini/12 Pro (Max). Others may need to unlock the inadvertently locked iPhone 12/12 mini/12 Pro (Max), or unluckily reset the stolen one. In this article, we’ll show you the step by step process on how to factory reset iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) under different conditions.

Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll learn in this article:

  1. Things to Do Before Factory resetting an iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max).
  2. How to reset iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) with Password (screen lock passcode).
  3. Unlock and reset iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) without Passcode(including disabled iPhone) with a computer (3rd-party software without iTunes).
  4. Factory reset iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) without a computer.
  5. Restore iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) via Connecting to iTunes with a computer (laptop included).
  6. Factory Reset iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) without the iCloud password.
  7. Reset iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) when you forgot the screen time passcode.

Part 1: Things to Do Before Factory resetting an iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max).

A hard reset will wipe your data and reset your iPhone to default factory settings, just like you buy the brand new one. If you only want to troubleshoot a minor problem or not a knotty one, we suggest you try soft reset iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) first. A soft reset won’t cause any data loss. If you would like a try, follow the directions.

Soft reset your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max).

  • Press and hold either volume button and the side button.
  • Drag the slider and toggle it to turn it off.
  • To turn on the iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max), press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo.

Back up your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max).

If the soft reset won’t solve your problems, back up your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) with iTunes, iCloud, third-party software or cloud services before do a factory reset.

Here you can refer to the backup methods:

How to Back Up Your iPhone or iPad with iTunes or iCloud.

Part 2. How to reset iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) with Password.

Reset your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) via settings.

You should know your screen unlocking passcode or screen time passcode here (if you turn on the screen time passcode).

  • Open Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Reset.
  • Tap Erase All Content and Settings > Tap Erase Now.
  • When prompted, enter your passcode, or later enter your screen time passcode if you turn on that password to confirm.

However, then, the problem is here: when you forgot your screen time passcode on your iPhone/iPad, how do you reset it?

How to factory reset iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) when you forgot the screen time passcode?

We have explained it clearly in this article, do read it when you forgot your screen time passcode at this point.

How to Reset iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) without Screen Time Passcode?

Part 3. Unlock and Factory Reset iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) without Passcode with a Computer via 3rd-party software(without iTunes). -A Disabled iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) Unlocking Supported.

Among the best third-party software in the market, SD iPhone Unlocker takes over as our top pick to factory reset your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) through tests. It’s able to bypass the iPhone passcode and reset iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) to factory settings simultaneously.

This SD iPhone unlocker can also bypass your disabled iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) on your PC or Mac by factory resetting it. Follow the detailed onscreen directions to unlock a locked iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max). In this way, if your iPhone disabled iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) won’t be recognized by iTunes, this software should unlock your device through recovery mode.

To use this software to reset your iPhone, free download and install it on your computer, either laptop or desktop. The program has both Windows PC and Mac Versions. Download the version that is suitable for your computer.

After installing it on your computer, launch the app.

Step 1: Hook your iPhone to the computer with the paired lightning to USB cable.

Step 2: Head to Unlock Screen Passcode.

Note: Follow the following directions to put your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) in Recovery Mode when it’s disabled.  The software can detect the status of your iDevice and give you the directions on the screen.

Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Then, press and hold the Side button until you see the recovery mode screen.

factory reset iphone 12 without password with software-startStep 3: Download the firmware to reset iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) passcode.

Downloading firmwareStep 4: Start to reset your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) via unlocking passcode. Confirm the action and follow the on-screen directions.

Extraction-complete

Wait for a few minutes. Later, you can set up your iPhone as new or restore your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) meticulously.

Video Tutorial for Factory Reset a Disabled iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max):

Part 4. Factory reset iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) without a computer via iCloud.com.

No computer? Or with an unlucky stolen iPhone 12 not in your hand? This is a common problem while factory resetting iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max). You should probably reset your iPhone 12,12 mini or 12 Pro(Max) via iCloud.com. Through this method, you are able to erase your iPhone even if you don’t have physical access to your iPhone.

While there are several requirements to use this way:

  • Find My iPhone is turned on.
  • Your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) is connected to the internet.
  • You have your Apple ID and password.
  • A mobile phone, tablet, or other devices that can surf the internet.

Tips: A borrowed phone, computer, or laptop is also okay. (Or through a computer in a local Apple store or verification service.)

  1. Open Find My iPhone application on iCloud official site via address: icloud.com/find with your browser.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID credentials.
  3. Click all devices and locate your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max).
  4. Click Erase iPhone.
  5. When asked, enter your Apple ID password to confirm. Click Erase to proceed.

erase iPhone ipad via find my iPhone

Part 5. Restore iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) via Connecting to Finder/iTunes with computer (laptop included).

Apple provides the free function to restore iPhone to factory settings on Finder or iTunes.

On a Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15, open Finder. On a Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier, or on a PC, open iTunes.

Plug your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) into your computer with a USB cable first.

On Finder: Locate your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) from the menu on the left side. And Click Restore iPhone. When the window pops up, confirm Restore to proceed. If you’ve turned on Find My, you need to turn it out before you can click Restore.

iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) to factory settings via FinderOn iTunes: Locate your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) after connecting the iPhone to the computer.

Click the iPhone icon on the top left. Then click Summary from the menu. Click Restore iPhone from the right side of the screen.

Factory reset iPhone 12(mini)12 Pro (Max) via iTunes

Part 6. Factory Reset iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) without the iCloud Password.

Unable to reset your iPhone without the Apple ID password?

This is very simple using the same software in Part 3 – SD iPhone Passcode Unlocker(supports all iOS versions), which can not only remove screen lock passcode but can also help to remove Apple ID without the iCloud password.

Note that SD iPhone unlocker only supports unlocking activated devices. To remove Apple ID via the program, your device must have been set up already and you can access your device settings.

If your device is running iOS 14 or later versions, the Two-Factor Authentication should be enabled to unlock Apple ID with this tool. And  Also please make sure that you have set up the screen lock passcode.

Step 1: Click the “Unlock Apple ID” module.

factory reset iphone 12 -start screenStep 2: Hit Start to Unlock. Do as the screen directions you to.

If Two-Factor Authentication is enabled on your iPhone, Tap Yes when the screen pops up asking you to proceed.

If your Find My iPhone is enabled, follow the directions. Go to Settings > Tap General > Reset > Reset All Settings. When your iPhone restarts, the SD iPhone unlocker software will unlock your Apple ID and iCloud account.

Unlock apple id start to unlock -iPhone 12/mini/Pro(max)Step 3: Start to download the firmware packages and wait for the extraction of the packages.

Step 4: Start to unlock. Then Enter “000000” to Confirm and remove Apple ID.

Apple ID unlocked successfullyWait for a few minutes. When your iPhone burst into life, set it up again as your liking.

You are able to reset your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) whether Find My iPhone is enabled or not via this application.

  • When Find My iPhone is enabled, the software will remind you to reset all settings during the factory resetting process.
  • When Find My iPhone is disabled, you will reset your iPhone 12(mini)/12 Pro (Max) in several clicks via the app. No additional operations are needed.

You’ll end up with a factory set and data wiped completely iPhone 12, iPhone 12 min, or iPhone 12 Pro(Max). Make sure you have activated your iPhone before using the software.

After the whole process, you can change your Apple ID to a new one or create a new Apple ID to enjoy the full service of iCloud on your iPhone.

 

Amanda Lee

I am the chief editor of softwaredive.com. I have been engaged in software and computer gadgets fields for over 10 years, offering proven guides, tips, and software solutions in data recovery, and multimedia field.

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