How do you hard reset a locked iPhone?

Answered by Ricardo McCardle

To hard reset a locked iPhone, there are a few methods you can try. However, please note that a hard reset will erase all data on your iPhone, so it’s important to have a backup if possible. Here’s a detailed guide on how to perform a hard reset on a locked iPhone:

1. Use iTunes:
– Connect your iPhone to the computer you usually sync with.
– Open iTunes (or Finder if you’re using macOS Catalina or later) and select your iPhone when it appears.
– In the Summary tab, click on “Restore iPhone.”
– Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the restore process.

2. Use iCloud:
– On a computer or another iOS device, go to and sign in with your Apple ID and password.
– Select “Find iPhone” from the main menu.
– Click on “All Devices” and choose the locked iPhone from the list.
– Select “Erase iPhone” to initiate the factory reset process.

3. Use Recovery Mode:
– Connect your iPhone to the computer and open iTunes (or Finder on macOS Catalina or later).
– Force restart your iPhone by pressing and holding the power button and either the volume up or volume down button until you see the recovery mode screen.
– iTunes/Finder will prompt you to restore or update your iPhone. Choose the “Restore” option.
– Wait for the process to complete, and your iPhone will be reset to its factory settings.

It’s worth mentioning that the steps may slightly vary depending on your iPhone model and the iOS version you’re running. If you encounter any issues or have a different iPhone model, I recommend visiting Apple’s support website or contacting their customer support for further assistance.

Performing a hard reset on a locked iPhone involves using iTunes, iCloud, or entering recovery mode. Remember that a hard reset will erase all data on your iPhone, so it’s crucial to have a backup beforehand if possible.