How To Soft / Hard Reset iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5s, 6, 6s, Plus

Earlier today, I experienced something quite unusual on my phone. When I say quite unusual, I mean it’s never happened before.

I was sorta devastated (a little though). The iPhone totally became unresponsive. Consistently pressing the power button could turn on the screen light but I could perform next to nothing.

Although I could swipe the phone screen from the top downwards to access the notification tray and could swipe the phone from the bottom upwards to access other menus, I couldn’t access any apps, couldn’t even swipe the screen from the left to right and vice versa. Although calls could still come through, I can’t pick it up. That’s pretty everything the phone could do which was pretty annoying.

As awkward as it may sound, at some point, I had to consistently hit the phone on the floor (what’s d worst that could happen? It isn’t really functional after-all). That still didn’t fix it. Since the phone’s screen wasn’t bad, I knew that would always be a solution.

I had to start trying different button combinations (for phones with non-removable battery, button combination or a reset point is the sure bet).

If for any reason, your iPhone smartphone becomes unresponsive and you are very sure the screen isn’t bad nor the device has any fault, soft resetting the phone could be the best solution.

Soft Resetting iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5s, 6, 6s, Plus

To soft reset your iPhone, press and hold the power button and home button together for a few seconds till the phone resets.

hard / soft reset iPhone device

When reset is complete, everything should be working fine and No, you won’t loose any of your files or data.

Hard Resetting An iPhone

This process will wipe everything on the device leaving only the pre-installed apps and data.

To hard reset, go to settings > General > Reset. Choose from any of the reset options that suits your description and follow the onscreen instructions.

In summary, the iPhone has been working very well ever since i soft reset the phone. You should apply same tactics if at any point, you experience same on your iPhone.

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  • Boss That’s a very frustrating experience. My Android Phone does that especially this Afternoon. It pissed me off. Although since it had a Removable Battery, It worked after I removed and reinserted the Battery. I’m not a big fan of Non-Removeable Battery

  • nice post iphone 5s seems to have problem with least thats what the technician says…the phone is always stuck at icloud setup

  • I hate phones with non-removable batteries though I’m using one now in infinix hot note pro.. My phantom tab just went off all of a sudden and dere was nothing calcare could do about it because of the non-removable battery…Thanks for the info sir

  • @ Richard , I’m Just not Comfortable with the disadvantages of Non-Removeable Battery . To Me, It makes You Handicapped when a situation calls for you to remove your battery.

  • Resetting my iphone 5s would be scary and i hope i never need to do that. So whenever my apps dont respond properly i need to do a soft reset and i wont loose my data. But with hard reset it just like am doing. Factory reset taking the phone back to the way it was when i bought it which means all my data wipes out. I better go for soft reset at all times. Thanks for this information TechsNg

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