How to Reset an iPhone

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  2. What Are the Different Types of Resets?
  3. How to Soft Reset an iPhone
  4. How to Hard Reset an iPhone
  5. Conclusion

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{"blocks":[{"key":"9pugq","text":"Resetting an iPhone can be a quick fix for when it starts acting up. Apple Support often recommends this troubleshooting method as a last-ditch attempt before bringing it in to be fixed by a professional. However, this isn’t the only reason an Apple user might have to reset their phone.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":287,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":287,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":287,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":287,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"b902l","text":"Another reason to reset an iPhone is in preparation for selling the phone. With the constant release of newer models, some users opt to sell their old phones and replace them with newer ones. This enables them to enjoy their new phone while knowing their old one didn’t go to waste. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":283,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":283,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":283,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":283,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"frctt","text":"In order to avoid handing over private information, pictures, and contacts to the new owner, a reset is vital. The reset wipes all data from the phone and returns it to the factory setting. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":190,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":190,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":190,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":190,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"a9htp","text":"This article will be discussing how to reset an iPhone and the different types of resets that a user can implement.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":115,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":115,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":115,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":115,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

What Are the Different Types of Resets?

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How to Soft Reset an iPhone

{"blocks":[{"key":"5dvku","text":"This method is the perfect quick fix for when an iPhone is still responsive and only requires a quick reboot to start working correctly. It might sound like a complicated process. However, it only requires users to turn their phones off and then on again. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":256,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":256,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":256,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":256,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"dc3t8","text":"To switch off the phone, open the Settings app. Then tap on General. After scrolling down to the bottom, users should find a Shutdown button. Pressing the shutdown button will cause a power-off slider to appear. Finally, drag the slider to turn the device off. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":261,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":261,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":261,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":261,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"3a7uq","text":"There is also a shortcut. For phones released before the iPhone X, users only need to hold down the power button until the power off slider appears. The iPhone X and newer models vary slightly since users will need to hold the power button and volume control down simultaneously. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":280,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":280,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":280,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":280,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"cvbpo","text":"After turning the phone off, users should wait at least 30 seconds before turning it on again.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":94,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":94,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":94,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":94,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

How to Hard Reset an iPhone

{"blocks":[{"key":"f4ets","text":"A hard reset (also known as a factory reset) is for more severe cases of malfunctioning. A hard reset is often used as a last resort since it can cause users to lose all their data. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":182,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":182,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":182,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":182,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"148bs","text":"Data lost may include contacts, photos, account information, and apps. Therefore, before attempting this method, it’s recommended that users back up all their data. 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Users can use either a PC or a Mac. To back up the device, users will need to have iTunes installed. First, plug in the device, and then open up the iTunes app on the computer. Finally, click on the backup button. 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At the bottom of the page, users can find a reset tab which they should click on. Next, users need to press on the Erase All Content and Settings button. Finally, users will need to enter their passcode.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":254,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":254,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":254,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":254,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"37gi3","text":"There is another method that users can opt for if their phone is completely unresponsive. For this method, pressing the power and home button at the same time switches off the phone. 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To overcome this issue, some people choose to jailbreak their phones. However, if a phone is jailbroken, the warranty becomes void. To get rid of any jailbreak software, users can simply reset their phone.\n ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":257,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":257,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":257,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":257,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

Conclusion

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