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Published by Kevin Chau on How to

In cases where users are looking to transfer their mobile device to someone else or wish to restart their phone as a result of performance issues, restarting the device is a task that can be daunting to do for the first time. To wipe the data on the phone so that it is as if it were new, this article discusses how the phone can be restarted for both iOS and Android devices in a matter of minutes.


In order to factory restart iOS devices, it is highly recommended that users first back up their memory so that there is a copy of all of their files and photos in the event that something goes wrong. To do this, users need to go to their Settings app, iCloud, and then Backup.

Under Backup, users can then see when the phone was last backed up and then back it up again via the cloud. By backing up the data, users can then also transfer the files to any other phone with ease so that nothing is lost. After this step is completed, users need to turn off the Find My iPhone function on their device which can be done in the Settings app once again.

Finally, go into the Settings app, General, and then Reset at the very bottom at which point users can choose to either restart their settings or all of the content on the phone including the settings. Upon choosing one of the two options, users will then be prompted to enter in their passcode and confirm their decision. After all of these steps have been taken, the phone will be restarted and everything will be wiped to make it as if it were right out of the box.

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For Android users who are looking to restart their device, the steps that must be taken are as follows.

First, users are again recommended to go and backup their data. This can be done by simply plugging in the phone to a desktop system and then dragging and dropping all of the files that users wish to keep.

After all of the data has been backed up, they can then go back to their device to the Setting app, General Management, and then Reset. At this point, users can select what kind of data they would like to reset or if they would like to reset their entire device.

From there, the device can be factory restarted just as with the iOS device so that it is as if it were just newly purchased.

How to Reset Android to Factory Default

I show you how to reset your Android phone to factory default or back to stock just like the day you bought it. In this video I use a Nexus 5 running the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat. Most Android phones are similar in the way you reset them.

For those who are looking for ways in which to restart their phone either to transfer the device to someone else or to improve the performance of the phone, these methods outline the steps that should be taken to do so for both iOS and Android devices. Regardless of device and model, these steps are comprehensive and make the factory resetting task extremely easy to follow for anyone.