How do I reset my stolen iPhone?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

If your iPhone has been stolen or lost, it’s important to take immediate action to protect your personal data. One of the first steps you should take is to remotely factory reset your iPhone. This will erase all the data on your device and prevent unauthorized access to your personal information.

To remotely factory reset your stolen iPhone, you can use the Find My iPhone feature provided by Apple. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it:

1. First, go to on any web browser on a computer or another iOS device.

2. Sign in with your Apple ID and password. Make sure you use the same Apple ID that is associated with the lost or stolen iPhone.

3. Once you’re signed in, you will see the Find My iPhone interface. Click on the “Find my iPhone” icon.

4. On the next screen, you will see a map displaying the location of your devices. Look for your lost or stolen iPhone in the list of devices and click on it.

5. A pop-up window will appear with several options. Click on “Erase iPhone”.

6. A warning message will appear, informing you that erasing your iPhone will delete all data on it. Confirm your decision by clicking on “Erase”.

7. Your iPhone will now be remotely erased. This process may take a few minutes, and during this time, your iPhone will display a message saying it has been lost or stolen.

By following these steps, you have successfully initiated a factory reset on your stolen iPhone. This will remove all your personal data, including contacts, messages, photos, and apps, making it difficult for anyone to access your information.

It’s important to note that once you have remotely erased your iPhone, you will no longer be able to track its location using Find My iPhone. Additionally, if you had previously set up Activation Lock on your device, the thief will be unable to activate your iPhone without your Apple ID and password.

If your iPhone has been stolen or lost, taking immediate action is crucial. By remotely factory resetting your device using the Find My iPhone feature, you can protect your personal data and make it harder for unauthorized individuals to access your information.