How to reset an iPhone or iPad

10How do I reset my iPhone? Can I force-reboot my frozen iPhone? How can I restore an old back-up on my iPhone or iPad? Is it possible to retrieve data from a wiped iPhone or iPad?

In this tutorial we will show you how to reset an iPhone or iPad – perfect if you need to wipe an iPhone or wipe an iPad because you are selling it. Alternatively, if your iPhone or iPad has frozen we can show you how to reset it and restore it from a back up. Here’s how to reset, restore and reboot your iPhone or iPad next time it hangs. Read on to find out how to erase your iPhone or iPad, and restore everything again afterwards.

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How to fix a frozen iPhone or iPad
If you’ve ever watched the IT Crowd, you’ll be well versed in the mantra “Have you tried turning it off and on again?”, which is the stock response used by Denholm Industries’ IT department to solve all computer-related ills.

In real lifeā€¦ well, strangely enough it’s often the way to fix problems that occur on your iPhone, iPad or even Mac. Modern electronic devices are very complicated, and can get themselves into a bit of a confused state from time to time. Resetting can clear out random problems that cause the device to get stuck in a loop, appear sluggish or otherwise impair their performance. It’s not a guarantee, but you’d be surprised how often it works.

For bigger issues though, you might find that a trip to the Apple Store is in order, and this often results in a fixed device but with all the data wiped clean. To solve this it’s vitally important that you backup your iPhone either with iCloud or iTunes. With that safety net in place you can restore your iPhone when it starts to have problems. Read on to find out how to restart your iPhone if it’s completely unresponsive, backup your iPhone before resetting it and more.

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