How often you should format your iPhone — 2022

It is very possible that the doubt raised in this headline has ever appeared to you. Knowing how often an iPhone should be restored is a very widespread and quite interesting question, since formatting a device is not a task that should be done for no apparent reason due to what it means at the level of data and settings, which are lost. For this reason, we will deal with this topic in this article, trying to resolve this doubt and delve into the different situations in which this is recommended, in order to take the best possible care of the iPhone software and the phone itself in short.

When the iPhone has software problems

It is true that iOS, the operating system of the iPhone, is a very advanced software and with which Apple tries to squeeze the most of the power of the iPhone hardware. However, there is no perfect operating system and there may be certain errors that lead to a malfunction of the device. There may even be certain versions that, due to some mistake made in their programming, present generalized failures. A software update to the latest version will usually resolve many of these issues, but if that doesn't fix it, a restore is always the best idea. Some of the most common related software failures are:

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  • The iPhone is slow.
  • Applications do not open or close unexpectedly.
  • Errors appear to update iOS.
  • Problems connecting to the internet.
  • Coverage problems in areas with good signal.
  • Failures when pairing Bluetooth devices.
  • Unexpected phone reboots.
  • Problems saving a backup having space in iCloud.
  • Synchronization failures with other devices.

It should be noted that some of these failures, such as those related to coverage or the internet, could be solved by simply resetting the network settings in Settings > General > Reset. Other faults could derive from the hardware, but if your device does not present problems of this type or you have tried other solutions, the most effective without a doubt is the restoration. And of course they are not the only possible failures, but the most common as we have highlighted previously.

If new 'big' versions of iOS come out

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Apple's software release schedule goes through several phases throughout a year. In the months of September or October, the version that we call 'big' is launched. For example iOS 11, iOS 12, iOS 13 and the following. Then there are intermediate versions such as iOS 13.1, iOS 13.2, etc. Also in between the intermediate ones (forgive the redundancy) versions like iOS 13.1.2 or iOS 13.1.3 can be released, since these are released when there are specific bugs that need to be resolved as soon as possible.

Well, knowing this we could say that the best recommendation for the iPhone run smoothly is to restore the software with each major version that appears. It is not one hundred percent necessary, as we will tell you in another section of this article, but it does help the iPhone start a new life in a certain way without dragging possible problems from previous versions. Therefore, every September or October would be a more than ideal date to reorder your device.

With the purchase of a new iPhone

If you change your iPhone for any other, be it new, second-hand, of a current or previous generation, it is best to set up iPhone as new without loading any previously made backup. The reason for this is that the software of your phone adapts precisely to the model of iPhone that you have and although it can be loaded perfectly on another device, it is very possible that in the long run the problems that may arise related to this have their origin in the previous team. Even if you change an iPhone of a certain model for an identical one, it is recommended to carry out this action. We insist that problems may not appear, but it is an effective way to prevent them from appearing.

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When the laziness of manually deleting data appears

Perhaps this is the most curious reason of all those exposed in this article, since there is no apparent reason to require a restoration if there are no software failures or a heavy version of iOS has not been released. However, it is understandable that many times we accumulate so much information on the phone that it is somewhat tedious for us to have to delete it manually. Applications, photos, calendar events, adjustments made, wallpapers, etc.

One way to end all this is by restoring. However, keep in mind that some data is still kept if it's synced with iCloud . This is very good because even restoring the iPhone you will be able to access content such as photos, calendars, notes and more that you had previously saved; however it is somewhat contradictory if you also want to remove all of that. One way to see what is synchronized and what is not is by going to Settings> your name> iCloud and activate or deactivate the box for each of these data.

If you are going to sell or give away the iPhone

Before proceeding to turn in your iPhone, you should have restored it for several reasons. The first of them is that in this way you can eliminate any trace of your information from the phone, so that the other person cannot access any data that does not correspond to them. On the other hand, you will also be allowing that iPhone receiver to configure it from the beginning with its data and, by the way, if a complete restoration is done, it will not have any software problem derived from any error stored on the device.

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Does something happen if you never restore your iPhone?

There is no clear answer to this question. As a general rule, there is nothing wrong with not doing it. If your iPhone has no faults and you continue to use it normally like the first day, you should not worry. Perhaps you read in some forum or other place on the internet certain gurus who recommend doing it regularly, but nothing is further from the truth. Although it is recommended to do it in cases like the ones exposed in this article, nothing should happen for not doing it. In fact, you will always be on time to format your iPhone in the event that failures occur, so don't get obsessed with this matter.

Most Recommended Way to Format iPhone

iPhone and Mac

If you enter the settings of your iPhone you will find options to restore from the device itself and visually you will have the sensation that the phone has been completely formatted. The data and settings are deleted in the same way and to a certain extent it may be an option. However, what this method does is restore the software, loading everything new on top of the old. That is why the real way to restore an iPhone completely is through a computer regardless of whether this is a Mac or a Windows PC.