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The iPhone is a powerful device, and like other mobile devices, it can sometimes slow down or become unresponsive. Fortunately, resetting an iPhone to its factory settings is a relatively easy process that can solve many problems.
Before reset, back up your iPhone
Backing up your iPhone to iCloud can save you from losing any precious data, photos or memories. By backing up your phone, you can store all of your files, contacts and other important information safely in the cloud.
To back up your device to iCloud, open the Settings app on your iPhone. Then tap on your name and Apple ID at the top of the page so you can access the iCloud settings. Once there, you’ll be able to select what content from your iPhone should be backed up to iCloud. You can select specific items to back up such as contacts, calendars, ringtones, message history, home screen layout and more. Once all of these have been selected for backup, tap the ‘Back Up Now’ button and wait for the process to complete. If asked for an additional verification step during this process make sure that it is completed before backing up is finished.
logging out of your Apple ID on iPhone
Signing out of your Apple ID on your device is an important step to take if you are giving away or selling your iPhone—or even just using it for a short period of time. By signing out, you prevent unauthorized access to the content stored on and connected to your Apple ID.
Furthermore, signing out of your Apple ID will protect your security and personal information. This includes all of the data stored on iCloud, like pictures, messages, contacts and notes. It is best practice to log out before you pass the device along to somebody else and that person can sign in with their own account information later. To do so, open the Settings app on your iPhone, tap your name and Apple ID at the top of the page, then scroll down to the bottom and hit Sign Out. That’s it! You have successfully secured your Apple ID account.
Factory reset your iPhone
Factory resets can be a great way to restore your iPhone to its original settings and get rid of any unwanted bugs, glitches, or simply keep things organized when the device has been in use for a while. Before you factory reset your iPhone, though, it’s important to back up your data so it isn’t lost. To do this, open the Settings app and scroll down until you see General. At the bottom of that page is Transfer and Reset iPhones. Follow the instructions here to back up your data and complete the process with no hassle. After that is done, you are ready to begin factory resetting your iPhone. Navigate back to General in the Settings app and locate Erase All Content and Settings. Tap this button and confirm when asked if you’d like to continue with the process. Once completed successfully, your phone will be returned to its factory settings with all content wiped from it – bear this in mind before continuing as all personal data such as pictures or documents will be deleted in the process and won’t be able to be restored.
Reset your iPhone with iTunes
If you’ve forgotten your password and are locked out of your iPhone, don’t worry. You can reset it without the need of a PIN code or password by using iTunes on your computer. To do this, simply connect your iPhone to a computer with iTunes open.
Once connected, you will be able to retrieve backup copies of all of the data stored in your phone through iTunes. From there, you can choose the option to “erase all content and settings” which will restore your device back to its original factory settings. This is an ideal solution for those who have forgotten their passwords and wish to access their device again. Furthermore any existing hardware damage or software malfunctioning on the device will also be fixed after the reset process is complete.
Restart your iPhone by force
A force restart is the last resort when your iPhone starts to become unresponsive. It’s a special kind of reset that basically forces your phone to reboot, without losing any of your data or apps. Apple officially calls it a “forced restart” and recommends it when your iPhone is completely unresponsive or hung up on some sort of problem. You may experience issues such as your screen turning black, an endless loop during startup, or the screen freezing.
The process for performing a force restart on an iPhone varies based on the model you have. Generally speaking, all iPhones released after 2018 will require you to press and release the volume up button, followed by quickly pressing and releasing the volume down button and then pressing and holding the side button until you see the Apple logo appear onscreen. For older models (e.g., iPhone 8/7 series), you will have to press and quickly release the Volume Up key followed by pressing and quickly releasing the Volume Down key, then press-hold down the Side (Power) button until the iPhone restarts itself while showing of Apple logo animation onscreen.
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