How to Hard Reset iPhone to restart the iPhone as it requires pressing a designated key combination which varies from model to model.
When forcing the iPhone to restart doesn’t work, you may also learn how to repair the operating system by connecting the iPhone to a computer.
Methods to Hard Reset iPhone
- Force-Restarting an iPhone 8 and Later
- Force-Restarting an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus
- Force-Restarting an iPhone 6, 6s Plus, or iPhone SE (1st Generation)
Force-Restarting an iPhone 8 and Later
- Tap and release the Volume Up button in the left side of the phone which is close to the top-most edge.
- The method only works on the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, XR, XS, XS Max, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, and iPhone SE (2nd Generation).
- Tap and release the Volume Down button on the left side of the phone below the Volume Up button.
- Tap and hold side button on the right side of the phone and continue to hold the button until the Apple logo appears.
- Release the finger once the Apple logo appears to force-restart an unresponsive iPhone.
- If iPhone still won’t restart then charge it for an hour or so and try again.
Force-Restarting an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus
- Tap and hold the Volume Down button and Sleep/Wake button. The Volume Down button is on the left side of the iPhone whereas the Sleep/Wake button is on the top-most edge.
- Hold it continuously both the buttons down until the Apple logo appears.
- Loosen up the grip on the buttons when you see the Apple logo. Check whether the reset was successful. Your iPhone must restart normally.
- If the iPhone still does not restart, charge it for an hour and try the above steps again.
Force-Restarting an iPhone 6, 6s Plus, or iPhone SE (1st Generation)
- Tap and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button simultaneously. The Sleep/Wake button is on the top-most edge of the iPhone, while the Home button is the large round button at the bottom-center part of the screen.
- Continue to hold the buttons down together, until you get to see the Apple logo.
- Loose the grip over the buttons when the Apple logo appears.
- The iPhone should restart normally if the process of reset was successful.
- If the iPhone still does not restart, try to charge it for an hour and then try to restart again.
Fixing an iPhone that Won’t Force-Restart
- Connect the iPhone to a computer. If the iPhone gets hung up on the Apple logo or a solid-color screen while force restart, you may try using the PC or Mac to repair it without losing data.
- Initialize by connecting the iPhone to the computer using its charging cable.
- Open Finder (Mac) or iTunes (PC).
- For Mac Catalina or later, click the two-toned face on the Dock to launch Finder.
- For Windows or an earlier version of macOS, open iTunes from the Start menu or Applications folder.
- Locate iPhone.
- For Finder, click iPhone’s name in the left panel named”Locations.”
- For iTunes, click the button with an iPhone icon near the top-left corner of the app.
- Put iPhone into recovery mode.
The steps to recovery vary from model to model:
|Models with Face ID||Tap and release the Volume Up button|
Tap and release the Volume Down button.
Tap and hold the button on the top edge until iPhone restarts in recovery mode.
|iPhone 8 or Later||Tap and release the Volume Up button.|
Tap and release the Volume Down button.
Tap and hold the button on the right side until the iPhone boots into recovery mode.
|iPhone 7/7 Plus||Tap and hold the top button or right-side button on some models and the Volume Down buttons at the same time. |
Lift the pressure of the fingers when the phone boots into recovery mode.
|iPhones with Home buttons, iPhone 6, and earlier||Tap and hold the Home button and the top or right-side buttons at the same time. |
Lift the pressure of the fingers when the recovery mode screen appears.
- Press the Update button on the computer on the pop-up message that appeared in Finder or iTunes when the iPhone went into recovery mode.
- By choosing the option, it attempts to repair iOS without deleting the data.
- If the process fixes the iPhone, it will definitely restart as normal.
- If it takes longer than 15 minutes to download the update, the iPhone will automatically exit recovery mode .
- Repeat the above steps to get back into recovery mode and try again.
- You may opt for the factory reset if updating of the iPhone was successful but you still can’t use it properly.
- Just repeat the above steps and select Restore instead of Update.
- This will erase all of the data on the iPhone that is why use it as a last resort.