Summary: This post guides you to the best methods to factory reset the iPhone without the Apple ID and password. It also shares a professional tool — Stellar iPhone Eraser that can help wipe iPhone without using Apple ID.
iPhone factory reset is essential when you want to sell off your old iPhone or troubleshoot the iOS device issues, such as iPhone freeze, iPhone stuck at booting loop, stuck at Apple logo, etc. But what if you have forgotten your Apple ID?
Apple ID is not just required to sign in to iCloud account, App store, etc., but also needed to factory reset iPhone and iPad.
So how to reset iPhone without Apple ID?
Lets’ explore the methods to reset iPhone without Apple ID and password. Also, learn how you can recover your Apple ID password and then attempt a factory reset on your iPhone or iPad.
You can utilize iPhone Recovery Mode and iTunes on your computer to reset the iOS device without Apple ID. Another easier method to permanently delete everything on iPhone that doesn’t require your Apple ID is by using Stellar iPhone Eraser software.
While you can also choose to reset the forgotten Apple ID and password and then later factory reset the iOS device with the new Apple ID.
Important: As Factory Reset deletes everything on iPhone, always backup your data before reset. If you haven’t and already reset your iOS device, you can download Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone on your computer to restore the lost data due to factory reset.
You can factory reset iPhone without Apple ID or password by using Recovery Mode. Make sure to have the latest iTunes installed on your already trusted computer.
Step 1: Update iTunes on your PC/Mac to the latest version.
Step 2: Connect your iPhone/ iPad to the computer via USB cable.
Step 3: Put your iPhone/ iPad to Recovery Mode. Note: The steps will vary with your iPhone/ iPad model.
|How to put your iPhone to Recovery Mode|
iPhone 8, iPhone X, or later: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Then, press and hold the Side button until you see the recovery mode screen.
iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPod touch: Press and hold the Top (or Side) and Volume Down buttons at the same time. Keep holding them until you see the Recovery Mode screen.
iPhone 6s or earlier, iPad with Home button, and iPod touch: Press and hold both the Home and the Top (or Side) buttons at the same time. Keep holding them until you see the recovery mode screen.
iPad models that don’t have a Home button: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Press and hold the Top button until your device begins to restart. Continue holding the Top button until your device goes into Recovery Mode.
Source: Apple support
Step 4: iTunes detects the DFU mode and alerts you. Click OK in the message box.
Step 5: In iTunes, click Summary.
Step 6: Select Restore iPhone on the right pane.
Step 7: Click Restore to confirm.
iTunes factory resets your iPhone without Apple ID. This will delete all your photos, videos, contacts, messages, chats and other data, same as in normal factory reset process using iPhone settings, which requires Apple ID.
Stellar iPhone Eraser software is another secure way to permanently erase complete iPhone data when you have forgotten Apple ID and password. The software wipes iPhone as new without using the Apple ID.
Stellar iPhone Eraser is popularly used to reset iPhone before selling, donating, or exchanging so that no one can gain access to your personal data.
You can permanently delete photos, videos, audio, contacts, messages, passcodes, documents, third-party apps and other data from iPhone.
It sets the iOS device to the original factory settings. The software works with all iPhone variants including 11 Pro, 11, XS MAX, XS, XR, X, 8, and below. It supports iOS versions 6.0 to 13.2.
Step 1: Download and run Stellar Toolkit for iPhone on PC/Mac.
Step 2: Select Erase Data.
Step 3: On Erase iPhone Data screen, click Next.
Step 4: Connect your iPhone to the computer when prompted.
Step 5: Click Erase.
Step 6: In the Erase Process dialog box, select Yes.
Step 7: In Data Erase Completes dialog box, click OK.
All the data gets erased permanently beyond recovery from your iPhone or iPad.
Apple ID password is necessary to use iPhone applications and services. So if you are not planning to sell off your iPhone or iPad, it is best to first recover the forgotten Apple ID password and then reset your iOS device using the ‘Erase All Content and Settings’ option in the iPhone Settings.
You can use iPhone Settings, Apple Support app, Find My iPhone, or visit Apple account page to recover lost Apple ID password.
Once you recover the Apple account password, follow the below steps to reset iPhone with the new Apple ID.
3. Enter the new Apple password and click Erase iPhone.
Without the Apple ID and password, you cannot reset your iOS device through the traditional ‘Erase All Content and Settings’ method. Either you recover the forgotten Apple ID and password or use any of the two methods shared above to factory reset the iPhone without Apple ID.
You can put the iPhone to Recovery Mode and use iTunes on your computer to reset the iOS device without Apple ID. Other than this, a simpler way to permanently delete everything on your iPhone is by using Stellar iPhone Eraser software. The software doesn’t ask for Apple ID through the process. It quickly resets your iPhone or iPad and brings it to original settings by erasing complete data on it.
Nishat Paiker is an expert technical writer and editor with over 8 years of experience. She has deep knowledge about data recovery and loves to explore new technology and DIY tools. Nishat has keen interest in photography. You will often find her giving photography tips and hacks.
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