How to Factory Reset an iPhone 5 in iOS 9

When upgrading to a new iPhone model, you are often presented with the choice of giving the old device to someone else. But your iPhone can contain a lot of personal information, so it is a good idea to restore that iPhone to its factory default settings. This removes your accounts and data from the device, and makes it easier for the new user to configure the iPhone with their own information.

Our tutorial in this article will show you where to find the reset options for your iPhone so that you can delete all of your content and settings.

 

Resetting an iPhone 5 to Factory Defaults in iOS 9

The steps in this guide were performed on an iPhone 5, in iOS 9.3.

Please note that these steps are going to erase everything on your iPhone. This includes apps that you have downloaded, pictures that you have taken, documents and notes stored on the device, settings, accounts, etc. The most common reasons to perform this task is because you are getting rid of your iPhone, or as a last attempt to fix a problem that you are otherwise unable to resolve. If you think that you will need some of the data on your iPhone at a later time, then this article will show you how to make a backup of the device. Once you realize everything that you will lose from your iPhone by completing this process, continue with the guide below to factory reset your iPhone 5.

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open iphone 5 settings

 

Step 2: Scroll down and select the General option.

iphone 5 general

 

 

Step 3: Scroll to the bottom of the menu and tap the Reset option.

tap reset button

 

 

Step 4: Tap the Erase All Content and Settings button.

factory reset iphone 5 in ios 9

 

 

Step 5: Enter your device passcode (if one is currently set for the device.)

regular device passcode

 

 

Step 6: Enter your Restrictions passcode (if one is currently set for the device.)

restrictions menu passcode

 

 

Step 7: Tap the Erase iPhone button to confirm that you are ready to restore the device to factory settings.

confirm erasing iphone 5

 

 

It will take a few minutes for the iPhone to delete everything on the device. When you next turn it on, you will be greeted with the setup guide that appears when you first start using a new iPhone.

If you are ready to get rid of your iPhone, then check out the mobile phone trade-in program at Amazon. This can be a simple and easy way to get good value for your used iPhone.

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