Resetting your Apple iPhone can be necessary for troubleshooting purposes or if you’re giving it to someone else. Software faults can be fixed, your iPhone’s factory settings can be restored, or personal data can be deleted before selling or transferring ownership. We will go over the various ways to reset your iPhone in this article to make sure you have a smooth interaction with your Apple product.
Protect Your Data
Backing up your data is essential before performing any type of reset to guarantee you don’t lose any key data like contacts, messages, images, or app data. iCloud or iTunes/Finder on your computer can be used for this.
Forced Restart (Soft Reset)
Your iPhone may occasionally freeze or stop working. Soft resets can be helpful in certain circumstances. This is how you do it:
- For iPhone 8 and later: Press and hold the Side (or Power) button until you see the Apple logo, then quickly press and release the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons.
- Press and hold the Volume Down and Sleep/Wake (Power) keys at the same time on an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus until the Apple logo shows.
- The Home and Sleep/Wake (Power) buttons must be pressed and held simultaneously on an iPhone 6s and earlier until the Apple logo shows.
Delete All Content and Settings
Your iPhone’s data is completely deleted after a factory reset, which also returns it to its default settings. Here’s how to use the Settings app to execute a factory reset:
- Select “Settings.”
- Tap “General” after scrolling down.
- Make your way to the bottom and click “Reset.”
- Simply select “Erase All Content and Settings.”
- If asked, enter your passcode.
- Wait for your iPhone to reset after you confirm the action.
Finder and iTunes factory reset
You can do a factory reset using Finder or iTunes on macOS Big Sur and later if you are unable to access your iPhone’s settings because of a forgotten passcode or other problems. This is how:
- Utilize a USB cable to link your iPhone to your PC.
- Launch Finder (macOS Big Sur and later) or iTunes (macOS Catalina and older).
- Find your iPhone on the machine.
- Finder or iTunes, select “Restore iPhone.”
- To confirm the reset, adhere to the on-screen instructions.
Recovery Mode/Factory Reset
You can use Recovery Mode to conduct a factory reset on your iPhone if it is in a recovery loop or is not being detected by iTunes or Finder. You should only use this technique as a last option because it completely wipes out all data:
- Your PC and iPhone should be connected.
- Open Finder (macOS Big Sur and later) or iTunes (macOS Catalina and older).
- Hold the buttons down until you see the recovery mode screen to restart your iPhone forcibly (as described in the section on gentle resets).
- Select “Restore” in Finder or iTunes.
Being able to reset your Apple iPhone is a useful ability to have, whether you need to fix problems, get your device ready for a new user, or just start again. Always remember to backup your data before conducting a reset, and use the technique that works best for your particular circumstance. If you follow these instructions, your iPhone will reset without a hitch, enabling you to enjoy a new device or fix any annoying issues you run into.