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How to Do a Clean iOS 12 Install & Refresh Your iPhone

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This is how you can do a clean install of iOS 12 on your iPhone or iPad and why you might want to go this route instead of a standard upgrade.

If you’ve used the same iPhone for a year or longer, you may notice that it isn’t as snappy as it used to be, and there are probably loads of apps and items you never use.

Over time your iPhone accumulates a ton of items and depending on your use, it may seem slower than it used to be. If you aren’t planning to upgrade to the new iPhone XS or XS Max, you may want to take the iOS 12 release to refresh your iPhone.

This won’t get rid of all iOS 12 problems, but it can help you avoid many of them. It takes a little longer than simply upgrading to iOS 12, but it is worth it if you’ve just been upgrading your iPhone for a few years.

How to Do a Clean iOS 12 Install

The best way to do a clean install is with iTunes on your Mac or PC, and then to set up your iPhone or iPad as a new device. You can do a clean install and then restore from a backup if you want all of your apps and data to sync back in place, but that could bring issues with them, and it won’t help you get rid of apps you no longer use.

Before you do this, make sure your photos are backed up to iCloud Photo Library, to your computer or another cloud service. Make sure your contacts and any other items are also backed up. Even if you don’t plan to restore to a backup, it’s a good idea to make one in case you discover something is missing a day or two after you finish this process.

  1. Turn Off Find My iPhone. Go to Settings -> Your Name -> iCloud -> Find My iPhone -> Off.
  2. Open iTunes

    Choose your iPhone or iPad in iTunes.

    Choose your iPhone or iPad in iTunes.

  3. Plug your iPhone or iPad in.
  4. Trust the computer when prompted.
  5. Click on your iPhone in iTunes.

    Do an iOS 12 clean install from your iPhone.

    Restore your iPhone to do a clean install of iOS 12.

  6. Click Restore iPhone.
  7. When prompted, click Restore.

This will download iOS 12, wipe your device and install the latest version of iOS 12. From here you can choose to set up as a new device and start from scratch. You can also choose a backup if you need to get your data back on the iPhone without manually signing in and installing all your apps.

Do an iOS 12 clean install from your iPhone.

Do an iOS 12 clean install from your iPhone.

This is best done on your computer, but you can also do a similar process on your iPhone. It’s just going to take a little longer.

If you don’t have access to a computer, you can achieve similar results by installing iOS 12 and then following these directions.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Reset.
  4. Tap on Erase All Content and Settings.
  5. When asked, enter your passcode or Apple ID.

This will erase the device completely and you can then set it up as new or restore from a backup.

iOS 12 vs iOS 11: What’s New in iOS 12.1.1

iOS 12.1.1 Features & Fixes

iOS 12.1.1 Features & Fixes

The iOS 12.1.1 update enables several new features on the iPhone and iPad. It does not brings with it watchOS 5.1.2.. Here's a look at the new iOS 12.1.1 features and the bug fixes. 

  • Notification preview using haptic touch on iPhone XR 
  • Dual SIM with eSIM for additional carriers on iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max
  • One tap to flip between the rear and front-facing camera during a FaceTime call
  • Live Photo capture during one-to-one FaceTime calls
  • The option to hide the sidebar in News on iPad in landscape orientation
  • Real-time text (RTT) when using Wi-Fi calling on iPad and iPod touch
  • Stability improvements for dictation along with VoiceOver 

The iOS 12.1.1 fixes include;

  • Fixes an issue where Face ID may temporarily become unavailable
  • Addresses an issue that prevented visual voicemail from downloading for some customers
  • Fixes an issue in Messages that could prevent predictive text suggestions when typing on the Chinese or Japanese keyboards
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent Voice Memos recordings from uploading to iCloud
  • Fixes an issue where time zones may not have updated automatically
  • This release also adds features and fixes bugs for HomePod including:
  • Support in Mainland China and Hong Kong
  • HomePod LEDs illuminate during Group FaceTime calls

There are also security fixes that are part of this update. 

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