How to force restart an iPhone and iPad (All models)

How to force restart iPhone and iPad

A simple restart of the iPhone or iPad fixes many minor glitches. But if your device does not turn off or on, the screen becomes black, or if it freezes and becomes unresponsive, you have to look beyond a regular restart. This is where force restarting or rebooting iPhone comes into the picture!

Whether you are eyeing the latest iPhone 13 and iPad mini, or using iPhone 6s, force restart comes in handy to resolve many issues along the way. Let me show you how to do it based on the devices you own!

How to force restart your iPhone ‌13, 12, 11, X Series, iPhone 8, and SE 2020

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

  1. From the left side of the device, press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
Press and Quickly Release the Volume Up button on iPhone 11
  1. Next, press and immediately release the Volume Down button.
Press and Quickly Release the Volume Down button on iPhone 11
  1. Finally, from the right side of the device, press and hold the Side button.
Press and Hold the Side button on iPhone 11
  1. Release the Side button when you see the Apple logo on your iPhone screen.
Apple Logo Appear on iPhone 11 Screen

How to force restart your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus

iPhone 7 or 7 Plus has its own unique method for force restart, which is different than all old or new iPhone models. Here is how.

  1. Together press and hold the Side button, which is on the right of the iPhone, and Volume Down button, which is on the left.
Press and Hold Side Button and Volume Button Together
  1. Leave both the buttons when you see the Apple logo on iPhone 7 screen.
Apple Logo Appear on iPhone 7 Screen

This method is also used for iPod Touch 7th Gen. Just use the Top button instead of the Side button.

How to reboot your iPhone 6s or earlier

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

  1. Together press and hold the Home button, which is on the front of the device and the Side button, which is on the right side of the device.
Press Home Button and Side Button Together on iPhone 6s
  1. Leave the buttons when you see the Apple logo on the screen.
Apple Logo Appears on iPhone 6s

These steps are also applicable for iPod Touch 6th Gen. Just use the Top button instead of the Side button.

How to hard reset iPad models with Face ID

The flagship iPads have Face ID and thus no traditional Home button. The process of reboot these iPads is the same as iPhone 8 and later. Here is how.

  1. Press and quickly release the Volume Up button from the right side of the iPad.
Press & Quickly Release Volume Up button on iPad
  1. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button from the right side of the iPad.
Press and Quickly Release the Volume Down button on iPad
  1. Finally, press and hold the Power button from the top of the iPad.
Press and Hold Power button on iPad
  1. Leave the Power button when the iPad restarts.
iPad Restarting

How to reboot an iPad with a Home button

  1. Press and hold the Home button from the front side of the iPad and the Top button together.
Press and Hold Home Button and Top Button on iPad
  1. Leave both the buttons when you see the Apple logo on your iPad screen.
Apple Logo Appears on iPad with Home Button

That’s all, folks!

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

Video: How to force restart/reboot any iPhone and iPad Models

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