How many times (LIFETIME) should you soft reset?

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  1. Airforcekid macrumors 65816

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    I have had to do it a lot latley 3-4 times a day and I heard it can damage the phone. Whats the max you would do it?:apple:
     
  2. iFerd macrumors 6502a

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    Why would it damage the iPhone?

    I seldom do one, though. (Are we really talking about a hard reset, though? where you hold the on-off switch and the home button until the white Apple logo shows up and the phone restarts?)
     
  3. petemwah macrumors regular

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    nope doesn't damage the phone at all! i do it every time i install a significant application, it's actually RECOMMENDED, think of it as restarting your computer, doesn't do any damage
     
  4. kornyboy macrumors 68000

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    As many times as needed.

    Even though you did not ask for additional input I plan on addind my 2 cents worth anyway. So here it goes:
    It could potentially corrupt something in the phone since it is sort of like killing the power to a computer but it shouldn't do any permanent damage. Since you are doing it 3-4 times a day I would suggest doing a software restore on it. I rarely have to soft reset mine since the last firmware update.
     
  5. Resist macrumors 68030

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    Actually a "soft reset" is nothing like doing this.
     
  6. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

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    If by "soft reset" you mean holding down the power and home buttons then yes, it is actually somewhat like power-cycling a computer.
     
  7. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Doesn't damage the phone.

    Once every 4 days is what Geniuses recommend.
     
  8. ilfn143 macrumors 6502

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    turn power on/off shorten computer's life is so 1970s.
     
  9. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

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    Actually, power-cycling a machine frequently will indeed shorten its life.
     
  10. bzollinger macrumors 6502a

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    What's the difference between a soft reset and just shutting it down and restarting it?

    I understand that you might be forced to do a soft reset if the phone is hung, but other than that what's the difference?
     
  11. ilfn143 macrumors 6502

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    SOURCE: UN Study

     
  12. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

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    Yep. It does affect component lifespan. Power-cycling refers to on-off-on cycling, rather than just using the on/off toggle in a normal manner. While both will shorten the lifespan of the components, the former is a lot more damaging than the latter. Still, most modern components have fairly long lifespans, so this isn't a huge issue for consumer hardware.

    It's more of an issue when dealing with server hardware (which does *not* react well to power-cycling).

    Risk of component damage is not the reason I'd recommend against resetting your iPhone though. While it's certainly the only logical step in the event of a freeze or panic, it doesn't make much sense to do it instead of just halting the OS normally. Resetting it might interrupt writes, and while it's probably not going to be fatal to interrupt a write (HFS+ is pretty resilient), it's not a good idea unless it's necessary. You only save a second or two over a normal shutdown anyways, so resetting the iPhone after an install (as opposed to restarting it) seems kind of silly to me...
     

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