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Resetting Vs. Restoring an iPhone: What to Do and When

Are you frustrated with a delay whenever you try to open your phone’s camera or send a text message? Or is your phone cluttered with apps, images, and videos that you want to remove?

Resetting or restoring your phone can fix issues such as these, but it’s important to understand the difference between these functions before moving forward. You should also learn about the purpose and consequences of performing a reset or restoring your phone before doing so.

What’s the Difference Between Restoring and Resetting Your Phone?

Resetting your phone restores some of its features back to factory settings. On an iPhone, you can either reset all settings back to their defaults or pick what you want to reset, such as location and privacy settings only.

Restoring your phone takes it back to how it was when you fired it up for the first time. This resets all settings and removes all apps, software, firmware, and personal content (such as music, videos, and images) from the device. You’ll have to redownload all apps, update your operating system, and readjust the settings to your liking.

Why Would You Reset Your Phone?

Some people think resetting their phones regularly is key to optimizing performance, but this is a myth. A hard reset should be done only to try to correct problems such as issues joining networks or to take your privacy and location information back to default settings. Resetting and updating may also fix bugs.

Why Would You Restore Your Phone?

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People usually restore their phones to factory setting when they want to sell their devices, clear all applications and stored data to start again from scratch, or try to fix lag. If you experience a delay when you access the SMS application or pauses when you use the camera or view and navigate your contact list, a full restore may be in order.

How to Reset or Restore Your Phone

To reset an iPhone, follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Select “General.”
  • Tap “Reset.”
  • From the “Reset” menu, you have several choices for which information you want to reset.

If you need more help with this process, T-Mobile explains how to reset your iPhone. Follow these steps to reset your settings and get back to enjoying T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network — which, as of 2018, is America’s fastest network.

To restore your iPhone, follow these steps:

  • Back up any content you don’t want to lose forever.
  • Turn off the “Find My iPhone” setting.
  • Connect your iPhone to your desktop.
  • From your desktop, select the iPhone’s “Summary” panel.
  • Click “Restore iPhone.”

After confirming that you want to restore your phone, the iPhone will revert to factory settings and erase all data and content. If you don’t have an iPhone, check your manufacturer’s instructions for resetting and restoring your phone.

Alternatives to Restoring or Resetting Your Phone

Depending on the issue you want to resolve, you can try another option to get your phone running well again. For example, a potentially simple fix for poor performance is to remove apps or photos and videos from the device. Check your phone’s total storage capacity, and free up some space if needed to get better performance.

Another common problem is poor battery life. This is an issue that resetting or restoring your phone may only temporarily fix. Instead of doing either of these things, consider how you’re using the device. For example, is the phone running in high-performance mode? Do you tend to open apps and leave them running in the background? Adjusting performance settings and making changes in how you use your device are often better fixes for battery life problems than restoring or resetting a phone.

Whether you need to reset, restore, or simply better manage your phone, knowing exactly what’s wrong with the device and the options at your disposal can help you fix any issues you come across. The next time you’re dealing with a tech problem, check whether restoring or resetting the device will deliver the fix you need.

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