We wrote an article recently about restoring your iPhone to the original settings by restoring the firmware on the iPhone and then backing up your settings. Sometimes simply resetting the iPhone settings will resolve conflicts or functionality you may have lost because of a setting that was changed. There may also be cases where you need to reset the iPhone network settings which can be completed from the same location. Follow the directions below to factory default the settings on your iPhone or to factory default the network settings only.
Factory Default iPhone Settings:
- Open iPhone Settings: Open the Settings menu by clicking on the settings icon. The settings window will display as shown below.
- iPhone General Settings: Now click on the General settings option shown at the bottom of the above image. Once clicked the iPhone General settings configuration window will display as shown below.
- iPhone Reset Options: Scroll to the bottom of the General settings window which will reveal the Reset option as shown below.
- Reset All Settings: Now click on the Reset All Settings option located at the top of the Reset options window as shown in the below image.
- Verify iPhone Settings Reset: Once you click on Reset All Settings a confirmation window as shown below will display. Go ahead and confirm by clicking the red Reset All Settings button which will begin the reset process during which your iPhone will reboot.
- Verify Settings Changed: Now view your settings to see what has changed after they have been set to default.
The above will wipe out any custom settings you have configured on the iPhone. Typically this is done in an attempt to resolve an issue and in most cases you will need to go back through the iPhone settings and change back any of the settings that were factory defaulted to the way you want them configured.
Default iPhone Network Settings:
- Initial Network Settings Reset Steps: To begin the network settings reset just follow the first three steps from above. This includes clicking the Settings icon, selecting the General option, scrolling down to see the Reset option, and then clicking on the Reset option.
- Reset Network Settings: Now instead of selecting Reset All Settings select the Reset Network Settings button which will display a confirmation pop up as shown below. You will need to select the red Reset Network Settings button to confirm the reset.
- Verify Network Settings Changes: Now verify that the network settings have been set back to the default settings. This will require that you reconfigure any wireless network settings or any other network settings that need to be configured.
There are other options the can be reset from the reset settings configuration window including the Keyboard Dictionary, the Home Screen Layout, and the Location Warnings. To reset any of the following data follow the same instructions in either example above and just select the different reset option.