How To Reset iPhone

Campbell Adams | Last Updated: Feb 14, 2022

5-year smartphone engineer, with rich experience in iOS software issues. He presents the most actionable solutions for readers in the most easy-to-understand manner.

So, you are thinking about resetting your iPhone? But, are you sure? If not, get to know what you can get by resetting your iPhone first:

  • To erase all the existing data before reselling your iPhone
  • To erase all the existing data after buying a refurbished iPhone
  • To get access to your locked iPhone when you have forgotten your password
  • To fix software issues like frozen screen, reboot loop, stuck on Apple logo, among others.
  • To return everything to normal when your battery drains fast, network not connecting, or the iPhone keyboard is malfunctioning, etc.

So, now that you have planned to reset your iPhone, how do you move ahead with it? Should you perform a soft reset, hard reset or a factory reset? Do you know the differences between those tech jargons? After all, you don’t want to reset your iPhone more than you should.

There are a ‘N’ number of tutorials on the internet but you might still feel lost. Don’t worry. With my years’ experience dealing with smartphones, I’m here to provide you the most systematic guide on iPhone reset. Read on!

First Identify Your Problem, Do You Really Need A Reset? And What Kind Of Reset?

First you need to know if you really want to reset your phone or not. Understand that there are risks involved and you might permanently lose the existing data on your phone if you go through with it.

So, when are you required to reset your phone? I'll give you some examples.

Suppose you're trying to fix a software issue on your own. In most cases, you can resolve the issue especially if it is a minor inconvenience like a frozen screen or facing any lag. Another scenario is when you want to erase data on your phone. This is when resetting is the right option. Depending on the situation there are various kinds of reset that you can employ, using different techniques.

  • Factory Reset through iTunes.
  • Factory Reset using Finder.
  • Factory Reset via iCloud.

You reset your phone directly. If you are facing any software issues, then you can connect to a PC and resolve your issues there.

Restart Restore Reset
Definition Shutting it off and starting again Erases all your data and restores the iOS from scratch Wipes off the data but doesn’t impact the firmware
Data loss no yes yes
Method
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Apple terminology can be quite confusing. Even if you're a technical expert and are familiar with iPhone devices, you might still get confused between some terms. So it is important for you to be able to distinguish one word from another.

Hard reset Soft reset Factory reset
Definition Restarting the phone and refreshing the memory Forcefully power-cycles the iPhone and clears all memory. Erases all the data and settings, and restores the factory version
Data loss No No yes
Use Case iPhone getting stuck Apps not responding properly Force closes too often

So, take a look back at your phone. What exactly is its issue? Is it frozen? Is it ready for sale? Determine the right method for your iPhone. Once you have decided the kind of reset that will fit your purpose, keep reading this article to find the next steps.


How To Reset Your Phone With Phone Setting?

This is the most common and easiest way to reset a phone. If you're selling or buying a new iPhone and you want the existing data on the device to be erased, you can go for this option.

Before I show you how to carry out the process step by step, let me remind you that there are certain measures you need to take in order to ensure that there will be no complications in the future.

Here are the five measures you need to take:

  • Understand the necessity of having a data backup on your iPhone or on the iCloud. All data on your device will be deleted if you reset it. Backup any important data you want to preserve.
  • Make sure the Apple Watch is disconnected.
  • Check to see if you're logged out of all of your apps and services.
  • Delete all of your contacts, especially any accounts you've used to log into services like calendars.
  • Remove your SIM card. If you're using an eSIM, then deactivate it.

Steps:

  • If you are looking to transfer or reset your iPhone, then the first step is go to the Settings tab.
  • Then click on the General option
  • Once you're directed to the next page, look for the Transfer/Reset iPhone option and click on it.

Keep in mind that if you're having trouble remembering your Apple ID or Password, you can find the respective reset option and recover both your Apple ID and Password.

Pros:

  • Doesn't require technical expertise to carry out this process.
  • Simple and effective process.

Cons:

  • Can take much longer if you have trouble remembering your Apple ID and Password, which can be recovered.

How To Reset Your iPhone Via iTunes or Finder?

Worried that for some technical difficulty, you're unable to access Settings on your iPhone device? Don't panic, I'll show you how you can reset your device connecting to a Mac or PC.

Here are the steps you are required to follow:

  • First step is to connect your device to a computer using a USB cable.
  • Depending on the compatibility and situation, you can carry out one out of these three procedures mentioned below.
    1. Once it is connected look for In The Finder sidebar. Select your iPhone and proceed to clicking on the General option. Finally select the Restore option.
    2. You're required version of macOS 10.15 or later to restore the iPhone to factory settings using the Finder. If your iPhone is running on an older version of macOS, then you have no option other than using iTunes to restore your device.
    3. If you're looking to restore using iTunes App on a Windows PC, follow these steps. First, open the iTunes window and look for the iPhone icon on the top corner. Once you click the Summary option, you'll be directed to the Restore option.
  • Once you've done all that, you'll be instructed on how to proceed further and complete the reset process.

Pros:

  • Useful when you have limited access to your iPhone.

Cons:

  • You need to connect to the PC to complete the process.

How To Reset Your iPhone Via Mobitirx Perfix?

Mobitrix Perfix has been helping users for a long time. It provides a lot of resources for you to fix any technical issues you have with your iPhone.

Steps

  • To install Perfix on your PC, go to their websites and download the software.
  • Make sure your iPhone is connected to the computer before running the software.
  • When Perfix is up and running, you can look for various services they offer.

Pros:

  • It is highly reliable and doesn't take much time to resolve the issues.
  • High success rate.

Cons:

  • You are required to connect your device to a Computer.

How To Factory Reset Your iPhone with iCloud Remotely?

  • Go to icloud.com find
  • Look for Find my iPhone option and click on it.
  • You will be asked to enter your Apple ID.
  • Now you'll find a list of all devices from which you're allowed to select your iPhone device.
  • Next you have to click on the option Erase iPhone.
  • Once you've selected, all the data will be completely erased.

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How To Reset And Restore Your iPhone Setting, Network and Location?

If you're looking to reset your iPhone network settings then, follow these steps.

  • Open your iPhone and navigate your way to the Settings option.
  • As mentioned above, click on the General option. Once you click on the Transfer Or Reset
  • You'll see a number of Reset options. Select the Reset Network Settings option to reset your network settings.

What if you're looking to reset your location settings and your general iPhone device settings? Just follow the first two steps as it is. Once you are directed to the Reset options select the option you're looking for. If you're looking to reset your iPhone in general, then find the Reset All Settings option and then click on it. It is the same with the location settings, look for Location and Privacy Settings


FAQs

  • What is the difference between restart and reset?

There's a clear distinction between both restart and reset options. Restart means simply turning off your device and then turning it on again. There won't be any data loss. Whereas a Reset means you're erasing all the existing data on your device.

  • Is resetting an iPhone dangerous?

It depends on whether or not you have saved all your important data on a backup. If you have a backup, then you can restore all the lost data. If you don't have a backup then consider that data to be lost forever.


Summary
  • Restart means simply turning the device off and then turning it on again. Reset means to completely erase the existing data and return the phone to the default state.
  • Resetting is helping especially when you're looking to erase the data.
  • You can reset using iTunes, iCloud, Finder, Mobitrix Perfix, and in general iPhone Settings.
  • While resetting the iPhone, it is important for you to backup your data to make sure no important data is erased.
  • Find the Transfer/Reset option to reset your network and location settings as well.