"Can you factory reset a locked iPhone?"

Do you also want to know the answer to this question, for that your iPhone is locked and you want to reset it and regain access to it, or you want to sell this iPhone and erase your data, but are blocked by the screen lock and can't enter the Settings to reset your iPhone?

Don't worry, you're not alone, and here are 4 ways for you to factory reset locked iPhone.

Here is an overview of all methods.

Tool Recommendation Requirements Evaluation
Way 1: PassFab iPhone Unlocker ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Only a computer. It is easy to operate, no need of iTunes, screen passcode and Apple ID password, and can unlock iPhone within 5 minutes, 100% working.
Way 2: iCloud ⭐⭐⭐ A computer/other mobile device; Apple ID and password; Find My iPhone is enabled. Using iCloud needs Apple ID and password, and it requires that [Find My] is enabled. Otherwise, you can't use this method.
Way 3: iTunes ⭐⭐⭐ A computer; manually enter recovery mode; buttons of iPhone can be normally used. Using iTunes requires complicated key operations to enter recovery mode, and if your iPhone has a hardware problem, it is likely to be stuck in the recovery mode or the Apple logo screen.

Part 1: 3 Practicable Ways to Factory Reset Locked iPhone

Way 1: Factory Reset Locked iPhone with PassFab iPhone Unlocker

If you want to factory reset a locked iPhone without iTunes and Apple ID, then PassFab iPhone Unlocker is your best choice. It is a software specially designed for iPhone users to factory reset locked/disabled iPhone/unlock lock screen/remove screen time passcode/bypass MDM. It's a really powerful software, which can slove your problem 100%.

Key Features:

1. Factory reset locked iPhone without the need of iTunes.

2. Reset iPhone without the need of Apple ID and password.

3. No complicated key operation.

4. Won't cause other problems.

Video tutorial of factory reset locked iPhone with PassFab iPhone Unlocker

Text guide of reset locked iPhone with PassFab iPhone Unlocker

Step 1: Download, install, and launch this software to your Windows or Mac computer. Click "Start" to begin your operation.

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Click on "Next" and connect your iPhone to computer with USB.

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Step 2: Download the matching firmware before resetting iPhone. It just takes a while.

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Step 3: Click on "Start Remove" button to erase iPhone after firmare has been downloaded successfully.

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Step 4: Wait for a minute, then your iPhone will be factory reset successfully.

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Way 2: Wipe a Locked iPhone via iCloud

The second way you can use to factory reset locked iPhone is iCloud, provided by you know the Apple ID and password connected to the locked iPhone and [Find My] is enabled on iPhone. If you use this method, you can use another mobile device to factory reset iPhone without a computer. But if you don’t know the Apple ID password, unfortunately, you can’t use this method.

Here are how to reset iPhone when locked out using iCloud:

  • Search iCloud.com on your browser or another device and login your Apple ID.
  • Choose "Find iPhone" from the list.

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  • Then click "All Devices" and find the locked iPhone.
  • Choose "Erase iPhone" from 3 options.

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  • Click "Erase" and enter the Apple ID password again to confirm.

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Way 3: Restore iPhone to Factory Settings Using iTunes

iTunes is the third way you can use to restore locked iPhone to factory settings. But you need to put the iPhone into recovery mode if you want to use this method. Therefore, in order to enter recovery mode successfully, you need to make sure that your iPhone's buttons are normally to use and there are no hardware problems. Otherwise, your phone may get stuck in recovery mode or Apple logo screen.

Here are how to restore iPhone to factory settings with iTunes:

1. Put iPhone into recovery mode.

  • If you are using an iPhone 8 or newer model, you need to press the "Side" button and one of the Volume button, and release them when you see the Power off screen. Turn off your iPhone, then press and hold the "Side" button to connect iPhone to computer and enter recovery mode.
  • If you are using an iPhone 7/7 Plus, you should press and hold the "Side" button until you see the Power off screen. Then turn off your iPhone and press the "Volume Down" button to connect device to computer and enter recovery mode.
  • If you are using iPhone 6s or older model, you can press and hold the "Side" button till you enter the Power off screen. Turn off your iPhone, then press and hold the "Home" button to connect device to computer and enter into recovery mode.

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2. click "Restore" to factory reset your iPhone that is locked.

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Part 2: 3 Useful Tips about Reset Locked iPhone

1. Can a "factory reset" iphone still have an activation lock?

It depends on the situation. If you turned on [Find My] on your iPhone, after factory reset it, you may also meet the activation lock. If you didn't turn on it, iPhone won't have an activation lock after resetting. But if you meet the activation lock after factory reset your locked/disabled iPhone, you can use our PassFab Activation Unlocker to help you remove the activation lock within minutes.

2. How do I factory reset my iPhone if I have a screen time passcode?

When you set screen time passcode, you need to enter it when you want to erase all content and settings. If you forgot it, you can also use PassFab iPhone Unlocker to remove the screen time passcode without data loss. And you just need to download the software and choose "remove screen time passcode", then follow the on-screen buttons to remove it successfully.

3. How to hard reset iPhone on settings?

Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings > Erase Now > Enter screen passcode > Click "Erase iPhone" twice > Enter Apple ID password to confirm and tap on "Erase".

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Final Words

With immense research about factory reset locked iPhone, we conclude the above three easy methods. You can choose what works best for your needs. But if you want to factory reset your iPhone more quickly and efficiently, I recommend you to select PassFab iPhone Unlocker. It can give you multiple strategies in few clicks. Don't wait to download the helpful tool!

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  • Unlock 4-digit/6-digit screen passcode
  • Unlock Touch ID and Face ID
  • Unlock Apple ID/iCloud without password
  • Bypass MDM without username and password
  • Support iPhone/iPad and latest iOS 15 version