How to Restart an iPhone (All Models)

Instructions for restarting and resetting an iPhone

Even though the iPhone is really reliable, sometimes you need to reset or restart an to fix a problem. Technically, there are multiple types of iPhone resets, so it's important to know what each one does and which you want to use in a given situation.

  • The basic option is to restart an iPhone by turning it off and then turning it on again. This is also called a soft reset.
  • If a restart doesn't fix your problem, or your iPhone is frozen, try a reset (also called a hard reset or a force restart). Neither a soft reset or hard reset deletes the data or settings on the iPhone, so there's nothing to worry about.
  • The two types of reset aren't the same thing as a restore, which erases all the content on the iPhone and returns it to factory condition. After restoring your iPhone, you also restore your data from a backup. That's a more extreme option; we'll cover it at the end of this article.

You restart an iPhone to solve fundamental problems, such as poor cellular or Wi-Fi connectivityapp crashes, or other day-to-day glitches. The steps used to reset an iPhone depend on what model you have.


How to Reset your iPhone

How to Restart iPhone 11, iPhone XS/XR, and iPhone X

On the iPhone X, XS/XR, and iPhone 11, Apple assigned new functions to the Side button on the side of the device. It can be used to activate Siri, bring up the Emergency SOS feature, or other tasks. Because of this change, the restart process differs from the method used on earlier models.

To restart the iPhone 11 or iPhone XS/XR/X, follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Side button and Volume Down buttons at the same time. Volume up works, too, but using it can accidentally take a screenshot.

  2. When the slide to power off slider appears, release the Side and Volume Down buttons.

  3. Move the slider from left to right to shut down the phone.

    A good time to clean you iPhone screen is while the device is shut down. This ensures you don't accidentally press any options or accidentally change any settings.

  4. Wait about 30 seconds. When the iPhone is off, hold down the Side button again until the Apple logo appears. Let go of the Side button and let the phone start up.

How to Restart iPhone (All Other Models)

iPhone reset buttons on different models

To restart all other iPhone models, follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button. On older models, it's on the top of the phone. On the iPhone 6 series and newer, it's on the right side.

  2. When the power off slider appears on the screen, release the Sleep/Wake button.

  3. Move the power off slider from left to right. This prompts the iPhone to shut down. A spinner displays on the screen indicating the shutdown is in progress. It may be dim and hard to see.

  4. When the phone shuts off, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button.

  5. When the Apple logo appears on the screen, release the Sleep/Wake button and wait for the iPhone to finish restarting.

How to Hard Reset iPhone 11, iPhone XS/XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone SE 2

A basic soft reset solves many problems, but it doesn't solve them all. In some cases—such as when the phone is completely frozen and won't respond to pressing the Sleep/Wake button—you need to try a hard reset.

On iPhones with Face ID (the iPhone 11 series, iPhone XS/XR, or iPhone X), the iPhone 8 series, or the iPhone SE 2, follow these steps to perform a hard reset:

  1. Click and release the Volume Up button.

  2. Click and release the Volume Down button.

  3. Press and hold the Side button until the slide to power off slider appears.

  4. Move the slide to power off slider from left to right to reset the phone.

How to Hard Reset iPhone (Other Models)

A hard reset restarts the phone and refreshes the memory that apps run in. It doesn't delete data but it does help the iPhone start from scratch. When you need to hard reset an older iPhone model (except iPhone 7; that's in the next section), follow these steps:

  1. With the phone screen facing you, hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time.

  2. Continue to hold the buttons when the power off slider appears, don't release the buttons.

  3. When the Apple logo appears, release the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button.

  4. Wait while the iPhone resets.

How to Hard Reset iPhone 7 Series 

The process to hard reset the iPhone 7 series is slightly different. That's because the Home button isn't a physical button on these models; it's a 3D Touch panel. As a result, Apple changed how these models are reset. 

With the iPhone 7 series, hold the Volume Down button and the Sleep/Wakebutton at the same time.

A hard reset is also one way to solve a much less common problem: An iPhone that won't turn off.

Affected iPhones

The restart and hard reset instructions in this article work on the following models:

iPhone SE 2 iPhone 6S Plus iPhone 4
iPhone 11 series iPhone 6S iPhone 3GS
iPhone XR

iPhone SE

iPhone 3G

iPhone XS series

iPhone 6 Plus


iPhone X

iPhone 6


iPhone 8 Plus

iPhone 5S


iPhone 8

iPhone 5C


iPhone 7 Plus

iPhone 5


iPhone 7

iPhone 4S


For More Help Resetting Your iPhone

Sometimes an iPhone may have problems so complicated that a restart or hard reset just doesn't do the trick. Follow these advanced troubleshooting steps to fix the problem:

  • Stuck at Apple Logo: If an iPhone is stuck at the Apple logo during startup, a simple restart may not be enough to solve the problem. Find out how to fix an iPhone stuck on the Apple logo.
  • Restore to Factory Settings: If you want to erase all the data from an iPhone and start from scratch. This solves some tough bugs. Also, before you sell your iPhone, you should restore it to factory settings.
  • Recovery Mode: If an iPhone is stuck in a reboot loop or can't get past the Apple logo during startup, try iPhone recovery mode.
  • DFU Mode: When downgrading the version of the iOS or jailbreak the phone, use DFU (Disk Firmware Update) mode.