You may need to reset your iPhone for a variety of reasons. If you are planning to sell the phone to a stranger (or even an acquaintance) or thinking about gifting it, you will want to destroy every bit of personal information that is there on it. For that, you will need to Reset the device.
You may also need to reset iPhone to solve some performance issues. For instance, if the phone is too slow or the internal memory is all taken up by the things you cannot figure, the factory reset could be of great help.
You can reset iPhone as many times as you want without causing any harm to it. But, it causes you to lose all the data. This is why you must back it up. In this article, we will first learn how to back up iPhone and then we will see how to reset and restore it.
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Backup Before You Reset
Whatever reason you are resetting your iPhone for, it makes a whole lot of sense to back up the data first. Your device contains valuable information, app settings, system settings, photos, videos and other types of data. When you reset the iPhone, you lose everything and you must start from the scratch. That could be a lot of hassle as configuring the device to your liking all over again takes a great deal of time. Also, you may have some personal and important photos, videos and other types of media you would not want to lose.
There are two ways to back your iPhone – iCloud and iTunes.
While iCloud is an online backup system where all the backed up data is available on the cloud server, iTunes is offline and saves everything on your personal computer.
If you are wondering, which backup medium to choose, allow us to give you an advice – back up on both. It never hurts to have an additional backup of your device. If you don’t have access to a computer at any given time, you can always restore the backup from iCloud. In the event you are not connected to the internet for some reason, you have iTunes and your computer to restore the backup from.
iCloud: In case you have already turned iCloud backup on, your iPhone will perform an automatic backup every time you are plugged in the charger and connected to Wi-Fi. But, when you are resetting the device, you would like to back it up, up to the current moment. In that case, you can choose the manual iCloud backup. It’s fairly easy!
First of all, make sure your device is connected to Wi-Fi.
If you are using iOS 10.2.1 or any newer version, open Settings and tap your picture with your name. Now select iCloud. Now turn iCloud Backup on and tap Back Up Now.
If you are using iOS 10.2 or any older version, open Settings app from home screen and select iCloud. Turn ‘Backup’ on and then tap ‘Back Up Now’ option.
Please stay connected to the internet until the backup completes (which may take a while depending upon the speed of the internet and the last time you took the backup.)
iTunes: Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes on your computer. Run iTunes and click Help on the menu bar on the top. Now click ‘Check for Updates’. iTunes will prompt you to update the program if any update is available.
Make sure iTunes is still running. Connect your iPhone to the computer. It may prompt you to enter the passcode. In some cases, it may ask you to ‘Trust This Computer.’ Follow the instructions.
Now, select your device once iTunes has detected it. If you wish to encrypt the backup data, select ‘Encrypt iPhone backup’ and create a password you can easily remember.
Now, click ‘Back Up Now’ button in the ‘Manually Back Up and Restore’ section. Keep your iPhone connected to the computer until the backup process is complete.
RESET Your iPhone
What does ‘reset’ even mean? When you reset your iPhone, you restore it to the original settings, the way you took it out of the box. In a way, you make it like new. All your personal information is removed from the device, all the photos and videos deleted, and all the settings are lost. Of course, you are backing up the device so you need not be concerned. And, if you are selling the phone to someone or simply gifting it to a friend or family, again you will like it to be wiped clean.
The ‘Reset’ process is quite straightforward and takes just a few minutes. These are the generic steps and may vary across the iPhone models. But, they are still quite the same and navigating to the ‘Reset’ option is not difficult at all. Here is what you need to do:
- Open the ‘Settings’ app from the home screen of your iPhone
- Tap General
- Scroll down a bit and tap ‘Reset’
- You should be able to see multiple ‘Reset’ options. Select what you want to reset. In case you wish to reset the device to factory settings and remove everything, tap ‘Erase All Content and Settings’
- Select ‘Erase iPhone’ to give your consent when you see the warning/confirmation message
- Provide your device passcode when prompted (you will see this prompt only if you set the passcode before)
Your phone will restart. Allow the process to complete. Once the phone reboots, everything will have been erased from it. Your Apple ID is also disconnected from it. You will also not be able to use ‘Find My iPhone’ to find your phone if it is lost.
In case you wish to use the device again, you can sign in with your existing Apple ID and restore the device using one of the backups you created earlier.
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RESTORE Your iPhone
You can restore the backup using iCloud and iTunes.
Restore Using iCloud If you have already set up your phone without backing up, you will not be able to restore from iCloud. You will need to factory reset the phone again by following the steps we have provided above. Make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi. Here are the steps to restore the device:
- Turn your iPhone on. You will see the ‘Hello’ screen. From here the device setup process will start
- Follow the onscreen instructions and continue with the setup until you see the screen called ‘Apps & Data’
- Tap ‘Restore from iCloud Backup’
- Sign in to your iCloud account using your Apple ID and password
- Choose the desired backup from the list. In most cases, you will want to restore iPhone from the last saved backup (the one you saved just before resetting the device.) But, if you have any specific requirements, pick another backup of your choice.
- If you are prompted to update the iOS firmware version, follow the onscreen instructions to complete the update
- You can sign into App Store and restore your apps. You can also skip this step and restore the apps later
Stay connected to Wi-Fi and wait for the process to complete.
Restore Using iTunes Backup: Follow these steps to restore your iTunes backup:
- Launch iTunes on your computer. Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB cable. It may prompt you to enter the passcode. In some cases, it may ask you to ‘Trust This Computer.’ Follow the instructions.
- Select iPhone from when you see its icon in iTunes
- Click ‘Restore Backup…’ in the ‘Manually Back Up and Restore’ section
- Select the backup you wish to restore from the list
- Click ‘Restore’
- If you are restoring from an encrypted backup, enter your backup file password to continue
Wait for the backup to complete