How to Hard Reset iPhone Without Computer

Thinking about hard resetting your iPhone? Read this guide to learn what a hard reset on your iPhone is and how to hard reset iPhone without computer and what happens next.

Demi by Demi Updated April 8, 2024
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iPhone has now become an integral part of our lives, storing essential data and serving as our go-to device for communication, entertainment, and productivity. However, like any other electronic device, iPhone can also go wrong due to hardware and software problems. Traditionally, it requires a hard reset with a computer, but did you know that you can also accomplish this task without one?

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In this guide, I'll explain what hard reset iPhone is and what happens when you hard reset your iPhone. If you find that you have to do a hard reset, you can also learn the detailed steps in the latter part of the article.

Part 1. Are You Get Ready to Hard Reset iPhone?

What is a hard reset on iPhone? A hard reset, also known as a factory reset, is an operation that restores your iPhone to its original system status. It will effectively destroy software errors and all data stored on the device. 

Generally, when you find that your iPhone is not working well, you can choose to do a soft reset to try and fix it. If it doesn't work, you can force restart iPhone. If the problem persists, you have no choice but to hard reset iPhone.

Preparation: Backup your iPhone Before Hard Reset

Since all data on the iPhone will be erased after a hard reset, it is necessary to backup iPhone previously. Of course, you don't want to say goodbye to all your information, do you? Both iCloud and iTunes provide backup solutions.

• To backup iPhone via iCloud: Go to Settings > your account iCloud > iCloud Backup > Turn on iCloud Backup > Tap Back Up Now to create a backup immediately. The iCloud backup may fail due to not enough space.

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• To backup iPhone via iTunes: Connect iPhone to computer and run iTunes > Click the Device tab > Go to Summary > Select This Computer > click Back Up Now.

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Now, let’s go to the next part to learn how to hard reset iPhone without computer or iTunes.

Part 2. How to Hard Reset iPhone Without Computer

It’s very easy to factory reset iPhone without computer by going to your iPhone Settings app.

Step 1. Go to iPhone Settings app > Tap General > Choose Transfer or Reset iPhone option (Choose Reset in earlier iOS).

Step 2. Tap Erase All Content and Settings > Enter your passcode to confirm the operation.

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When it is finished, your iPhone will restart. You can set up iPhone as usual and restore the latest backup to restore data.

Part 3. Deeply Erase iPhone on Computer via FoneTool

If you have a computer on your hand, it’s more recommended to utilize professional iPhone data management tools like FoneTool, especially when you want to sell your iPhone to another person and want to wipe it clean before handing it over, or clear memory space on your iPhone.

The Data Eraser tool in FoneTool helps you hard reset your iPhone and delete data several times to make sure that the privacy files on the iPhone are not at risk of being restored.

You can click the button below to download FoneTool to your computer, and follow the steps below to erase iPhone deeply and permanently.

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Step 1. Plug in your iPhone to computer via USB > Launch FoneTool > Tap Trust on your iPhone.

💡 Just in case, you can fully backup iPhone via FoneTool in advance by going to Phone Backup > Full Backup to make it.

Step 2. In FoneTool, choose Toolbox > Click Data Eraser > Click Get Start under Erase all data.

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Step 3. Tick the first option. As per your needs, you can choose to tick the other options below.

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Step 4. Finally, click Erase Data and wait for the task to finish.

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As you can see, FoneTool also offers you an option - Erase private data, which enables you to erase iPhone photos, music, audiobooks, call history, etc.


In conclusion, learning how to hard reset iPhone without a computer can be useful in various situations. Whether you encounter software glitches or simply want to restore your device to its original state, the methods outlined in this guide offer practical solutions.

Additionally, for those seeking a more comprehensive erasure process, tools like FoneTool provide a convenient way to deeply erase your iPhone's data. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can confidently navigate the process of hard resetting and erasing your iPhone without relying on a computer.

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