How to Soft Reset and Hard Reset iPhone 4

There is no doubt that iPhone 4 is going to be most demanded smartphone. If you are going to grab iPhone 4 as next smartphone for your pocket, then you must know about some guide to work with. It is unfavorable but your iPhone 4 may be unresponsive or won’t power up, then you must perform soft reset or hard reset to iPhone 4 or 4S to get back it in working mode. iPhone 4 hard reset is only way to get back your iPhone 4 or 4S back to factory default setting when your iPhone is not responding even with soft reset.

Also Read: iPhone 5 Hard Reset

iPhone 4 reset

Here you will learn how to get soft reset on iPhone 4 if it get frozen for some period. And of course hard reset to solve the problematic iPhone 4.

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Soft reset iPhone 4:

If your iPhone 4 is frozen and won’t respond, you may want to try a Soft Reset.

  • Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the red slider appears.
  • Drag the slider.
  • Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button again until the Apple logo appears.

Doing this completely soft reset your iPhone 4. If you still have some problem then you can do alternate soft reset as follow:

iPhone 4 Soft reset:

This comes in handy when the device won’t power on or is unresponsive. This will delete all data off the phone, but you can perform a Restore using your computer to get your data back.

  • Press-hold the Home button (big circle below the screen) and the Sleep/Wake button (on top of the iPhone) simultaneously.
  • Continue holding both buttons (Ignore the “Slide to power off”) until the iPhone shuts off and begins to restart.
  • You may let go when you see the silver Apple logo.
  • You have completed a soft reset successfully.
If you iPhone 4 still have problem with soft reset, then you can follow given hard reset iPhone 4 guide.

iPhone 4 Hard Reset:

There is no any other way expect factory restore to do complete hard reset to your iPhone 4. You need system running with latest version of iTunes, a good speed internet connection to download firmware or firmware ipsw file, original iPhone 4 data cable to do hard reset or factory restore to iPhone 4.

  • Connect your device to computer and run iTunes.
  • Press-hold the Home button (big circle below the screen) and the Sleep/Wake button (on top of the iPhone) simultaneously for 10 second.
  • Once the Apple Logo appears on the iPhone 4 screen, release the power and continue to hold down the home button for about 5-10 seconds. Your iTunes will show the device which will later notify you that you are in Recovery Mode.
  • Click on OK to continue with the restore process.
  • Either you can click restore button to download IPSW file from Apple server or click restore button holding SHIFT to select the latest IPSW file and the prompt appears.
  • iTunes will now take your device back to the manufacturer setting. If you have data backup to your system, iTunes  will give you an opportunity to restore you content from the PC.

Hopefully you learn about soft iphone 4 reset and hard iphone 4 reset. If you want to know more tips about iPhone 4, just drop me a comment. We together solve it.

Also Read: Top 10 Cydia Tweaks for iOS 6.1.3

Note: If you have tethered or semi-tethered jailbreakon iPhone 4 then you need jailbreak tool RedSn0w to boot your iPhone when it stuck in Apple logo at start.

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    • alex says

      hi guys, i dont remember the code that i put at the beginning to block the screen. If i make severals attempts do i will block it completely? is there a way to reset it at original status with out to put the code? thanx in advance

  1. Steve says

    When re-setting the iphone 4 do you need the correct sim-card in it for it to re-set? Because I have a jailbroken iphone 4 and I have reset it with the bew simcard and it wont reset, it is stuck on the silver apple logo?

  2. Aaliyah says

    omg im so stupid i was putting music on my iphone 4 then a box popped up but i didnt read it nd i sed okayy ; went bac 2 twitter then an hour later i went 2 itunes nd it says wrong sim card or some crap ! wat am i supposed 2 do now the phone just has a screen showing connect 2 itunes =:(

  3. Peter says

    I synced my wife’s new iphone4 as my own iphone4, now all my contacts, music, internet & email settings are in my wife’s new phone and itunes thinks its my phone when I connect my wife’s new iphone4 to my imac5. I should have set up her new phone separately but clicked the wrong box when I first connected her new phone to my imac5pc. We are desperate for a solution.
    Many thanks. Peter & Barb

    • Landon says

      iTunes has a system that at times creates a new library and then replaces your old one… you may be able to recover your old one and keep your new one by simply scrolling through the options that you have in iTunes… unfortunately i forget how to get to that area in iTunes.

  4. Gabe says

    This is all wrong. Your “Hard Restart” will not delete any information, it will only reboot. To delete the information with an unresponsive – ie not turning on iPhone – you must plug it into your computer, enter DFU mode and then restore.

      • Andrew says

        The point Gabe was trying to make is that a hard reset DOES NOT delete any data, so your statement above “This will delete all data off the phone” is incorrect and will mislead a lot of people.

  5. Kelvin says

    I have a problem with my iphone4, when i do a hard reset on my iphone it can’t start-up at all. It keep on blinking the apple logo up and down.

    So may i know how to solve these issue for my iphone4.

  6. Landon says

    My iphone 4 keeps on cycling through the lock screen and the silver apple logo… when the apple logo comes up it has a loading circle and then the lock screen comes up and it continues its cycle… i have done both hard and soft resets to try to solve this but neither of them have done anything at all. Each time the lock screen comes up i attempt to enter in my code but the touch screen isnt working either…

  7. Bong says

    My phone just hang and keep vibrating can’t even do anything is there anyway to solve other den pressing home button and sleep button??? Please help me ty…!!!

  8. christina says

    Hi there my iphones siri has stop working and soo has the voicemail it happened yesterday and it was random has anybody else experienced this ?

  9. a says

    That is not a hard reset… using the slider puts it to sleep. while using both the power and hold button shuts it off completely for a soft reset. A hard reset on a phone is bringing it back to factory settings

    • Anwar Hussain says

      Its been long while not to update the content, I have just updated it with iPhone 4 hard reset guide.

  10. narmi says

    Hi guys,

    I am facing an issue for mobile internet surfing. i.e. when i select 3G to be used for internet purpose, i can’t surf through safari or any other app. but with wifi i can surf the internet..

    I have tried Soft Reset (Pressing home and sleep/awake button togather). but it didn’t improve anything.

    kindly, help me out.

    • Anwar Hussain says

      Hi Narmi!

      Did you add access point for 3G internet connection. Please check Network setting. Furthermore you must choose 3G network coverage for iPhone in order to surf with 3G internet connection.

    • Anwar Hussain says

      yah! this is only the solution when you forget the passcode of iPhone or any Apple’s gadget such as iPad, iPod…..

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