How to format your iPhone

Your iPhone, despite objectively being a product that has software and hardware that navigate hand in hand, is not exempt from technical problems, as can happen with any other technological product with these characteristics, regardless of the brand.

It is because of that we want to teach you how to format your iPhone in an easy way to solve all the problems you may have. In this way, you are going to perform a "clean" installation of your device's software and thus solve any possible error that is causing an incompatibility between the software and the hardware. The only thing you will regret is not reading this sooner.

What does it consist of formatting your iPhone?

First of all, it should be noted that in the jargon of the Apple world in general, the device is not going to be formatted, but rather it is going to be restore. However, they are nomenclatures or ways of calling things that do not change anything at all. The reality is that you are going to format your iPhone, that is, you are going to erase the Operating System and reinstall it quickly and easily.

It is clear that a picture is worth a thousand words, that's why we leave you at the head of this tutorial a video from our YouTube channel. YouTube with all the steps.

First thing: a backup

It is highly recommended that if we are restoring the device because we have software issues that are affecting our iPhone's performance such as excessive battery consumption, reboots, or apps not working properly, that we refrain from restoring the backup. However, I always recommend that we make a backup of our iPhone before restoring because there may be some type of information or application with content that we do not want to lose, and then it may be too late.


That is why I recommend that you make a backup directly on your PC or Mac, through the tool. Although the fastest way is to backup through iCloud, I always recommend a "full" backup on your PC or Mac.

Once we have connected the iPhone via USB and the tool has been opened, let's press the button “Save a backup of all iPhone data” but first we will choose the option “Encrypt local backup”, In this case, it will ask us for a password that we must memorize and the backup of our iPhone will include all kinds of personal information such as keychains, photographs, notes and even the internal content of applications. This is the best backup you can make and the one I recommend you always keep.

How to restore your iPhone without a PC

Many users are unaware of it, but there is the possibility of restoring the iPhone without having to go to your Mac or your PC, that is, restore the iPhone directly from the terminal itself. For this, the first thing we have to do is go to Settings to click on the first option, where our Apple ID is located, then we will select the option "Search" and within this we will deactivate the option "Search my Iphone". While the iPhone is located we cannot format it without further ado.

Now we can go back to the section «Settings», to follow the following path: Settings > General > Transfer or reset iPhone > Erase content and settings.

In addition to this previously mentioned option, which is the one that allows us to format the iPhone, we have another series of alternatives such as:

  • Hola
  • Reset network settings
  • Remove all mobile plans
  • Reset keyboard dictionary
  • reset home screen
  • Reset location and privacy

Although these last options are not the ones we need. When we have accepted the option of “Clear content and settings” we proceed to format our iPhone.

How to format your iPhone from your PC or Mac

My favorite option is precisely the option of rrestore your iPhone from the PC or Mac on duty, as shown in the video above. Now we will choose if we will install the version of iOS available on Apple servers, or the one that we have downloaded in the memory of our PC or Mac.

If we want to download an iOS version other than the latest we can go to websites and iPSW. Me where we will find all the versions, in which it will be shown if they are valid, that is, signed by Apple. Versions that are no longer signed by Apple will not allow us to run the iPhone, so you should only install those that are compatible.


In this case, it will be enough for us to download iOS and press the «shift» key and at the same time with the mouse on the button “Restore iPhone” within the options offered by the same menu where we made the backup.

If, on the contrary, it is enough for us to install the version of iOS that touches, we will only press the button “Restore iPhone” and we will navigate through the simple menu. However, in this section the PC or Mac will begin to download the current version of iOS, so depending on the saturation of Apple's servers this task could take a while, it will depend, among other things, on our internet connection and its speed.

My iPhone only shows the apple

In the event that your iPhone has had a serious software problem, it may only show the apple on the screen. At this time we must put the iPhone in what is known as DFU Mode and follow the steps mentioned in the previous point.

To put your iPhone in DFU Mode you will need to: 

  1. Connect the iPhone to the PC or Mac via cable and make sure it has identified it.
  2. Press Volume +
  3. Press Volume-
  4. Press the Power button for 10 seconds
  5. While continuing to press the Power button, press the Volume- button for five seconds
  6. Release the Power button and hold the Volume- button for another ten seconds

And these are all the ways to restore your iPhone, as you see simple and comfortable to improve the software of your device.

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