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iPhone Restore

An iPhone restore might be needed every now and then to fix some iPhone problems. Sometimes you are forced to restore to resolve an iPhone problem while other times a restore is just required as part of an iOS upgrade.

What is an iPhone Restore:

iPhone restore to factory settings with iTunesRestoring your iPhone is a process that is available in iTunes when you connect your iPhone to PC or Mac. A restore in the iPhone world is similar to formatting your hard drive on your Mac or PC and reinstalling Windows or Mac OS. It is basically clearing all the data you have from your iPhone including all the iPhone photos, iPhone audio, iPhone notes, iPhone safari favorites, and iPhone contacts. Anything that you manually enter in your iPhone will be permanently deleted when you do an iPhone restore.

An iPhone restore is not something you should do often. Usually a restore is required when a new iPhone OS upgrade comes out, and when you are ready to install it. Before any iPhone restore it is recommended that you back up your iPhone. This way you will not loose any data and you can always restore from that backup.


Why Restore Your iPhone:

  • iPhone restore with iTunes to get to factory settingsIf you ever run into any kind of iPhone problem, the best way to recover it is to restore it to factory settings. This is usually the fastest way to resolve any unknown iPhone issue you might have, instead of spending time troubleshooting your iPhone to find the exact problem.

  • If you have a jailbroken iPhone and for some reason you want to return it to Apple for any reason. Then an iPhone restore is your only way to get support from Apple. There is misconception about jailbreaking that if you jailbreak your iPhone, then you will damage it or break it. This is completely incorrect, and once you restore your iPhone, you will bring it back to factory settings as if it was never jailbroken.

  • If your iPhone jailbreak fails for any reason in the process, an iPhone restore is the solution to return it back to factory settings.

  • Another important reason to restore is if you are planning to sell your iPhone on eBay for example, or give it away to someone. You should clear all the information before you get rid of it. An iPhone restore will clear all your contacts, iPhone photos, iPhone camera pictures, all your iPhone music, and all your iPhone hacks from Cydia.


How to Restore the iPhone:

When you connect your iPhone to PC or Mac running iTunes, under Version in iTunes window, you will have the option to restore the iPhone. This will download the latest iPhone Software and installs it if one is available. If not, then iTunes will use the current iOS version if already downloaded to your computer and will use it to restore your iPhone.

iPhone restore is a quick way to return the iPhone to default settings

Another way to restore your iPhone is by a right click on the iPhone in the Devices list on the left column in iTunes. Here you will be able to restore from backup. Therefore, if you have an iPhone backup with some iPhone applications and data from a specific date in the past, you can then restore from that iPhone backup and get your iPhone back to that state as it was in that backup.

iPhone restore from backup with iTunes

iPhone Backup:

iPhone back up using iTunesWhen you right click on the iPhone in iTunes, and choose the back up option, you will back up all the iPhone applications, contacts, iPhone photos, music, and settings from your iPhone to your computer.

This iPhone back up will be stored on your computer for any future iPhone restore.

If you have an iPhone problem in the future, and you want to recover it or fix it, you can simply click the "restore from that backup" option. Therefore, you should make sure you have a good iPhone back up on your computer before you do any restore from backup. Visit the manual iPhone back up to learn about other backup options outside of iTunes.


When to Restore Your iPhone:

iPhone restore or slide to power offPerforming an iPhone restore is not something that you would do on a regular basis, but there are some times when an iPhone restore is required.

With most iPhone problems, or any iPhone troubleshooting, an iPhone reboot will fix most issues.

You can reboot the iPhone by pressing the sleep button for 10 seconds, and then the power slide screen will show up.

You can then slide to the right to power off your iPhone or iPhone 4. When you press the sleep button one more time, you will reboot or restart the iPhone.

If your iPhone gets stock in one screen for a long time and feels that it is not responding or frozen, you can try to leave it for 5 minutes and it should reboot by itself.

Reboot iPhone before an iPhone restoreIf it stays frozen for longer than 5 minutes or if you want to just force reboot while it is frozen. Then simply press and hold both the home and sleep buttons together for 10 seconds. The iPhone will reboot and the Apple logo will show up.

An iPhone reboot fixes most iPhone problems. But if the problem persist, then you will need an iPhone restore.


Reboot With A Jailbreak:

If you have a jailbroken iPhone, you must be very careful when you restore your iPhone or iPhone 4. You will loose all your third party Cydia applications and iPhone hacks, and of course you will loose your jailbreak.

With a jailbreak you have several ways of rebooting or resetting your iPhone. Sbsettings gives you several options to reset or reboot your iPhone.

Tap the power button shown below in Sbsetting to access a list of different ways to restart or reboot your iPhone quickly. A respring is a fast way of restarting just the iPhone lock screen which could solve some iPhone problems without going through the full reboot.

Use the power button in Sbsettings to reboot or resetting iPhoneReboot your iPhone with SBSettings


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