How to Reset iPhone and Restore

How to Reset iPhone and Restore

A factory reset of your iPhone and logging back into your Apple ID account are both required to restore your iPhone from a backup. How to Reset iPhone and Restore


To restore your iPhone, you must first ensure that you have a current backup of all of the data on your phone. You can create a backup of all of your phone’s data from the Apple ID menu on your iPhone.

For those of you who have owned an iPhone for any length of time, you know that it is generally trouble-free — an iPhone behaves more like an appliance than a finicky desktop computer — and that it is relatively inexpensive. In spite of this, issues can still arise, and the majority of glitches can be resolved by simply restarting your phone.

However, on rare occasions, your problem will be so severe that no amount of restarting will be able to resolve it. If this is the case, you may want to consider performing a factory reset.

How to Reset iPhone and Restore

An iPhone factory reset will completely erase all of the apps and data stored on it, and will restore it to the state it was in when you first unpacked it from the box after purchase. This is the “nuclear option.”

However, because a freshly erased iPhone isn’t particularly useful, you’ll most likely want to restore all of your apps and data from a recent backup of your device. Fortunately, this is a simple process.

This operation will take a few steps, and you’ll need to have your Apple ID and password ready to go in order to complete it successfully. Once this procedure has been completed, your iPhone’s apps and data should be restored.

Note that restoring and setting up an iPhone can take some time, and there is always the possibility that restoring from a backup will fail and cause you to lose your data in the process (no matter how small the chance). Only use these steps if you’ve tried everything else to troubleshoot your phone and nothing else has worked to resolve your issue.

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Here’s how to make a backup of your iPhone and then restore it.

How to backup your iPhone

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap your Apple ID at the top of the screen and then tap “iCloud.”

3. Near the bottom of the section called “Apps Using iCloud,” tap “iCloud Backup.”

4. On the page that opens, make sure that “iCloud Backup” is turned on. If it isn’t, tap it to turn it on.

5. See when the last successful backup was recorded; if it’s in the last few hours, that might be good enough. If the backup isn’t fresh, tap “Back Up Now” and wait for the backup to complete.

How to Reset iPhone and Restore
Be sure your iPhone has been backed up recently before starting a reset. 

How to Reset iPhone and Restore

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap “General,” and then tap “Reset.”

3. Scroll and select “Reset.”

4. Tap “Erase all Content and Settings,” and choose “Erase Now.” If for some reason you haven’t already backed up your iPhone, this is your last chance — you can choose “Backup then Erase.”

How to Reset iPhone and Restore
There are a number of reset options, but “Erase All Content and Settings” returns your phone to factory conditions. 

5. Your iPhone will take a few minutes to reset to factory conditions. After that, you’ll be greeted with the iPhone’s initial welcome screen.

6. You’ll be asked to set up your language, Wi-Fi network, and passcode. When the “Apps & Data” screen appears, tap “Restore from iCloud Backup.”

7. Your iPhone will ask you to sign in to iCloud. Use your Apple ID email and password to sign in.

8. Enter the passcode that Apple either sends to another one of your iOS devices or that you can have texted to you.

9. Agree to the Terms and Conditions. 

10. Tap “Next” and, on the “Choose Backup” screen, you’ll see a list of recent backups. Tap the backup that you want to install.

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