How to reset an iDevice Soft and Hard Resets?
A soft reset is the most common type of reset available on smart phones and is best used to solve problems with the phone or issues that you might find strange or if features start to act up. A soft reset is very similar to restarting your computer. What it does is, it stops everything from running and restarts all the processes. This will not affect any of your files such as photos or music on your iDevice. It only deals with the settings, however if you would like to be careful, you can always back up your data and files using iTunes or the iCloud for a wireless backup option.
Firstly, we will unlock our iDevice and find the Settings app. From this menu, we will be able to perform several different kinds of soft resets. You can go into each individual setting such as network, location, or keyboard and choose to reset each setting, however for the purposes of this tutorial, and unless you know exactly what is wrong with your iDevice, it is best to navigate to the General tab. When you have gotten here, you should see an option marked as Reset All Settings. Tap on this and then when you receive a popup asking to confirm, just press yes.
A hard reset is often referred to as a Factory Reset which is used in more severe cases. Performing a hard reset should not be done until trying other methods of recovery or fixes because it will always wipe all the data including photos, videos, passwords, contacts, and more from your device. It will make the iDevice revert to the settings it had when it was originally made. Before performing a hard reset, make sure you backup all your data using iTunes or the iCloud. This method is great when you want to sell your iDevice or give it to someone and you want to make sure all your data is gone.
So, now you've decided to perform a hard reset on your device. This is how to do it : You will need to press the power and home buttons (top right and middle bottom) on your device for 10 seconds or more. You will then see the Apple logo appear and then it will turn off. You can then turn on the iDevice and you should have a reformatted device.
If your device was jail broken, you will have to perform the hard reset slightly differently. You have to back up the iDevice and create a firmware file (an ipsw file) and then connect your iDevice to your computer with the USB cable and turn on iTunes. Follow the previous step of pushing the power and home button for 10 seconds till the Apple logo pops up but then release the power button and hold the home button for an additional 10 seconds. ITunes will tell you that the device is in recovery mode. Hold Shift and then click on the Restore option. In the popup window, select the ipsw file you downloaded or the one from a previous backup and then it should reset the phone after processing it for about 2 minutes.
Written By : Martin and Jennifer H., Mexico
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