The iPhone has been a remarkable device, but like any gadget it has the potential to stop working properly from time to time.

One of the most common issues is a device freezing or becoming unresponsive, and the go-to method is normally to force a restart.

This is great because you won’t lose any data, and your phone should be back up and running in no time. In fact, this method will be no worse than a regular restart, so don’t worry about losing any of your personal files or settings.

On older iPhone models, a soft reset was as simple as pressing and holding the power and home buttons simultaneously until the screen turns black and the Apple logo appeared. However, that button combination changed with Apple’s move away from a physical button in 2016, and became more of an issue when it ditched the home button on 2017’s iPhone X.

In this article, we’ll explain how to force reset your iPhone, regardless of which model you have.

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iPhone 6s/6s Plus and earlier

As we mentioned above, this is probably the most recognisable way to force reset your iPhone:

  • Press and hold the power and home buttons at the same time for a few seconds
  • Wait for the screen to turn black and Apple logo to appear

It’s most likely this method will work on your iPad too, unless you have one of the latest Pro models.

iPhone 7/7 Plus

how to force reset an iphone 7 and 7 plus

The situation changed slightly in 2016, as the iPhone 7 series replaced the physical home button with a touch-sensitive alternative. This meant the regular force reset wouldn’t work, as the unresponsiveness of the display stops the home button wouldn’t respond either. Luckily, the force reset just meant a change of buttons:

  • Press and hold the power and volume down buttons at the same time for a few seconds
  • Wait for the screen to turn black and Apple logo to appear

iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max, iPhone XS/XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus

As 2017 ushered in a new era for the iPhone, the method of force resetting the device changed across Apple’s lineup.
The removal of the home button meant you had to rely more on the remaining physical buttons:

  • Press and release volume up button
  • Press and release volume down button
  • Press and hold the power button for a few seconds
  • Wait for the screen to turn black and Apple logo to appear

Although the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus were largely unchanged from their predecessors, they also moved to this method to ensure continuity across all of Apple’s recent releases.

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