How often do you or should you do a Hard Reset?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Browns2212, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I was just curious if you should do it every so often just as kind of a maintenance?

    I've had my 5 for about 3 months. It works great and I've never done one so I was just curious.

    Thanks.
     
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    Appl3FTW

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    i do it all the time... these devices are tested for wear so you shouldn't worry about it.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    A hard reset would beautiful used if you believe your iPhone is not functioning/IOS seems unbalanced. Since your iPhone is working great so far in the 3 months, no need.
     
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    wordoflife

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    There's nothing a hard reset will do for you unless your phone starts acting up and freezes. Even if it starts acting up but is not frozen, a normal restart would do it.
     
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    Small White Car

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    I only do it when a normal reset isn't possible.

    That happens maybe 4 or 5 times a year.
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    i've not restarted my phone in 23 months (except when an ios update has restarted it)
     
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    Troneas

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    i do a hard reset every time i am unimpressed with Siri's responses, just to show her who is boss.
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    How often do you or should you pull the power cable from your computer while it's up and running?

    A hard reset should be a last resort. Otherwise, simply power down and back up again. There's no need to get drastic unless circumstances call for it.
     
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    Dominicanyor

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    lol
     
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    mrkramer

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    I don't think there is a regular time you should do it after, just if it needs it.
     
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    braddick

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    Please explain a hard reset from a soft reset- just so I know we're talking about the same thing.
     
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    SandboxGeneral

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    I only do that if the phone starts acting goofy. For me that rarely happens, so maybe a couple of times per year I think.
     
  13. macrumors 6502a

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    Ehh...it's easier and quicker to do a hard reset than power down/power up. Hold sleep button..wait for slider...slide slider...wait for shut down..hold sleep button to turn back on.

    Or just hold sleep/home button for a few seconds and it's done
     
  14. macrumors 6502

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    Of course. Just like it's quicker to pull the plug from the wall when you want to turn your computer off rather than waiting for a proper shutdown. But it's still a bad idea.
     
  15. macrumors 6502a

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    Bad idea? It's recommended if you're having issues, and a must if the phone is frozen...so why would it be bad to do at any other time?

    That's a pretty terrible comparison.
     
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    Squilly

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    LOL! That's awesome.
     
  17. macrumors 601

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    Hard resets aren't preventative maintenance. They're used to address issues as needed.

    If it ain't broke...
     
  18. macrumors newbie

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    There's nothing a hard reset will do for you unless your phone starts acting up and freezes.[​IMG]
     
  19. macrumors 601

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    Occasionally I run into a bug where the phone gets stuck on the "hanging up" screen after a phone call (usually with the same person; pretty sure there's something weird going on there). I do a hard reset whenever that happens.
     
  20. macrumors G3

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    On the iOS devices I do have, I have yet to need to do a hard reset. However, I found that turning the devices off and back on after a software upgrade helped a lot with battery life.

    I'm not sure how much difference there actually is between a hard reset and turning a device off and back on in the case of iOS.
     
  21. macrumors 6502

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    Pretty terrible? Fine, keep doing hard reboots. I'll let my Computer Science degree and 20+ years working as a programmer be my guide. But knock yourself out doing those hard reboots! :rolleyes:
     
  22. macrumors newbie

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    I hard reset mine everyday because the time on my phone keeps jumping back an hour :(
     
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    scaredpoet

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    Nope, it shouldn't be done as maintenance.

    Do it when you need to, like if something happens and your iPad isn't responding. But doing it just to do it isn't helping anything.
     
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    hamiltonDSi

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    Haha
     
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    ucfgrad93

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    Pretty much what I do as well.
     

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