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One of the most useful features on modern devices, including iPhones, is the ability to factory reset them. This erases all of the custom information, settings, photos, and apps on the device and sets it to its default factory state. Typically, you do this when you’re preparing to sell or recycle your phone, or if you’re trying to repair a serious issue. The whole process takes several minutes to complete, though it can take longer in some circumstances.

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1. Know the Risks

Before you factory reset your iPhone, you should know the risks of doing so. Many iPhones have default settings that require a unique unlock code after a reset, which locks many people out of their phones. However, there are ways around this. Additionally, if you don’t have a backup of your information, you can lose all the photos, videos, apps, and documents that you may keep on your phone.

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