How to factory reset your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

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

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

Back up your device

Make sure you’ve backed up your device so 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

Forgotten 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’ll need to contact your network provider to reactivate your mobile plan.

Wait for your device to be erased

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

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

If you still need help, contact Apple Support.

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