Hard Reset - Apple® iPhone® 4
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Hard Reset - Apple® iPhone® 4

A hard reset may help with a blank or frozen screen, apps crashing or freezing, keypad/touchscreen problems, can't hear, device making noises, can't make or receive calls, and device won't sync. Our Troubleshooting Assistant can help you with other device issues if you aren't currently using the tool.

NoteWarnings:

  • Performing an Erase all content and Settings will remove ALL data including the Email accounts, system data, application data, application settings, and downloaded applications. Only perform this reset if absolutely necessary.
  • Performing a hard reset is only recommended when the existing data has been backed up or is unwanted. For assistance refer to Apple article: # HT1766 - iPhone and iPod touch: About backups.

NoteNotes:

  • After an Erase all content and Settings or a Restore through iTunes, an initial setup may need to be performed. For assistance refer to Initial Activation and setup - Apple® iPhone® 4. If Erasing all content and Settings does not resolve the issue, perform a Restore through iTunes.
  • To determine the device software version, refer to View Software Version.

Hard Reset from the Device (Device Software Version iOS 6)
Hard Reset from the Device (Device Software Version iOS 7)
Alternate Hard Reset (Restore) through iTunes

 

 

Hard Reset from the Device (Device Software Version iOS 6)

  1. From the home screen, select Settings.
    Settings
  2. Select General.
    General
  3. Select Reset.
    Reset
  4. Select Erase All content and Settings.
    Erase all content and Settings
  5. Select Erase iPhone.
    Erase iPhone

 

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Hard Reset from the Device (Device Software Version iOS 7)

  1. From the home screen, select Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Select Reset.
  4. Select Erase All content and Settings.
  5. If prompted, enter the 4-digit passcode.
  6. Select Erase iPhone.

 

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Hard Reset (Restore) through iTunes

Note Do not disconnect the iPhone from the computer during the restore process.

Note If prompted, during the Restore process, enter the 4-digit passcode of the device.

Note For assistance verifying the version of iTunes refer to Apple article: # HT1208 - iTunes: How to find which version you are using.

iTunes version 10
iTunes version 11 or higher

 

 

iTunes version 10

  1. Disconnect the USB cable from iPhone, but leave other end of USB cable connected to the computer.
  2. Press the power button on iPhone for a few seconds until the 'slide to power off' switch appears.
  3. Slide the slide to power off switch right to power off the device.
  4. Press and hold the Home button then connect the iPhone to the computer via USB cable.
    Note The Home button can be released once the Connect to iTunes screen appears on iPhone.
    Note If iTunes does not open automatically, open the iTunes application on the computer.
  5. From the 'iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode' prompt, click OK.
  6. From iTunes, click Restore.
  7. For assistance with the restore through iTunes, refer to Apple article: # HT1414 - iTunes: Backing up, updating, and restoring your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch software then follow the Restore instructions.

 

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iTunes version 11 or higher

  1. Connect the iPhone to the computer via USB cable.
  2. Open the iTunes application on the computer.
  3. Click iPhone (located in the upper-right).
  4. Click Restore iPhone.
  5. Review the iTunes alert message then click Restore and Update.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Review the software license agreement then click Agree.
  8. The restoration process may take several minutes.
  9. Once the restoration process is complete click OK.

 

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Last Modified: January 22, 2014
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