After so many years with the iPhone, we know all the ins and outs of getting the most out of it, but it never hurts to review the fundamentals. The ability to factory reset an iPhone is a useful skill for any iPhone owner to have. There was a time when all devices followed the same precise procedure, but that changed with the introduction of newer versions.
If you have never reset an iPhone before but have recently upgraded to one of the newest iPhone 13 models, you may be at a loss as to where to start.
In this article, you will learn how to perform a factory reset on your iPhone, as well as when and why you should restart it. Moreover, we explain the distinctions between restarting, performing a soft reset, and performing a factory reset.
What Can Be Accomplished by A Soft Reset
When you perform a soft reset on your iPhone, all of your data remains intact. When the touchscreen stops working or your apps start behaving strangely, you can reset your iPhone by using the physical keys. A factory reset is an entirely different animal. It deletes everything on your iPhone, including apps, settings, and any personal data you may have stored there, restoring it to its factory settings when it was first purchased.
Factory resetting your iPhone is a last resort if you’re suffering problems you can’t fix, but it’s also necessary if you’re selling or trading in your iPhone, giving your iPhone to a friend, or reporting it lost or stolen. This is not always permanent, as data and settings can be restored from a backup. Read our detailed instruction on how to do a factory reset on an iPhone, which includes a detailed explanation of the options available in Settings > General > Reset.
How to Perform a Soft Reset
To perform a soft reset on your iPhone, simply power it off and back on. A “soft reset” refers to a way of resetting a device without erasing any of its data or settings, as opposed to a “factory reset,” which would do just that. When your iPhone is running slowly, an app isn’t launching or working properly, or you’re suffering a minor difficulty but your iPhone is still responsive, a soft reset may be in order. Apple altered the soft reset process for the iPhone X, 11, 12, and 13 series, requiring the user to press and hold two buttons. Simply shutting off your phone will be enough at this point.
First, keep your finger pressed down on the Lower volume button while also pressing and holding the Sleep/wake button. The sleep/wake button has moved to the right side of the iPhone X and its successor generations.
Methods for Executing a Hard Reset on Your I Phone
You may also perform what Apple terms a “force restart” to reset your iPhone, and as before, you won’t lose any of your data in the process. If your iPhone is unresponsive, you should try restarting it forcefully. The display on your iPhone goes black (even while it is turned on), the screen becomes unresponsive, or your iPhone has trouble booting up. What steps you need to take to forcibly restart your iPhone are device-specific.
If That Doesn’t Work, What More Can You Do?
There is a chance that entering recovery mode will allow you to restore or update your phone if it is unresponsive or malfunctioning. However, if you’re stuck at the Apple logo or your phone simply won’t answer, you do have other options.
Performing this operation will erase all of the data currently stored on your phone, but it may be your only option if you want to save your device. Your data should be recoverable after an iPhone wipe if you followed our instructions on how to back up your iPhone. How to go into the safe mode is explained here.
What to Do if Restarting Your I Phone 7 or I IPhone 7 Plus Doesn’t Fix It
- In the first step, you’ll want to launch iTunes and sync your iPhone to your computer. Any Mac running macOS Catalina or later should have a Finder application available.
- Second, activate recovery mode by pressing and holding the Sleep/wake button and the Volume down button simultaneously.
- To begin the process of wiping your iPhone, go to iTunes or Finder on your computer and select Update or Restore.