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How to Hard Reset iPhone 12/12 Mini/12 Pro & 12 Pro Max & Enter DFU Mode

A hard reset, also known as a Factory reset, will return your iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max to the state in which you bought it new. It does so by formatting the memory of the iPhone, effectively wiping all data stored on it.

Generally speaking, Hard reset is ideal for when you’re passing the iPhone 12 to someone else or selling it outright, or better still trying to fix some error of issues on your device.

 It lets you get your data off the phone completely so it can be just as new to the next person going to use the device.

However, a hard reset is not to be confused with a hard reboot; a hard reboot simply forces your phone to reboot itself without any loss of data.

Before you perform a hard reset on your iPhone 12, you need to follow this step accordingly.

Step 1: Backup your data

Since Hard Reset would wipe off all your data on the iPhone 12, it is always recommended that you have a backup of those data somewhere else.

The two most common ways to backup data on the iPhone 12 (and all other iPhones) are by using iTunes or iCloud. iCloud would require that you have enough free storage space on it (in effect, you must have an active subscription)

While iTunes only requires that you have access to a PC or Mac, on which iTunes is installed, and connect your iPhone 11 with the lightning cable.

Use either one of them which suits you to backup your data before proceeding to hard reset your iPhone 11.

Step 2: Hard Reset Your iPhone 12 Pro

If you’ve backed up your data, you can now proceed to hard reset the iPhone 12. Go to Settings, General, Reset in that order, on your iPhone 12. You will find various reset options (like resetting network settings, location & privacy, and so on), just select the Erase all Content and Settings options.

You’ll be shown a screen prompting you to back-up and erase your iPhone 12; select Erase now.

You’ll be required to put in your passcode in order to confirm the reset process. After that, you’ll see the Apple logo showing up on your iPhone 12’s screen, and from there, the reset process would be completed in a minute or two.

Now the iPhone is now just like the way it was when it was first powered on, and the reset mission has been accomplished.

How to Turn on iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, And iPhone 12 Pro Max

To turn on your new iPhone 12, just press the Side button once. If the Apple logo does not appear on the screen, then you should plug the phone and allow it to charge for some time, and after that try again. If it still refused to turn on, you should try putting it to DFU mode.

How to Turn off iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max

Step 1: Press and hold the Side button with the Volume Up or Volume Down button until two sliding buttons appear on the screen.

Step 2: Now release the physical buttons and swipe right on the slide to power off button at the top of the screen.

How to Enter DFU Mode on iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max

Step 1: Turn on your iPhone.

Step 2: Connect it to your computer using a Lightning USB cable.

Step 3: Now open iTunes on your computer and check if your phone appears on the list.

Step 4: On your device, press the Volume Up button immediately and the Volume Down button.

Step 5: Press and hold the Side button (or power button) until your ‌iPhone‌’s screen turns black.

Step 6: Now release the Side button and then hold down both the Side button and Volume Down button for a few seconds.

Step 7: This time to release the Side button, but continue to press the Volume Down button.

Step 8: You should wait for at least five seconds for iTunes to recognize DFU recovery mode has been enabled.

How to Exit DFU Mode on iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max

Step 1: Press the Volume Up button on your ‌iPhone‌ and quickly release it

Step 2: Press the Volume Down button and release it.

Step 3: Press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears on your screen.

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James T.

James, Editor-in-Chief of the leading technology blog TechyLoud, is a smartphone aficionado turned tech guru. With over a decade in the industry, he deciphers complex technology into easy how-tos. Known for his keen insights, James is dedicated to helping readers navigate the rapidly evolving digital landscape.

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