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How To Factory Reset the iPhone X

Posted by Jamie on February 2, 2019

If you’re fortunate enough to have the money to buy an iPhone X, you’re in quite an exclusive club. Apple’s flagship phone sold very well considering it’s price tag, and there are many hundreds of satisfied owners out there, all enjoying the latest Apple handset. Despite the price tag, the urge to experiment can lead to an unstable phone, which is why I put together this quick tutorial showing you how to factory reset the iPhone X.

I know one user who was so happy to get his iPhone X that he spent an entire day loading apps onto it just to see how much better they ran on his flagship phone. While he didn’t have to perform a factory reset on it, he did have to soft reset it a couple of times.

The iPhone X

The iPhone X is known mainly for it’s price rather than its abilities. That’s a shame, as the phone looks fantastic and performs well, too. Yes, it may be lagging behind the Samsung Galaxy S8 in terms of raw power but in the realm of iPhones, it’s nothing to sneeze at. The screen alone really does have to be seen to be believed.

The 5.8 inch Super AMOLED screen is crystal clear, bright, and viewable in any light. The touchscreen is sensitive enough to respond instantly but not so sensitive as to be twitchy. Sound is pretty good, too, considering this is a phone. Face recognition seems like it was released a little too early, from what I saw of it on its first day, but that’s what updates are for. Overall, the iPhone X is a solid smartphone, although that price seems very hard to justify.

Factory reset the iPhone X

If you experiment a little too vigorously or otherwise need to reset the iPhone X back to factory defaults, you can do so without much hassle. Also known as a hard reset, the factory reset will erase all of your data from the phone. That means all your contacts, messages, photos, videos and any file or media you may have stored on it, returning it to its initial blank slate status.

Before you hard reset your iPhone X, make sure to back up everything you want to keep onto iTunes. You can then reload it all once done and then experiment a little less vigorously (or at least a little more intelligently).

There are three ways I know of to factory reset the iPhone X: through the Settings menu, using hardware keys. and using iTunes.

Factory reset the iPhone X using the Settings menu

The easiest way I think to reset the iPhone X is through the Settings menu. It doesn’t require any other equipment; you just need the phone itself.

  1. Save everything you want to keep from your iPhone X.
  2. Navigate to Settings, General, and Reset.
  3. Select Erase All Content and Settings.
  4. Confirm your choice.

You may have to authenticate with the phone again to confirm a factory reset, but you may not. When I saw it done, the confirmation was followed by an information pop-up and then iOS began the reset. The process took a minute or two and included a reboot. Once done, the phone rebooted into the vanilla iOS 11. As you can see, it’s not a complicated or labor intensive process.

Factory reset the iPhone X using buttons

While I haven’t seen this method carried out myself, I nevertheless know that it’s a viable method.

  1. Save everything you want to keep from your iPhone X.
  2. Connect it to your computer via a cable and open iTunes.
  3. Turn off the phone.
  4. Press and hold the Power button for 3 seconds and let go.
  5. Immediately press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons for a further 10 seconds.
  6. Release the Power button while still holding the Volume Down button.
  7. iTunes should alert you that a device is now running in Recovery Mode.
  8. Release the Volume Down button.

From recovery mode, you can force a factory reset.

Factory reset the iPhone X using iTunes

As you back up your iPhone X with iTunes, it makes sense to hard reset it using it, too.

  1. Save everything you want to keep from your iPhone X.
  2. Connect it to your computer via a cable and open iTunes.
  3. Once iTunes detects your phone, select your iPhone from the menu.
  4. Select the Summary tab.
  5. Select Restore iPhone.

Confirm your choice and iTunes will wipe the phone and restore the vanilla iOS. The phone will reboot and you will be back to the default settings and should see the Slide to Set Up screen you first saw when you unboxed the phone. If you’ve gone through all of this, it seems safe to assume you already know how to set it all up; you’ve done it already.

If you’re worried about accidentally imploding your phone because you decided there was an app you absolutely needed, calm down. It takes a lot to need a full hard reset of any phone, let alone the iPhone X, so you probably have nothing to worry about. Yet, if you’re an inveterate experimenter like my friend, you are likely to need one at some point. At least now you know how to do it!

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