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.


  1. John Hughes says

    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.)

  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.

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