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How to Reset iPhone without Apple ID

Before selling your old iPhone, to prevent leaking your personal data, you’d better reset your iPhone’s contents and settings on your iPhone. But you may forget your Apple ID or passcode. Or you may just buy a second hand iPhone and you want to reset the iPhone. But you are asked for the Apple ID and passcode of previous owner. There will be many other cases that you need to reset iPhone without Apple ID. How to do that? In this article, we will show you how to reset iPhone 6s/6s plus/6/6 plus/5s/5c/5/4s/4 without Apple ID.

You may ask why iPhone needs the Apple ID to reset it. Actually, iPhone needs you to enter the Apple ID to switch off your account and the Find My iPhone service will be turn off. If you are using iTunes to reset your iPhone, you need to enter the Apple ID when your iPhone reboots.

To reset iPhone without Apple ID, you need first put iPhone into DFU mode and connect it to your iTunes. Your iTunes will help you to reset your iPhone without entering Apple ID easily. Resetting your iPhone with this method will result in wiping all the data in your iPhone. So do this when you have to do.

Part 1. How to Reset iPhone without Apple ID

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and then turn it off.

Step 2. Put your iPhone into DFU mode. Press and hold the home button and power button at the same time for 10 seconds. Then release the power button and keep holding the home button. If you see the Apple logo disappear, you successfully put your iPhone into DFU mode.

Step 3. At this time, your iTunes will pop-up a window to notice you that your iPhone is in recovery mode and you need to restore it.

itunes iphone in recovery mode

Step 4. Follow the steps of iTunes to restore your iPhone. After that, you have reset your iPhone without Apple ID.

restore iphone with iTunes

Part 2. How to Recover Data from iPhone

If you don’t remember Apple ID and you want to recover data from a reset iPhone, the only way is recovering iPhone data from iTunes backup file. iPhone Data Recovery software can do that for you. It can find the iTunes backup file on your computer and scan it to recover data in it.

Step 1. Scan iTunes Backup File

Run this recovery software on your computer and choose the second option on the main interface “Recover from iTunes Backup File”. You will see all the iTunes backup files on your computer listed here. You can just choose the iTunes backup file you want to recover from and click “Scan” button. The software will scan and analyze it.

itunes backup file list

Step 2. Preview and Recover iPhone Data

Once the software finishes the scanning, it will list all the data in the iTunes backup file on the interface. You can easily preview the data you want to recover. Select all the data you want to get back and click “Recover” button. All the selected data will be recovered and saved to your computer.

scan result text messages

That’s all for resetting iPhone without Apple ID and how to get back data after you wiped your iPhone. After you reset your iPhone, remember create a new Apple ID and remember it in somewhere you can find in future.