Clearing NSUserDefaults

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You can remove the application’s persistent domain like this:

NSString *appDomain = [[NSBundle mainBundle] bundleIdentifier];
[[NSUserDefaults standardUserDefaults] removePersistentDomainForName:appDomain];

In Swift 3:

if let bundle = Bundle.main.bundleIdentifier {
    UserDefaults.standard.removePersistentDomain(forName: bundle)

This is similar to the answer by @samvermette but is a little bit cleaner IMO.

This code resets the defaults to the registration domain:

[[NSUserDefaults standardUserDefaults] setPersistentDomain:[NSDictionary dictionary] forName:[[NSBundle mainBundle] bundleIdentifier]];

In other words, it removeObjectForKey for every single key you ever registered in that app.

Credits to Ken Thomases on this Apple Developer Forums thread.

Did you try using –removeObjectForKey?

 [[NSUserDefaults standardUserDefaults] removeObjectForKey:@"defunctPreference"];

Here is the answer in Swift:

let appDomain = NSBundle.mainBundle().bundleIdentifier!

If you need it while developing, you can also reset your simulator, deleting all the NSUserDefaults.

iOS Simulator -> Reset Content and Settings…

Bear in mind that it will also delete all the apps and files on simulator.

NSDictionary *defaultsDictionary = [[NSUserDefaults standardUserDefaults] dictionaryRepresentation];
for (NSString *key in [defaultsDictionary allKeys]) {
                    [[NSUserDefaults standardUserDefaults] removeObjectForKey:key];

I found this:

osascript -e 'tell application "iOS Simulator" to quit'
xcrun simctl list devices | grep -v '^[-=]' | cut -d "(" -f2 | cut -d ")" -f1 | xargs -I {} xcrun simctl erase "{}"


I love extensions when they make the code cleaner:

extension NSUserDefaults {
    func clear() {
        guard let domainName = NSBundle.mainBundle().bundleIdentifier else {


In Swift:

let defaults = NSUserDefaults.standardUserDefaults()
defaults.dictionaryRepresentation().keys.forEach { defaults.removeObjectForKey($0) }

What about to have it in one line ?

Extending @Christopher Rogers answer – the accepted one.

[[NSUserDefaults standardUserDefaults] removePersistentDomainForName:[[NSBundle mainBundle] bundleIdentifier]];

and yes, sometime you may need to synchronize it,

[[NSUserDefaults standardUserDefaults] synchronize];

I’ve created a method to do this,

- (void) clearDefaults {
    [[NSUserDefaults standardUserDefaults] removePersistentDomainForName:[[NSBundle mainBundle] bundleIdentifier]];
    [[NSUserDefaults standardUserDefaults] synchronize];

It’s a bug or whatever but the removePersistentDomainForName is not working while clearing all the NSUserDefaults values.

So, better option is that to reset the PersistentDomain and that you can do via following way:

NSUserDefaults.standardUserDefaults().setPersistentDomain(["":""], forName: NSBundle.mainBundle().bundleIdentifier!)

Expanding on @folse’s answer… I believe a more correct implementation would be…

NSString *appDomain = [[NSBundle mainBundle] bundleIdentifier];
NSDictionary *defaultsDictionary = [[NSUserDefaults standardUserDefaults] persistentDomainForName: appDomain];
    for (NSString *key in [defaultsDictionary allKeys]) {
      NSLog(@"removing user pref for %@", key);
      [[NSUserDefaults standardUserDefaults] removeObjectForKey:key];

…calling NSUserDefault’s persistentDomainForName: method. As the docs state, the method “Returns a dictionary containing the keys and values in the specified persistent domain.” Calling dictionaryRepresentation: instead, will return a dictionary that will likely include other settings as it applies to a wider scope.

If you need to filter out any of the values that are to be reset, then iterating over the keys is the way to do it. Obviously, if you want to just nuke all of the prefs for the app without regard, then one of the other methods posted above is the most efficient.

All above answers are very relevant, but if someone still unable to reset the userdefaults for deleted app, then you can reset the content settings of you simulator, and it will work.enter image description here

if the application setting needing reset is nsuserdefault for access to microphone (my case), a simple solution is answer from Anthony McCormick (Iphone – How to enable application access to media on the device? – ALAssetsLibraryErrorDomain Code=-3312 "Global denied access").

on the device, go to Settings>General>Reset>Reset Location Warnings