1. katesbb's Avatar
    For purposes of my question:

    Soft Reset = Hold down the Power key, slide the Power slider to off

    Hard Reset = Hold down Power and Home buttons simultaneously until the phone reboots

    Is there any difference other than a Hard Reset working even if the phone is otherwise frozen?

    I've seen people say that a Hard Reset is more like pulling a computer's power cable out, possibly creating problems since it's not a normal shutdown process where states are saved. True?

    Others say there's no difference.

    Is there anything official from Apple about the differences, if any?
    06-09-2015 11:03 AM
  2. kch50428's Avatar
    Hard Reset = Hold down Power and Home buttons simultaneously until the phone reboots
    Do this only when it the only thing you can do...
    06-09-2015 11:08 AM
  3. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    06-09-2015 11:10 AM
  4. katesbb's Avatar
    Do this only when it the only thing you can do...
    Right, but why? How does a Hard Reset affect my phone differently?

    EDIT: Thanks, Just_Me_D, didn't see that until after I'd posted
    Last edited by katesbb; 06-09-2015 at 11:21 AM.
    06-09-2015 11:10 AM
  5. Valana's Avatar
    The "hard" reset is like pressing the Reset button on old computers. Sometimes you'll notice that your applications' state has been rolled back once the device comes back up. That's also why your device goes back to the Apple logo much faster this way. A "soft" (I had these terms soft/hard) reset is more like telling the OS to Shutdown/Restart. That spinning wheel you see is the OS saving application states and shutting down cleanly.

    Generally speaking, you should avoid "hard" resets unless your phone is completely inoperable (for instance, holding down the power button does nothing).
    katesbb likes this.
    06-11-2015 04:18 AM

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