Top Ways to Set iPhone 8/8 Plus to Factory Settings

by Sophie Green   Updated on 2021-01-29 / Update for  iPhone8 Tips

How to factory set iPhone 8/8 Plus can be a big problem when you are selling it since you need to wipe all your data. Actually, if you know how to set iPhone to factory default, it will be significantly helpful when you forget your Apple ID/passcode or iPhone/iPad stuck on DFU mode/black screen/blue screen/Apple logo/reboot loop or becomes sluggish. Here are top 3 effective ways to set iPhone 8/8 Plus to factory settings without passcode.

1. Factory Reset iPhone 8/8 Plus without iTunes

Here is a super easy method of factory resetting your device - Tenorshare ReiBoot . This tool provides you a pretty easy way to reset iPhone to its factory default without using itunes. Therefore, either you want to factory reset iPhone 8 before selling or fixing iOS system problems, ReiBoot offers you the straightforward method to reset your iPhone. Download and install the program on your Windows or Mac and then follow the steps below to restore your iPhone 8 and erase everything.

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Step 1: Run ReiBoot and connect iPhone to computer. Once your device is detected, choose "Factory Reset iPhone" from the main interface.

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Step 2: Then you'll enter a new screen. Click "'Factory Reset' to go on.

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Step 3: Now you can click "Download" to download the latest firmware package online. You can also import it manually if you have already downloaded it.

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Step 4: The firmware will be downloaded to computer in minutes. Whne the process is completed, you can click 'Start Reset' to start factory restting your device.


2. Restore iPhone 8/8 Plus in iTunes

It's always an effective solution to restore iPhone to factory settings with iTunes. If you want to adopt this method to factory reset locked iPhone 8/8 Plus without passcode, you need to be noted that this method works only if you have ever synced your device via iTunes.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone/iPad to PC/Mac and launch iTunes.

Step 2. Click Summary. Select Restore iPhone on the right panel.

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Step 3. Click "Restore" again. Then iTunes erases your iPhone/iPad and installs the latest iOS system.

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1. You need to be clear that if you put iPhone/iPad into factory settings via iTunes, all your data will be erased completely. So it's very important to back up your iDevice before factory resetting. Please read our detailed article Best iPhone Backup Software. Once you are sure that you have a backup of your iPhone, you can start to reset iPhone to factory settings.

2. The method is not applicable when your device is stuck or frozen since you need to close Find My iPhone before restoring.

3. If your iOS device cannot be recognized when connected to iTunes, you need to put it into DFU mode, then restore it to factory settings with iTunes as told above.

3. Put iPhone 8/8 Plus into Factory Settings via Settings

Of course, you can factory reset iPhone/iPad without computer or passcode via Settings when your iDevice functions normally. What you need to know is that if you don't have passcode, this method only works if you have back up your device via iCloud before and have enabled Find my iPhone to allow Apple to identify your phone and you as the correct user.

Go to Settings > General > Reset. Select Erase All Content and Settings.

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After finishing erasing and reboot your iPhone, you can either choose to restore from iCloud backup or set up as new iPhone.

4. Factory Reset iPhone 8 without Password

If you forgot iPhone passcode and can't restore in iTunes, you'll have to factory reset iPhone without password using iPhone password unlocker 4uKey to bypass iPhone locked screen.

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Using 4uKey will unlock iPhone without pasword and restore it to factory default settings.


Download the latest iOS firmware file and wait for the program to remove password.

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This iPhone password unlocker will start resetting iPhone with the firmware file and the lock screen password will be removed after the process.

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Tips: Hard Reset VS Factory Reset

We find lots of people have mistaken "hard reset" for "factory reset" or have no idea of the difference between "factory reset" and "hard reset". Let's make it clear. "Factory reset" means restoring iPhone to factory setting when you forget password/Apple ID or your iDevice encountered server system damage, which will erase all your data. "Hard reset", also called force restart, means hard rebooting/force restarting your decive without data loss, which is useful for various iPhone/iPad stuck.

Bottom Line

Hope the methods of setting iPhone to factory default can solve your problem perfectly. The most common method is from iTunes, and when iPhone won't restore from iTunes, you can use ReiBoot to factory reset iPhone to fix iOS to normal, or use 4uKey to factory restore iPhone 8 without passcode.

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