How to Soft Reset iPhone 7/7 Plus/6/6 Plus/6s/6s Plus/5s/5c/5- Dr.Fone
Part 3: For More Help
If the soft reset iPhone doesn’t work, then it might mean that the problem is more deeply rooted in the software. As such, there are a couple of things you can do still. Below you’ll find listed all your alternative solutions, listed in ascending order of how effective they are. However, you should beware that many of these solutions lead to irreversible data loss, and as such, you should take the precaution of backing up iPhone data.
Force Restart iPhone (No Data Loss)
In case the soft reset doesn’t work you can try to force restart iPhone. This is generally done by pressing down the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons (iPhone 6s and earlier) or the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons (iPhone 7 and 7 Plus).
Hard Reset iPhone (Data Loss)
A hard reset is also often called a factory reset because it deletes all the data in an iPhone and returns it to factory settings. It can be used to fix a number of issues. You can go to Settings on your iPhone and select the « Erase all Content and Settings » option. Just refer to the picture given below to navigate and hard reset the iPhone directly.
Alternatively, you can also connect your iPhone to your computer and perform the hard reset using iTunes.
iOS System Recovery (No Data Loss)
This is a highly recommended alternative to the hard reset because it causes no data loss, and it can scan your entire iPhone to detect errors and subsequently fix them. However, this relies on you downloading a third-party tool called Dr.Fone – System Repair. The tool has received great user and media reviews from a lot of outlets such as Forbes and Deloitte and as such, it can be trusted with your iPhone.
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DFU mode (Data Loss)
This is the final, most effective, and also the riskiest method of them all. It deletes all the data on your iPhone and resets all the settings. It is often used when all other options have run out. To find out more about it, you can read this article: How to Put iPhone in DFU Mode
All of these methods have their own merits. For example, the Hard Reset is a simple function to perform but it leads to data loss and doesn’t guarantee success. The DFU mode is the most effective but it also wipes out all your data. Dr.Fone – is effective and doesn’t lead to data loss, however, it needs you to rely on third-party tools. Finally, it depends on what works best for you.
However, whatever you do, be sure to backup iPhone data either in iTunes, iCloud, or Dr.Fone – iOS Data Backup and Restore.