Despite it sounding scary, there will be times when you’ll need to reset your iPhone. This guide will demystify the whole iPhone hard reset process, and the checklist you must know before we proceed. It’s important to know that what you should do first and what is the differences between iPhone hard reset and iPhone soft reset.
Let’s get started:
Part I: What is a hard reset?
Hard reset (also called as hard reboot or force restart) is a way to "reset" the iOS firmware. Imagine you have a computer that hasn’t been turned OFF since weeks. To improve it’s performance, you have to restart it. Hard reset is similar. It is a feature that "restarts" your iPhone.
Part II: What are the advantages of hard reset?
Hard reset benefits are massive. Why? Because it clears the RAM and creates the required memory to improve the performance of your iOS devices.
With a hard reset, you can:
- Force old and new iOS apps to stop crashing
- Fix apps that gets stuck or hangs unexpectedly
- Unfreeze or un-brick your frozen iOS device
- Get rid of any iOS 9 installation issues
- Fix Touch ID and home button problems
And many other problems can be resolved with a simple hard reset. Note that hard reset isn’t a magical button – it’s just one of the first step we recommend you when you are troubleshooting your device.
Part II: Before preparing to hard reset iPhone, what should we do first?
1. Backup iPhone
We had better back up iPhone. You will know this backup is so important if you want to restore iPhone after hard reset.
2. Take out iPhone SIM or SD card
This action can protect iPhone data stored on SD card from damage.
3. Create a backup of user settings on your iPhone
Save Wi-Fi passwords, browser bookmarks and any banking apps installed on iPhone by using settings, save and reset options in iPhone
3. Prepare a list of apps used frequently
You are suggested to prepare a list of must have and frequently used applications before hard reset iPhone.
4. Check for application licences if any
If there is any third party applications installed in your iPhone having licences or serial numbers, take a note. And then you won’t pay them again while installing.
5. Check for snippets and plugins
Create a backup of important plugins, snippets and widgets of your important applications installed on iPhone.
6. Remove the iTunes authorization
Remove the iTunes authorization before hard reset iPhone to have a trouble free reauthorization on a fresh factory setting iPhone using the Apple ID.
Part III: How to perform a hard reset?
Steps to perform a hard reset are simple. Here are two ways:
Method 1: Hard reset directly from the iPhone
This is my preferred method, not that it offers you a different type of reset, but you won’t need to go through the hassle of connecting your iPhone to your desktop/notebook via cable.
1. Go to Settings.
2. Tap General.
3. Scroll to the very bottom and tap Reset.
4. Tap Erase All Content and Settings.
5. Tap Erase iPhone. iTunes (download it here) will then begin restoring the phone to its original factory state.
After the process is complete, your iPhone will restart and you’ll be presented with the "Slide to set up" welcome screen, just like when you turned on your iPhone for the first time.
Method 2: Hard reset using iTunes on your desktop/notebook
As mentioned in method 1, I’d suggest that you perform a hard reset directly on the iPhone itself, but if you’re more comfortable working through iTunes on the desktop/notebook, follow the steps below.
1. Connect your iPhone to your desktop/notebook.
2. Launch iTunes.
3. Once your iPhone is detected, click on the iPhone button.
4. Under the Summary tab, click on the Restore iPhone button.
5. You’ll be prompted to to create a backup of your iPhone. If you want to backup all your data, go ahead. In this guide we’re erasing everything without backing up.
6. Click Restore. iTunes will then begin restoring the phone to its original factory state
7. After the process is complete, your iPhone will restart and you’ll be presented with the "Slide to set up" welcome screen, just like when you turned on your iPhone for the first time.
Note: All your apps, games, photos, documents and login settings remain as it is. They are never erased from your iPhone when you do a hard reset.
Part IV: What is Soft Reset
The soft reset is a simple restart or reboot. Which is useful for when some of the apps aren’t responding properly. It’s also necessary if your phone isn’t able to get important functions to work, such as shutting down the phone by pressing and holding the Sleep/Wake button.
Part V: How to Soft Reset an iPhone
1. Press and hold both the Sleep / Wake and Home buttons simultaneously for about 10 seconds. The Apple will 2. Appear on the Screen. Leave both buttons now.
2. Your iPhone will go through the soft reset process and Restart.
3. Your iPhone if Soft Reset now.
NOTE: As mentioned above, soft reset will fix some minor issues but will not erase any data. Soft Reset is recommended before Factory Reset if you are facing some minor problems with your iPhone. If you want to sell or gift your iPhone to some and want to erase all the data then go for Factory Reset (Hard reset).
Part VI: iPhone hard reset VS. iPhone soft reset
|iPhone hard reset||iPhone soft reset|
|Definition||Remove everything on iPhone (Means restore to factory settings)||Turn off iPhone and restart it|
|When to Use||• iPhone infected with virus;
• iPhone is unable to reboot
• while selling it to someone else;
• Serious slowdown while operating iPhone
• Frozen/locked iPhone or malfunctioning
|How to do It||via iTunes or perform it on iPhone directly||A a simple restart or reboot. Refer to the steps.|
|Results of doing It||Erase all data on iPhone (to avoid data loss, read the checklist)||No data loss|
Note: Since a hard reset will delete all data on your device, we advise you to do a soft reset first. Or you can recover iPhone files after iPhone Restored to Factory Reset (Hard reset).
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