- As scary as it sounds, sometimes we are left with no option than to reset our mobile devices due to some issues. The Iphone is our case study for today owing to the incessant growth of its users. We’re going to be showing you how easy it is RESETTING YOUR IPHONE (SOFT, HARD)
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.
The hard reset is a lot more drastic and totally erases all the information on your phone, restoring it back to its factory state. Typically, it is useful if you’re planning to sell your phone or you just want to give your phone a fresh start.
Performing a soft reset is pretty simple
Just press and hold both the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons simultaneously for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple logo. You can let go of both buttons after the Apple logo appears.
Your phone will go through the usual process of starting up.
You’ll be back in your home screen.
I’ve mentioned it above, but it’s worth mentioning again that a hard reset will totally erase all the content from your iPhone. So if you still have any contacts, photos, or anything that you want to back up, please do it before following the steps below.
I’m listing two methods of performing a hard reset on your phone, the first allows you to do it directly from the iPhone, while the second method requires you to connect your iPhone to a desktop/notebook. Read on and decide which method suits you best.
Method 1. Hard Reset directly from phone
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 will then begin restoring the phone to its original factory state.
6. 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.
Here is the Link to a video on how it can be done
Method 2: Hard Resetting Using itunes on your desktop or 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.
- Connect your iPhone to your desktop/notebook.
- Launch iTunes.
- Once your iPhone is detected, click on the iPhone button.
- Under the Summary tab, click on the Restore iPhone button.
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.
- Click Restore. iTunes 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.
This short guide explains the difference between a soft and hard reset, and shows you how you can use each of them when needed. If you have another method that you feel is simpler, drop us a message in the comments section and we will be happy to consider it.