Many people find iTunes hard to use and try to avoid it as much as possible. If you’re looking for way to reset your iPhone without restoring it through iTunes, then you’ve come to the right post. You can reset your iPhone without iTunes and you don’t need to use any third-party apps as well for this.
Though one might think why anyone would want to reset iPhone without restoring. But, there are many instances when you would want to reset your iPhone or iPad without restoring such as when you want to:
- Fix a malfunctioning iPhone/iPad
- Remove some viruses or delete infected files.
- Configure your device to default settings.
- Clear memory space on your iPhone.
- Remove personal data from your device before selling it or giving it away
- Upgrade your device with a clean slate.
You can reset your iPhone by using various third-party tools without using iTunes. But in this post, we will discuss two method that let you reset your iPhone without iTunes or any other third-party apps.
How to Hard Reset Your iPhone Without iTunes
Hard reset lets you reset iPhone without restoring. Make sure to follow the steps carefully and prepare a back up of your iPhone or iPad beforehand. Backup your files and important data. Hard reset of iPhone deletes your saved files and data from your iPhone.
Step 1: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button of your iPhone simultaneously. Hold the buttons while your iPhone turns off and restarts again.
Step 2: Release both the buttons when Apple logo appears on your iPhone screen. Wait while the logo disappears automatically after a while.
Step 3: This will reset your iPhone automatically and won’t ask you for any settings. Your iPhone may prompt you to enter passcode.
Step 4: Once the resetting process concludes, your iPhone will reboot and reset process will conclude.
Use iPhone Settings to reset iPhone without restoring:
This is also an easy method to reset iPhone without restoring or connecting to your PC. You don’t need iTunes to reset your iPhone using this method as well.
Step 1: Go to Settings in your iPhone or iPad. If you don’t know where settings are, you can search it from spotlight. Spotlight is the search feature of iPhone/iPad. Search for Settings app and then select General.
Step 2: Now tap ‘Reset’ in the General settings. In Reset you will find many options. To reset your iPhone to factory settings, tap the option ‘Erase all Content and Settings.’
Step 3: Now your iPhone will ask you for confirmation to reset your iPhone. Tap ‘Erase iPhone’ to confirm selection. Now iPhone will delete all the data, files and media on your iPhone. It will also reset all the settings so make sure to back up beforehand if you want to restore later on.
if you want to reset settings for a certain feature of your iPhone, then you don’t need to reset your iPhone completely i.e. use the ‘Erase all Content and Settings.’ There are many other options that let you reset only a part of your iPhone settings under reset settings. Use ‘Erase all
Content and Settings’ only if you want to set your iPhone back to factory settings or erase all personal data and customizations.
Otherwise, you can individually reset the following settings on your iPhone or iPad: Reset Network settings, Reset keyboard dictionary, reset home screen layout or reset location and privacy. This way you won’t need to backup and restore your iPhone completely later.