How to Restart an iPhone

Have you ever faced the situation when you cannot establish a Wi-Fi connection on your iPhone, its screen does not respond when you touch it, or you cannot turn it on? If one of the features of your iPhone does not work properly, you should try to restart your device.

In this post, we would like to share how to reboot your iPhone, including the force restart process. Depending on its model and the iOS version, the restart steps are different. Read on to learn how to restart an iPhone 6, iPhone 7, iPhone 8 or later models.

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Restart the iOS device

If you have installed iOS 11 or later on your iPhone, go to Settings General → tap on Shut Down to restart your device → slide to power off to confirm the action.

If you have an iPhone with iOS 10 or previous versions, its restart depends on the model of the device. Here is what you can do:

  • With an iPhone 8 and earlier models, press the Side button or the Top button and hold it for a few seconds until the slider appears on the screen. Then, swipe slide to power off to turn the iPhone off. After you have successfully switched your iPhone off, you can restart the iPhone 8 or earlier model. For this, press the Side button or the Top button and hold it until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
  • On iPhone X and later models, press both the Side and Volume Up or Volume Down buttons and hold them for several seconds until the slide to power off slider appears. Then, swipe it to turn the device off. Now you can turn your device on to restart iPhone X or later models. For this, press the Side button and hold it until you see the Apple logo on the screen.

How to Hard Restart an iPhone

In the case when your device’s screen is black or frozen, you should try to hard reboot the iPhone. This will NOT erase your data from the smartphone. Depending on the model of your device, follow the next steps to restart the frozen iPhone:

  • Hard Restart iPhone 6

To hard reboot an iPhone 6 or earlier models press the Home button and the Side (Top) button, and hold them for a minimum of 10 seconds. When the Apple logo appears, this indicates that you have successfully restarted your iPhone.

  • Force Reboot iPhone 7

To force restart an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, press both the Side and Volume Down buttons and hold them for a minimum of 10 seconds. As soon as you see the Apple logo on the screen, your iPhone has been restarted.

  • Force Restart iPhone 8

To force restart an iPhone 8, you should press three buttons step by step. So, press and instantly release the Volume Up button → press and quickly release the Volume Down button → press the Side button and hold it until the Apple logo appears on the screen. This method is also used to hard restart the iPhone X and later models.


Restart an iPhone from iTunes

Let’s say you have completed the previous steps to reboot your iPhone, but it still does not work. Instead, you see the Apple logo or a blue or red screen. It is likely that your iPhone gets stuck on the restart screen. In this case, you can try to reboot it via iTunes. For this, complete the following steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone to a computer and launch iTunes. Depending on the model of your iPhone, complete the following steps:
    • On an iPhone 6 and earlier models, press both the Home and the Side or Top buttons and hold them until you see the recovery mode screen.
    • On an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, press both the Side and Volume Down buttons and hold them until you see the recovery mode screen.
    • On an iPhone 8 and later models, press the Volume Up button → press and instantly release the Volume Down button → press the Side button and hold it until you see the recovery mode screen.
      Note that even if the Apple logo appears, you should keep holding the buttons until you see the recovery mode screen.
  2. In the window that appears on the computer, you will be asked to restore or update this iPhone. Select Update to allow iTunes to reinstall iOS. In this case, iTunes will try to keep your data.

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Please note, if this process takes more than 15 minutes, your iPhone will quit the recovery mode. You can repeat the steps listed above. However, we advise contacting Apple support or visiting the nearest Apple store for help.


Conclusion

Sometimes our electronic devices may work improperly. If your iPhone is behaving unusually, you can try to fix it yourself or ask for professional help. Armed with this information, you know how to restart your iPhone and perform a force reboot of your iPhone. You can also find other useful articles about iOS and macOS at our blog.