I love my iPhone and iPad, and I use them a lot. Because of this every once in a while it is always good to give your iDevices a fresh restart. Over time, you will find little things that won’t work as well as they used to when you first got your device. This happens and it is natural. It is always good to give your device some kind of fresh restore to help it work better and like new. This post is about how to restore your iPhone or iPad. I know one of the biggest fears of people when it comes to restoring their devices is that they are going to lose all of their data and information. Well, that is not necessarily true. Let me show you how this works.
The first thing you are going to want to do is sync your device to iTunes. MAKE sure you have a current version of iTunes when you do this. This is going to be a very important step in this process. The reason why you are going to want to sync with iTunes first is because you are going to want to backup all of your info on your device so that when you are done restoring you are going to be able to get everything back onto your iPhone or iPad.
When you are done syncing you are going to want to start the restore process. With your device connected to your Mac, you are going to want to click on your device in iTunes. Then, you are going to want to click on “Restore”. You will then be asked if you are sure you are going to want to restore. You are going to want to click “Restore”.
Your device will then get prepared to be restored. After a little while you will be asked whether you want to restore to a backup or if you want to restore your device as a new device. This is where personal preference will set in. I have been told by Apple Employee’s that it is always good to do a brand new restore, so to restore as a brand new device. That way you know for sure that your device will start fresh. The downside to this kind of restore is that although you will get all of your apps back, you will have to set them up all over again. This can take some time, especially if you have a lot of apps and you have them in folders. But at the same time, you know that your device is getting a fresh start. If you decide to restore from a backup, you will basically be taking a previous version of what you have on your device and putting it onto your device. So this is not necessarily a full restore, but it is a restore nonetheless. My recommendation is to go with restore as a brand new device. That way you know you are getting a fresh restore.
When you are done deciding what kind of restore you are going to want to do, you will then be asked what exactly you want synced back to your device. Here you will check the boxes of the items that you want to make sure you sync back. Don’t worry if you don’t check something, you can always resync later and get the items you missed this time around.
Then when you are done here, you will now just wait for the device to restore itself. It will take a little while, so be patient. Once it is done, it is always good to sync up again with iTunes to make sure that everything that needs to be on the device is there and also to create a backup. It is really not that hard to do and if you are a heavy user of your iPhone or iPad, I would recommend doing this about every 4-6 months or so.
Hope this helps, let us know if you have any questions.