Resetting an iPhone: A Comprehensive Step-by-Step Guide

Resetting an iPhone: A Comprehensive Step-by-Step Guide

Paula Napolitano |

The smartphone has now become an extension of ourselves, hosting our most precious memories inside - However, there are times when you need to reset your beloved device. Whether it's to resolve performance issues, tackle software glitches, prepare for selling or giving away the device or just addressing some security concerns, the process can seem daunting. However, fear not, through this guide we'll walk you through the steps of resetting your iPhone ensuring a smooth transition without jeopardising any of your data.

Understanding the Need for Reset 

Resetting your iPhone may become imperative due to various reasons. Performance issues such as sluggishness or freezing, software glitches causing apps to crash, or even the need to wipe it clean before selling or giving it away are common scenarios. There also may be a situation where your device faces significant security issues, this may too warrant an iPhone reset.

Preparing for the Reset 

Before attempting any form of reset, it's crucial to back up some or even all of your data to prevent permanent loss – We’re talking important things like photos, videos, important text documents, contacts, apps - whatever it may be. You can do this seamlessly using iCloud or iTunes/Finder on a computer. This step is imperative because once you reset the device these files will be gone.

Types of Resets 

Did you know there are two types of resets? You’ve got a soft reset and a hard reset (factory reset iPhone). A soft reset is performed to resolve minor software issues without losing data, while a hard reset for iPhones wipes the device clean, restoring it to its factory settings. It's essential to understand the differences between the two and be cautious about potential data loss during a hard reset.

A soft reset, in the most basic terms, is just when you turn your phone off and back on again, you can do this by holding down the side button and either one of the volume buttons simultaneously, the power off screen slider will then appear and you can shut the phone down. Hold down the side button to turn it back on. Apple advises if your phone has become unresponsive you can force it into a restart, press and very quickly release the volume up button, then do the same with the volume down button, press in and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears on the screen then release – this should restart the phone.

Step-by-Step Guide to Resetting an iPhone. 

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and tap on "General."
  3. Tap on "Reset" to access various reset options.
  4. Select the desired reset option (e.g., Erase All Content and Settings).
  5. Confirm your decision to proceed with the reset.
  6. Provide necessary authentication if prompted.
  7. Allow the device some time to complete the reset process.
  8. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your iPhone.
  9. Choose to restore your data from the backup made earlier.

What if I’ve Lost my iPhone? 

This can be an extremely stressful situation and if you’ve got sensitive data on your phone, you may need to remotely wipe and reset your device. Hopefully you’ve been proactive and have already backed up your data prior to this (If you haven’t done, check out our guide here on how to do so – How to Protect Your Data before your Smartphone is Lost

If your iPhone has been lost or stolen you can wipe it using the Find My app, you will need another Apple device to access this app though, so either an iPad, an Apple Watch or a MacBook. Login in with your Apple ID details and then select your iPhone, in the dialog box that pops up there should be a button that says ‘Erase this Device’ towards the bottom of the screen. Once you hit this button it will wipe the phone, so unless you have a backup of your phones data already downloaded (or if your iPhone is set to do daily background iCloud backups) you’ll be starting from scratch on your new iPhone and your files will be lost.

iPhone Troubleshooting and Tips; Reset Focused 

During the reset process, you may encounter common issues such as slow performance or connectivity problems. Ensure a stable internet connection, keep the device charged or plugged in, and double-check your backups before proceeding.

After Reset: What Next? 

So now that you’ve gotten your phone reset, there are a few jobs to do. If you’re selling your iPhone or giving it away, you don’t need to do these next steps but if you’re hanging on to it, here’s what to do – 

Reinstall your apps, re-customize your settings according to your preferences and check for software updates to ensure optimal performance. Additionally, reinforce security measures to safeguard your device and data, especially if you’ve been forced into a hard reset due to a security issue in the first place.

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The Wrap Up 

Resetting an iPhone might seem daunting at first, but with the right tips and tricks, it's a straightforward process. By understanding the reasons behind a reset, preparing adequately, and following the step-by-step guide provided in this article, you can navigate the process with ease, it’s not difficult! Always remember to back up your data, troubleshoot common issues prior to resetting and take the necessary precautions to ensure a smooth reset experience. So, don't hesitate to reset your iPhone when needed, and embrace a refreshed device.


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