How to Hard/Force Restart an iPhone

Each generation of iPhone may have some different changes, so does the function buttons, thus the way to force restart an iPhone is a little bit different. This article sums up all the ways about how to force reboot an iPhone.

By Thea Lewis | Posted on: Sep. 26, 2018, Last Updated: Sep. 26, 2018
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You know that our iPhones always have little problems like this or that, in most cases, restarting it can solve most of the problems. However, in addition to regular rebooting, we sometimes need to force reboot iPhone.

What’s the Difference Between Restart and Force Restart?

Many users may have such a doubt that what is the difference between restart and force restart. In a nutshell, they are essentially the same but operate in different ways. You can regard force rebooting iPhone as a coercive act, just as we sometimes force computers to shut down.

When Need to Hard Restart iPhone?

Force restart function for a smartphone that cannot dig the battery is a necessary feature, which is must have. Although Apple iPhone is used generally fluent, with time goes by, it also will appear card dead circumstance. When your iPhone is faking death or not responding, without the ability to empty the battery, force-rebooting is the most efficient way to help you solve the problem. After shutting down and restarting, your iPhone can back to normal in most cases.

Apple has made some changes to buttons of each generation of iPhone, thus the way to force restart an iPhone is a little bit different.

Does Force Restart Harm to iPhone?

Forcing a reboot can do little or no harm to iPhone, you can use it safely. But forcing a reboot may cause your iPhone’s data to get lost without being saved. But if you get data lost, and without making a backup in time, you can have a try to retrieve lost iPhone data with the aid of some best iPhone data recovery tools.

How to Hard Restart an iPhone

So, here comes the question, how to hard restart iPhone? You can follow the steps below according to your iPhone model.

1. iPhone 8/8+, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR

Hard restart an iPhone makes a relatively big change starting with iPhone 8 and iPhone X. This maneuver on iPhone 8/X, and on the newly iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR requires a three-button procedure, which is no longer just need two buttons. Following are the detailed steps:

Step 1 Press and release the volume up button.

Step 2 After Step 1, quickly press and release the volume down button.

Step 3 Then quickly press and hold the side button about 10 seconds until the screen turns off and then turns back on. You can release the side button when the Apple logo appears on the screen.

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How to Hard Restart iPhone – 1

2. iPhone 7/7+

Press and hold both the Side button and Volume down button for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple logo.

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How to Hard Restart iPhone – 2

3. iPhone 6/6s/SE

Press and hold both the Side button and Home button until you see the Apple logo.

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4. iPhone 5s and earlier

Press and hold both the Top button and Home button until you see the Apple logo.

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The Bottom Line

After reading this post about how to hard/force restart an iPhone, now, even as a new user to iPhone, you must already know the different operations of force rebooting an iPhone. Hope this guide can bring you some convenience. If you have any other question, please let us know in the comment. If you feel this guide is helpful, welcome to share with your friends and families.

Thea Lewis

Member of iMobie team, an Apple fan as well as a movie lover, take pleasure in sharing workarounds of iOS & Android related problems.