How To Restore iPhone To Factory Settings Without iTunes

There are a number of reasons why you might want to restore your iPhone factory settings. If for some reason your iPhone isn’t working properly or maybe you are selling it. If you are away from your computer, it’s very easy to restore your iPhone to factory settings. Simply follow these steps. As a reminder, make sure that you have synced all of you data to your computer. Following these directions will restore your iPhone back to the way it was when you first cracked open the box. That means all of your data and personal information will be deleted.

Restore iPhone factory settings

With all the necessary warnings out the way, here’s how to restore your iPhone to factory settings without iTunes:

  • Tap on ‘Settings’. If it’s on on your homescreen, swipe to the right and type the first few letters to find ‘Settings’
  • Select ‘General’
  • Scroll to the bottom where it says ‘Reset’
  • You’ll be presented with a number of options. The nuclear option is to ‘Erase All Content and Settings’
  • Your iPhone will remind you that you’ve selected ‘Erase iPhone’ and this will delete all media and data, and reset all settings.
  • You’ll be asked if you “Are sure you want to continue? All media, data, and settings will be erased. This cannot be undone. If you are completely sure, select the big red button to ‘Erase iPhone’

That’s it, you’ve completely restored your iPhone to factory settings.¬†With iOS 5, you can easily set-up your iPhone without iTunes. So even if you are on vacation, you can restore your iPhone to its factory settings and set it up, all without a computer.

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  1. Shannon says

    Hi I have tried this so many times and I just get stuck with the blank screen and the white circle I have done it for over six hours and nothing has happened… I have also tried the iTunes way as well an I can not restore it at all… I can’t not take it back to the shop as I recently jail broke it, hence to why I want to restore factory settings… I just seem to be going round in circles and nothing is happening… I have the iPhone 3GS and it’s version is the latest one… Please can anyone help me to either a different way of restoring it which I may put out there a successful and easy and quick way!! Or how to remove the jail braking thing off it!! Please help!

  2. Braden galvan says

    Just plug it to a wall charger and when it’s plugged in hold down the home and the power button for 40 seconds and it will put it in recovery mode then ITunes will recognize it in Recovery mode and then you can restore it

      • says

        This is what Apple provides as information to fix a 3194 error.

        Error 1004, 1013, 1638, 3014, 3194: These errors may be the result of the connection to being redirected or blocked. Follow these steps to resolve these errors:

        Install the latest version of iTunes.

        Check security software. Ensure that communication to is allowed. Follow this article for assistance with security software. iTunes for Windows: Troubleshooting security software issues.

        Check the hosts file. The restore will fail if there is an active entry to redirect FollowiTunes: Advanced iTunes Store troubleshooting to edit the hosts file or revert to a default hosts file. See section “Blocked by configuration: (Mac OS X/Windows) > Rebuild network information”.

        Try to restore from another known-good computer and network.

        If the errors persist on another computer, the device may need service.

  3. Bekky j says

    I need help I for got my pass code and yet I don’t hav iTunes and want to get it unlocked again help me plz

  4. Joshi says

    my iphone 3gs 15 gb.. Ios may be 3.1 or something not latest. i did jail break a year ago to download software free of cost. 2 day ago i face some problems in application so i did restore (erasing all data and media) without connecting to computer. When the iphone starts it is freezes on showing apple logo only. i tried holding home and power button withing connecting itunes. But this only shows the apple logo only. nothing happend. Please help me out……

    • R0tten says

      That’s a no no…. Never use this function on the iPhone if you have a jailbreak. The only thing you can do (as of now) is restore in iTunes. Sorry bro.

  5. Joshi says

    Follow the below steps and you are all set no worries:
    1- shutdown your iphone with the hard reset “home button and power for 10 second”
    2- connect the usb cable to the pc but NOT to the iphone”
    3- open itunes
    4- while the iphone is off, press the home button for 5-10 seconds then plus the other end of the white connection cable into the iphone
    5- do not remove your finger from the home button
    6- itunes will detect it and you can now restore it

    I got this info from a good teacher it worked fine for me. Hope it helps you too.

  6. Kelrash says

    Hi, I did the reset following this guide. Now my Iphone 4 is stuck on the white apple logo . Can you help me please I will need my phone in a few days :/

  7. Sam says

    Well my kid was playing with my iphone5 , and what he did , he never remembers which menu he entered and the phone is on the mode of the deaf people , the phone always telling what to do as it it appears on the screen. I tried to reset it but the screen is not sliding up and down it need to put the finger on the screen and slide the finger and when it comes to the end of the page on the screen, it doesn’t show the other item of the menu and it stops as an end and I can’t access to the reset menu in the setting
    Please help me what to do to access to the reset in the general

  8. jamie dowden says

    itunes is a simple down load all u need to do is go to and select the download and so on and so for

  9. Elijah gamble says

    How do you restore one iPads data to another iPad because I have 2 and one is cracked they are all ready set up and I don’t wanna delete any data because they both have important data

  10. Zoe says

    Been staring at loading screen for a while. My on/off button fell of my 3GS. I also jailbroke the thing and it was full of rip off apps. I do not have itunes. How do I reset it?

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