How to factory reset your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

Find out 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 follow these steps to unpair your devices.

Tap Settings > General > Transfer or Reset [Device]

Then tap Erase All Content and Settings. 

    Erase All Content and Settings from your iPhone

If asked, enter your passcode or Apple ID password

Then confirm that you want to erase your device. Forgotten your passcode or Apple ID password?


Wait for your device to be erased

Depending on your device, it can take a few minutes for it to be completely erased. 


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

If you still need help, contact Apple Support.

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