There are a few reasons that might call for a factory reset of your iPhone. 

One benefit of resetting your iPhone is that it will restore the speed of your phone. Another is if you forget your iPhone password or it is disabled or locked. 

Perhaps you want to sell your iPhone, so you have to erase all of your personal data. 

Whatever the reason, there are a number of ways to do this. Below you’ll learn how to reset an iPhone for a number of different models and situations. The good news is, no matter what type of iPhone you have, it’s simple to reset it.

How To Reset an iPhone

How to soft reset an iPhone: from the X models and newer

There are a lot of ways to reset your iPhone. Methods will differ depending on how you want to reset it and on your iPhone model. We will go over iPhone resets for models iPhone X onwards.

The steps are as follows:

  1. Press and hold the power button and either of the volume buttons at the same time
  2. Wait for the power-off slider to appear on the screen
  3. Drag the slider across and wait for your device to shut down
  4. Press the power button to turn it on again

How to soft reset an iPhone: models older than X

If you own a less updated iPhone model, the process is similar. The only difference is that you do not have to hold a volume button. Simply hold the power button. 

There is also an alternative way to soft reset your phone:

  1. Go to the settings
  2. Select “General” 
  3. Look for the “Shut Down” option, then tap
  4. The power-off slider will appear again, and you know what to do by then

How to hard reset an iPhone: from the 8 model and newer

Here are the steps how:

  1. Press and release the volume up button;
  2. Do the same thing with the volume down button;
  3. Press and hold the power button
  4. Release your hold once the Apple logo shows up

How to hard reset an iPhone: older than the 8 model

For iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus, press and hold the volume down and the wake button at the same time until the Apple logo shows up. 

For iPhone 6 series and older models, press and hold the wake button and the home button simultaneously until the Apple logo appears. 

How to factory reset your iPhone

Factory resetting an iPhone or any phone will erase all the files and bring the phone back to its original settings. 

If there are files in your phone that you don’t want to delete, we suggest you backup your iPhone first through iCloud or your computer (PC or Mac). 

Then, follow these factory reset steps:

  1. Go to the settings
  2. Select “General” 
  3. Then look for “Reset.”
  4. Select “Reset” 
  5. After that, there will be plenty of options, but in this case, select “Erase All Content And Settings.”
  6. If your device has passcodes, Face ID, and Touch ID, you must pass the biometrics first.
  7. Log in with your Apple ID to make sure that it can be removed from the device and disable the “Find My iPhone.” 
  8. Wait a few minutes then your phone will prompt you to set it up as a new device. 

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