Factory resetting your iPhone 12 will erase the data on the device and return the device to its original settings. This is helpful if you’re planning to trade in, sell, or gift your phone to a third party, or if you’re having trouble and think starting over might help.
Before you factory reset your iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max, there are some steps you should take to prepare yourself and your device for the process ahead.
The first thing you’ll want to do is update your Mac with the latest version of macOS (or Windows if you’re using a PC). This is an optional step, but it can help.
If you’re currently using macOS Mojave or older and don’t want to upgrade to the latest version of macOS, you’ll need to download the latest version of iTunes.
Once you’ve done that, you’ll want to back up the information stored on your iPhone. If you don’t want to keep the data on your phone, you can skip this step.
And finally, you’ll want to turn off Find My iPhone. Here’s how to do that:
- Go to the Settings app.
- Tap your name/account at the top.
- Tap Find My.
- Tap Find My iPhone.
- Turn off Find My iPhone.
Now you are ready to factory reset your iPhone 12.
How to factory reset iPhone 12
If you’re using a Mac with macOS Catalina, macOS Big Sur, or macOS Monterey, you’ll want to open Finder now. If you are using older software, open iTunes. From there, follow these steps.
- Connect your iPhone to your computer.
- If you receive a message asking for your device passcode or to trust this computer, follow the steps on your screen. You must complete this before you can start the reset process.
- Select your iPhone from the sidebar in Finder or iTunes.
- Click Restore iPhone.
- Click Restore again to confirm that you want to continue. From here, your computer will erase the data on your iPhone and install the latest version of iOS.
- Wait for your iPhone to reboot.
Once your iPhone has rebooted, it will be back to factory settings.
4 reasons not to install iOS 15.4.1 and 11 reasons why you should
Install iOS 15.4.1 for better security
If security is important to you, then you should definitely consider installing Apple’s iOS 15.4.1 update right away.
iOS 15.4.1 has one new security patch on board and you can read more about it on Apple’s website† It helps protect your phone from damage.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. To learn more about these patches, visit: Apple’s security site for the details†
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more information, visit Apple’s security page†
If you missed iOS 15.3, you will also get the corresponding patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches for iPhone users. If you are interested in the details, you can read more about it here†
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you will get the security patch with your upgrade. More information about the switch can be found at Apple’s website†
If you missed Apple’s iOS 15.2 update, you’ll get the 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about it on the company security site†
iOS 15.2 also included some significant privacy upgrades. The software brought the company’s app privacy report to Settings. This lets you see how many times your apps accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts, and more in the past seven days. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 . brought Apple’s communications security features for children. You’ll find these features in the Messages app, Siri, Spotlight, and Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.4.1 will bring the security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about it at Apple’s website†
If you missed iOS 15.0.2, you will also get the security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it here†
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you’re moving from iOS 14 and you’re interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read more about them at Apple’s security website†
Apple has updated its website with new information about iOS 15’s suite of security patches. The company now says the software has fixed an issue that could have exposed a user’s personal Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also states that iOS 15 has fixed an issue that allowed apps to override privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or an older version of iOS, you will also receive the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.4.1 update.
In addition to these patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades, including improvements to Siri. Requests to Siri are now processed on the device itself with Neural Engine. This makes it safer.
If you’re an Apple Card user, you now get a security code that changes regularly to use when transacting online.
Apple has also added a built-in authenticator similar to Google Authenticator. Allows you to generate verification codes for enhanced login security under your passwords.
There is also a Mail feature that hides your IP address.