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How to Factory Reset iPhone X/XR/XS(Max) or 11/12/13(mini)/Pro (Max) with Buttons

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Looking for how to factory reset iPhone X/XR/XS(Max) or 11/12/13 (mini)/Pro (Max) with buttons? Maybe your iPhone X/XR/XS(Max) or 11/12/13 (mini)/Pro (Max) is frozen or stuck with the software crashed or other scenarios, you want to hard reset your device to factory default settings get the problems fixed or get your iPhone enabled by pressing buttons. Let’s explain how you can factory reset your iPhone X/XR/XS(Max) or 11/12/13 (mini)/Pro (Max) with buttons.

Factory Reset iPhone X/XR/XS(Max) or 11/12/13(mini)/Pro (Max) with Buttons
Factory Reset iPhone X/XR/XS(Max) or 11/12/13(mini)/Pro (Max) with Buttons

Despite resetting your iPhone is scary to most people, there may be data loss risk inherited, we’ll still need to reset our iPhone for some knotty problems. It is crucial to know that there are three main reset or restart button operations that you can perform: soft reset, force restart, and hard reset/factory reset. They are greatly different.

For X/XR/XS(Max) or 11/12/13 (mini)/Pro (Max) Hard Factory Reset:

Soft Reset or Reboot.

A soft reset is a simple restart of your iPhone. There is the truth that you just turn your device off and on.

Force Restart (also called Hard Reboot).

A force restart is a process that you force turn off the power and turn on it again. It is one kind of restart when your device with apps running or iPhone stuck or frozen etc.

It’s worth mentioning that both soft reset and restart are both no data loss processes. They are the operations with buttons that you turn your device on and off again.

Factory Reset or Hard Reset.

This is the total reset of your iPhone 10/11/12/13 (mini, Pro, Max) or other iPhone models. There you can erase all the content and settings on your iPhone and bring it to the state that you just bought is as brand new.

Let’s get started to explain the button operations of the following types on X/XR/XS(Max) or 11/12/13 (mini)/Pro (Max).

If you are aware of these differences and clearly means that you’d like to factory reset iPhone X/XR/XS(Max) or 11/12/13 (mini)/Pro (Max) with Buttons. Read Part 1.

If performing a factory reset is not successful with Part 1, Read our guide in Part 3 with a third-party SD iOS system recovery software.

Some people may refer to the factory reset iPhone X/XR/XS(Max) or 11/12/13 (mini)/Pro (Max) as a hard restart. Read Part 2:

To do a soft reset, read Part 4 about button operations.

Part 1: How to Factory Reset iPhone X/XR/XS(Max) or 11/12/13 (mini)/Pro (Max) with buttons on devices.

You can reset the devices to factory settings via tap buttons (in the settings app) on your iPhone directly. Strictly Speaking, you cannot only press the combined buttons like the side button or volume up or volume down button to reset your iPhone 10/11(Pro, Max)/12 series to factory settings, unless you mean a hard restart.

Step 1: Open Settings.

Step 2: Tap General.

Step 3: Tap Reset.

Step 4: Tap Erase All Content and Settings. When asked for a passcode or Face ID or Touch ID to verify it, do it and confirm.

When some people need their screen time passcode to do a factory reset through settings, please refer to this article:

How to Reset an iPhone or iPad without Screen Time Passcode

Note: By doing this, you are going to wipe all the data on your iPhone.

Afterwards, when your iPhone burst into life, set up it again from scratch. If you plan to restore your X/XR/XS(Max) or 11/12/13 (mini)/Pro (Max) from backups, make sure to back up your iPhone regularly or before this wiping all reset.

Part 2: Hard Reboot your iPhone X/XR/XS(Max) or 11/12/13 (mini)/Pro (Max) with buttons.

A hard restart is a great way to easily fix your iPhone when it has crashed or the screen is frozen. A hard restart should be performed via the combined pressing of the iPhone buttons.

Step 1: Quickly press and release the Volume Up button.

Step 2: Quickly press and release the Volume Down button.

Step 3: Press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears. (Keep holding and wait patiently, when the Apple logo appears, release the button.)

Try to force restart once more to check if the trouble on your iPhone is fixed.

Part 3: Factory Reset your iPhone X/XR/XS(Max) or 11/12/13 (mini)/Pro (Max) with the third-party iOS System Recovery Software.

If your iPhone can’t turn on or your iPhone is stuck on a black screen, a broken screen, stuck on the Apple logo screen and you can’t troubleshoot it successfully, you can turn to this robust software – SD iOS system recovery to factory reset it. The factory reset with the app will reset your iPhone to factory default settings and erase all data and content on it.

Firstly, free download and install this SD iOS system recovery on your computer. Launch it.

Step 1: Open this SD iPhone system recovery software on your PC or Mac.

ios system recovery startStep 2: Connect your iPhone to the computer with the lighting to USB cable. Then go to the iOS system Recovery module. The software is able to fix 50+ iPhone issues like screen stuck, system errors, iTunes errors, stuck on headphone mode or recovery mode, bricked iPhone and more.

start repair iphoneStep 3: Choose Advanced Mode to factory reset your iPhone. If you prefer to fix your iPhone issues without data loss, choose the Standard Mode.

select repair modesNote that this software offers two ways to troubleshoot your iPhone problems. One is the Standard Mode without data loss and the other is the Advanced Mode with erasing all data. Choose from the two modes and proceed. If your device is not responding or it's disabled, you will be asked to put your iPhone X/XR/XS(Max) or 11/12/13 (mini)/Pro (Max) into Recovery Mode or DFU Mode.

Steps to put your iPhone X/XR/XS(Max) or 11/12/13 (mini)/Pro (Max) to recovery mode.

  1. Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  2. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  3. Press and hold the Side button and Keep holding it until you see the recovery mode screen.

Step 4: Download the firmware package and Click Fix when the downloading process is complete.

downloading firmware

Step 5: Wait and then re-setup your device. You're done. If you choose the standard mode, your iPhone will only restart with everything on it. If you choose Advanced Mode and reset it, later, set up your device.

Fixed Successfully.

Video Tutorial on how to Factory Reset My iPhone X/XR/XS(Max) or 11/12/13 (mini)/Pro (Max) with Buttons.

Maybe a soft reset could also fix your problems without hassle. Check Part 4.

Part 4: Soft Reset iPhone X/XR/XS(Max) or 11/12/13 (mini)/Pro (Max) with buttons.

A soft reset is simple and can fix minor software problems, this is my preferred trying method to recover the iPhone to normal with the least strength. There is a chance of success.

Step 1: Press and hold either volume button and the side button on iPhone X/XR/XS(Max) or 11/12/13 (mini)/Pro (Max).

Step 2: Drag the slider, and wait for your device to turn off.

Step 3: To turn on the iPhone 10/11/12/13 all related series devices, press and hold the side button until You see the Apple logo.

Wrap it up:

In this article, we show you how to factory reset iPhone X/XR/XS(Max) or 11/12/13 (mini)/Pro (Max) with buttons and other alternate methods including third-party software and the Settings app. It is up to you to choose a convenient way. If you misunderstand these differences between a soft reset, hard restart, and factory reset, you may put yourself at risk of data loss. If you have lost your data on the device and need to get it back, we recommend this great tool – SD iPhone Data Recovery.

Forgot your iPhone 12 passcode and your iPhone or iPad is Disabled? See this article How to Factory Reset iPhone 12 without Passcode.

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