Minor software issues are very common in mobile phones and usually they require a restart or soft reset to fix the problem, but if the problem is not easily resolved after a soft reset then that’s when you know that your phone probably needs to be reset to its factory settings.
But if you are not really sure what is means to reset a phone to its factory settings, then don’t worry because you are about to find out everything there is to know about the process.
In this post we are going to talk about resetting an iPhone X to its factory setting, when and why you need to factory reset and what are the steps involved.
So let’s start with answering the question: what is a factory setting?
Factory setting is the condition or state your phone comes in when it is first purchased. Once you start to store information on your new phone and download applications or make other modifications then you basically change the original settings (Factory Settings).
Making alternations to the phone’s initial settings is not a bad thing, in fact it is not really possible to use your phone without making changes to it or customizing it to suit your preference.
So logically every phone, including the new Apple iPhone X will lose its factory setting as soon as modifications are made. These modifications can be simple steps such as storing personal information, downloading music or even changing the wallpaper.
When is a Factory Resetting necessary?
If you notice your iPhone X misbehaving or not running as smooth as expected, then chances are that it is having software issues. Whether a downloaded application is slowing down your device, or something else is causing software malfunctioning and problems like freezing or crashing, the safest (and cheapest) solution is to reset the phone to its factory settings.
Another time when factory resetting is essential is if you wish to sell your phone or pass it on to a family member. This way you can erase all your personal information, stored contents and personalized settings before handing over the phone almost in the same condition it was first bought.
It is recommended that you always create a backup to revive the contents on to your new phone or the same phone after the reset.
You can backup and reset your device to iTunes on your PC or Mac if you prefer or simply do it via the settings menu to store everything on iCloud.
Resetting an iPhone X to Factory Settings
Now we will guide you through some easy steps to reset your phone to its factory settings whether you know the password or not.
- Follow these steps to factory reset through the settings menu and if you know the password:
- Go to Settings from your iPhone
- Scroll to General
- Select Reset (it should be the option just above ‘Shut Down’)
- Tap on Erase All Content and Settings
A pop-up window will ask you to confirm your decision, tap on the Erase iPhone option.
- Next you will need to enter your Apple ID password which will then confirm the action
Depending on how much contents need to be deleted, the process could take several minutes.
Once the factory setting has been completed you can set up your device once again using the iOS Setup Assistant.
You will have to choose between restoring from a previous iOS or set up as new phone.
- Follow these steps to reset your iPhone X to factory settings using iTunes if the above method does not work for you
This is also a very popular way to restore the iPhone X to its factory settings. For this process you first need to install the iTunes software on your Windows or Mac and make sure that your computer has the latest version of operating system.
- Connect your iPhone X to the computer using an appropriate cable
- Select and open iTunes on the computer
- The software should recognize your device (iPhone X)
- Choose your device from the listed devices that pop up in iTunes
- You can also backup your contents at this stage to iTunes or iClouds if you haven’t already – this will help you recover everything later on
- Next, tap on Restore
- You may need to tap on Restore again if prompted to confirm the action
The process will then start and run for several minutes depending on how long it takes to download and install the new software for your device.
Once completed you need to set up your phone as new.
So there you have it, you can choose either one of the above ways to reset your iPhone X to factory settings.
Now let’s take a look at some of the most common questions asked by iPhone users regarding factory resetting:
- What all is erased during a factory reset?
Everything starting from personal information to personalized settings will be deleted during the process. The action aims to wipe out bugs and all sorts of software glitches to help get your phone back to its original state.
- When do soft resets not work?
When your device is facing major software issues then a restart or soft reset will most probably not fix the problem. This is because in order to fix an issue that is causing some serious harm to the phone, your device will need to be treated from deep within which can only be possible with a factory resetting.
- When is a hard reset recommended?
Also known as a force restart, a hard reset is sometimes required when the device becomes unresponsive, mainly due to software malfunction. This procedure will not have deleted any data so it is quite safe and does not require any prior back up.
It is time to wrap up this post. Hope you found the above tutorials useful, informative and easy to follow. If you have successfully managed to reset your iPhone X through the instructions stated in this post, then your device should be good as new but if any issue remains then maybe there is another underlying problem for which you need to contact your service provider.