I recently found myself needing to reset an iPhone 6 to its factory defaults. There is some useful stuff to have if you’re trying to do this:
- the passcode for the phone
- the AppleID with which the phone is associated
- an iTunes installation
- an Internet connection capable of downloading the iPhone software image in 15 minutes
It turns out the first two are optional given the last two, or at least a reasonable facsimile. If you don’t have the last one, you have to fake it. Here’s how I spent my first day of funemployment compensating for some Apple engineer failing to consider that it might be nice to download a file before you need to use it.