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How to Hard Reset An iPhone Without Using A Computer

If you’re reading this article to find out how to hard reset iPhone, let me first ask you this, "have you tried out all other methods possible?" If you haven’t I suggest you try some other methods and once you’ve exhausted all options, only then return here. I’m saying this because a Hard Reset, also known as a Factory Reset, should be your last attempt at fixing your iPhone because it leads to a complete loss of all your data, settings, etc. You can of course backup your iPhone prior to the reset, but you also need a lot of patience and time to perform a hard reset properly.

A hard reset can be attempted for one of several reasons:

  1. When your iPhone freezes and you don't know how to get it back to normal.
  2. When all or some of the functions on the iPhone don't work correctly.
  3. You suspect or have conclusive evidence that your iPhone has been attacked by a virus.
  4. You want to sell your iPhone to another person and want to wipe it clean before handing it over.
  5. For one reason or another you want to completely erase your iPhone.

Officially speaking, there are two methods to perform a hard reset:

  1. Via iTunes: However this method requires you to use a computer. Read More: How to Factory Reset iPhone >>
  2. Erase All Contents And Settings: This is the other method to perform the hard reset, and it can be done directly from the iPhone. You can read on to learn how to use this method.

Part 1: How to hard reset iPhone without computer

This is the ideal option to go for if you don’t want to use a computer. It is very easy to follow and can be done in the iPhone itself.

How to hard reset iPhone via "Erase all Contents and Settings":

Step 1: Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings.

Step 2: You’ll receive a prompt asking you to confirm if you want to continue, tap on "Erase" yet again.

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Step 3: Now your iPhone will reset and restart as if it were brand new!

While this method is easy, there are a few things you should keep in mind while trying this:

  1. This method will erase all the data in your iPhone. So be sure about whether this is what you want.
  2. Maintain a backup either in iCloud or iTunes, or using iOS Data Backup and Restore. iCloud and iTunes are the official means of keeping backup, however they backup everything in a lump, and you can’t make a selective decision. With iOS Data Backup and Restore you can selectively choose to backup only what you want.
  3. Ensure that you remover the SIM card and SD card before the reset. This is just a security measure to ensure that the hard reset doesn't damage any data you may have on these cards.
  4. If you want to sell your iPhone, you need to disable Find My iPhone before proceeding the hard reset. Otherwise, the new owner of the device will have much trouble to bypass the iCloud activation lock.
  5. Even though the hard reset will delete all your data from the iPhone, there are always evidences showing that the data wiped by factory reset can be recovered with right tools. So if you want to sell your iPhone, it's better to use a professional phone erasing tool to completely wipe your privacy. Check Part 2 for detailed information.

Part 2: How to hard reset iPhone with Full Data Eraser (Permanently wipe your iPhone)

While the previous method is the simplest means of preforming a hard reset, it does leave traces of your private data behind, which can be retrieved by someone using certain third party apps, as mentioned earlier. If you’re performing a hard reset in order to sell the iPhone or give it to someone else, then you should be sure that your private data can never ever be retrieved by anyone. You can never be careless with your privacy. As such you should use a tool called dr.fone — iOS Full Data Eraser.

This tool is ideal for anyone who is concerned about their privacy as it can weed out all traces of your data from your iPhone so that no one can ever find it. You can completely trust the tool because it has been created by one of the most reliable and well acclaimed companies in the world - Wondershare.

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How to hard reset iPhone with Full Data Eraser:

Step 1: Connect your iOS device to your computer using a cable.

Step 2: Select "iOS Full Data Eraser" from the dr.fone main menu.

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Step 3: The software will immediately detect your iOS device and model.

Step 4: Click on "Erase" to start getting rid of all traces of your data. You’ll receive a prompt for confirmation. Click on "Erase Now."

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Step 5: Now all you have to do is wait for your entire system to be cleaned!

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Voila! You’ve performed a complete hard reset and now none of your data can be recovered by any software. Your iOS device can now be given away to anyone you want!

Part 3: For More Help

If you’re still suffering from certain problems or errors that can’t be fixed with the given solutions then you can use one of the following given methods to help solve those issues:

  1. iOS System Recovery: This is a tool that can detect your iOS version and device model, and then it automatically scans your entire device for any and all problems and fixes it. The great thing about this is that it leads to no data loss and is thus completely safe! You can read this guide on how to use iOS System Recovery.
  2. DFU Mode: This is another extreme method. It is extremely effective and can solve pretty much any problem, however it leads to all your settings and data being lost. It is also a little more complicated than the other methods in this article. As such you should approach this method with caution. You can read the following guide on How to Enter and Exit DFU Mode of Your iOS Device.
  3. If, while using the "Erase all Contents and Settings" method, you forget the passcode for your iPhone, you can learn how to factory reset iPhone without passcode.

So now you know the different methods about how to hard reset an iPhone without a computer. You also know how you can make sure that no one can ever retrieve the data in your iPhone. Do let us know whether these suggestions helped you, and whether you’d like to know anything else. We’d love to hear from you!

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