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Hard Reset of the iPhone – Returning to Factory Defaults

Posted: Wednesday, July 9th, 2008 by admin

While the iPhone is a fairly stable device, there are always times when a reset to factory defaults is required. Maybe you hacked a little too far. Maybe you are selling it and need your personal information removed to keep yourself safe. Or maybe, heaven forbid, your Apple device is just acting buggy. No matter what the case, at some point, you may need to reset your iPhone back to its factory state. Of course this means losing any and all data you have put on there, so make sure you back up anything you can. A hard reset should be a last resort when troubleshooting, so try doing a soft reset first when possible. That said, here are the instructions for a hard reset:

  1. You will want to start from a powered off state, so if you are using your phone, shut it off.
  2. Press the Home button and hold for about 10 seconds, until the “Please Connect to iTunes” screen appears
  3. Plug your iPhone into a Mac or PC running iTunes
  4. Open iTunes
  5. iTunes will promt you with a screen that says “iTunes has detected an iPhone in Recovery mode.” Click OK
  6. When the iPhone pane comes up, click Restore
  7. Once the full restoration process is complete, you should be up and running again and ready to go!

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