Factory reset is a useful function that exists on all smartphone and tablet. Certainly, iPhone is not an exception. There are a number of cases that you should reset the iPhone. The most common one is that you are going to sell or give it to someone. If the phone runs slowly or malfunctions, then reset is also an effective way to solve the problem.
Generally, there are four ways to reset an iPhone. But you have to input the right Apple ID and password if you chose to reset it with the phone itself or with iCloud. So if you forgot your Apple ID password, then you should look alternative ways to get it fixed. In the next section of this article, I will introduce two easy ways to reset iPhone without inputting Apple ID during the process. However, "Find My iPhone" should be disabled on the device in default.
If you have never synchronized with iTunes or you had not activated the option "Find My iPhone", the ultimate solution we have, and the more laborious is to put your iPhone in "Recovery mode". To do this you must take the following steps.
Step 1: Connect iPhone to computer with USB cable.
Step 2: Launch iTunes on your computer and turn off your iPhone.
Step 3: Hold Home button and Sleep button at the same time until you see a screen with iTunes and USB cable icon
Step 4: Finally, iTunes will tell us that it has detected a device in "Recovery Mode" and ask to accept. Then click on “Restore” button and wait for the process being completed. A few minutes later, the iPhone will be reset and all the data on the phone was erased permanently.
The above method works for the people who are familiar to iTunes. However, it would be a big challenge for those who have never used iTunes in their life. Luckily, there is another way out to reset the iPhone with Apple ID. The app is called iOS Data Eraser. It is more simple and effective.
Step 1: Download and install iOS Data Eraser on a computer. It can be a PC or Mac. Open the program once installation was finished.
Step 2: Connect your iPhone to computer with USB cable and make sure iTunes is installed on the computer.
Step 3: There are a couple of options displayed on the main screen once you opened the program. In this case, please select "Erase All Data", which is the same as factory reset a device.
Step 4: Type delete to confirm the operation and click "Erase Now". The whole device will be wiped totally in a couple of minutes. All your private data on the phone will be gone forever.
Apple ID is very useful and that gives us an extra privacy in our daily lives, preventing others to easily access our device without our permission. On the other hand, we should not select a complex password, which is hard toremember. It is always best to write down Apple ID and Password in a safe place, which you can find easily if you need.
Another tip is very important, enable "Find my iPhone" on your phone. If you have lost your iPhone, then you can easily wipe the device remotely from iCloud.com or from any other iPhone, iPod or iPad with your Apple ID. Finally, it is highly recommended to make a backup of our device with iCloud. Once done, the device will automatically make copies each day.