How to factory reset your iPhone 5

User guides 15:52, 5 Oct 2012

We show you how to factory reset your iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 is a great addition to Apple’s hugely successful smartphone range. It sports a brighter, larger new Retina Display, updated internals and some great new photographic nous, making it a must have for all your Apple fans out there.

Perhaps the biggest selling point with Apple’s iPhones is iOS though, the company’s tremendously simple yet powerful smartphone operating system, which makes accomplishing tasks supremely easy. Sometimes though, even the most effective software goes wrong, and when that time comes there is only one thing to do – Factory Reset!

Factory resetting the device will wipe and reset everything, taking you back to scratch and (hopefully) eradicating any pesky problems which may have been impeding your enjoyment of your new iPhone 5.

If you need to reset your device, follow these simple steps: 

Before we move forward – you should be aware that what you are about do will wipe everything from your device. So make sure you have plugged your iPhone 5 into iTunes and made a back-up, because you don’t want to end up losing something of value.

  • Grab your iPhone 5
  • Hit ‘Settings’
  • Tap ‘General’
  • Right at the bottom of the screen you’ll find a tab labelled ‘Reset’ – hit it
  • On the next screen you will see a list of things which you can reset – all of which are useful in sorting out potential problems, but we’re concentrating on the whole kit and caboodle today, so go ahead and tap ‘Erase All Content and Settings’
  • You will be asked to confirm that you wish to continue, tap ‘Yes’
  • Your iPhone 5 will, after a short wait, be wiped clean, ready for you to start afresh

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my daughter accidentally reset my iphone 5, I don't have icloud or safety backup in itunes, have i any chance to get it back? if yes, how?

Important Note: The title of this instruction is somewhat misleading. If your phone has undergone an operating system upgrade (e.g. from iOS6.1 to iOS7), that newer operating system becomes your "factory setting".

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