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If you want to wipe everything from your iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, or iPhone 13 Pro and start from scratch, you’ll need to perform a factory reset.

Factory resetting your iPhone 13 will wipe your device’s data and revert it back to its original settings. This is useful if you’re planning to trade-in your phone, sell it or donate it, or if you’re having issues and you think starting over might help improve its performance.

Before you factory reset your iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, or iPhone 13 Pro Max, there are some steps you’ll want to take in order to prepare yourself and your device for the process.

The first thing you’ll want to do is update your Mac with the latest version of macOS. This is an optional step, but it could certainly help. If you own a Windows computer, you’ll want to update as well.

If you’re currently running macOS Mojave or older on your Mac, and you don’t want to upgrade, you’ll want to download the latest version of iTunes.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll want to backup all of the information stored on your iPhone. If you don’t want to keep the data saved on your phone, you can skip this step.

Finally, you’ll want to turn off Find My iPhone. Here’s how to do that on iOS 15:

  • 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.

With those steps complete, you’re ready to factory reset your iPhone 13.

How to Factory Reset iPhone 13

If you are using a Mac that’s running macOS Monterey, macOS Catalina, or macOS Big Sur, you’ll now want to open up Finder on your Mac. 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 15.
  • Wait for your iPhone 13 to restart.

Once your iPhone 13 restarts, it will have reverted back to its factory settings and you’ll be ready to do whatever it is you plan to do.

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Install iOS 15.7 for Better Security

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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