If you want to sell your older iPhone to others, I strongly suggest that you have reset your device to factory settings. Or, you got a second-hand iPhone with a passcode but you didn't know, you need to reset it in order to get access to it. In other case, you also need to do a factory reset if your iPhone is disabled or locked when you forgot the passcode or entered the wrong password for many times.
According to Apple official support files, you can use iTunes to do a iPhone restore and then set up your device as new. But what if you don't have an iTunes? In this guide, 3 easy methods are introduced to help you factory reset iPhone without iTunes.
Note: A factory restore will erase all the settings and information on your iPhone and install the newest iOS version on it, so please make sure that you've backed up all data on your device if you don't want any data loss.
1. Factory Reset iPhone without iTunes via Settings
Instead of using iTunes, you can easily factory reset iPhone without iTunes in virtue of the Settings option on your device. The following is the quick steps on how to do it.
Step 1. Open your iPhone and go to the "Settings" > "General" > "Reset";
Step 2. Choose the "Erase All Content and Settings" option;
Step 3. Enter your passcode and select the "Erase iPhone" to confirm the action.
2. Factory Reset iPhone without iTunes via Cloud
Another method to restore iPhone is to take advantage of iCloud 'Find My iPhone' feature on your device. If you've turn on this feature, you can then easily erase your device remotely. Now follow the guide below to reset iPhone to factory settings in a few clicks.
Step 1. Please enter www.icloud.com on the browser of your PC. Sign in your iCloud account with right correct Apple ID and passcode;
Step 2. Press the "Find iPhone" option and select your device from "All Devices";
Step 3. Click on the "Erase iPhone" button and it will efface all the information on your device.
3. Factory Reset Locked iPhone without iTunes via TunesKit iOS System Recovery
Though the first two method can help you factory reset iPhone without iTunes, but they also have their own limitations. The former needs you to enter the screen passcode while the latter requires that you've enabled the 'Find My iPhone' feature as well as remembering your Apple ID and passcode. What if you forgot your password or your 'Find My iPhone' feature is not on? You can refer to the method I'm talking about. That is, using a third-party iPhone restore tool such as TunesKit iOS System Recovery.
Using TunesKit iOS System Recovery can be the best choice to factory reset iPhone without passcode or iTunes. With it, you can easily restore your iPhone to the factory settings in a few steps. You don't have to to install the iTunes application on your computer, nor even you forgot iPhone passcode. No matter it's a 4-digit or 6-digit one, Touch ID or Face ID, etc. TunesKit iOS System Recovery can do an advanced restore for you. Additionally, this software supports supports almost all iOS devices and systems, including the latest iPhone 11 Pro, XS, XR, and iOS 12.3, etc.
TunesKit iOS System Recovery Key Features
- Reset iphone to factory settings without iTunes or passcode
- Offers Advanced Mode and Standard Mode
- Easy to use with a friendly interface
- One click to enter the recovery mode for free
- Lifelong free update and technical support
Now read the following instruction on how to factory reset iPhone without iTunes or passcode with TunesKit and get started.
Step 1 Launch TunesKit iOS System Recovery
Launch TunesKit iOS System Recovery on your PC or Mac computer and then connect your iPhone to it with a USB cord. Click the "Start" button to begin once the program detects your device.
Step 2 Choose repair mode and download the firmware
In this step, choose the Advanced Mode to factory reset your iPhone and then click the "Download" button on the next page. TunesKit software will start to download and verify the iOS firmware package for your device.
Step 3 Start to reset iPhone to factory settings
After the download is done, just click the "Repair" button and TunesKit will do a deep restore for your iPhone. Wait a few minutes until the process comes to an end. You can then set your device as a new one.
Summary & Extra Tip
When you want to factory reset your iPhone, but you don't have iTunes, you can then follow these 3 solutions. No matter which method you choose, you must be aware that all the data will be erased. So please do a backup for your important data before taking any of the solutions. In case you forgot to back up your data or your iPhone data is lost unexpected, please don't worry, you can still use TunesKit iPhone Data Recovery to get it back immediately.
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