How to restart an iPhone

How to restart an iPhone
An iPhone turning on with the Apple logo visible.
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Ask Siri to “reset my iPhone” and tap “Yes” to confirm. Without Siri, you will have to turn your iPhone off and back on again. Press and hold the side button and a volume button (on iPhones with Face ID) or just the side button (on iPhones with a home button) to find the power off option.

Restarting your iPhone can fix all sorts of issues like software glitches, strange iOS behavior, or unexplained connectivity issues. We will show you how to hard reset your iPhone no matter what model you have.

How often should you restart your iPhone?

You don’t need to restart your iPhone very often. Generally speaking, iOS, the operating system that powers the iPhone, should continue to function and respond even after weeks or months of use.

Sometimes you may encounter problems that require a reboot. For example, if a “core” iOS service or feature is working, this could suggest that some aspect of the operating system has crashed. Restarting your iPhone’s operating system can help.

Some examples include not being able to make a phone call, encountering a “black screen” when trying to use the camera, glitchy behavior when scrolling through apps on the home screen, or notifications not appearing at all. Other issues could be slow frame rates when scrolling, stuttering or cracking audio, or long pauses when launching apps.

Some connectivity issues can also be resolved with a reboot, particularly unresponsive cellular services. you must first try turn airplane mode on and off to reset the connection between your iPhone and your carrier, but if that doesn’t work, try restarting instead. It may also be worth a try if you’re having persistent Wi-Fi or Bluetooth issues.

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If the issue appears to be related to a third-party app (eg Facebook), the issue may persist even after a reboot. Some issues with these apps might be resolved, but you might want to dig a little deeper into the problem and try remove and reinstall any misbehaving apps.

You don’t need to restart your iPhone regularly or just because you haven’t done it in a long time. Most of the users only end up restarting their devices due to software updates or when they are running low on battery.

Restart your iPhone with Siri

If you iPhone is running iOS 16 or later, you can restart using Siri. This is the best way to reset your iPhone as you only need to issue a voice command and confirm it. Your smartphone will take care of the rest (no need to press or hold any buttons).

To do this, tell Siri to “reset my iPhone” and tap “Yes” on the confirmation that appears on the screen. For this to work, you’ll need to have some method of speaking to Siri enabled in Settings > Siri & Search.

Restart iPhone with Siri

You can say “Hey Siri” to launch the assistant, press and hold the Side button (on Face ID models like iPhone X and iPhone 11 or later), or press and hold the Home button on models that have a Home button. start below button. screen.

Once you’ve confirmed that you want your iPhone to restart, sit back and wait for the process to complete. Once you see the lock screen, you can enter your passcode and use your iPhone again.

Restart your iPhone by turning it off and on again

Unlike a Mac or Windows PC, there is no “Restart” option on an iPhone. You will need to turn off your iPhone and turn it on again to restart. Instructions for doing this vary depending on the device you own.

Restart your iPhone with Face ID

If your iPhone uses Face ID (and has a “notch” at the top of the screen), you can turn it off by holding down the side button and either volume button.

The device will vibrate and display the “Slide to power off” slider. Slide this slider to the right and wait for your iPhone to turn off. You may need to wait about 30 seconds for it to turn off completely.

Restart iPhone 8, X or higher
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Once your iPhone is off, press and hold the Side button again until you see the white Apple logo appear on the screen. Your iPhone will now start to boot up. If you don’t see the white Apple logo, wait a bit longer and try again (your iPhone probably didn’t turn off completely).

Restart your iPhone with the home button

If your iPhone has a home button below the screen (including Touch ID and non-Touch ID models), press and hold the side button, then slide the “Slide to power off” slider to the right. Some much older models may only have one button on the top of the device.

Restart iPhone 6s, SE (2017) or earlier
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Wait for your iPhone to turn off completely, then press and hold the Side (or Top) button to start it. You’ll know it’s working if you see the white Apple logo. If nothing happens, make sure your iPhone has enough battery life by connecting it to a power adapter.

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How to force restart an iPhone after it crashes

If your iPhone is no longer responding, it might be completely bricked. Instead of waiting for it to run out of battery, you can force a reboot to get everything working again. You should do this whenever your iPhone is not fully responding to input, in circumstances where the screen has frozen, or where the standard restart or shutdown instructions have failed.

Note: The methods below depend on knowing which iPhone model you have. Unfortunately, checking your model in the Settings app is usually impossible when your iPhone is unresponsive. You always can check Find My app in iCloud.comor you can check your Mac or iPad (under “Devices”) to see which model you have.

You may need to try all of the techniques below. You’re not going to break anything by doing this, especially an iPhone that already needs a hard reset.

Force restart iPhone with Face ID, iPhone 8, iPhone SE (2020) or later

if you have a iPhone with Face ID which has a “notch” at the top of the screen, the iPhone 8, a second-generation iPhone SE released in 2020 (or the Third generation iPhone SE released in 2022), you can force your device to restart by pressing a series of buttons.

First, press and release the volume up button, then press and release the volume down button. Finally, press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo. Release the side button and wait for your iPhone to reboot.

Force restart an iPhone X, 8, SE (2020) or later
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You will need to act quickly when pressing the buttons. If it doesn’t work the first time, keep trying. If you’re convinced you got it right, you might have a different iPhone model, so try the instructions below.

RELATED: How to force restart an iPhone 11

Force restart iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 is the only model with unique instructions to force a restart. Fortunately, this is quite easy to achieve. Press and hold the Volume Down and Side (Sleep/Wake) buttons. Then release them when the Apple logo appears.

Force restart an iPhone 7
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Your iPhone should now reboot. If nothing happens, try again. If you’re still out of luck, try the other instructions here in case you’re using a different iPhone model.

Force restart iPhone 6s, iPhone SE (2017) and earlier

If you have an older iPhone model that uses Touch ID or a standard home button, you can force restart your iPhone by pressing and holding the home button and sleep/wake button until you see the Apple logo appear.

Force restart an iPhone 6s and earlier
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Depending on your device, the sleep/wake button may be on the side or the top of the device.

How to stop iPhone boot loop

Making your iPhone reboot is one thing, but repeatedly rebooting it is a completely different problem. This problem is known as a boot loop and has a separate set of fixes.

You can start using the forced reboot method above. However, you may have to put your iPhone in DFU mode using a precise set of button presses to perform an advanced low-level recovery fix.

If your iPhone is especially old and nothing seems to help, it might be time to check out the iPhone 14 or the Budget iPhone SE (2022).

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