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How to Remove a Virus from Your iPhone

While it is extremely rare, iPhones can get infected with malware and viruses. However, this will only happen if you’ve ever clicked on a suspicious link or downloaded an app you didn’t get from the App Store. If you think your iPhone is infected, here’s how to remove a virus from your iPhone.

How To Remove a Virus from iPhone

  • Restart your iPhone

    One of the easiest ways to get rid of a virus is by restarting your device. You can restart your iPhone by holding down the power button until a “Slide to Power Off” knob appears (it should take around three to four seconds to appear).Touch the white button and slide the knob to the right to make the device turn off.

    To turn the device back on, just hold the power button until an Apple logo appears.

  • Clear your browsing data and history

    If you think you might have got a virus by clicking on a suspicious link, you should also try clearing your browser data. The virus could be living on your phone in the old files that are stored under your Safari app. In order to clear your Safari history, you can go to Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data. Then tap “Clear History and Data” when the pop-up appears.

    If you use another browser on your iPhone (such as Chrome or Firefox), check out our previous article on how to clear your cache on iPhone.

    Note: Clearing your data and history will not remove any saved passwords or autofill information on your phone.

  • Restore your phone from a previous backup version

    One of the ways to get rid of a virus is to restore your iPhone from an earlier backup. You can restore from a backup stored on your computer, or from a previous version saved on iCloud. If you have saved backups to your computer, you can restore your phone through iTunes. In order to turn on backup on iCloud, just go to Settings, then select iCloud, then see if the iCloud Backup is on. However, if this option is greyed-out then you are not going to be able to restore from a previous version that doesn’t have a virus.

  • Reset all content and settings

    If none of the previous steps work, and you are still experiencing issues, you can try to erase all content on your iPhone. To do this, go to Settings, then General. Then select Reset, and choose the option to “Erase All Content and Settings.”

Warning: Choosing this option means that you are going to erase all of your iPhone data. Make sure to backup all of your important files on your iPhone, or else you might be at risk of losing your contacts, photos, and more.

Keep Your iOS Device Secure

After removing the virus, you’ll probably want to make sure that your device is going to stay virus-free. There are precautionary measures that you have to take in order to make sure viruses don’t freely enter your device. Here are 2 simple things to keep your iPhone safe from viruses:

  • Don’t attempt to jailbreak your device just so that you can download unauthorized apps. Jailbreaking your iPhone will allow apps to bypass the default security features, therefore allowing viruses and malware to directly access your device.
  • Keep your iOS up-to-date by downloading updates as soon as they are released. You can find this by going to Settings, selecting General, then choosing Software Update.

Prevention is always better than the cure, but if your iPhone ever gets infected with a virus, you have to remove it quickly before it does any damage to your system.

Apple takes security very seriously. That’s why every application in the App Store goes through rigorous testing to make sure that it doesn’t contain any virus or malware. If they ever find a vulnerability with iOS, Apple will send out an update, that’s why it’s so important to install those updates when you see them.

Updated on September 9, 2020

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