How To Factory Reset iPhone When Screen Is Broken

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If your iPhone has a broken screen, you may find yourself in a tricky situation. While some of the basic functions can still be accessed, resetting the device to its factory default settings may seem impossible. Fortunately, it’s actually quite easy to perform a factory reset on an iPhone with a broken screen.

The first step is to access your iCloud account using any web browser and log into your account. Once logged in, select “Find iPhone” from the menu options. This will take you to the All Devices page where you will be able to select your broken-screened device. Select “Erase iPhone” from this page and follow the instructions that appear.

The next step is to put your device into recovery mode by pressing and holding the volume buttons (up and down) until you see the computer logo on your screen — not the Apple logo — then connect it to iTunes or Finder on a computer. From here, you will be able to erase all content and settings from your device through iTunes or Finder.

Once the process is complete, all content and settings will have been removed from the device and it should now appear as it did when first purchased. It’s important to note that if you have never backed up your data before, this process will delete all data permanently without any way of restoring it — so make sure all important data is backed up prior to resetting!

We hope this guide has been helpful in showing how easy it can be to factory reset an iPhone with a broken screen!

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Factory Resetting an iPhone with a Non-Functioning Touch Screen

To factory reset an iPhone with a broken touch screen, you will need to use the Find My iPhone feature on First, go to and sign into your account. Then, select ‘Find iPhone’ and choose the ‘All Devices’ option at the top of the screen. Select your device from the list and choose “Erase iPhone”. This will initiate a factory reset on your device and delete all of its content and settings. If you have activated the “Find My iPhone” feature on your device before it broke, this should work without any problems. However, if you haven’t done that beforehand, then unfortunately you won’t be able to reset your phone this way without having access to its touch screen.

Wiping an iPhone Without Internet and a Broken Screen

You can wipe your iPhone without Internet and a broken screen by putting it into recovery mode. To do this, press the volume up button, then the volume down button, and keep holding the side button until you see the computer logo on the screen. Once in recovery mode, connect your phone to a computer with iTunes or Finder and follow the instructions to erase it. Depending on your version of iOS, you may be able to reset your device from within iTunes or Finder as well.

Forcing a Factory Reset on an iPhone

To force a factory reset on your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset [Device]. Then tap Erase All Content and Settings. This will delete all settings, applications, and data from your device and restore it to its original factory settings.

Factory Resetting an iPhone Using Buttons

To factory reset your iPhone using just the buttons, you’ll need to press and hold down the Side button and the Volume Down button at the same time. Keep both buttons held down until you see the Apple logo appear on the screen. Once you see that, release both buttons and wait for your iPhone to finish resetting itself. You may be asked to enter your passcode or Apple ID during this process.

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James Walker

James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.