How to Do Hard Reset iPhone (Updated)

Do you want to sell your iPhone? Want to solve a technical problem? With this tutorial, learn how to reset your iPhone and iPad in a while!

How To Hard Reset iPhone
How To Hard Reset iPhone

How To Hard Reset iPhone

In this tutorial, we explain how to reset your iPhone or iPad and how to restore your saved data.

How to fix an iPhone or iPad blocked?

You will not escape the question: “Have you tried to turn off and turn on your iPhone?” This manipulation may seem ridiculous. However, believe it or not, it helps correct some bugs and improve the performance of your smartphone or tablet.

For more serious technical problems, we advise you to make an appointment with the Genius Bar of an Apple Store. Note that often, repairing your iPhone with an Apple technician will go through the deletion of your data. It is therefore vital that you back up your data as regularly as possible.

What if your iPhone has crashed?

If your iPhone stops responding or turns on again, do not panic. There is a method that does not require any particular installation or knowledge. In fact, we only need two fingers and twenty seconds because you will force the restart of your iPhone or iPad.

To do this, hold down the button simultaneously Marche (side) and the button Main (located at the bottom of your iPhone) until the Apple logo appears on the screen. After twenty seconds, release them.

If after this manipulation, nothing seems to change, then you should consider a complete restoration, from a backup.

Force reboot on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

The main button of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus has a different function from other models. The latter does not sink, it only detects the pressure exerted by your finger. To force their restart, follow this technique:

At the same time, press the Power button (on the right of your phone) and the volume down button (on the left). Keep them pressed until the Apple logo appears, then release.

How to save your data before erasing everything?

Before returning your iPhone or iPad to zero, it is essential to make a backup of your data. It can be done either from your phone via iCloud or from your Mac via iTunes.

From iCloud:

  • Go to Settings → [your account] → iCloud.
  • Scroll down and enable the iCloud Backup option. This automates backups of your data.
  • Then, tap Backup Now.
  • This is the simplest method, and only an internet connection is necessary.

From iTunes:

Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer.

Once in iTunes, click the iPhone / iPad icon on the top left.

  • In the Backups section, click Back up now.
  • Delete apps and their data one by one
  • Go to Settings → General → Local Storage and iCloud → Manage Storage (under the STORAGE section).
  • You will see a list of your applications and the storage space that each occupies.
  • Note that it is not possible to remove Apple apps that are preinstalled (native).

For example, for the Music app, you can only delete the songs or albums you have stored. The same goes for the Photos app.

To completely remove an app that you had installed:

  • Select it from the list.
  • Then, tap Delete app.
  • Otherwise, you can delete your apps from the home screen, for this:
  • Tap and hold the app.
  • A cross appears at the top left of the app, tap to delete it.

Note that if there is no cross, it means you can not erase it from your phone. Only deletion of data is allowed, as for native apps.

How to reset your iPhone to factory settings?

Have you saved everything? So, you are ready for restoration to the factory settings! This method consists of a complete cleaning of your iPhone, so you must be sure to have everything backed up.

Often a reset to the factory settings is necessary in case of blockage, malfunction or sale of your device.

In case of resale, it is even essential to thoroughly clean your iPhone because your data (messages, photos, phone numbers, bank details, documents, etc.) can be accessed and “stolen” by a malicious buyer.

Here are two factory reset techniques: the first from your iPhone, the second from iTunes.

1. From your iPhone:

  • Go to Settings → General → Reset.
  • There, select Clear contents and settings.
  • Enter your authorization code.
  • Select Clear iPhone.
  • To confirm this, you are asked to enter the password for your Apple account.

2. From iTunes:

  • Plug your iPhone into your Mac.
  • Sign in to your iTunes account.
  • Finally, in the iPhone 6 section, in our example, click the Restore iPhone … option.

That’s it, your iPhone or iPad is in its new state, without any data and ready to be transferred or reused.

Restore an iPhone from an iCloud backup

If you had reset your iPhone to the factory settings for reuse, then all you have to do is restore it with your latest iCloud backup.

After you have reset to factory settings, you will need to configure your device (choose your language, region, …).

Its restoration options are then offered: Restore from iCloud, Restore from iTunes, as new iPhone.

  • Select the option: Restore from iCloud.
  • Enter your Apple ID and password, then accept the terms and conditions.
  • The duration of this process depends on the content of your iPhone or iPad, and the speed of your internet connection.

Also note that your iPhone does not restore your apps, but downloads their latest version.

Restore an iPhone from an iTunes backup

The process is identical to the restore from iCloud, with the same options.

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer.
  • Choose from your iPhone: Restore from iTunes option.
  • Sign in to iTunes.
  • Then, select the option: Restore from this backup:
  • Then click Continue.

What if your iPhone / iPad did not have a backup?

If you did not have a backup, it’s quite possible that your iPhone made one without your knowledge.

To be clear:

  • Go to Settings → [your account] → iCloud → Storage.
  • After a few seconds, Manage Storage appears. Select it.
  • Now, the various backups that have been run are displayed.
  • Select your “c and iPhone” backup / “this iPad” .
  • The date and size of your backup are indicated.

Know that you can even choose the data you want to save. Which is very handy for managing your free 5GB space. If needed, you can still increase your storage space with the option: Buy additional storage.

Is it possible to recover deleted data?

This is almost impossible, that’s why it’s important that you make one or more backups before deleting or cleaning your iPhone. The data stored on the iOS is automatically encrypted and once you decide to delete it, their encoding key is also destroyed.

Their recovery without backup via the iPhone is very difficult or impossible. You can still go to Apple’s Genius Bar, but nothing is guaranteed … Note that if your data was deleted because of a malfunction of your device, for example, their recovery is much more likely.

To avoid this kind of situation, we will never repeat it enough: backup, backup, backup.

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