How to Force Restart iPhone or iPad (All Models)

Press and Quickly Release Volume Buttons on iPhone

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Simply restarting your iPhone or iPad can fix myriad minor glitches. But if your device won’t turn off or on, the screen is black, or it freezes and becomes unresponsive, you’ll need to look beyond regular restarts. This is where restarting or rebooting your iPhone comes into picture.

Whether you’re using the latest iPhone SE third generation, iPhone 13, and iPad mini 6 or iPhone 6s, a force restart can come in handy to resolve any issues along the way. Here’s how to force restart all iPhone models.

iPhone ‌13, 12, 11, X Series, iPhone SE 2022, SE 2020, and 8. how to force restart

The iPhone 13, 12, 11 Series, XS, XR and iPhone X have Face ID and no Home button. The iPhone SE 2022, SE 2020 and 8 series have a Home button with Touch ID. But the process to force restart all these devices is the same.

  1. From the left side of the device, press and release quickly sound loud button.
  2. Next, press and release immediately volume down button.

    Press and Quickly Release Volume Buttons on iPhone

  3. Finally, from the right side of the device, press and hold side button,

    Press and hold the side button on iPhone 11

  4. release the side button when you see apple logo on your iPhone screen.

How to force restart your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus

iPhone 7 or 7 Plus has its own unique way of performing a force restart, which is different from all the old or new iPhone models. Here’s how to force restart iPhone 7.

  1. hold down side button on the right side of the iPhone, and volume down buttons on the left side together.

    Press and hold the side button and volume button simultaneously

  2. Release both buttons when you see apple logo appear on the screen.

This method is also used for iPod Touch 7th Gen. Instead of side button just use top button.

Reboot Your iPhone 6s or Earlier

Here’s how you can force restart iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, iPhone SE 1st generation, iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, 5c and older models.

  1. hold down House button on the front of the device and side button together with the right side of the device.

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  2. let go of the buttons when you see apple logo on screen.

These steps also apply for iPod Touch 6th Gen. Instead of side button just use top button.

How to Hard Reset iPad Models with Face ID

The flagship iPad has Face ID and no traditional Home button. The process for rebooting these iPads is the same as on the iPhone 8 and later. This way.

  1. press and release quickly sound loud button on the right side of the iPad.
  2. press and release quickly volume down button on the right side of the iPad.

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  3. Lastly, press and hold Power button at the top of the iPad.

    Press and hold the power button on the iPad

  4. Let go of the Power button when the iPad restarts.

Reboot iPad with Home Button

  1. hold down home button on the front of the iPad top button with.

    Press and Hold the Home Button and Top Button on the iPad

  2. Release both buttons when you see apple logo on your iPad screen.

questions to ask

Q. Is it safe to force restart iPhone?

Yes, it is completely safe to force restart your iPhone. It’s like rebooting your computer. That said, there’s really no reason to use it over a normal reboot unless your iPhone is frozen.

Why. Does a Force Restart on the iPhone Delete Everything?

No. All your personal data, downloaded apps, contacts, messages etc will be right where you left it after reset. On the other hand, resetting your iPhone to factory settings using “Erase All Content and Settings” will delete everything.

That’s all for today!

This is how you can force restart your iPhone, iPad, and other devices. If this doesn’t solve your problem, you may want to put your iPhone or iPad in recovery mode or DFU mode.

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