Factory restore iPhone 5

Factory restore iPhone 5

Reset Passcode, app, user information & iOS

If you forgot your iPhone passcode or want to resale it or buy it from other person and want wipe out all user information and apps you can bypass the passcode lock screen and delete all data completely and reset the your iPhone 5 by using iPhone recovery mode.

Instructions for Resetting the iOS iPhone 5

  1. Disconnect the USB cable from the iPhone, leave the other end connected to your Mac/PC
  2. Launch iTunes
  3. Press and hold the Home and Power button on the top of the iPhone to turn off the device
  4. Press and continue to hold the Home button while you reconnect the USB cable to your iPhone, this will cause the iPhone to turn on
  5. Continue to hold the Home button until an alert message in iTunes appears that an iPhone in recovery mode has been detected

This is the general message you will see:

iPhone recover mode message
iPhone recover mode message

Having Trouble? Alternate Instructions for Resetting the iOS Passcode

This is another reader provided alternate approach to initiate the recovery process, it’s similar but requires the device to be turned off first. If for some reason you are having problems with the repair shop method above you can try this instead:

  1. Turn the iPhone OFF by pressing and holding the Power button until the device powers off
  2. Attach the USB cable to the computer and launch iTunes – do not connect the iPhone yet
  3. Hold down the Home button, and while continuing to hold it connect the iPhone to the computer via USB
  4. While continuing to hold the Home button, the iPhone screen will turn on and show an iTunes logo and a USB cable
  5. When an alert box opens in iTunes indicating that a device has been detected in Restore mode, now let go of the Home button
  6. Click the “Restore” button in iTunes – if a local firmware file is found it will restore immediately, otherwise it will download the appropriate firmware from Apple’s servers
  7. Now just wait until Restore is completed, the device will boot as if it was brand new

Once the phone has booted, you can either use it as brand new or initiate a recovery from a backup. A backup is necessary if you wish to restore personalization data like Contacts, apps, SMS, photos, and phone numbers. iCloud will do that for you so long as the device was routinely backed up to iCloud and that the same Apple ID is used during the setup, but a backup stored in iTunes will also work. If you are only looking to restore apps and not personal data, simply use the same Apple ID and then launch the App Store to download the apps again to that device.