How to Reset iPhone 12

What to do when your iPhone won't work

What to Know

  • There are many different kinds of resets: a restart, a hard reset, resetting device settings, and resetting to factory settings.
  • Use different resets to solve different kinds of problems.
  • "Reset" is another way of saying "restart" in some cases, so if you know how to restart iPhone 12, you know the basics of resetting, too.

There are many kinds of problems that can be solved when you reset the iPhone 12. This article explains the major different types of iPhone 12 resets and how to do them.

How to Reset iPhone 12

As mentioned above, "reset" is another term for "restart." If you want to reset iPhone 12, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Volume Down button and Side button together.

  2. When the slide to power off slider appears on the screen, let go of the Volume Down and Side buttons.

  3. Slide the slide to power off slider to shut down the iPhone.

  4. Wait about a few seconds for the iPhone to turn off. Once the iPhone is off, wait a few seconds and then press the Side button again. When the Apple logo appears, release the Side button and the iPhone 12 will restart.

How to Hard Reset iPhone 12

Hard reset iPhone 12 when your iPhone won't respond to the standard reset steps or if you need to solve more persistent problems. Here's how:

A hard reset is sometimes also called a force restart.

  1. Press the Volume Up button and release it.

  2. Press the Volume Down button and release it.

  3. Press and hold the Side button (ignore the slide to power off slider). When the Apple logo appears, let go of the Side button. Wait for the iPhone 12 to restart.

How to Reset iPhone 12 Settings

Your iPhone 12 contains all sorts of settings related to connecting to Wi-Fi and cellular networks and Bluetooth devices, as well as your preferences and settings for how your iPhone is personalized to you. To solve some problems, you may need to reset those settings.

Reset All Settings on the iPhone 12.

To do that, go to Settings > General > Reset. From that screen, your iPhone 12 reset options are:

  • Reset All Settings: Returns all of your settings to the defaults. It won't erase any apps or data.
  • Erase All Content and SettingsDeletes all of the data on your iPhone. This includes all preferences and settings, and every song, app, photo, movie, or other file on your phone.
  • Reset Network Settings: Returns wireless networking settings to the factory defaults. This includes Bluetooth devices and Wi-Fi passwords.
  • Reset Keyboard Dictionary: Removes any custom spellings and words you've added to your iPhone's dictionary.
  • Reset Home Screen Layout: Undo all of the custom folders and app layouts you've made so your home screen returns to the default.
  • Reset Location & Privacy: Removes all location and privacy settings so that apps that need to use your GPS location, address book, microphone, or other private data have to ask permission again.

How to Factory Reset iPhone 12

If you want to return your iPhone to its brand-new state, the way it came out of the box, you need to factory reset iPhone 12. You should do this before sending your iPhone in for service or selling your iPhone, or when you need to solve a problem by deleting all of your data and settings. Here's how to factory reset iPhone 12:

The most important thing to do before factory resetting an iPhone 12 is to back up your data. A factory reset erases all data, so it's crucial you back up that data so you don't lose it.

  1. Begin by turning off iCloud and Find My iPhone by going to Settings > [your name] > Sign Out. If you don't do this, your iPhone 12 will be Activation Locked to your Apple ID.

    Signing out of your Apple ID.
  2. Once he signing out is complete, tap < Settings in the top left corner to return to the main Settings screen.

  3. Tap General.

  4. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap Reset.

  5. Tap Erase All Content and Settings.

  6. If prompted, enter your iPhone passcode.

  7. A pop-up window warns you that this step will delete all music, other media, data, and settings. Tap Erase to continue.

    Completely erasing an iPhone 12.
  8. Wait a minute or so for your iPhone to delete everything on it. When your iPhone restarts, it has been reset to factory settings.