How To Restore Or Reset An iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to Factory State

Reset iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch:

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How to reset iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Do you need to restore an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch??  You are not sure how to do it? In this guide, we explain the process of doing step by step. The different ways of doing it, either using iTunes or directly from the iOS device itself. The restoration will return the operating system of the device to its factory state. That is it will completely eliminate all configurations, apps, and data.

Restore an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch is the ideal way to eliminate certain problems that may arise after a time of use of the Device. The most common problems appear after making updates to the operating system (especially with changes from one version of iOS to another) or overtime and the accumulation of “garbage” or debris in the device: temporary caches, orphan files that are left when removing apps, logs of certain applications, modifications of important files in case of having Jailbreak and a long etcetera of different reasons.

A Restoration or reset of the operating system will not solve a hardware failure. But it can help you to detect a failure of this type. For example, you have problems with the camera or microphone of your device and after restoring it, if the problem continues. It is most likely the fault is in hardware. That is why Apple always asks you to perform a complete restoration before sending them a device for repair. If you are facing any Charging issue in iPhone and want to reset. Then check this Fix for iPhone Won’t charge article for more info before resetting.  Since in case of a software failure the restoration would solve it in practically all cases.

Steps to Consider Prior To Restoration:

As we said at the beginning of the article, restoring an iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, iPad Air or iPod Touch supposes to eliminate completely all the data, apps and configurations stored in the device. That is a restoration of an iOS device is the equivalent of formatting and reinstalling the operating system on a computer.

As you are already imagining our first recommendation is that before restoring a device make a full backup of it. Thus, you will always be able to recover the data and the configurations that you had before performing the “formatting” if you wish.

Step by Step Process to Reset iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch:

Generally, the restoration is quite easy with the manual provided by Apple. Although if a problem occurs, it may be necessary to follow this guide to put the device in DFU mode or restoration.

Just simply follow the ways to restore or reset your iPhone or iPad in few simple Steps. There are two ways to restore devices. They are

  • Restore An iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch From iTunes
  • Restore An iDevice Directly From iOS

These are the two ways from which you can Restore your iPhone. Let’s proceed and check both the process.

How To Restore An iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch From iTunes:

Here we explain the steps to follow to restore an iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch using iTunes.

Our recommendation is that whenever it is possible, this mode is used to restore a device. With this what you get is a complete installation from scratch. iTunes is responsible for downloading the operating system version that you have installed from Apple’s servers and installing it from scratch.

To restore an iOS device through iTunes you must follow these steps:

  • Turn off Find my iPhone if you have it activated.
  • To do this you must access Settings—>Menu with your Apple ID name—>iCloud—>Find my iPhone and disable the option.

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  • When turning off the switch, the device will ask for the key of your Apple ID. You must enter it to deactivate the option completely. Otherwise, it will not allow you to continue with the restoration.
  • Connect the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with the USB cable to a computer.
  • Open iTunes
  • Access the device tab in iTunes.
  • Click on the Restore button.

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  • Depending on the connected device, it will display the text Restore iPhone, Restore iPad or Restore iPod Touch.

After completing these simple steps, the restoration will begin. iTunes will automatically download the corresponding iOS version and perform the installation again. During the process as indicated above, all data stored on the device will be lost.

That is why we insist on the importance of making a backup before starting. Thus avoiding possible loss of data.

After a few minutes, the restoration process will finish. The device will restart and will show you the initial configuration menu as if it were a device just taken from the box.

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How To Restore an iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch Directly From iOS:

The second option to restore an iPhone Device is to do it directly from iOS. In this case, it is not a complete reinstallation as like iTunes. Although it will eliminate all your data, settings and apps. But only that, it will do full cleaning without actually reinstalling the OS.

To restore an iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad from the device itself we must take the following steps:

  • Access the app Settings—>General—>Reset.
  • Tap on the option Delete contents and settings.

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  • The device will ask for your security code (the same one you use to unlock it) and after entering it will ask you for a new confirmation that you really want to delete all your contents.
  • After a few minutes, the device will reboot and just like the restore option from iTunes.
  • It will show you the welcome menu so you can configure the device as if it were new.

This is how the process of doing a reset of iPhone and all iOS devices from iOS only. Just follow any of the methods to restore your devices.

It is already restored! And now that?

As we said, after restoring the device it will show you the initial configuration menu. In this menu, you will have the possibility to configure the device as if it were completely new or restore a previous backup and return to the configuration you had when it was made. The decision of how to continue is yours, depends what you are looking for.

Of course, if you did the restoration to check if a failure was caused by hardware or software. We recommend that first activate the device as new and check if the fault is resolved (which would mean that it was caused by a software problem ) and after the verification, you can restore your backup.


Now you know how to restore an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to factory state. Both procedures are completely valid and Useful. Although as we said we like to do it from iTunes since it is more complete and as a rule, does not present problems that usually occur with the other method. Feel Free to Contact us if you have any problem doing this problem. We will help you out from the situation. Share the article with your social buddies and enjoy upcoming tutorials at Cracko.

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