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What Does a Factory Reset Do?

by Jenefey Aaron   Updated on 2021-12-06 / Update for  iPhone Tips

Factory Resetting a device is a very common practice among iOS users. It is a very easy and common way to fix an iOS device that has been bugging you for a while. There are certain things that will happen when you Factory Reset a device, like it will erase all the data and settings from your device. This is a key fact that most people are unaware of, so, it is best to make a backup of the device beforehand. Now after the data gets erased you will be able to start again from where you left off. So, now we can come to how to factory reset iPhone, it is very simple. If you have the passcode of the device then you can do it from the Settings but if you don't have the necessary passcode then you must use iTunes and iCloud apps, you can also use any third-party apps of your choice.

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How to Factory Reset and What Does a Factory Reset Do

Way 1: Factory Reset iPhone 13 in Settings

If you want to restore iPhone to factory settings, then you have to know the password of your iPhone. The procedure is very simple, just need to go to the Settings of your iPhone and Reset the device, just follow the steps below;

Step 1: Open your iPhone and go to Settings.

Step 2: Then, tap on the option called "General" and then tap on "Reset".

Step 3: Inside Reset, you will find the option "Erase All Content and Settings", tap on it.

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Then, you will be prompted to provide the password of your device, provide it and then confirm the command by tapping on "Continue".

Now, your iPhone will revert back to its Factory Settings, it will completely erase all of your data, so, it will be better if you have backed up your iPhone beforehand.

Way 2: Factory Reset iPhone 13 without Password

There are several ways to Factory Reset your iPhone, as mentioned earlier you can do it from the Settings and you can also use apps like iTunes and iCloud which will be mentioned later in the article. But now, there are also several third-party programs available to reset iPhone to factory settings, some of these programs are very efficient.

Tenorshare 4uKey is a similar third-party program, which is very efficient and user-friendly. Using Tenorshare 4uKey to Factory Reset any iOS device is fairly easier than using any other apps. But the essential here is to know that 4uKey is an unlocker tool that can bypass any lock, passcode, TouchID, FaceID etc on your iPhone. And while it is on it, it factory resets your entire device. Here's how to do a iPhone factory reset without password with 4uKey,

Step 1: You have to start by download and installation of 4uKey on your computer.

Step 2: Then, find a USB cable and connect your iPhone to your computer, the software will detect the device automatically.

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Step 3: Then, launch the program and click "Start" from the main interface.

Step 4: After that, 4uKey will ask you to download the firmware for the procedure, go to "Browse" and find a suitable location for the downloaded file then click "Download".

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Step 5: Downloading the firmware will take some time, but after that click on "Unlock Now".

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You must wait a few minutes for the software to complete the procedure but after that all the data and settings from your device will be wiped out and the iPhone will revert back to its Factory Settings.

Way 3: Restore iPhone 13 to Factory Settings with iTunes

You can also use iTunes app to factory reset your iPhone. It is a very straightforward procedure which you can implement on your device even without the passcode. But there is also a catch, the device needs to be connected to iTunes to proceed, but if you haven't connected your device to iTunes before then it won't connect now. Also, Find My iPhone must be disabled on your device before restoring. If you were able to get the device connected, then you will be able to use iTunes to Factory Reset your device. Here's how to reset iPhone to factory settings;

Step 1: You need to connect your iPhone to your computer, and then launch iTunes.

Step 2: Choose your device and go to Summary.

Step 3: Go to the main window of the app and click on "Restore iPhone".

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You must wait a few minutes for the software to complete the procedure but after that all the

Step 4: After that, a dialog box will be visible to you, on the dialog box, click on "Restore".

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Step 5: Just click "Agree" on that and you are good to go.

Now, you must wait a few minutes for iTunes to complete the procedure. After it ends, you will find that all the data on your device is completely removed.

Way 4: Reset iPhone 13 to Factory Settings with iCloud

If you don't know how to reset iPhone to factory settings then you must know that other than the procedures mentioned above, you can also use iCloud app to Factory reset the device. iCloud app uses the "Find My iPhone" feature to remotely erase the device but you need to do the same practice beforehand otherwise you won't be able to use the feature when the device is locked. So, if you are asking, how do you factory reset an iPhone, then just follow the steps below;

Step 1: First, if you are going to use iCloud to remotely erase your iPhone then you will need the help of another iOS device or you can just use your computer.

Step 2: Then, go to the iCloud.Com from that device and sign-in to your iCloud account using your dedicated Apple ID.

Step 3: After that, in the iCloud window, click on "Find My iPhone" then click on "All Devices".  

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Step 4: A drop list will be opened where you must select your device then select "Erase iPhone" option.

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This procedure will completely wipe out the device.

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Way 5: Factory Reset iPhone 13 in Recovery Mode/DFU Mode/Black Screen/Apple Logo

Sometimes you want to factory reset iPhone to sell, or reset iPhone to fix battery problem, iPhone recovery mode, iPhone black screen, etc., then, Tenorshare ReiBoot comes to help. This iOS system repair software is able to fix iPhone problems without losing files as well as restore iPhone to factory settings by erasing all files.

Run ReiBoot after installing it on PC/Mac, you can enter/exit recovery mode by one click. Click "Start" on the interface to fix 150+ types of iPhone problems without data loss.

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If the standard repair does not fix the problem, or you just want to factory reset iPhone by erasing all files, you can choose Factory Reset iPhone from the top menu to deeply repair iOS system by wiping out all files.

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These are the most effective ways to factory reset your iPhone or other iPhone/iPad devices. If you have the passcode of the device then you don't have to go to any trouble, just go to the settings of your device and reset the device. But if you have lost the passcode then you must rely on other methods to reset the device. Use of iTunes and iCloud apps fall in this list, these apps are very effective but there are certain conditions that you must fulfill to use the services of those programs. So, if you are unable to use iTunes or iCloud then it is best to use Tenorshare 4uKey to unlock disabled iPhone, and Tenorshare ReiBoot to fix iPhone in recovery mode/black screen/DFU mode. Many users ignore this program as this is an independent program but it is user-friendly and very effective. This will Factory Reset your device by bypassing the passcode. Highly recommended!

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