Learning how to hard reset iPhone 6 devices is very easy. You just need to know the correct steps. It used to be much easier back in the days where all we had to do was remove the battery and put it back in. But, using non-removable batteries is a necessity for thinner phones. That’s why you also need to know how to perform a force restart/hard reset on your phone with the “new” way.
So, without any further ado, let us get right into it!
How to Hard Reset iPhone 6 (And Older) Devices
Back when batteries were removable, all you had to do was remove the battery for a second, put it back in, and that would basically hard reset the device. Keep in mind that hard reset and factory reset are two different things. But, more on that later.
So, here is all you have to do to hard reset an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or anything older than that:
- Hold down the power/sleep + home buttons
- Wait for a few seconds
- And when the Apple logo comes up, let go
That should perform a clean reboot even if your phone is completely frozen. However, keep in mind that you absolutely shouldn’t do that when an update is being installed or you may end up bricking your phone.
How to Factory Reset iPhones
Hard reset and Factory Reset are two terms that are often used interchangeably. But, as you saw in the heading above, they can actually mean two different things. So, if what you’re after is a factory reset and not a hard reset (Basically a forced reboot), here’s what you need to do:
- Open your phone’s settings
- Go to “General”
- Then select “Erase all content and settings”
Don’t forget that this is going to wipe everything on the phone. So, think about backing up your content to iCloud or a PC before doing this.
In some cases, the phone may be completely unusable. If you find yourself in such a situation, there is actually a trick to performing a factory reset by using a PC with iCloud installed. You can find all about it in this article.
How to Hard Reset iPhone 6 Guide: Wrapping Up
That’s about it for now. If this article helped you out, feel free to stick around as we frequently publish more Apple-related stuff. And if you have any questions or something to add, you can let us know about it in the comments.
What’s Hard Reset?
A software reboot will normally shut down all of the background apps and processes before the phone can start up again. However, you can’t do that when the OS freezes. You can’t do anything when the phone becomes unresponsive.
In cases like these, the only thing that can put the device back to working order (apart from waiting, sometimes) is a hard reset. To our understanding, hard reset refers to resetting the device with “hardware” – hence the name.
Just a few years ago, you could perform a hard reset by removing the phone’s battery and then inserting it back again. But, since that’s practically impossible to do easily these days, we need to rely on button combinations such as the one that we mentioned above.
However, a hard reset is also sometimes referred to as “factory reset” which is actually an entirely different thing.
What is Factory Reset?
A factory reset is going to wipe out your phone. Entirely. All the apps, documents, songs, pictures, settings – everything will be gone. That can be useful if you’re about to sell your iPhone or if one of the latest updates ruined something (Which rarely ever happens with Apple devices).
That’s why it’s called “Factory reset” – because it restores the phone back to a brand-new like condition where there was nothing in it.
There are several ways of performing a factory reset. You can do it through iOS, iTunes, or even remotely in case someone steals your phone. The easiest way is arguably through the phone itself. But, if the device is unresponsive, you’ll have no option but to rely on a PC with iTunes. If you don’t have one, your best bet is taking the iPhone to a local Apple store.