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How to Factory Reset iPhone 6/7/8/X/11: Fix It in 5 Ways

Updated by Brian Davis on Dec 26, 2022 6:00 PM • Category: Restore iPhone
6 mins read

A majority of users get very interested in Apple's newly launched iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, are preparing to sell iPhone 11 or other iPhone in their hands. Then resetting the device to factory settings will be an ideal choice. In addition, this is very effective troubleshooting method for some iOS-based persistence software issues.

After restoring iPhone to factory settings, it will automatically restart, then your iPhone appears brand new from the software perspective, and will complete the standard new setup program like all new iOS devices. At this time, you can choose to restore from backup if you have created backups to iTunes or iCloud beforehand.

In this post, we will outline five easy ways for you to learn how to factory reset iPhone with passcode or when it's locked and you forgot the password, starting from the somplest one.

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Part 1. Video Demo: How to Factory Reset iPhone 6/7/8/X/11

Before exploring how to reset iPhone 6 to factory settings, you could watch the video first. In this video, we have tried to reset the iPhone to factory settings using TunesKit iOS System Recovery and iTunes when your device is locked.

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Part 2. How to Do a Factory Reset on iPhone 6/7/8/X/11

Here's an important reminder you should know before resetting: All data and settings stored on your device, ranging from notes, app data, to photos, videos, music, and others, will be removed. The following emthod will specifically use the iPhone to implement data deletion and factory reset. It means that the whole process will be done on the iPhone via Settings without having to connect to a computer on the premise that you can normally get access to the phone.

Step 1: Power on iPhone and enter the passcode to unlock the device.
Step 2: Head to Settings > General > Reset and tap on Erase All Content and Settings.
Step 3: Tap Erase to confirm when a warning message pops up and then enter the password of your device and Apple ID info as required.
Step 4: Wait for a while until your iPhone completes reset.

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The time it takes to reset the iPhone on the device depends on the model, and you will see a rough estimate from the warning box, but the time to fully restore the device can range from several minuts to more than an hour. And your iPhone will not be operated while resetting as all the files will be cleared.

Part 3. How to Factory Reset iPhone 6 without Passcode

Sometimes if you have entered the wrong passcode for too many times or you just forgot the password and then it will lock you out. To fix it, you need to reset iPhone to factory settings under the condition that you don't need to enter the passcode. Next we have tested three methods to help you factory reset iPhone 6 without password.

Solution 1: Factory Reset iPhone 6 with iCloud

Now we will show you a solution on how to factory reset iPhone 6 without password. If you lost your iPhone 6 unexpectedly and accepted the truth that any stored data will be inaccessible, you can simply follow the instructions below to erase the device remotely.

Step 1: Visit, then enter your Apple ID and tap the Find My iPhone option.
Step 2: Tap All Devices and select the iPhone you want to erase.
Step 3: Choose Erase iPhone to finish the process of resetting iPhone to factory settings.

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Solution 2: How to Factory Reset iPhone 6 with iTunes

There's another solution to factory reset iPhone without passcode. Before starting, make sure that your have backed up the data on your iPhone 6 to iTunes. If you have turned Auto-sync on under ther condition of being connected to a computer, your device will start backing up anytime. The specific operation method is identical as follow.

Step 1: Launch iTunes on your computer, and then connect your iPhone to the computer that you've ever synced with.
Step 2: Click the device icon on the iTunes interface and then click Restore iPhone... in the Summary panel.
Step 3: Choose the Restore option again to confirm and then iTunes will reset your device and start installing the most recent version of iOS system.

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Note: This method is also workable when you still rememeber the passcode. So you can use iTunes and any computer, and then you need to Trust This Computer on your iPhone and follow the onscreen steps to enter the password of your device.

Solution 3: How to Factory Reset iPhone 6 via Recovery Mode

This method has been tested as useful when the aformentioned are not working. And it's easy to factory reset iPhone without password through Recovery Mode and the following is how.

Step 1: Use an original USB cable to connect your iPhone to a PC or Mac computer and then open iTunes.
Step 2: Once your device is connected, you need to boot your iPhone to the recovery mode.
Step 3: Then iTunes will detect your iPhone in the recovery mode and go to choose the Restore option on iTunes.
Step 4: Wait until the restoration is done, and your iPhone will be reset to the factory resettings.

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Part 4. How to Factory Reset iPhone 6 without iTunes or Passcode

This might be one of the most efficient solutions on how to reset iPhone 6 when locked. There are many such applications that can help you out and TunesKit iOS System Recovery is a trustworthy and powerful one. It will help you remove any kind of screen passcode no matter it's numeric ones or more advanced Touch ID and Face ID.

Besides iPhones 11, its full compatibility also enables users to restore other models including the latest iPhone 14, iPad, or devices that're running the latest iOS 16, etc. Now just get the free download of this software and try it out. Here's how to factory reset iPhone without iTunes or passcode using TunesKit software.

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Step 1Connect your iPhone to the computer

Launch TunesKit program and connect your iPhone with a USB cord. Then select the Reset Device option.

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Step 2Select a mode to reset

Select the Factory Reset option to factory reset your iPhone 6 by using TunesKit iOS System Recovery.

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Step 3Download the firmware package

Confirm your device info and correct it if anything is wrong. Then click the Download button to start downloading and verifying the iOS firmware package that matched your device.

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Step 4Reset iPhone to factory settings

Once the download comes to the end, click the Reset button to factory reset iPhone without password. Wait a while until the process completes. Don't disconnect your device during the whole process.

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FAQs About Factory Reset iPhone 6

Will I lose any data after factory resetting iPhone 6?

Yes. You will lose all the data and content from your iPhone after factory resetting your iPhone. If you don't want to keep your data well, it would be a better choice for you to back up your iPhone before factory resetting it. If you have already lost the data, you can try using TunesKit iPhone Data Recovery to get your iPhone data back.

Is it possible to factory reset my iPhone 6 if I forgot the passcode?

Yes. You can use iTunes or TunesKit iOS System Recovery to factory reset your iPhone 6 without entering any passcode. However, if you want to use iTunes to make it, your iPhone should be synced with iTunes before. Using TunesKit iPhone Unlocker or TunesKit iOS System Recovery is the best solution for users to factory reset the iOS device without any passcode.


Now you've learned about how to reset iPhone to factory settings. And you can try the aforementioned solutions one by one until your problem is solved. If your iPhone is locked and you need to factory reset it, we highly recommend you to try TunesKit iOS System Recovery since it's easy and efficient. In case that there is any data loss issue occuring on your iPhone, turn to an efficient iOS data recovery tool such as TunesKit iPhone Data Recovery for help. It can recover up to 20 types of deleted data either from your iPhone directly or iTunes and iCloud backup.

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