How to reset an iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max

iPhones and iOS themselves have come a long way. A few years ago, I would recommend a hard reset/factory iPhone 11 Pro Max reset of your phone once every six months to make sure it was running smoothly.

Fortunately, this is no longer the case. However, if for some reason you are looking forward to factory resetting your iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max, or factory resetting, and wondering about the steps, follow this guide.

What does reset your iPhone 11 mean?

First, it is important to be clear about what a hard reset is. Also known as a factory reset, it basically resets your iPhone to the way it was when you first purchased it.

This means that your iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro will be formatted during the process and all data stored on it will be completely erased. You are basically restoring the device to its factory settings.

Ideally, a phone reset/factory reset is recommended only when it is sold or passed on to someone. Otherwise, for most intents and purposes, a simple phone restart is enough to fix whatever problem you’re encountering.

Note that a hard reset and a hard restart are two different things. The latter will only force your phone to restart, while the former will reset it completely. You must restore your phone to factory settings if you are selling it or passing it on to a friend or family member.

Back up your iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max

Since resetting your iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max will erase all data, it is recommended that you back up your iPhone before proceeding with the reset process. Back up all data.

There are two ways you can do this: iCloud and iTunes. The first one will back up all the data on your iPhone, app data, documents, photos, and more to iCloud. However, this process requires that you have enough free iCloud storage and access to a fast Wi-Fi connection.

The iTunes method, it requires that you have access to a computer with iTunes installed. You have to manually connect the phone to your computer using the lightning cable.

How to reset an iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max

Step 1: Go to Settings -> General -> Reset your iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro.

Step 2: Here you will find various reset-related options such as reset only, network settings, keyboard dictionary, location and privacy. Select the Erase all content and settings option.

Step 3: You will be asked to create a backup and then wipe or erase the device immediately. If you choose to remove now, you will need to enter your iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro passcode for verification purposes.

Apple will display a warning telling you that all content on your device will be deleted. Confirm your decision.

Reset iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max using a PC or Mac

For some reason, if you are not able to factory reset your iPhone, you can do the same using Mac or iTunes on PC. Go through the steps below to reset iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro using PC or Mac.

1: On a Mac running macOS Catalina 10.15, go to the Finder. On a Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier, or on a PC, launch iTunes.

 2: Connect your iPhone 11 using a USB cable.

 3: If a message appears asking for your device password or Trust this computer, follow the onscreen instructions.

4: Select your device when it appears on your computer.

 5: Click on Restore iPhone. If you have Find My iPhone enabled, you will need to turn off the service on the device before restoring.

6: Open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on your profile at the top of the screen.

7: Tap on Find My > Find My iPhone and turn off the service.

8: The device will ask for your Apple ID password for verification. Add it and turn off the Find My Phone function on the device.

Step 9: Go back to your PC or Mac and click Restore again to confirm. Your computer erases your device and installs the latest iOS software.

Then, your iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro will display the Apple logo and reset itself. The whole process will take a minute or two, after which your phone will automatically reboot and display the “Welcome” setup screen.

From there, you can either reset your iPhone 11 Pro or restore from an iCloud or iTunes backup that you made before you decided to reset your device.

Are you facing any issues trying to hard reset or factory reset your iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 1 Pro Max? Comment and we will help you.

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