How to Factory Reset iPhone Without Apple ID

Reset your iPhone like a pro, even without your Apple ID password.

You might be wondering, “Why on earth would I want to factory reset my phone?” Well, there can be several reasons. First, if you want to trade it in or sell it, you’ll want to wipe your existing data clean. This ensures that the next person receiving the phone won’t be able to access any remnants of your data, especially if it’s private.

A factory reset is a process where all personal data on your phone is erased, making your phone as good as new. Factory resetting an iPhone requires authorization with your Apple ID and password. If you want to factory reset your phone but can’t recall the said credentials, then things can get a bit tricky.

In this post, we are going to address just that. Here are a few methods, or rather, workarounds, to reset your iPhone using your Apple ID and password.

If you prefer to watch a video tutorial, here’s one that teaches you how to perform a factory reset using the Tenorshare 4uKey tool, a tool which we will also discuss in the following content.

1. Quickly Reset iPhone Without Apple ID Password Using an App

One of the easiest ways to factory reset an iPhone without an Apple ID and password is by leveraging a tool or an app. One such tool is the Tenorshare 4uKey iPhone Unlocker. This app is robust and is capable of unlocking the iPhone screen, or the iPhone itself, in the absence of an Apple ID and password, and much more.

Tenorshare 4uKey’s Features:

Here are some of the notable features of the app:

  • Removes various screen passcodes, including Face ID and numeric passcodes.
  • Bypasses the MDM login screen and removes the MDM profile without needing credentials.
  • Safe to use with minimal errors.
  • Works with iOS 17/ iPadOS17 and recent iPhone models.
  • Allows users to unlock iOS devices with reliability.
Step-by-Step Guide:

Now, in order to perform a factory reset on your iPhone without the Apple ID and password using Tenorshare 4uKey, here are the steps to follow:

  1. Install Tenorshare 4uKey on your computer from the official 4uKey website.
  2. 4uKey Download and Install Screen
  3. Open the software and connect your iPhone to your PC.
  4. Click on the “Start Remove” button.
  5. 4uKey Start Remove Button
  6. Follow the prompt to download the firmware package.
  7. Wait for the process to complete.
  8. 4uKey Firmware Download Completion

2. Reset iPhone Without Apple ID and Password Using iTunes

Another alternative way to reset your iPhone without an Apple ID and password is with the use of iTunes. This method is geared more towards Windows users, and you need to have iTunes installed. To download iTunes for your Windows computer, check out this page.

  1. Launch iTunes on your PC and sync your iPhone to iTunes.
  2. Once your iPhone is detected, head straight to iPhone icon and then to Summary.
  3. Next, choose “Restore iPhone” and then “Restore iPhone without Apple ID.”
  4. Wait for this process to complete, and you’ll be done!
  5. iTunes Restore iPhone Screen

One of the drawbacks of this method is that it requires you to put your iPhone into recovery mode. It can be a bit technical if you are not very tech-savvy.

3. Factory Reset via iPhone’s Settings

This third method of factory resetting your iPhone requires no apps to be installed and no iTunes is needed. All you have to do is go into the settings and erase all data on the phone right from there. However, this method requires the “Find My” feature on your iPhone to be disabled. To disable it, your Apple ID and password will be required. So, if you don’t have them, tough luck.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on General and scroll down to reset.
  3. Tap on Erase all Content and settings. You’ll be prompted to enter your passcode, so be sure to do that!
  4. Next, tap on Erase iPhone to confirm.
  5. iPhone Erase Settings Screen

4. Factory Reset iPhone Without a Computer Using the Find My App

Here’s one more way to factory reset your iPhone. It requires no computer, meaning no need for iTunes or an app to be installed. However, for this method to work, you will need to know your Apple ID and password, and also have “Find My” enabled.

  1. On another iOS device, open the "Find My" app and sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  2. Tap or click on “Find iPhone” and select your iPhone from the list.
  3. Once you see “Erase this Device,” tap on it and enter the Apple ID password to confirm.

Wrapping Up: Which Method is the Best?

Well, there’s no best method per se. It all boils down to whether you are tech-savvy or not, whether you have your Apple ID and password, and whether you have “Find My” enabled or not. If you want to bypass all these considerations and avoid the hassle to get it done easily, then use the Tenorshare 4uKey app.

To wrap it up, let me try to answer some of the questions you might have regarding factory resetting your iPhone, especially when you don’t have the Apple ID and password.

Does a Factory Reset Remove Everything from an iPhone?

Yes, as mentioned above, it does remove everything. But remember, you can always back up your data beforehand and restore it afterward so you don’t lose anything.

Is it Possible to Factory Reset an iPhone without an Apple ID?

It’s challenging. Typically, you’d need the Apple ID password to turn off Find My iPhone and unlink the device. Some third-party tools claim to bypass this, but always proceed with caution.

How Can I Reset My iPhone Using Only the iPhone Buttons?

You can initiate a hard reset by pressing and holding specific buttons until the Apple logo appears. However, note that this doesn’t equate to a factory reset (wiping all data) on the phone. The exact buttons vary based on your iPhone model. More details here.