How to reset the iPhone and Wipe all Data – iCloud Backup Guide
The iPhone is one of the most popular phones on the market today. However, people still don’t know how to reset their iPhones, which can be a problem when they forget their password or need to delete all data from it. How do you reset an iPhone? How do you perform a factory reset? These are some common questions that many people have about these devices. In this article, we will answer those questions and more!
The iPhone 12 Pro Max has been around for a while now, so chances are you upgraded from an older model to get the latest and greatest. If that’s your situation but this is your first time resetting it, don’t worry!
We’ll give you some tips on how to do just that in as easy of steps possible (don’t forget about backing up before anything!) What we call “resetting” can have different meanings depending on what state the phone is currently in. A soft restart or factory reset may be required if there are any problems with performance or battery life- luckily these processes aren’t too difficult at all!
Apple has been on a journey to make the iPhone even more helpful and intuitive for its users, so it is no surprise that there are many ways to restart an iOS device. If you have never reset your phone before but need one of these methods today, we can help with our handy guide below!
When should I consider resetting my iPhone?
When your iPhone or iPad is misbehaving and initial solutions are not working, a factory reset may be necessary. A full reset will erase everything on the device such as contacts, music files, photos, etc., so it should only be done when nothing else works to fix issues with crashing or freezing problems that you can’t identify otherwise.
With all the new technology in our lives, it can be easy to get confused. Resetting your device is a great way of clearing out any problems that may cause you to have slowed performance or other issues with how things work on your phone. With just one quick reset and wipe, you’ll find everything running smoothly again!
Whether you are selling your iPhone or giving it as a gift, make sure to delete all of the sensitive data stored on your phone. The buyer will be able to access any social media profiles and financial information that they want if not deleted beforehand.
They could also see personal photos and videos which may include private moments! Privacy is a big deal nowadays. If you don’t want strangers to be able to access your private moments and steal information about yourself, take the all necessary precautions before selling or giving away an iPhone.
What are soft reset, a force restart, and a factory reset – Difference between them
Restarting your iPhone using the software option will not result in loss of data. This is true for a force restart, which can be done through hardware buttons when the touchscreen isn’t responsive or apps start acting up.
A factory reset however wipes all content and settings from the device as if it were brand new out of its box with no personal information to speak off.
If you’re not able to solve your issues, we recommend factory resetting your iPhone as a last resort. This will erase all of the data from it and should only be done if you are giving away or selling the device.
How to soft reset your Apple iPhone
The easiest way to soft reset your iPhone is by turning it off. Unlike a factory reset, you will not lose any data and the phone should be back up in running as if nothing happened! It’s recommended that those experiencing minor problems do this instead of going through with a full-on restart because there are fewer risks for lost files or photos being deleted from one’s device.
Apple changed how to perform a soft reset on their X, 11, and 12 series iPhones this could be done by holding down 2 buttons All you’re doing here is turning your phone off.
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Steps: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Lower Volume button on the iPhone X, and later models
2. Rest your finger on the Slide to Power Off slider that appears
3. Swipe to the right and it goes black, After that press and holds the Sleep/Wake button again until the Apple logo appears.
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If you’re using an iPhone SE or earlier, all that is needed to shut down your phone is the Sleep/Wake button. Simply hold it until a slider appears and slide it across!
Luckily, a full-screen shutdown button is available to all iOS 11 users. Simply follow the steps 1) Go to Settings > General and then scroll down until you find Shut Down at the bottom of this menu; 2) When tapped on, Slide To Power and it goes black.
How to force restart your iPhone
As Apple suggests, if your phone is completely unresponsive then a force restart should be performed. Doing so will not cause you to lose any data that was saved on the device.
This process can help with issues such as when the screen turns black or freezes and you’re unable to perform standard operations which require an active iPhone screen (even though it’s powered on). The exact way depends on what model of iPhone you have
For the iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone 11, iPhone SE (2020), and iPhone 12 Series.
Step 1: Press and quickly release the Volume up button.
Step 2: Press and quickly release the volume down button.
Step 3: Press and hold the Lock/Wake button until you see the Apple logo.
For the iPhone 7 Series: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons until the Apple logo appears.
iPhone 6S or earlier and iPhone SE (2016): Press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons together until the Apple logo appears.
How to factory reset the iPhone
If you’re looking for a complete reset, then here’s what to do.
Back up your iPhone first
- iCloud and iTunes are great ways to back up your iPhone. iCloud backs it all up for you automatically, but if you want more control over the process or have an older iOS device without Apple Pay capability, then iTunes is a good option.
- It’s been a while and you’re not sure when the last time was that your phone backed up to iCloud? The date will show on Settings > iCloud > Backup. If it hasn’t done a backup before, tap Back Up Now and follow the instructions for easy setup!
- To back up your device, you’ll need to plug it into a PC or Mac via the charging cable. Click on the iPhone/iPad icon and then select Backup from iTunes (or The Finder).
How to reset the iPhone – Factory-reset your iPhone
Once you’re confident that your backup is safe, it’s time to wipe the slate clean. This process will restore factory settings on your iPad or iPhone and make sure any data from before is erased.
1. Reset your iPhone or iPad
2. Go to Settings > General > Reset
3. Select Erase All Content and Settings
4. You will be asked to enter the passcode again and then confirm that you want to erase all content on this device by tapping Erase iPhone (or iPad)
- You’ll need to enter your Apple ID password to confirm the action.
5. The phone will restart with factory settings after erasing everything from its memory.
What happens if you forget to backup before wiping your phone
If you’re looking for a way to get those photos back, don’t worry- there are likely other backups of your device that you might not be aware of.
You can check if your iPhone is backing up to iCloud by opening Settings and scrolling down the list of options until you find “iCloud.” Tap on it, wait a few seconds for Manage Storage to show up, then tap that.
You will see all of your backups- some old ones from an older Apple device (you might be able to delete one here) or more recent iOS devices have their own individual backup in this section as well.
One of the backups should say that it is This iPhone or This iPad. Tap on one and you can see what has been, and isn’t being backed up. You have more control over your storage so you aren’t using all 5GB for backup purposes- but if that doesn’t work for you there’s an option to pay a small fee per month in order to get extra space!
There are some apps that you may think don’t need to be backed up because they can just be downloaded again from the App Store. But as it turns out, these downloads might not have your saved data- game progress or preferences for settings – so backing them up is a good idea!
How to rescue data from a wiped iDevice
Deleted data is gone forever. If you are unable to find a backup, there’s no hope of recovering what was once lost in the abyss that is deletion.
The data on an iOS device is automatically encrypted, and those backups are just the icing on top of this cake. It’s a guarantee that anything deleted will be gone forever without access to any other form of backup.
How to restore an iPhone
Who needs to start from scratch? With the touch of a button, you can restore your phone back to its original state.
You don’t have to go through all that effort again!
via iCloud backup
- Finally, you’re at the final screen of setup. You have to enter your WiFi password and then select ‘Set up as new iPhone’ before continuing on with the rest of the settings!
- you’ll see three choices which are Restore from iCloud Backup, Set Up as a New iPhone, or Restore from iTunes backup. Choose the first option and enter your information to access this feature.
- You’ll be able to get back all of your data (apps, photos, music) after agreeing to the Terms & Conditions.
It can take a while to back up your phone, so if this is something you’re in the mood for I suggests doing it at night. When the backup has been completed, your iPhone will reboot and start downloading all of its apps again!
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