Resetting all settings on an iOS device is one of the most common ways to fix various iOS issues and it works most of the time.
But it is not uncommon for the device to get stuck after resetting the settings, meaning that you are unable to find out if the original problem has been resolved and now you have a new problem.
This particular issue can manifest in numerous ways. For some people, it appears as the device getting stuck on urge Apple logo and to others the device can be simply unresponsive.
Regardless of how it may appear to you, this article offers you a number of solutions for an iPhone that gets stuck soon after resetting the settings.
Before we begin, let's have a look at exactly what resetting the settings on your device does:
To reset the settings on your device, you go to Settings > General > Reset and then select "Reset All Settings."
Doing this will remove or reset the following to their defaults:
If you would like to save the settings that you are using, backup the iPhone before resetting them to their defaults and restore the backup once the process is complete.
By going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings, you initiate the process. But since there is nothing to download from the web, the whole process shouldn't take more than just a few minutes.
If it takes longer than just a couple of minutes, or the device gets stuck on the Apple logo after, the following solutions should be able to help:
The first thing you should do when your device is stuck for any reason is to force restart it. This is a good way to refresh the device's memory and close any rogue apps that can interfere with the device's system.
For iPhone 8 or Later: Press and release the volume up button, press and release the volume down button and then press and hold the Power/Side button until you see the Apple Logo on the screen.
For iPhone 7 and 7 plus: Press and hold the Power and the Volume Down buttons together for at least 7 seconds or until the Apple Logo appears.
For iPhone 6 and earlier Models: Press and hold the Home and Power buttons at the same time for about 10 seconds or until you see the Apple Logo on the screen.
If a forced restart doesn't fix the problem, we recommend trying an iOS system repair program that can go much deeper to identify and fix any errors in the system.
One of the best tool to use is TinyFix. It can fix most common iOS errors without affecting the data on the device and it is very easy to use: just follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Download and install the program on to your computer. Launch the program.
Step 2: Connect the iPhone to the computer using USB/lightning cable.
Step 3: When the program detects the device, click on "iOS System Repair" and then select "Standard Repair."
Step 4: You will then be prompted to download the latest firmware package to repair the device. Once the download is complete, click on "Fix Now" and keep the device connected until the process is complete.
Your iPhone will restart and you should be able to continue using it as normal.
Another way to fix a device that is stuck after resetting all settings is to restore it in iTunes. You will need to connect the device to your computer and open iTunes/Finder.
Once iTunes/Finder detects the device, enter recovery mode to allow iTunes/Finder to repair any corrupt system files that may be causing the device to remain stuck. Here's how to enter recovery mode on your device model:
iPhone 8 or later models: Press and release the Volume Up button, press and release the Volume Down button and then press and hold the Side/Power button until you see the Recovery Mode screen.
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Pres and hold the Power and the Volume Down buttons at the same time. Continue to hold both buttons until the Recovery Mode screen appears.
iPhone 6 and earlier models: Press and hold the Home and the Power Buttons at the same time. Do not release them until you see the Apple Logo appear on the screen.
Once the device is successfully in recovery mode, you can follow the on-screen prompt in iTunes/Finder to repair and restore the device.
If recovery mode doesn't work, then you can try putting the device in DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode. This is often the last resort as it is used to fix the most stubborn system errors that can corrupt the iOS system,
Here's how to put your iPhone model in DFU Mode:
iPhone 6S and earlier Models:
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus:
iPhone 8, 8 Plus and Later Models:
Please Note: If you see any logo when holding down the specific buttons, then you have held the buttons for too long and you need to start the process all over again. You will only know that you have successfully entered DFU Mode if the screen goes black completely.
If your device is still stuck even after trying all the solution outlined above, then it likely has more than just a software problem. You should consider bringing your iPhone to the nearest Apple Store for further assistance and repair options.
Usually when a device gets stuck soon after resetting the settings, the culprit is a software issue. The solutions above are therefore capable of getting you out of this problem quite easily. But if the device recently suffered liquid damage or any other kind of hardware-damage, it is best to get an Apple Technician to take a look at it.
Mako is a technical freelance writer with a passion for all things tech. Whether you're wondering about how to fix your iPhone or trying to get something to work in your settings, Mako is your go-to for professional help. He loves writing, testing solutions, and most of all, making sure his research is factually accurate.