How To Reset iPhone From Backup To Restore, All The Steps

It can happen, at some point in your life, that you have to reset your iphone for some kind of problem or simply because you want to sell it. With the reset, the device returns to the factory settings, and all the information contained therein and the customized settings established during the time of use are deleted, making it in fact “virgin” and clean. The procedure differs depending on the operating system used: let’s see in particular how to reset an iPhone.


  • What does it mean to reset the iPhone
  • How to reset iPhone from computer
  • How to reset iPhone from phone
  • How to reset iPhone without erasing data
  • How to backup iPhone via iCloud
  • How to backup iPhone via Mac
  • How to backup iPhone via Windows pc

What does it mean to reset the iPhone

As anticipated, resetting the iPhone means performing a factory reset involving deleting information and settings from the iPhone (or iPad or iPod) and installing the latest version of the iOS, iPadOS, or iPod software.

There are two ways to initialize the iPhone: from settings, or by connecting iPhone to a computer via a USB cable and using the Finder or iTunes. The first method is the simplest, in the second case to proceed you need to use a Mac or a PC to connect the iPhone and make sure of the following requirements:

  • Make sure your Mac or pc is up to date
  • Make a backup if you want to save the information and data contained in the iPhone
  • Disable the “Where is” option

How to reset iPhone from computer

How to reset iPhone from computer
How to reset iPhone from computer

To delete all the data contained in the iPhone via a computer, you can use both a Mac and a Windows PC. In both cases it is necessary to connect the iPhone to the computer with a USB or USB-C cable, after which you must:

  • Turn on the iPhone
  • From Mac with macOS 10.15 or later, click the Finder icon in the Dock to open a Finder window
  • Click the iPhone button in the sidebar, under Locations
  • Click “General” at the top of the window and “Restore iPhone”
Restore iPhone
Restore iPhone

On a Mac with macOS 10.14 or earlier or on a Windows PC, on the other hand, you need to:

  • Turn on the iPhone
  • Open iTunes
  • Click the iPhone button in the upper left of the iTunes window
  • Click “Summary”, then click “Restore iPhone”.

The computer may ask for the code of the iPhone or the computer itself, which must be kept handy.

How to reset iPhone from phone

As mentioned, you can also reset the iPhone directly from the phone settings. To do it:

  • Access the settings
  • Tap on “General” and then on “Transfer or erase iPhone”

At this point you can choose between two different options:

  • Prepare your data and settings for transfer to a new iPhone: tap “Get started”, then follow the onscreen instructions. When finished, go back to Settings> General> Transfer or Erase iPhone and tap “Erase Contents and Settings”.
  • Initialize all data on iPhone: proceed directly with the reset by tapping on “Initialize contents and settings”.

How to reset iPhone without erasing data

You can also restore the iPhone to its default settings without erasing its contents. In this case, the device will revert to factory settings, but everything in it – from photos to other data – will be kept. To do this, you need to:

  • Access the settings
  • Tap on “General” and then on “Transfer or erase iPhone”
  • Tap on “Initialize”

At this point it is possible to choose between:

  • Reset All Settings: All settings, including network settings, keyboard dictionary, location settings, privacy settings, and Apple Pay cards, are removed or reset to the default version. Data and media files are not deleted.
  • Reset network settings: All network settings are removed. Also, the device name assigned in Settings> General> About is reset to “iPhone” and manually trusted certificates (such as those for websites) are set to untrusted. Cellular data roaming may be disabled. By resetting the network settings, previously used networks and VPN settings not installed through a configuration profile or mobile profile management (MDM) are removed. The Wi-Fi functionality was disabled and then re-enabled, disconnecting the iPhone from any network it had previously connected to. The Wi-Fi and “Request to join networks” settings remain active.
  • Reset keyboard dictionary: You can add words to the keyboard dictionary by rejecting the words iPhone suggests when typing. When you restore the keyboard dictionary, only the words added later are deleted.
  • Restore Home Screen Layout: Restores the original layout of the built-in apps on the Home screen.
  • Reset Location and Privacy: Reset the location and privacy settings to their original settings.

How to backup iPhone with iCloud

Whether you want to initialize the iPhone (i.e. completely erase its contents and restore it to factory settings) or simply reset it while keeping the data, it is essential to back up your data before proceeding.

The backup allows you to keep the appearance of the iPhone at the moment before the reset, and to bring it back to that moment in case something goes wrong.

iPhone can be backed up via iCloud or via computer. Let’s first see how to backup via iCloud :

  • Go to Settings> [Your Name]> iCloud> iCloud Backup
  • Enable “iCloud Backup”

iCloud automatically backs up your iPhone every day when the device is plugged into a power source, locked out, and connected to Wi-Fi. To make a manual backup, tap “Back up now”.

To view iCloud backups, simply access settings, tap your name, then “iCloud” and “Manage account space”, followed by “Backup” again. To delete a backup just choose one from the list and tap “Delete and disable backup”.

How to backup iPhone from Mac

To back up your iPhone via Mac you need to:

  • Connect iPhone and Mac via a cable
  • In the Finder sidebar on the Mac, select iPhone
  • At the top of the Finder window, click “General”
  • Select “Back up all iPhone data to Mac”
  • Click “Back Up Now”

How to backup iPhone via Windows pc

Even in the case of a Windows PC, to make the backup it is necessary to connect the iPhone to the PC via cable.

Once done you need to:

  • Launch iTunes on the PC
  • Click the iPhone button at the top of the iTunes window
  • Click on “Summary”
  • Click “Back Up Now”
  • To view the backups stored on your computer, just choose Edit> Preferences, then click Devices

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Abram left his e-business studies to devote himself to his entrepreneurial projects. In 2017, he created the company Inbound Media and wrote articles about high-tech products for his Chromebookeur site. In 2019, Chromebookeur was renamed Macbound and became a general purchasing advice site. Today, Abram manages the development and growth of Macbound, surrounded by a young and talented team.

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