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How to Factory Reset Your iPhone and When You Should Do It


Once limited generally to making calls, sending messages and playing with very basic days, nowadays phones have endless features and are literally small computers one can bring in their pocket every day. Nowadays phone are used to surf the internet, perform various tasks thanks to a wide ecosystem of apps and even pay in shops without the need of a wallet. The actual market of smartphones is dominated by two big players: Google, with Android operating system (which is the most used one among mobile devices, as it is installed by most of the popular phone brands) and Apple, which sells iPhone, already equipped with its proprietary operating system, which is the largest alternative to Android devices.

iPhone Settings

iPhone Settings

iPhone Popularity & Performances

One reason why iPhone is appreciated among its loyal users is the sense of safety and reliability this device can give to their owners: Apple both sells the hardware and the software, which is closed-source and crafted specifically for that hardware,by making it look like a perfect integration. In addition, Apple ecosystem is closed and, while this is something disappointing for people who love to customize their phone with endless possibilities, it is also one of the characteristics most iPhone users love: the fact their phone is already perfectly configured, ready to use and completely guaranteed by Apple, which also controls the quality and safety of the apps you can install on your device. People who don't need or like to play too much with the settings of their phone, customize it at advanced levels and who just like to have a device they are sure it is perfectly functional and with a very high level of security, are the perfect target for iPhone devices. Despite this, iPhone is still not exempt from typical issues that may affect devices, especially after a long usage: battery should be changed at a certain point and you can experience also a slow down over time, especially if you make an intensive use of your device and of heavy apps. In this case, you may find yourself looking how to factory reset your iPhone, so by giving it a new life.

What You Need to Know Before Factory Resetting your Device

Before knowing how to factory reset your iPhone, it is important to understand the following aspects, in order to make sure you are certain of decision:

  • factory resetting your device means you are going to lose all your apps and data: make sure you have done backups on iCloud or other cloud services (if you need to backup phone settings and apps, iCloud is still used for this);
  • if you experience slowdown while using your phone, maybe you could try to solve this issue by rebooting your device. In fact, while it is not necessary to force close your apps in order to save battery or memory, it is actually good to often reboot your device in order to ensure the best performances.

Only if you have evaluated these two aspects and made sure you have made backup of your important contacts, photos and data, you are ready to proceed with factory resetting your device.

How to Factory Reset Your iPhone

Factory resetting your iPhone is actually a simple task. All you need to do is to perform the following passages:

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  1. Open iPhone Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Scroll Down until you see the Transfer or Reset iPhone button

Please note that, at this point, you are given the choice among several options. You may choose, for example, to reset certain settings without completely erase all your data. Only if you are sure you want to factory reset your iPhone, tap Erase All Content and Settings and wait until the process is finished.

What to Do After iPhone Factory Reset

After the process is complete, you will need to start like if it is the first time you turn your phone on: sign in with your Apple ID, recover eventual backups and connect to your WiFi network. After having completed everything, you are ready to use your device again. If you have restored a backup from iCloud, you may already find again all your apps and settings while, at the opposite, you will need to download again your apps from App Store: in this case, it is the occasion to make sure you are downloading only relevant apps.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Alessio Ganci

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