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.

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. Forgot your passcode or Apple ID password?


Wait for your device to erase

Depending on your device, it can 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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