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Factory Reset your iPhone, iPod or iPad

Factory Reset your iDevice

Is your iPod, iPhone, or iPad running slow? Sometimes a complete factory reset will help clear up any issues you might be having.

Sometimes corrupt files, poorly managed apps, or apps settings that conflict with each other, wear down your devices speed. By doing a factory reset, you’ll be erasing every file on your device.

Before doing this, you’ll want to take steps to back up your device. If you are unsure how to back up your device to iCloud or your Computer check out this article for help first. Essentially, you’ll be creating a blueprint of your current device. That way, if you want to get some of your apps and settings back, without having to search for them in the app store, restoring from a backup will take care of a lot of that work.

If you have already backed up your device, or won’t be doing so, you are ready to reset.

Follow these steps:

Step 1: Click Settings

Step 2: Click General

Step 3: Scroll down to the bottom of menu and click Reset.

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Step 4: Click Erase All Content and Settings.

Step 5: Enter to your Password.

Step 6:  Click Erase iPhone (Warning: This is the final warning and will erase your device).

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Once the device has been reset you’ll be greeted by the iOS Device Setup Menu. This is where you’ll be able to set your device up as a fresh device, without any pre-configured settings or history, or you can restore it from the back-up you made. To learn how you can restore your device from iCloud or iTunes and what that looks like, follow this link.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate! Ask away in the comments section if you need more explanation on one of the steps.

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Matthew Evans

Matthew co-founded Goopply in 2013 and is the Executive Editor. Matthew handles all day to day operations and writes about technology such as Apple, Mobile Devices and Apps. Matthew is a blogger, developer and a former Radio Broadcaster. In his spare time Matthew enjoys hiking, baseball and taking pictures.

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