How to Reset iPhone 5c
As an iPhone 5c owner, you might need to reset the device to delete everything (and we do mean EVERYTHING) inside the device. You---and other iPhone 5c users---will probably need to know the steps you need to take to reset iPhone 5c: a bloated memory; software problems that can only be fixed with a reset; and/or selling or lending your device to someone else.
There are several ways you can perform a reset. Resetting iPhone 5c to its factory settings may sound like a daunting task but it is really easy to do. Just follow our guide below to equip yourself with this useful knowledge.
- Part 1: How to reset iPhone 5c to factory settings
- Part 2: How to reset iPhone 5c without password
- Part 3: How to reset iPhone 5c with iTunes
- Part 4: How to hard reset iPhone 5c
- Part 5: Video tutorial for resetting iPhone 5c
Part 1: How to reset iPhone 5c to factory settings
Note: Before proceeding with this method, you should know that resetting the iPhone 5c will cause everything to be deleted from your device. It is important to backup your data---especially the ones that are valuable to you.
On your home screen, tap on Settings.
Scroll down and tap on General.
Scroll down and tap on Reset.
Tap on the Erase All Content and Settings option.
Key in your passcode.
Tap on Erase iPhone.
Tap on Erase iPhone again.
Your device is now restored to its factory settings. Follow the wizard to set up your iPhone 5c again.
Part 2: How to reset iPhone 5c without password
Understandably, you would want to protect the content of your iPhone 5c by enabling a password on it. However, since technology rotates fast, we usually change our devices much faster these days. It only makes sense to sell it off or give it to someone else.
Unless you spring clean your iPhone 5c immediately, there is a high possibility that you would forget the passcode. In this situation, you will not be able to perform a factory setting reset since you will not have the access or authorization to do so.
Here is how to reset iPhone without a password to give you open access to your iPhone. Also, before we proceed with this method, it's better to backup the iPhone without a password so we can restore all the data after we have access to the phone.
Turn off your iPhone 5c.
Press and hold down the Home button while connecting your iPhone 5c to your computer using a USB cable. Release when the iTunes logo appears---this indicates that your device has entered Recovery Mode.
Launch iTunes if it does not do so automatically.
On iTunes, click on Restore when prompted.
Wait until iTunes establishes a connection to your device's software update server.
A pop-up message will appear. Click on Restore and Update to confirm the action.
Click Next on the iPhone Software Update window.
Click Agree to accept the terms and conditions. You cannot continue without performing this task.
Wait until iTunes has completely downloaded and installed the latest compatible iOS for your device. This will restore your iPhone 5c to its factory settings.
If you already manually downloaded the latest compatible iOS for your iPhone, follow steps 1--3 above. Thereafter, follow the steps below:
Left-click on Restore while pressing and holding down the Shift key on your keyboard when the iTunes pop-up window appears.
Locate and select the iOS file.
iTunes should then start restoring your iPhone to its original state.
If it is the Apple ID password you've forgotten, we can also try to reset iPhone without Apple ID.
Part 3: How to reset iPhone 5c with iTunes
Alternatively, you can use iTunes to reset the iPhone 5c to its original settings. There are several steps to this:
Launch iTunes on your computer.
Establish a connection between your iPhone 5c and computer using the USB cable that came with your device.
Follow the wizard on the screen if a message requests for your device password or to "Trust This Computer". Get the necessary help if you have forgotten what your password is.
Choose your device when you see it on iTunes.
Click Restore ---it is located in the summary panel.
Click on Restore again to confirm your action---this will delete everything on your device and install the latest compatible iOS for your iPhone 5c.
Once it has finished its deletion task and return your device to its factory settings, it will restart automatically. Follow the setup wizard to set it up as a new device. There are also a few solutions to restore iPhone without iTunes.
Part 4: How to hard reset iPhone 5c
There are several steps in the reset iPhone 5c process---it is really useful if your device is frozen:
Press and hold the Home and Power button simultaneously.
Release them once the Apple logo appears. This can take up to 20 seconds.
Wait for your iPhone 5c to boot up---this can take a few minutes so do not be alarmed if the screen remains black for some time.
If your iPhone 5c continues to freeze up, be on high alert to which apps or features that make your device perform this way.
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