Forcing an iPhone or iPad to restart is a quick fix for many iOS and iPadOS issues. If your device does not start or a system-level error occurs before switching to the Genius Bar, check if a forced reboot will fix the problem.
When should you force a reboot?
Occasionally software problems may occur on your iPhone or iPad. This could be an incorrect iOS update, a fraudulent app, or just an iOS or iPadOS error that can not be resolved.
A forced restart is most helpful if your iPhone or iPad is unresponsive and unresponsive. If you can not even turn your device off, try to force a reboot. This usually fixes the problem.
How to Force an iPhone Reboot
The process of forcing an iPhone to restart differs between the phone models. Although the process is different, the result is the same.
iPhone 8, iPhone X, and later
An iPhone without a physical home button has a new operation to force a reboot. If you are using an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus (with a capacitive Home button) or the latest iPhone without a Home button (iPhone X, XS, XS Max, XR), follow the steps below to force the handset to reboot.
First press the volume up button and release it. Then press the Volume Down button and release. Finally, press and hold the "Side" button until the Apple logo appears on the screen. It may take up to 30 seconds for the logo to appear.
Once the logo is displayed, you can release the page key. Your iPhone will now stop the reboot process.
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iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
The iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus also have a capacitive home button. However, you have another restart key combination that is specific to these two devices.
You can force the reboot of both phones by holding down the Volume Down button and the Side button together. Hold down the key until the Apple logo appears.
iPhone 6s and Older
The older iPhones with the physical home button provide much more uncomplicated reboot force.
If you are using an iPhone 5s, SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, or 6s Plus, press and hold the Home button together with the Sleep / Wake button until the Apple Computer starts to run. The logo will open displayed on the screen.
How to Force an iPad Restart
If your iPad is stuck on a screen and does not respond to touch input Use one of the following methods to: force the reboot, or press the key.
iPads with No Home Button
If you're using a new iPad Pro with Face ID, there's a new way to force your iPad Pro to restart (similar to turning off the iPad Pro.)
Press First press and release the Volume Up key. Release the Volume Down key and hold down the Up key until the Apple logo appears.
When the logo appears, release the button. Your tablet should be back to normal after completing the process.
iPads with Home Button
Most iPads other than the newer pros have the Home button. If your iPad has a physical home button (a circle) in the bottom bezel, use the following method to force a restart of your iPad.
Press and hold both the Home button and the Top button Press the power button or the standby button simultaneously until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
When the Apple logo is displayed, you can do this Letting go of the buttons.
Normally, forced reboot fixes minor iOS issues and errors. If your problem persists, you can try to reset your iPhone or iPad as a last resort.
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