How to factory reset your iPhone or any other iOS device: It’s easy, it’s fast and sometimes it’s necessary

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Resetting your iOS device can clear out random problems which might have caused the device to get stuck, appear sluggish or otherwise impair its performance. Moreover, if you are planning to sell your iPhone or iPad or even give it to one of your family members, resetting your iOS device is highly recommended.

Owning an iOS device feels nice as you are showered with all the high-end technology that could have been there but using an iOS device such as iPhones, iPads among others is a whole new ball game.

First, there is a saying that states, ‘Once an iOS user, always an iOS user’ which could be due to the kind of user interface or hardware that Apple offers. However, when it comes to customizing settings, every new iOS user struggles to wend his way through the Settings option.

One such option is the factory reset, which if you are a first-time iOS user, can be hard to find. One might ask why the factory reset option is that important?Well, for starters, a clean slate can work wonders for you and if you seriously want to know its importance, then let it be known that Modern electronic devices are very complicated as they can get themselves into a bit of a confusing state, from time to time.

When it comes to iOS devices, they sometimes get frozen or start behaving inappropriately. In such cases, resetting can clear out random problems which might have caused the device to get stuck, appear sluggish or otherwise impair its performance.

Moreover, if you are planning to sell your iPhone or iPad or even give it to one of your family members, resetting your iOS device is highly recommended.But first, if you are here to know how your sluggish or hanged iPhone or any other iOS device can be brought back to its sane self, then you should first try the soft reset option which doesn’t require you to clean the device’s storage.

How to soft reset an iPhone or iPad

If your iPhone has locked up and you want to restart it but none of the buttons are working, then hold the power button as well as the home button down at the same time until your device turns off and you can see the Apple logo. Then let go of your iPhone or iPad after which, it will be back to normal.

How to factory reset your iPhone or any other iOS device

Step 1: Tap Settings and then tap on General. Scroll down the general settings until you see Reset.

Step 2: Select Erase All Content and Settings. Now depending on whether you have set a Passcode or a Restrictions Passcode, you might have to enter that code or password for erasing and resetting your device. Just remember, there is no way to reset an iOS device unless you enter the code(s).

Step 3: You will now have to enter your Apple ID password so that your account can be removed from the device, and ‘Find My iPhone’ option can be switched off. If you opt to merely restore an iPhone through iTunes, you'll be asked to enter your Apple ID and password when the device reboots.

Step 4: The reset process might take a minute or two, after which you will see the welcome screen on the device asking you to swipe to continue. It will then be ready for selling to someone or to be taken to an Apple Store for repair.Do this before opting to reset: Before factory resetting your iOS device, make sure that you have taken a backup of all the data that is present on your device.

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