How to Reset iPhone Settings

The Apple iPhone iOS does a good job at providing users with plenty of reset options. Usually, a reset is an “all or nothing” kind of thing. With the iPhone though, you can reset single things like the keyboard dictionary or just the settings you’ve changed over the course of owning the device. Here’s how you can reset the iPhone settings if you are experiencing problems with the device.

Reset all settings

Choose General > Reset and tap Reset All Settings.

All your preferences and settings are reset. Data such as your contacts list and media such as your songs and videos are not deleted.

 

Erase All Content and Settings

Choose General > Reset and tap Erase All Content and Settings.

All your data and media are deleted. You must sync iPhone with your computer to restore contacts, songs, videos, and other data and media.

 

Reset the keyboard dictionary

Choose General > Reset and tap Reset Keyboard Dictionary.

You add words to the keyboard dictionary by rejecting words iPhone suggests as you type. Tap a suggested word to reject it and add your word to the keyboard dictionary. Resetting the keyboard dictionary erases all words you’ve added.

 

Reset Network Settings

Choose General > Reset and tap Reset Network Settings.

Comments

  1. John Hughes says

    Mitch,
    My 4S v6.0.1 needs to have a Apple ID change. When I try an APP Store buy or update, it only gives me an old/obsolete ID and won’t let me enter my current ID. I don’t want to change anything else on the iphone. (Online descriptions of “reset” function sounds pretty drastic.)
    Thanks,
    Johbn

  2. Mitch says

    Tony, I would download Revo Uninstaller and attempt to uninstall iTunes using that tool. It will get rid of all the registry entries and other files for a complete uninstall. Then restart your computer, reinstall iTunes and see if your iPhone is detected then.

  3. Tony lane says

    Since I upgraded to ios6 I canot sync to iTunes it will not recognise the device. It says I must uninstall iTunes and reinstall 64 bit iTunes. I have done this but still it won’t recognise the phone. HELP please.

  4. Moses says

    I pressed reset iphone settings and its asking me to start as new device, or restore from itunes. What should I do?

  5. evans awua says

    my iPhone does not show on my laptop to restore itunes after resetting all settings.all i see is the apple sign and circle circulating beneath.plz help!

  6. Sylvia King says

    When I choose “Erase All Settings and Content” will it erase the IOS 5.0.1 software as well?

  7. Matthew says

    Hey guys, what does it mean if my iphone 4 doesn’t have a reset option ? Can’t find it anyway.

  8. Zinf says

    Did you find a way to fix this? I think i’m having the same problem. I’ve connected my phone to itunes, and itunes has repeatedly synced (or tried to) but my iPhone 4 continues to remain on the “connect to itunes” screen.
    Please help.

  9. Fedup says

    Guys please this is a very serious situation. I upgraded to ios 5.0.1 on my iphone4, and couldn’t use my sim anymore so I had to do a downgrade to ios 4.3.4 and it did go well and was working until i tried a jailbreak and there the whole problem started. The phone now is stuck at DFU mode and all attempts to both restore from itunes or any other program does not work for me now. Itunes does try to do the restore but gets stock at about 10% and stays that way for longtime. When i tried greenpoison it says that it is not able to download the device configuration. I think the bootloader is corrupt and probably needs to be reflashed or re-uploaded. Please is there a way to do this cause i don’t have an Apple store in my country of origin.

  10. Angelica says

    I use the Erase All Content and Settings.. Then When it is done my phone is not opening. It just shows the Iphone logo. And even I keep on pressing the opening and closing botton of it. It still didn’t work. What will I do?? Oww. pleasee reply.. ASAP! Thanks =\

  11. adil says

    hi bubaks! pls. help! i got the same problem with my iphone. i choose the reset and erase all content and settings thinking that it might help my iphone with the freezing problems. i’ve tried the pressing of wake/sleep button and the home button but when i plug it in the computer, there is no sound of connection and still itunes cannot detect it. only the apple logo appears in the screen and nothing else. please help

  12. aravensdream says

    It seems like I have to do this every 6 months with my Iphone 4. For some reason itunes did not always recognize my iphone. So I could not sync. Then on the off days that it did see that my phone was pluged in it would sync everything but outlook calender

  13. Wally J says

    I did the same and clicked reset content my phone works and it says NO SIM INSTALLED insert a valid sim card with no pin to activate iphone I insterted my sim card and it still says the same thing no SIM? I have the iphone 3GS 8GB and its unlocked my sim card was working just fine ? please any help or suggestions ?

  14. sci says

    Hello,
    I have a iphone 3g, i RESET ALL DATA AND SETTINGS, but i cant turn it on now.
    It just shows the apple logo, and i cant do anything else !
    I cant force the power off also, but no sounds no vibration when i plug it, nothing !
    What to do !?

  15. Claudine says

    I just bought an iphone and it keeps switching off and than on again every 3 minutes. Do I have a fault or d I have to change some settings? Its frustrating to be be using it and turns off. Cant do anything on itunes cause not enough time.

  16. Patrick says

    Thanks Diana! I was having problems and your advice worked like a charm! You’re awesome!

  17. zuhayr khan says

    i am trying to reset all settings,it asks 4 digit codes which i dont know please help me out

  18. Diana says

    You might guys want to try this. Got this off some forum somewhere and it works!

    1) Hold buttons sleep + home untill iPhone turns off;
    2) Open iTunes;
    3) Hold home button and plug the phone to your computer. The phone will turn on and the iTunes + Arrow + cable screen will appear.;
    4) iTunes will recover you phone from unsuccessful recovery process.

  19. Don says

    If your iPhone is stuck after a master reset try this it worked for me.
    1.hold te power button and the home key down for 10 seconds. This will shut the phone down

    2 connect the phone iTunes continue to hold the home button and power button until itune recognizes the phone.

    3. An IPhone in recovery mode will be displayed hit OK

    4 iPhone will begin to restore itself to factory settings like it was new out of the box

    Hope this helps

  20. rutul says

    hey guys i clicked on erase all content and settings on iphone 4 4.1 now it is stucked on apple logo plz help me

  21. Chrissy says

    My boyfriend jailbroke his iPhone 3G and then resetall content and settings and not it won’t turn on it just stays on te apple logo can anyone help plz plz plz we tried restoring it updating it idk what else to do

  22. Roseline Olokun says

    Hi, pls i’ve got a little problem which has been given some sleepless nights and i wouldn’t want to take my phone to a quack repairer. The problem is that, my keypad was frozen that i cudnt make a call or dial any number. so, i clicked on the reset settings button . the problem was resolved and another problem set in. my phone doesn’t ring out anymore when i have a call. it only vibrates even though the ring option is on. pls reply me as soon as possible on what to do. Thanks. Roseline.

  23. Artem says

    When I go to “reset” in settings, the only option i get is “reset home screen layout”. Please help!

  24. Mitch says

    Is it charged? Is the Hold slider slid on? Can you plug it into a computer and attempt to Restore it using iTunes?

  25. Sunny says

    I did reset my iphone 3g as mentioned above, however while rebooting it is stuck on the apple grey logo. Nothing happens beyond that. Could anyone provide solution for this.
    Thanks.
    Sunny

  26. pavankumar says

    yesterday I carried out “Choose General > Reset and tap Erase All Content and Settings” to reset the phone. I am using it in India. It is not powering up but when i connect it to pc but only apple logo appears with spnning wheel.
    What should i do now. Phone will be locked now? If yes what is the procedure to restore and unlock apple i-phone 3G 16GB. even i don’t know how to connect itunes to pv. i have installed itunes in pc but i don’t know how to use so please help me.

  27. udhayakumar says

    ive had the same problem,i choosed to ‘reset and erase all content and settings’ and voila …. my iPhone does not start anymore.It puts the apple logo and stays there …. any advice will be appreciated.

  28. rocky says

    hi, i erased all the data on my 3gs… and all i see on my screen is the apple logo and nothing else seems to be working.. earlier i jail broke this fone and had OS 4.0.1 .. now when i go to DFU mode, it asks for update and restore to 4.0.2.. but i’m not sure if i will be able to jail break 4.0.2. kindle advice me on how to get os 4.0.1 on my fone..? thanks

  29. bill says

    how do you erase email address from the iphone that are not in your contact list?
    Every time i start to type an email address , one letter typed brings up every address close to that one even if there not in my contact list.

  30. jagadish says

    ive had the same problem,i choosed to ‘reset and erase all content and settings’ and voila …. my iPhone does not start anymore.It puts the apple logo and stays there …. any advice will be appreciated.

  31. Rashmeet Singh says

    Hii,
    I had reset my Iphone 3g totally a Night before, by
    SETTINGS=>GENERAL=>RESET=>RESET ALL SETINGS.
    All my dat has been lost but my Phone did’nt started.
    I connected my phone to my PC and then Pressed and Holed the sleep/wake Button along with Home Key approximately for
    (10 SECONDS), the phone gets power off but i still pressed the home key until my phone get connected to my PC.
    I then just Updated my IPhone 3G from VERSION 3.1.2 to VERSION 4.0
    Thanks for suggesting me.

  32. Helen says

    I have tried reset all and followed option above. tried resotring on itunes but not allowed to reset, anyone help?

  33. Pratik Vaidya says

    Bubaks is great. Somehow i accidently reset entire settings and took ages to come over. I was tired of the apple logo and the wheel which moved occassionally.

    I pressed the sleep button on top and the Home button (the main buton at bottom) for 10 secs. While doing this i had already connected the phone with my mac, and voila i get the USB icon with itunes icon displayed on my iphone. Also in my itunes i got the option restore to factory settings. Its done and is now working.

  34. Nadine says

    I recently used the “erase all content and settings” button. I was able to restore mo phone to software 3.1.2 and was able to jailbreak it and was also able to download cydia. My problem is when I plug my phone in Itunes, all my applications, which can previously be synced to my phone, can’t anymore. It says that there an “unknown error that occurred.” I really don’t know what to do. I can sync music and other media, but I can sync the apps. I don’t know what to do. please help me.

  35. Nathaniel says

    My personal opinion is to DO NOT use the “Erase All Content and Settings” because this will do as it say’s “erase” everything and you will be experiencing what is called a SWOD (Spinning Wheel Of Death). This is all you need to do! You will need to get your iPhone in the DFU (Device Firmware Upgrade) mode and restore.

    This is the easiest way to boot into DFU mode:

    * Plug iPhone into PC (or Mac)
    * Press-and-hold the sleep button and home button until the device force-powers off. (about 10 seconds)
    * Release the sleep button, but still hold the home button. Do this until you hear the device connected sound on the computer.
    * You may now release the home button, to test that it works, go into iTunes, it should say that an iPhone is connected, and has to be restored. I suggest that you load “Spirit 3.1.2″ to re-Jailbreak your iPhone if you plan on “Jailbreaking” your 3G, 3GS, :0)>

  36. evita says

    while restoring my iphone 3G with 3.12 software i am getting an error 1602 what should i do plz help?

  37. erlyana says

    dear Evita, If you have iphone 3gs, there is no way out except to restore and upgrade it, I just did it, and its work well

  38. evita says

    yesterday i erased the data and resetted the settings on my iphone but now it is not gettind switched on .. sometimes when the itunes on my pc recognises the iphone it asks for restoring the original settings when i do so its unable to do it … plz help?

  39. alex says

    so i did reset all content and settings….and now its on a screen with the itunes plugin…and all i can do is make an emergency call..and my sim card works perfectly fine….i did this :DFU: (Device Firmware Upgrade) mode and restore.
    did the whole hold the 2 buttons and release one ect…

    and absolutly nothing happened, it wont even recognize the phone in itunes to restore it

  40. Kiry Soeum says

    ive had the same problem,i choosed to ‘reset and erase all content and settings’ and voila …. my iPhone does not start anymore.It puts the apple logo and stays there …. any advice will be appreciated.

  41. Ron Welter says

    Thanks fixed my phone with just a apple logo. I phone 16gb. The trick was not holding just both buttons. Thanks again!!!

  42. evin says

    Ok I reseted and erased all my contents and the screen goes in to this itunes and usb picture and every time I plug it up to my pc it show up but I can do any thing and it stay like that on the screen I don’t have internet on my itunes so is that why. It is still show that pic like when you first buy it what do I do.

  43. Vikas says

    I carried out “Choose General > Reset and tap Erase All Content and Settings” to reset the phone. I am using it in India. It is not powering up but when i connect it to pc it gives option to restore.

    What should i do now. Phone will be locked now? If yes what is the procedure to restore and unlock apple i-phone 3GS.

  44. Timbo says

    - ditto – to what everyone else has said. Thanks for the help.
    ( Y’know what ? This internet-thing is going to catch on one day … ! )

  45. Jimmy says

    I did only “Reset Network Settings” on my own Apple iPhone 3G to fix my GPS. While I’m using iGo Europe 2009 my iPhone reboots itself most of the time. It might depend on my battery? Because tonight while I was using it in my car, I had 40% battery and rebooted again and again ’till my battery went 25%. Anyone has this problem while using iGo maps?

    Device: iPhone 3G (Factory Unlocked)
    Firmware: v3.1.2

    * Jailbreaked with Blackra1n RC3 to use 3rd party applications.

  46. booman says

    This is the easiest way to boot into DFU mode:

    * Plug iPhone into PC (or Mac)
    * Press-and-hold the sleep button and home button until the device force-powers off. (about 10 seconds)
    * Release the sleep button, but still hold the home button. Do this until you hear the device connected sound on the computer.
    * You may now release the home button, to test that it works, go into iTunes, it should say that an iPhone is connected, and has to be restored.”

    thx bubaks it worked for me too! good luck guys

  47. vully says

    i did that and finally a white screen shows up .. instead of just hte apple logo but now itunes says “error (23)” i have no idea what that is please help.

  48. boneshard17 says

    bubaks thanks a lot. this worked like a charm on my 2nd gen ipod touch running on OS 3.0

  49. ruth says

    oh i’ve tried everthing that is stated here. itunes not even seeing the phone. pc not even seeing the usb connection.

  50. ruth says

    i’m having the same problem. m iphone had 250 contacts and a whole bunch of content. i hit erase all contents and settings. now my phone won’t even start

  51. Kirsty says

    Sorry just thought I would leave this information I have just seen, I have now connected the phone to the computer via itunes – phone is still not turning on but there is a message that has just flashed up on the computer saying that itunes has detected an iphone in recovery mode you must restore the iphone befor it can be used with itunes

  52. Kirsty says

    Selling my iPhone and I have restored all settings. Phone was not turning back on and I had continuous apple on the front so tried what you suggested with holding sleep button and conecting to computer – that has worked but now the phone is not turning on at all and I dont want to send the phone to the person who is buying for it not to be working!! ARRGGGG!! Someone please help

  53. nabz says

    on my iphone i had changed my setting from the zoom to voice settings and on that i dont know how to scroll down and because of that i cant even change my settings what should i do?

  54. Mehedy Hasan says

    I think I have the same problem. I reset all content from my iPhone 3GS 32GB , now my Iphone not resetting, I lost every thing on iphone. when i put my iphone for recharge but it appears red battery image that means it not charging. pls advs or help me how can i resolve from this problem.
    best regards
    mehedy hasan
    dhaka, Bangladesh

  55. Gabriella says

    i have tried to reset the dictionary on my iphone but the same things are still coming up.. why does it not work?? =( any help would be much appreciated!!

  56. Ubangoh Helly says

    I clicked restore but a message comes that my sim is not surported. an itunes logo and USB cable head are just planted on the screen. what do i do? i am confused and cann’t use my iphone

  57. Seldon says

    Pls help me. I changed something in settings now my iPhone’s skrin works like computer with double click and it’s doesn’t go up down left and right. So now I can’t do nothing and I don’t have computer to restore it

  58. Brad says

    I tried it and it goes to the restore menu so I click restore and wait for it and then it just back to doing the same thing. HELP!!!!

  59. morpheus25 says

    Thanks for the info. I believe it was Icy that caused my issues. What could have done something like that

  60. 'Saint0s says

    I did the same and it didnt work for me the first time, but when i did a pc reboot, the second time worked fine!!
    (dont start itunes yet, wait till your pc connects to the iphone)

    Thanks alot!

  61. Reggie says

    I still have this problem. I did as Bubaks said, but my iTunes didn’t connect. The only different was a sign of usb cable and itunes on my iPhone. Please, Could somebody help me?

  62. Banukumar says

    I had a same problem and recovered as per the Bubaks steps. Thanks a lot.

    Regards,
    Banu

  63. Balck knight says

    Hi All,
    I had the same problem, I did the same as bubaks said, and it worked.
    thanks very much.

  64. 3noud says

    i had the same problem can any one tell me how long the restore in itune took??

  65. jose gudiño says

    yea but after that what do i do to unlock it it appears the connect to itunes sign and i restore it and nothin happens i have tried quickpwn and ziphone 3.0 cant do anything…

  66. Graham says

    I had the same problem as above and i done what bubaks suggested and it worked fine.

    Thanks a million

  67. Keith says

    Had the same problem. I did as bubaks said:
    “* Plug iPhone into PC (or Mac)
    * Press-and-hold the sleep button and home button until the device force-powers off. (about 10 seconds)
    * Release the sleep button, but still hold the home button. Do this until you hear the device connected sound on the computer.
    * You may now release the home button, to test that it works, go into iTunes, it should say that an iPhone is connected, and has to be restored.”

    Worked like a charm- IPhone 3G

  68. ann says

    hi bubaks! pls. help! i got the same problem with my iphone. i choose the reset and erase all content and settings thinking that it might help my iphone with the freezing problems. i’ve tried the pressing of wake/sleep button and the home button but when i plug it in the computer, there is no sound of connection and still itunes cannot detect it. only the apple logo appears in the screen and nothing else. please help…

  69. BigDaddy says

    I had the same problem. I plugged the phone into the computer and it brought my phone back up. Cool!!!

  70. bubaks says

    you are experiencing what is called a SWOD (Spinning Wheel Of Death). All is not lost! What you’ll need to do is get it in DFU (Device Firmware Upgrade) mode and restore.

    This is the easiest way to boot into DFU mode:

    * Plug iPhone into PC (or Mac)
    * Press-and-hold the sleep button and home button until the device force-powers off. (about 10 seconds)
    * Release the sleep button, but still hold the home button. Do this until you hear the device connected sound on the computer.
    * You may now release the home button, to test that it works, go into iTunes, it should say that an iPhone is connected, and has to be restored.

    originally from: http://www.modmyi.com/forums/general-iphone-chat/511671-iphone-stuck-pineapple-screen-after-reset-major-crash.html

  71. Basco says

    ive had the same problem,i choosed to ‘reset and erase all content and settings’ and voila …. my iPhone does not start anymore.It puts the apple logo and stays there …. any advice will be appreciated.

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