How to Reset Network Settings on Apple iPhone 12 | Restore Network Defaults

This post will teach you how to reset network settings on the new iPhone 12. Read on if you need help resetting your iPhone’s network settings and restore the default values.

iOS Network Reset

Performing a network settings reset is usually needed when dealing with network-related issues in mobile devices. There may be instances when you experience problems connecting to Wi-Fi networks or unable to make or receive phone calls and text due to service errors.

In iOS devices, performing a network settings reset will clear all existing network settings including cellular network configuration, saved Wi-Fi networks, Wi-Fi passwords, and VPNs. As a result, factory default network settings are restored.

This reset does not affect any saved data but all data connections and network configurations will be deleted in the process. Device connections status for Airplane mode, Bluetooth, data roaming, mobile hotspot, VPN, Wi-Fi and Mobile Data will also be restored to default.

In case you need help carrying out this reset on your new iOS handset, I’ve laid out a simple walkthrough for you to follow.

Easy Steps to Reset Network Settings on iPhone 12

Before you proceed, get your Wi-Fi password noted as you will need to re-enter it later in order to join the network and get back online.

1. To get started, go to your iPhone’s Home screen.

On this screen, you will see different icons and shortcut controls to pre-installed and downloaded apps.

2. Tap on the Settings icon to proceed.

The main settings menu opens next. Here,  you will see a list of all basic and advanced iOS features you can manage and utilize.

3. Scroll down or up to view more items. Then, tap General.

General settings menu will load up on the next display.

4. Scroll down to the bottom of the list. Then, tap Reset.

The Reset menu opens, highlighting different reset commands.

5. Select the command to Reset Network Settings.

If prompted, enter your passcode to proceed.

A pop-up message will show up beneath the display.

6. Read and review the information and then tap Reset Network Settings to confirm.

The network reset will then instigate and the entire process could take a few minutes.

After the reset, your iPhone will restart automatically.

Just wait for it to finish rebooting. 

When it’s done rebooting, you can go back online by setting up your Wi-Fi network to connect to the Internet like the first time.

Aside from Wi-Fi,  you will also need to re-enable network-related features that are disabled by default including Airplane Mode, Bluetooth and Cellular Data, if needed.

Having Trouble Reconnecting after Resetting Network?

Typically, performing a network settings reset will help resolve network connectivity issues on an iPhone. Nonetheless, there are some instances when some iOS devices would fail to reconnect after the reset. Problems like this are inevitable due to many factors. An erratic modem or router in use for instance can be the underlying cause.

To deal with this problem, performing the so-called power cycle on the modem or router is recommended. 

To do so, you will need to power off the modem or router by pressing the Power button until it shuts down. And while it’s powered off, unplug it from the power source. After 30 seconds to 1 minute, plug it back in and then power it on.

This will help clear out any corrupt network data that might have caused the modem or router’s firmware to glitch.

After the modem restarts, you will need to re-enable Wi-Fi and reconnect to your network so you can get back online.

Hope this helps!

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