Resetting your iPhone SE 2nd generation to factory settings can be useful if you have forgotten your passcode and cannot access your device. A factory reset will erase all data and settings on the device and restore it to original factory conditions. This process can be completed without needing the passcode by using iTunes or iCloud.
What you need before starting
Before factory resetting your iPhone SE 2nd generation, there are a few things you will need:
- The iPhone SE 2nd generation you want to reset
- A computer with iTunes installed (latest version)
- A USB to Lightning cable to connect your iPhone to the computer
- An active internet connection
- Your Apple ID username and password
Ensure you have access to these before beginning the reset process. If you do not use iTunes or have an Apple ID, you can skip ahead to the iCloud factory reset method.
Back up your iPhone data (optional)
Before erasing your iPhone, it is recommended to back up your data so you have a copy if needed. Connect the iPhone to a computer with iTunes installed and make an encrypted backup. This will save your device data, settings, media, and other information. To back up your iPhone:
- Connect your iPhone SE 2nd generation to a computer using a USB to Lightning cable
- Open iTunes on the computer
- Select your connected iPhone from the top right corner of iTunes
- Go to the Summary tab
- Click “Back Up Now” and wait for backup to complete
- Enter your passcode if prompted
This will create a full backup that can be used to restore your data if needed after the factory reset. Encrypting the backup provides an extra layer of security for sensitive data.
Factory reset with iTunes
Using iTunes to reset your iPhone SE 2nd generation will completely erase the device and install the latest iOS software. Follow these steps:
- Connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable
- Open iTunes on the computer
- Select your iPhone from the top right corner of iTunes
- Under Summary, click Restore iPhone
- A confirmation will appear, click Restore again to confirm
- Enter your passcode if prompted
- iTunes will download software and restore your iPhone to factory settings
The device will reboot a few times during this process. Once finished, it will be at the Hello screen ready to be set up like new. You can then stop using the USB cable and set up the iPhone as you want. This method requires a computer with iTunes but allows full factory reset without a passcode.
Factory reset from iCloud
If you don’t have access to a computer and iTunes, you can also factory reset your iPhone SE 2nd generation remotely using iCloud. This method requires your iCloud account login details to complete. To factory reset from Find My iPhone:
- On a web browser, go to https://www.icloud.com/
- Login with your Apple ID username and password
- Click Find iPhone at the bottom of the webpage
- A list of your Apple devices will appear. Select your iPhone
- Click Erase iPhone at the bottom of the page
- Enter your Apple ID password when prompted
- Click Erase to confirm and wait for the process to complete
It can take several minutes for the remote wipe to go through. The iPhone will reboot itself a few times and be factory reset once finished. This method allows passcode reset without a computer through iCloud online.
Set up factory reset iPhone
With your iPhone SE 2nd generation now reset to default settings and wiped, you will need to reconfigure it before use:
- Complete the onscreen setup process and prompts
- Connect to WiFi and login with your Apple ID
- Turn on important settings like Bluetooth, notifications, etc.
- Sign in to iCloud to sync data and backups
- Download apps from the App Store
- Import media data like photos, videos, music
- Restore an iTunes or iCloud backup if available
Take your time setting up the device to get it working just the way you want. Your iPhone SE 2nd generation will now be running like new after the factory reset.
Reset iPhone without Apple ID
If you do not have access to the Apple ID on your iPhone SE 2nd generation, you have a couple options to factory reset it:
- Erase in iTunes – Connect to a computer and click Restore which will not require Apple ID
- Recovery mode – Press certain buttons to force reset the device without ID
Using recovery mode is more complex but can reset the device without iTunes or an Apple ID. To enter recovery mode:
- Make sure your iPhone is turned off
- Press and hold the Home button while connecting your iPhone to your computer via USB
- Keep holding the Home button until you see the Recovery mode screen
- You can now restore via iTunes which will factory reset the iPhone without your Apple ID
This recovery mode process forces the device into a state to accept a factory reset. Use this method if you don’t know the Apple ID password.
Reset iPhone disabled screen
If your iPhone SE 2nd generation is stuck on the disabled screen asking for the passcode, you cannot access the device. Use these steps to reset it from recovery mode:
- Force restart your iPhone – quick press Volume Up then Volume Down then press and hold side button
- Keep holding side button when you see the recovery mode screen
- Connect your iPhone to your computer via USB while in recovery mode
- Open iTunes and do a factory restore which will reset the disabled screen
This will bypass the disabled screen you cannot get past due to forgot passcode. The device will be restored to factory settings so you can set up a new passcode.
Reset iPhone using third party tools
Some third party apps and tools claim they can unlock a disabled iPhone or bypass the passcode screen. Examples include iMyFone LockWiper, Tenorshare 4uKey, and Dr.Fone Unlock. Using these tools has potential risks:
- Software tools may not work and are not always reliable
- Apple does not authorize or support third party passcode unlocking
- Some tools can be malicious and compromise device security
- Apple may disable device functionality if unauthorized unlock attempted
It is recommended to use official Apple reset methods like iTunes and iCloud instead of third party tools. But if in a bind, research reputable solutions that claim to unlock or reset iPhones without a passcode.
Reset iPhone using Find My app
Apple’s Find My app is another official way to factory reset an iPhone remotely. This requires the Find My app to be installed and enabled on the device in advance. To use Find My app:
- On a computer or another iOS device, open Find My app or iCloud.com/find
- Login with your Apple ID that is connected to the lost iPhone
- Select your iPhone SE from the devices list
- Choose Erase iPhone to initiate remote factory reset
Just like using Find My iPhone on iCloud.com, this will send the wipe signal to your device and reset it. The iPhone will need to be online and signed in to Find My app for this method to work.
Reset iPhone without computer
If you don’t have access to a computer with iTunes to reset your iPhone SE 2nd generation, you still have options to factory reset it:
- iCloud find my iPhone
- iOS reset from Settings app
- Recovery mode to force reset device
You can initiate a remote wipe from iCloud online which does not require a PC. Or use the built-in reset option in Settings which erases the device directly. Recovery mode is also an option without a computer.
To reset iPhone from Settings:
- Go to Settings > General > Reset
- Tap Erase All Content and Settings
- Enter your passcode if prompted
- Tap Erase Now to confirm and wait for process to complete
- Your iPhone SE will reboot and be factory reset when finished
This will accomplish the reset without needing a computer or iTunes. As long as you can access the device to get into Settings, you can erase and restore it.
Lost or stolen iPhone factory reset
If your iPhone SE 2nd generation was lost or stolen and you want to secure the device, performing a factory reset is important. This will wipe the iPhone and ensure no one has access to your private data.
You can reset a lost or stolen iPhone SE remotely using these methods:
- iCloud Find My iPhone webpage – Erase device
- Find My app – Erase device
- Change iCloud password – Signs out Apple ID on device
- Two-factor authentication – Generate app-specific passwords
Erasing the iPhone will revert it to factory settings so no one can use your information. Changing your iCloud password will also sign out your account on that device for extra security.
Enabling two-factor authentication prevents new logins without verification codes too. Use all measures at your disposal to protect data on a lost or stolen iPhone.
Check iPhone is fully erased
To ensure your iPhone SE 2nd generation was fully factory reset, you can double check these items:
- Asks for Hello screen during setup
- No longer shows your Apple ID signed in
- All apps and data have been deleted
- No longer appears in your iCloud Find My list
- Shows default wallpaper
- Lost mode and activation lock have been removed
Browsing through the reset iPhone also shows all traces of your information are erased. These signs indicate the factory reset succeeded in wiping the device.
iPhone SE data erasure methods
A factory reset of an iPhone SE will use various methods to erase data from the device:
- Overwriting – Fills storage with junk data at least once
- Trim command – Instructs SSD chips to wipe data
- Encryption – Generates new encryption keys erasing old data
- Secure enclave – Resets device identifiers and keys
Combined these techniques make data recovery nearly impossible. A factory wiped iPhone SE 2nd generation will have all user content and information erased beyond recovery.
Recover erased iPhone data
If you reset your iPhone SE and then realize you still need some of the erased data, there are a few options to try recovering it:
- Restore from iTunes or iCloud backup – Most reliable source of original data
- Use iPhone data recovery software – Scans device for recoverable data remnants
- Retrieve iCloud synced data – Photos, messages, notes may be downloaded from iCloud
- Check computer sync history – iTunes may have old sync session available to restore
Recovering recently erased iPhone data is sometimes possible if you act quickly. A cloud or local backup will provide the most complete way to restore your information after a factory reset.
Fix issues from resetting iPhone
In some cases, factory resetting your iPhone SE 2nd generation may cause new issues to appear. Here are some potential problems and fixes:
- iPhone stuck on Apple logo – Put into recovery mode and restore
- Lost cellular service – Reconfigure network settings
- Touch ID not working – Re-add fingerprints
- Battery drains quickly – Replace battery if needed
- Cannot sign into iCloud – Use account recovery options
- Errors restoring backup – Retry with different cable, computer or WiFi
Most issues after resetting an iPhone are fixable. You may need to re-enter your Apple ID password or update software. Common problems are often easily remedied.
Prevent others from resetting your iPhone
To prevent someone else from being able to factory reset your iPhone SE without your permission, you can take these steps:
- Use a strong passcode
- Enable USB restricted mode
- Restrict erase permissions
- Check Find My iPhone and Activation Lock are on
- Turn off USB accessories in lock screen
Strongpasscodes prevent access to initiate a reset. USB restricted mode blocks data connections from computers. The other measures block resetting capabilities as well. Keep your iPhone secure from unwanted factory resets by others.
Remove iPhone from iCloud before selling
If you plan to sell or give away your iPhone SE 2nd generation, you’ll want to factory reset it and remove iCloud activation lock so the new owner can set it up freely. Follow these steps:
- Backup your iPhone data first
- Sign out of iCloud and App Store
- Erase all content and settings
- Check that Find My iPhone is disabled
- Remove device from your iCloud account
This will prepare the device with a clean factory reset so it can be sold and set up with a new iCloud account. The new owner will not be blocked from using it.
Factory reset iPhone before repair
When you need to take your iPhone SE 2nd generation in for repair, you may want to factory reset it beforehand. Here are some key reasons why:
- Protect personal data and privacy
- Prevent issues updating software later
- Speed up the backup and restore process
- Ensure technician can access to diagnose issues
- Clear up storage space on the device
Erasing your iPhone before repair protects your information. It also lets the technician start fresh diagnosing problems. Reset in advance of sending your device for repair.
Factory resetting your iPhone SE 2nd generation clears all data and settings and lets you start fresh. This can be accomplished without a passcode by using iTunes, iCloud Find My iPhone, or recovery mode. Erasing an iPhone before selling, repairing, or troubleshooting helps protect your privacy.
Be sure to backup important iPhone data in advance. Then use the step-by-step guides outlined here to wipe your device and restore to factory default settings. Your iPhone will be ready to configure like new.