How to Hard Reset iPhone Xr

Charlotte Daniels

iPhone, Tutorials

Hard resetting your iPhone Xr can be a useful troubleshooting step when you encounter software issues or if you’re planning to sell your device. This process will erase all the data and settings on your phone, so it’s important to have a backup before proceeding. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the steps to perform a hard reset on your iPhone Xr.

Step 1: Prepare for the Reset

Before you begin, make sure you have a recent backup of your iPhone Xr. You can back up your device using iCloud or iTunes. This will ensure that you don’t lose any important data during the reset process.

Step 2: Access the Settings

To initiate the hard reset process, start by opening the “Settings” app on your iPhone Xr. Look for the gear icon on your home screen and tap on it to launch the Settings menu.

Step 3: Locate General Settings

In the Settings menu, scroll down until you find “General”. It’s usually towards the top of the list, but if you have rearranged your settings, it may be in a different position.

Step 4: Access Reset Options

In the General settings, scroll down until you see “Reset” – tap on it to proceed further.

Step 5: Choose ‘Erase All Content and Settings’

In the Reset menu, look for “Erase All Content and Settings”. This option will completely wipe your device and restore it to its factory settings. Tap on it to continue.


Performing a hard reset will erase everything from your iPhone Xr, including apps, photos, contacts, and settings. Make sure you have a backup before proceeding.

Step 6: Confirm the Reset

A warning message will appear, informing you about the consequences of the reset. Read it carefully, and if you’re ready to proceed, tap on “Erase Now”. If you’ve changed your mind or accidentally tapped on this option, you can select “Cancel” instead.

Step 7: Enter Your Passcode

To confirm the reset, you’ll need to enter your iPhone Xr’s passcode. This is a security measure to prevent any unauthorized person from resetting your device without your knowledge.

Step 8: Wait for the Reset to Complete

Your iPhone Xr will now begin the reset process. It may take a few minutes for the device to erase all content and settings and restore itself to factory conditions. Please be patient during this time and avoid interrupting the process.


Do not turn off your iPhone Xr or disrupt the reset process in any way. Doing so may result in data corruption or an incomplete reset.

Step 9: Set Up Your iPhone Xr

Once the reset is complete, your iPhone Xr will restart automatically. You’ll be greeted with the “Hello” screen, indicating that your device has been successfully reset. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your iPhone Xr as a new device or restore from a backup.


If you have previously backed up your iPhone Xr using iCloud or iTunes, you can choose to restore from that backup during the setup process. This will bring back all of your apps, data, and settings onto your device.

  • Remember to sign in to your Apple ID to activate your device and access iCloud services.
  • Reinstall any necessary apps from the App Store.
  • Restore your personal data, such as photos, contacts, and messages, from the backup you created before the reset.

By following these steps, you have successfully performed a hard reset on your iPhone Xr. This process can help resolve software issues and give you a fresh start with your device. Just remember to back up your data beforehand and follow all the instructions carefully to avoid any complications.

If you need further assistance or encounter any problems during the hard reset process, feel free to reach out to Apple Support or visit an authorized service center for help.

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