How to restart your iPhone

How to restart your iPhone

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Ask Siri to “reboot iPhone” and press “Yes” to confirm. Without Siri, you will have to turn your iPhone off and back on again. Long press the side button and the 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 kinds of issues, such as software glitches, strange iOS behavior, or unexplainable connection issues. We’ll show you how to restart your iPhone no matter what model you have.

How often should you restart your iPhone?

You don’t need to restart your iPhone often. In general, iOS, which powers the iPhone, should still be working and responsive even after weeks or months of use.

Sometimes, you may encounter issues that warrant a reboot. For example, if a “core” iOS service or feature is working, it could indicate that some aspect of the operating system is broken. Restarting your iPhone’s operating system can help.

Some examples include not being able to make a phone call, experiencing a “black screen” when trying to use the camera, erratic behavior while scrolling through apps on the home screen, or notifications not showing up at all. Other issues could be slow frame rates when scrolling, choppy or choppy sound, or long pauses when running apps.

Some connectivity issues can be resolved with a restart as well, particularly unresponsive cellular services. You should try first Toggle Airplane Mode on and off To reset the connection between your iPhone and carrier but if that still doesn’t work, try restarting instead. It may also be helpful to shoot if you have persistent issues with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Airplane Mode on iOS 16

If the problem appears to be related to a third party app (for example, Facebook), the problem may persist even after a restart. Some issues with these apps may be resolved, but you may want to dig deeper and try Delete and reinstall any misbehaving apps.

There is no need to restart your iPhone regularly or just because you haven’t done so in a while. Most users end up restarting their devices only due to software updates or when the battery is dead.

Restart your iPhone with Siri

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

To do this, tell Siri to “reboot my iPhone” and tap “Yes” on the onscreen confirmation. For this to work, you’ll need to enable some way to talk to Siri under Settings > Siri & Search.

Restart iPhone with Siri

You can either say “Hey Siri” to start 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 with the home button at the bottom of the screen.

Once you confirm that you want to restart your iPhone, 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 on a Mac or Windows PC, there is no “reboot” option on the iPhone. You will need to turn your iPhone off and 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 it has a “notch” at the top of the screen), you can turn it off by pressing and holding the side button and any of the volume buttons.

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 to turn off completely.

Restart iPhone 8, X or higher
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Once your iPhone turns off, hold the side button again until you see the white Apple logo appear on the screen. Your iPhone will now start up. If you don’t see the white Apple logo, wait a bit and try again (your iPhone may not have shut down completely).

Reboot your iPhone using the Home button

If your iPhone has a Home button at the bottom of the screen (including Touch ID and non-touch models), press and hold the Side button, then slide the “Slide to Power Off” slider to the right. Some older models may have a button only on the top of the device.

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

Related: How to restart the phone without the power button

How to force restart your iPhone after it crashes

If your iPhone is no longer responding, it may have completely crashed. Instead of waiting for the battery to run out, you can force a restart to get things working again. You should do this when your iPhone is completely unresponsive to input, in circumstances where the screen is frozen, or when the standard restart or shutdown instructions fail.

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

You may need to try all the methods below. You won’t jailbreak anything by doing this, especially not your iPhone that really needs a forced restart.

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

If you have a file iPhone with Face ID which has a “slit” at the top of the screen, iPhone 8, the second generation iPhone SE released in 2020 (or The third generation of iPhone SE was released in 2022), you can force restart your device with a series of button presses.

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 restart.

Force restart your iPhone X, 8, SE (2020) or later
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You’ll need to act quickly when buttons are pressed. If it doesn’t work the first time, keep trying. If you’re convinced you’re correct, you may have a different iPhone model, so try the instructions below instead.

Related: How to force restart iPhone 11

Force restart iPhone 7

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

Force restart iPhone 7
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Your iPhone should now restart. If nothing happens, try again. If you haven’t had any luck yet, try the other instructions here in case you are using a different iPhone model.

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

If you have an elderly person iPhone Model Using Touch ID Or the standard Home button, you can force restart your iPhone by holding the Home button and the sleep/wake button until the Apple logo appears.

Force restart iPhone 6s and earlier
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Depending on your device, the Sleep/Wake button may be located on the side or the top of the device.

How to stop iPhone boot loop

Rebooting your iPhone is one thing, but restarting it frequently is an entirely different issue. This problem is known as the boot loop and it has an extension A separate set of fixes.

You can start using the force restart method above. However, you may have to Put your iPhone into DFU mode Using precise combination of button presses to perform advanced low level recovery repair.

If your iPhone is particularly old and nothing seems to help, it’s time to check the iPhone 14 or the iPhone SE (2022) is budget friendly.


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