How To iPhone & iPod How to Restart an iPhone (All Models) Instructions for restarting and resetting an iPhone Share Pin Email Print Illustration by Lifewire iPhone & iPod Guides & Tutorials Basics Installing & Upgrading Tips & Tricks Key Concepts Switching from Android to iPhone by Sam Costello Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. Updated May 18, 2019 133 133 people found this article helpful Even though most people don't think of it this way, the iPhone is a powerful computer that fits in your pocket. Just like a desktop computer or laptop, sometimes you need to restart or even reset your iPhone to fix problems. A restart is just what it sounds like; you turn the iPhone off and back on. When the iPhone doesn't respond to the buttons you need to push to turn it off and on, a reset is in order. Neither process deletes any of your data or settings on the iPhone. Neither process should be confused a restore, which erases all the content on the iPhone and returns it to factory condition, after which you restore your data from a backup). Instructions in this article apply to iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XR. How to Restart the iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XR Restart your iPhone to solve fundamental problems with these models, such as poor cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity, app crashes, or other day-to-day issues. On these recent models, Apple has assigned new functions to the Sleep/Wake button on the side of the device. It can be used to activate Siri, bring up the Emergency SOS feature, and more. Because of this, the restart process differs from the method used on earlier models that you may be familiar with. To restart the recent models: Hold the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons at the same time. Volume up works, too, but using it can accidentally take a screenshot. Wait until the slide to power off slider appears. Move the slider from left to right to shut down the phone. How to Restart Other iPhone Models Restarting most other iPhone models is the same as turning the iPhone off and on. Here's what you do: Hold down the Sleep/Wake button until the power off slider appears on the screen. On older models, it's on the top of the phone. On the iPhone 6 series and newer, it's on the right side. Let go of the Sleep/Wake button. Move the power off slider from left to right. This causes the iPhone to shut down. You'll see a spinner on the screen indicating the shutdown is in progress. It can be dim and hard to see, but it's there. When the phone shuts off, hold down the Sleep/Wake button again until the Apple logo appears on the screen. When it does, the phone is starting up. Let go of the button and wait for the iPhone to finish restarting. How to Hard Reset the iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XR The basic restart solves a lot of 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 a more powerful option called a hard reset. On the iPhone 8 series, iPhone X, and iPhone XS or XR, the hard reset process is dramatically different than for other models. To hard reset these iPhone models, follow these steps: Click and release the Volume Up button on the phone's left side. Click and release the Volume Down button. Now hold down the Sleep/Wake button on the phone's right side until you see the slide to power off slider. Slide it from left to right to reset the phone. How to Hard Reset Other iPhone Models A hard reset restarts the phone and refreshes the memory that apps run in. It doesn't delete your data but otherwise helps the iPhone start from scratch. In most cases, you won't need a hard reset, but when you do and you have an older model (except iPhone 7), follow these steps: With the phone screen facing you, hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the bottom center at the same time. When the power off slider appears, don't let go of the buttons. Keep holding them both until you see the screen go black. Wait until the Apple logo appears. When this happens, you can let go. The iPhone is resetting. How to Hard Reset iPhone 7 Series The hard reset process is slightly different for the iPhone 7 series. That's because the Home button is no longer an actual button on these models – it's a 3D Touch panel, rather than something you click. As a result, Apple changed how these models are reset. With the iPhone 7 series, you hold the Volume Down button and the Sleep/Wake button 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 XR iPhone 6S Plus iPhone 5 iPhone XS series iPhone 6S iPhone 4S iPhone X iPhone SE iPhone 4 iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 6 Plus iPhone 3GS iPhone 8 iPhone 6 iPhone 3G iPhone 7 Plus iPhone 5S iPhone iPhone 7 iPhone 5C For More Help Resetting Your iPhone Sometimes your iPhone may have problems so complicated that a restart or reset just don't do the trick. That's when you should turn to one of these advanced troubleshooting steps. Restore to Factory Settings: If you want to erase all the data from your iPhone and start from scratch, which solves some tough bugs and is useful if you're going to sell your iPhone, restore it to factory settings.Recovery Mode: If your iPhone is stuck in a reboot loop or can't get past the Apple logo during startup, try iPhone recovery mode.DFU Mode: When trying to downgrade your version of the iOS or jailbreak your phone, DFU (Disk Firmware Update) mode is what you need. Continue Reading How to Get Rid of the iPhone White Screen of Death If Your iPhone Keeps Shutting Off, Get it Fixed Quick Here's How to Fix An iPhone That Won't Turn Off How to Fix an iPhone Stuck on the Apple Logo Easy Ways To Shut Off Your iPhone or iPhone X iPod touch on the Fritz? Here's How to Fix It What Is iPhone Recovery Mode and How Do You Use It? 6 Solutions for an iPhone That Won't Turn On iPhone Not Working Properly? 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