If you’re preparing to sell your iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max or you simply want to wipe everything and start from scratch, here’s how to factory reset your iPhone 12.
Factory resetting your iPhone 12 will wipe the data stored on the device and it will revert the device to its original settings. This is useful if you’re planning to trade-in your phone, sell or donate it it to a third-party, or if you’re having issues and think starting over might help.
Before you factory reset your iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max, there are some steps you’ll want to take in order to prepare yourself and your device for the upcoming process.
The first thing you’ll want to do is update your Mac with the latest version of macOS (or Windows if you’re using a PC). This is an optional step, but it could help.
If you’re currently running macOS Mojave or older, and you don’t want to upgrade to the latest version of macOS, you’ll want to download the latest version of iTunes.
Once you’ve done that, you’ll want to backup the information stored on your iPhone. If you don’t want to keep the data saved on your phone, you can skip this step.
And finally, you’ll want to turn off Find My iPhone. Here’s how to do that:
- Head into the Settings app.
- Tap your name/account at the top.
- Tap Find My.
- Tap Find My iPhone.
- Toggle Find My iPhone to off.
Now you’re ready to factory reset your iPhone 12.
How to Factory Reset iPhone 12
If you are using a Mac that’s running macOS Catalina, macOS Big Sur, or macOS Monterey, you’ll now want to open up Finder. If you’re running older software, open up iTunes. From there, follow these steps.
- Connect your iPhone to your computer.
- If you receive a message asking for your device passcode or to Trust This Computer, follow the steps on your screen. You’ll need to complete this before you can initiate the reset process.
- Select your iPhone from the sidebar in Finder or iTunes.
- Click Restore iPhone.
- Click Restore again to confirm that you want to proceed. From here, your computer will erase the data on your iPhone and install the latest version of iOS.
- Wait for your iPhone to restart.
Once your iPhone restarts, it will have reverted back to its factory settings.
Install iOS 15.7 for Better Security
If security is important to you, you'll want to think about installing Apple's iOS 15.7 update right away.
iOS 15.7 brings 11 security patches along with it. If you want to take a look at the details, head over to Apple's security site for more.
If you missed iOS 15.6.1, it had two security patches on board which are essential if you want to keep your device and its data safe from harm. You can read more about the pair on Apple's website.
If you missed Apple's iOS 15.6 update, it had 30+ security upgrades on board. You can learn more about them right here.
If you missed iOS 15.5 it brought 27 new security patches to the iPhone. You can learn more about these patches over on Apple's security site.
If you missed iOS 15.4.1, it had one new security patch on board. You can read more about it over on Apple's website.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. If you want to learn more about these patches, head on over to Apple's security site for the particulars.
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more about it, head over to Apple's security page.
If you missed iOS 15.3, you'll also get its patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches to iPhone users. If you're interested in the details, you can read more about them right here.
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you'll get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about the change over on Apple's website.
If you missed Apple's iOS 15.2 update, you'll get its 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about them over on the company's security site.
iOS 15.2 also included some important upgrades to privacy. The software brought the company's App Privacy Report to Settings. This lets you see how often your apps have accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more during the last seven days. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 brought Apple's communication safety features for kids. You'll find these features in the Messages app, in Siri, in Spotlight, and in Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.7 will bring its security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about them on Apple's website.
If you missed iOS 15.0.2 you'll also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it right here.
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you'll be moving up from iOS 14 and you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.
Apple's updated its website with new information about iOS 15's batch of security patches. The company now says the software patched up an issue that could have exposed a user's private Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also says iOS 15 patched up an issue that allowed apps to override Privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.7 update as well.
In addition to those patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Siri. Requests made to Siri are now processed on the device itself using Neural Engine. This makes it more secure.
If you're an Apple Card user, you'll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions.
Apple's also included a built-in authenticator that's similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.
There's also a Mail feature that hides your IP address.
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