How to hard reset an iphone: step by step guide

Having to reset an iPhone is not common . At this point there is no doubt that the iOS operating system is one of the most stable and effective but, like everything, from time to time it can fail and need a boost to recover its proper functioning.


The passage of time, the continued use and the fact that we are filling the iPhone with files and documents can make our mobile phone start to slow down and its operation becomes heavier .


If we are in this situation we should consider resetting our device so that it works correctly again . Do not worry because resetting an iPhone does not involve any difficulty.


What you will have to see is if after doing this process your iPhone returns to work normally or its problems have not yet been solved. If this solution does not work, you will have to resort to more drastic measures.


In this post we will teach you how to make a Soft Reset, Hard Reset and format your iPhone . Depending on the problem of your device you should use one or another option. If you want to reset an iPhone and make sure you do it correctly without causing any harm to your mobile, read on. We explain how to do each step-by-step procedure below.


How to make a Soft Reset on iPhone?

Making a Soft Reset on iPhone is the same as saying that you are going to restart the phone . This process is usually done when the iPhone starts to go slower than usual, some application is failing or does not open directly or if some other small problem arises.


When you restart the iPhone you will not lose any of your data or delete anything from your phone , so you can do it as many times as you need without worrying.

Making a Soft Reset is the same on all iPhone models. The only change for some older models is the location of the buttons to press , but do not worry, if there is any variation we will let you know. To restart an iPhone you have to do the following:


  • Press the On / Off button until the option ” Slide to turn off ” appears on the screen .
    • In iPhone 6 and later this button is on the right side of the mobile.
    • For iPhone SE, 5S and earlier you will find it at the top of the device.
  • Now, simply place your finger on the slide button and move your finger to the right .
  • When the screen goes black completely, press the ” On / Off ” button again until the Apple logo appears and wait for the iPhone to restart.

Since the arrival of iOS 11 it is also possible to restart the iPhone following this route : « General »> « Configuration »> « Turn off «. When you reach this last option you will see the sliding button to turn off the phone. Swipe to the right, wait for the device to turn off completely and turn it on again.


How to make a Hard Reset on iPhone?

If the problem for which you want to restore an iPhone is that it does not respond in any way, or even restart, you must force the restart. This process is also known as Hard Reset and will be helpful if our screen goes black even though the iPhone is on, if the screen is blocked or if the iPhone has problems to start.


Also, do not worry because forcing the restart of the iPhone does not mean the loss of important data , even though, we recommend that you only resort to this option in the cases we have named above.


The way to make a Hard Reset varies depending on the model of iPhone that we have . Next, we tell you step by step how to do it in each model.

Hard Reset en iPhone XS Max, XS, XR, X

  • Press the volume up key
  • Press the volume down key
  • Press the power button until the Apple logo appears

Hard Reset en iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus

  • Press and quickly release the volume up button .
  • Press and quickly release the volume down button .
  • Press and hold the pressure on the Rest / Activation button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Hard Reset en iPhone 7 y iPhone 7 Plus

  • Press the On / Off buttons simultaneously and lower the volume until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Hard Reset on iPhone S6 and previous models

  • Press and hold the On / Off and Start buttons at the same time and wait until the Apple logo appears.

How to format an iPhone?

If the problem of your iPhone is more serious than the ones mentioned above or the previous processes have not been able to solve the error, you only have the option to format your device so that it is restored to its factory values .

The formatting process is the same for all iPhone models and you will have to do it through iCloud following these steps:

  1. First, disable the option « Search for my iPhone «: « Settings »> « iCloud »> « Search for my iPhone » and deactivate the switch.
  2. Connect the iPhone to the computer and access iTunes .
  3. Go to the iTune device tab and look for the « Restore iPhone « option . Select it and let the process complete . iTunes will automatically download the latest version of iOS and reinstall it on the iPhone.
  4. When the iPhone restarts and comes back on, it will display the initial setup menu . You can start using it as if it were a new iPhone.