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How to Hard Reset iPhone 11

Written by John

Are you looking to start things anew with your iPhone 11? Maybe you've been having problems with your phone, or maybe you're looking to pass it on clean to someone else. Well, you need to reset your iPhone; whether hard reset, soft reset or factory reset.

Resetting your phone comes in handy in many ways. It assists in solving a number of problems: an unresponsive phone, a crashed device, failure of the phone to ring or vibrate, problems answering or receiving phone calls. Resetting is pretty much like diagnosing your phone. Just like the right medicine will make you well, resetting your iPhone restores it back to its normal functioning.

This is what this article is all about. We’ll show you the different ways to hard reset your iPhone 11. The steps are clear and simple. Follow them to the latter for the desired results.

How to Hard Reset iPhone 11

Soft Reset

Soft resetting your phone is important in that it helps eliminate minor glitches that may affect the normal functioning of your phone. Soft resetting your iPhone 11 is as easy as ABC. Follow these steps to soft reset your iPhone 11:

Soft Reset

  1. Long press and hold the Side Button together with the Volume Down buttons. Do this until the ‘Slide to Power Off’ option appears.
  2. Slide it in order to turn off your iPhone 11 off completely.
  3. After your phone has turned off, restart it. Do this by holding the side button for long till the Apple Logo appears. Your phone then reboots.

Aside from this method, there is an alternative that makes use of the settings menu. This method is equally effective, but a little bit longer. In order to soft reset your iPhone 11 using the settings menu, follow these simple steps.

  1. Tap on the Settings icon in the home screen
  2. Go to ‘General
  3. Scroll down till the ‘Shut Down’ option. Tapping on it will power off your iPhone.
  4. Wait for a few seconds then long-press the side button to turn it on again.

One thing to note is that soft reset doesn’t interfere with any of your stored data. There is, therefore, no need to worry about losing any essential content after the entire process.

2. Hard Reset

How to hard reset the iPhone 11 series is different from its predecessors. With age, there are changes that are incorporated in the Apple devices, which makes them different from the previous versions, the iPhone 11 being a good example of this. Shutting down for iPhones that were developed after the home button was removed is same for all.

Whether that’s a cliché or true, there’s a faster method, and we’re going to show you how. And this method has been tested, proven and guaranteed to work. If your iPhone is undergoing serious problems, you might not even have to go for the ‘Slide to Power off’ option at all. One thing, however, is that you’ll always have to make an immediate restart afterwards. All you need to do is:

Hard Reset iPhone 11

  1. Press the ​'volume up' button once
  2. Press the 'volume down' button once
  3. Press and hold the ​'Side button'.
  4. Hold on until the Apple Logo appears

3. Factory reset

When it comes to factory resetting your iPhone, you’ve got two options; resetting using iCloud or the old way via iTunes. The most common one is using iTunes, while iCloud is the easier one of the two. The difference between these two is the location of the backed-up data. Resetting using iCloud backs up your data in iCloud while the latter backs up your data in iTunes. The process is pretty much the same, with only minor differences.

In order to factory reset your iPhone 11, follow these simple steps:

The first step is to log in to your iCloud account. To do this, go to settings then iCloud. Toggle on all the items that you would like to back up. It is recommended that you choose everything, but most importantly contact, notes, photos and mail. Once you’ve done this, scroll down to the ‘iCloud Backup’ option. Tap on the ‘Back Up Now’ option. Please note that in order for this process to proceed, you need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network. The process may also take a while before being completed.

The next step is to access the reset menu. To do this, tap on the main Settings icon on the home screen. Choose ‘General’ then tap on the ‘Reset’ button found at the bottom page. After this, you now have to reset your iPhone. To do this, you have to tap on the ‘Erase All Content and Settings' option provided at the top. If you didn't back up before as suggested, you would be prompted to do so. Enter your password and tap on the ‘Erase iPhone' red option that pops up in a bid to confirm.

Once the resetting process is done (which will take several minutes) confirm once again if the iPhone has been factory restored. If this is the case, the iOS Setup Assistant will be presented to you upon startup. Please note that you will be setting up your iPhone from scratch; every previous setting will be erased.

Bottom Line

The difference between hard resetting and factory resetting is that while the latter reboot the entire system, hard resetting only resets specific hardware in the system. Factory resetting is done to remove the entire data from the device. You start everything afresh as if it was new. Hard resetting, on the other hand, is done to reset specific hardware that might be interfering with the functioning of the phone.

Having minor glitches in your iPhone doesn’t necessarily mean that it is spoilt. You’ve been granted the freedom of taking matters into your hands and dealing with the situation. The steps given are clear and concise. You can do them on your own. Follow them as they are and your phone will be working in no time. If, for any reasons, the problems persist, feel free to contact Apple Company for assistance.

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