How to factory reset your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Learn how to securely erase information from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and restore your device to factory settings.

If you also need to securely erase your Apple Watch, you can use these steps to unpair your devices.

Back up your device

Make sure to back up your device so that you can restore your data later.

Tap Settings > General > Transfer or Reset [Device]

Tap Erase All Content and Settings.

Erase All Content and Settings from your iPhone

If asked, enter your passcode or Apple ID password

Forgot your passcode or Apple ID password?

Confirm that you want to erase your device

If you have an eSIM, you can choose to erase your eSIM or keep it. If you erase your eSIM, you need to contact your carrier to reactivate your cellular plan.

An iPhone showing the items that are removed if you erase your device

Wait for your device to erase

It might take a few minutes to completely erase your data.

If you can't erase your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

If you still need help, contact Apple Support.

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