By Dylan / Last update November 30, 2020

Does a hard reset erase everything on iPhone 7?

I have updated my iPhone 7 to iOS 14.1 just now but the severe issue appears. My iPhone would automatically restart itself from time to time. I wish this issue could be fixed by a hard reset, but I also fear that this would erase my iPhone data, so what would happen if I do a hard rest to my iPhone?

- Question from Apple Community

iOS is the best operating system for mobile phone. That’s why iPhone performance could be still stable after it is used for years. However, even excellent iOS could bring trouble, especially when you upgrade to the latest iOS.

To fix strange iPhone behavior, hard reset would be very useful in most cases, but you need to know how it works on your iPhone if you worry about whether it would cause data loss.

The following sections would answer your question does a hard reset erase everything on iPhone and tells you other ways to reset your iPhone.

Section 1. What is hard reset for iPhone?

How to do hard reset for all the iPhone models.

Hard reset, also called hard reboot, hard restart, or force restart is the way to compulsively restart iPhone. It is often used to rescue a frozen iPhone or fix some system glitches like iPhone keeps restarting. It is like that you press and hold the button on the mainframe to force restart your computer.

Usually, hard reset will not delete your important information like photos or messages but if your iPhone is stuck for opening certain app, some data might be lost after you restart iPhone. To make sure everything is safe on iPhone, you need to create data backup like backing up pictures to iCloud.

iCloud Logo

Section 2. How to do hard reset to iPhone?

Apple has been changing the appearance of iPhone during these years. The positions of the buttons are also been changed. For different iPhone, there are different ways to force restart them.

iPhone 12/SE(2rd)/11/XS/XR/X/8:

1. You need to press the Volume + button for just a second and then quickly release it.

2. Also press the Volume – button for a second and quickly release it.

3. Press and hold the power button for a few seconds. You will see the Apple logo then and iPhone will be restarted.

iPhone 7/7Plus:

You need to press and hold the power button and Volume – button at the same time for a few seconds. Wait for the Apple logo appearing and your iPhone will be restarted soon.

iPhone 6S/6/5S/5C/5/4s/4:

You need to press and hold the home and side button at the same time for a few seconds. Wait for the Apple logo appearing and your iPhone will be restarted soon.

Restart iPhone

Section 3. The differences among soft, hard, and factory resetting

Soft reset means simply holding and pressing the power button, dragging the slider to turn off iPhone, and then holding and pressing the power button to restart your iPhone. It is very safe for your iPhone data because it causes no harm and won’t delete anything on iPhone. Soft restart could also be used to fix some system issues like iCloud backup stuck and close programs running in the background.

Hard reset is the upgraded soft reset. It could do everything that soft reset does. The biggest difference is that hard reset could force stop any application that makes iPhone stuck or behaves abnormally.

Factory reset means deleting everything on the iPhone to return iPhone to the status when it is manufactured in factory. iPhone would be activated again when it is connected to the Internet. This is often used to clear iPhone to sell it to another one or completely erase iPhone to delete Other storage on iPhone.

Section 4. How to reset iPhone without passcode?

What should you do when you forget the passcode of iPhone or it is disabled? You could totally reset iPhone on computer, but this could erase everything on your iPhone. You should think twice before you do that. Again, to protect your data, regular backup plan is the best way. You can easily backup iPhone to computer.

1. Download and run the latest iTunes to computer.

2. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB cable.

3. Use the method of hard resetting iPhone until you see the prompt in iTunes.

4. Click Restore to completely reset iPhone.

iTunes Repair iPhone Recover Mode

Section 5. How to reset iPhone without losing important data?

Sometimes you do need to factory reset iPhone but there are a lot of useful data like photos, videos, music, contacts, and messages on iPhone. Before erasing your iPhone, you should save them to computer.

AOMEI MBackupper is a very professional software which could help you easily backup and erase iPhone. You can select the data to save and then safely remove iPhone data.

Step 1. Download and install AOMEI MBackupper. Connect iPhone to computer with USB cable.

Step 2. Select Custom Backup on the home screen.

Custom Backup

Step 3. Click the icons to view every item on iPhone.

Click the Icons

Step 4. Select the iPhone data you want to save and click OK.

Select Files

Step 5. Click Start Backup to quickly save them to computer.

Click Start Backup

Step 6. Click Erase iPhone at the bottom in Backup Management.

Backup Completed

Step 7. Check “I have understood the consequence of erasing data, and I am sure to erase data."

Erase Options

Step 8. Click Erase iPhone to completely reset iPhone.

Begin Erase


This passage gives you the answer to the question does a hard reset erase everything on iPhone. You will also know how to do soft reset and factory reset on iPhone.

What’s more, you would also know how to completely reset iPhone without passcode and how to safely erase iPhone.

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