In this tutorial you will learn how to hard reset any iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch running iOS 8 firmware. Before you perform a hard reset, we recommend you to keep in mind a couple of important points. We will share these points here, and we will also share the steps involved in correctly hard resetting an existing device to factory settings.
Factory Hard Reset Solves Common Problems
Many iOS 8 users have this question on their mind: Does factory hard resetting erase and delete all the data from my iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch? The answer is yes. What hard resetting really does is “reset” the memory space and permanently remove all your data.
Photos, videos, contacts, messages are deleted when you do a hard reset.
To repeat: Hard reset erases all your data, firmware settings, apps, games, and every other content stored on your iOS device.
And when should we perform a hard reset? In many cases, whenever your iOS device crashes and apps stop responding, a hard reset solves the problem.
Even when a firmware upgrade is available, you may want to do a hard reset.
If the fonts or icons on the screen are blurred, a hard reset is the right solution.
Options in a menu are greyed out? Hard reset should fix that.
iPhone is slow and unresponsive? iPad is stuck? iPod Touch freezes? In all these cases, hard resetting should be the second step (rebooting is the first).
Hard Resetting on iOS 8: Here’s The Right Way To Do It
Before you decide that hard resetting is a must for your device, a content backup is necessary. You can launch iTunes and store this backup on your computer. Alternatively, you can use iCloud to save all your important contacts, documents, and other content to the cloud.
Here are two easy ways to hard reset a device:
- Perform Hard Reset From iOS Device
- Perform Hard Reset Using Apple iTunes
Let’s look at each of them in details:
Method 1: How to Perform Hard Reset From iOS Device
Note that this tutorial is not just limited for iOS 8 compatible devices like iPhone 6, 5s, 5c, 5, 4s, iPad 2 and over, or iPod Touch 5G. If you are using older firmware, like iOS 7, the same steps are valid for hard resetting:
- Unlock the screen and tap on Settings
- Go to General
- Tap Reset
- Tap “Erase All content and Settings”
- Tap Erase iPhone
You will see “Erase iPad” or “Erase iPod Touch” on your iPad and iPod Touch device. If you are using a passcode, you will be asked to enter the 4-digit passcode in order to hard reset.
Method 2: How to Perform Hard Reset Using Apple iTunes
Compared to previous method, this requires you to plug your iOS device to a computer and hit the Restore option. Here’s how it works on iTunes 11:
- Connect iOS device to your Windows or Mac computer
- Launch iTunes app and click on the device (let’s say iPhone)
- Click “Restore iPhone.”
- You will receive an alert messages on the iTunes app. Click “Restore Update”
- Now click Next
A software license agreement window will pop up and you will have to click “Agree.” That’s it! Now you have to wait for the restoration process to finish.
Note: You don’t have to hold Power and Home button for hard resetting anymore. The above solution works just fine. You can use any one of the method.