[3 EasyWays] How to Backup iPhone Before Factory Reset

This guide will tell you how to backup iPhone before reset. Whether you want to backup all your data or selected files, you'll find a way to do it here.  


By Lena / Updated on May 31, 2024

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Why Need to Backup iPhone Before Factory Reset?

You may need to do a factory reset or reset your iPhone to fix iOS errors before selling your phone. Before you reset your iPhone to a factory, remember to do one thing: backup your iPhone, for a factory reset will erase all content and settings on your iPhone.

If you have a complete backup, you can either save a lot of priceless data, or you can choose to restore the backup to the current iPhone or set up new iPhone from backup quickly after the reset. Here we'll show you how to backup your iphone before factory reset with 3 easy ways.

Backup Tool Effectiveness Difficulty
?FoneTool High - Fully/selectively backup iPhone data in one click. Super Easy
?iTunes Medium- Backup almost all apps and settings on iPhone. Moderate
?iCloud Medium- Offers 5 GB free storage for you to backup iPhone. Easy

How to Backup iPhone Before Factory Reset Easily

When it comes to iPhone backup, most people will first think of iTunes and iCloud, but in fact, these two methods are not so perfect. Fortunately, there’s one iTunes alternative for iPhone that offers an easier backup way. Let’s start to see how to backup iPhone before resetting.

Way 1. Backup iPhone Before Factory Reset with FoneTool

FoneTool is one iPhone data management tool for Windows users, you can backup all iPhone data with one-click, or selectively backup your iPhone photos, videos, contacts, etc to save your storage space. And with this tool you can check the backup files on computer anytime you want.

Best iPhone Backup Software
  • Flexible backup: iPhone full backup & selective backup
  • Quick transfer: One of the fastest iPhone backup tools.
  • True full backup: Back up all iPhone data and settings completely.
  • Secure backup: No data and privacy will be leaked during transfer.
  • Easy to use: Backup and restore data on iPhone to PC in one click.

Download FoneTool, and connect your iPhone to PC via USB cable. follow the steps below to backup iPhone data before reset. It supports all iPhone models and iOS version.

★How to Full Backup iPhone Before Reset

1. In the home interface, click Phone Backup function > Go to Full Backup and click Get Started.

Full Backup

2. If you want to backup private data such as Fitness records, Health, and Keychain, please enable backup encryption > Select a path to store your backup > Click Start Backup.

Start Backup

?TipFull Backup will backup all content and settings on your iPhone, such as photos, contacts, call history, text messages, calendars, system settings, and so on.

★How to Selectively Backup iPhone Data Before Reset

1. Click Phone Backup and go to Selective Backup.

Custom Backup

2. Then you can click an icon to view your data. Select the items you want to backup and click OK to continue.

Select Files

3. Select a path to save your files > Finally, click Start Backup.

Start Backup

When backup is complete, you can go to Backup History to manage your backup task. You can view your backup files, restore the backup to iPhone or delete the backups.  

Backup Management

?Tip: Selective Backup can help you back up only the important files. This not only saves storage space but also reduces backup time. What's more, it can also help you restore the selected files to your iPhone without erasing any data on your device.

Way 2. Save iPhone Before Factory Reset with iTunes

iTunes can help you make a backup package for your iPhone. You cannot select the data that needs to be backed up. If you want to know what data iTunes will back up for you, you can refer to what does iTunes backup include guide to get more info.

1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes on computer. Connect iPhone to computer while USB cable.

2. Find the Device tab in iTunes and click it. Choose Summary > Select This Computer.

3. If you want to save Health and Activity data, you should select the Encrypt local backup checkbox and create a password > Click Back Up Now to make it.

Backup iPhone with iTunes

Way 3. Backup iPhone Before Resetting Using iCloud

If you have no computer at hand, you can choose to backup iPhone with iCloud. Please make sure that you have enough iCloud storage to save all your data.

1. Connect your iPhone to a stable Wi-Fi network.

2. Go to Settings app > Tap [your name] > Tap iCloud > Turn on iCloud Backup.

3. Tap Back Up Now to create a backup at once.

iCloud Backup

Bonus Tip: How to Factory Reset iPhone without/with Apple ID

If you don't know how to factory reset iPhone effectively after backing up your data, don't worry, here are two effective ways for you. You can even erase iPhone without an Apple ID.

Way 1. Reset iPhone Without Apple ID and Password

If you possess the Apple ID and password, you can reset your iPhone to its factory settings. Now, let's explore the detailed steps.

1. Access Settings > Navigate to General > Choose Transfer or Reset [Device] > Select Erase All Content and Settings.

2. Opt for Erase iPhone > Confirm the action by selecting Erase iPhone > Enter your screen passcode.

Cellurar Data

3. It may be necessary to input your Apple ID and password to disable the Activation Lock and remove the device from Find My iPhone.

Way 2. Reset iPhone Without Apple ID and Password

If you can't turn on your iPhone or want to delete everything on iPhone completely, you can use FoneTool to erase iPhone without Apple ID and erase all your data. Here's how to use FoneTool to reset your iPhone without Apple ID.

1. Open FoneTool and click Toolbox> Data Eraser on the Home page.

erase iPhone

2. Go to Erase all data > Tick the option: I have understood the consequence of erasing data, and I am sure to erase data.

erase option

3. Click Erase iPhone.

degin erase

?Tip: If you want to delete only iPhone photos, videos, contacts, etc. to make more space, you can choose Erase private data to selectively delete some data.

Final Words

That’s all about how to backup iPhone before factory reset. Compared with iTunes and iCloud, FoneTool offers an easier way to help you backup the data you need to back up. Beforefactory resetting your iPhone, you can make aniPhone backup to external drive Windows 10 totake full control of your backup files.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via email or leave a comment to let us know. We will reply to you as soon as possible.

Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of FoneTool, she covers backup & restore, and phone data management and so on. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.