We've spent years with the iPhone and discovered countless tips and tricks to make the most of it, but it's always good to know the basics. Something everyone needs to know is how to reset an iPhone. The steps were the same for every device except for the iPhone 6S Plus, but with the release of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, a lot has changed and then changed back to the iPhone X.
If you upgrade from a previous iPhone model to the iPhone 7 or the latest iPhone X, but never needed to reset it, you may not know how to start the process. Do not worry, we'll explain how to reset your iPhone, how to restart it, and how to force a reboot if your phone does not respond. We also highlight the differences between a reboot, a soft reset, and a factory reset.
How to Reset Your iPhone (Soft Reset)
The easiest way to reset your iPhone is to reverse it switching. This method is often referred to as "soft reset," meaning you will not lose data and nothing will be deleted from your phone. The best time to perform a soft reset is if the phone is running a little slower than usual, an app does not open or does not work properly, or another relatively small problem has occurred, but your iPhone is still responding.
Step 1: Press and hold the standby key until the slider turns off . For models with iPhone 6 and higher, find the "Sleep / Wake" button on the right side of the phone. On the iPhone SE, iPhone 5S and earlier models, the "Sleep / Wake" button is on top.
Step 2: Put your finger on the slider and then swipe to the right  Step 3: As soon as nothing is on the screen and turns black, press and hold the Sleep button / Wake button again until the Apple logo appears.
If you have iOS 11 or later installed, you can go to General> Settings and scroll down to where you find Shut Down . When you tap Shut Down you'll see the slider turn off . You can then proceed to step 2 above.
Forcing Your iPhone to Reset
Another way to reset your iPhone is what Apple officially calls "Force reboot." Again, no important data is lost. A "Force restart" is recommended if your iPhone stops responding. Examples are times when the screen of your iPhone goes black (even though it's on), the screen stops responding, or your iPhone has a problem on startup.
The exact way to reboot differs between older iPhone models and iPhone 7 and later. Instead of a traditional home button, the newer iPhones have a Home / Touch ID sensor that is not used to trigger a Force Restart, and Apple has, as explained in our iPhone X-Features overview, the Home / Touch Feature canceled ID sensor in iPhone X fully in favor of new Face ID
On iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X
Step 1: Press and quickly press the volume key
Step 2: Briefly press the Volume Down button
Step 3: Press and hold the Sleep / Wake button You will see the Apple Logo.
On the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
Step 1: Press and hold the Sleep / Wake and Volume Down buttons to the Apple logo
On the iPhone 6S and earlier
Step 1: Press and hold the Sleep / Wake and Home buttons t until the Apple logo appears.
What do you do when a reboot does not work? Use force reboot to enter DFU mode
DFU stands for Device Firmware Update. In this mode, the iPhone can interact with iTunes without loading the operating system. If your iPhone's operating system is in an error state where you really can not do anything with your phone and the iPhone stops responding, you should enable DFU mode to restore it. This process will erase everything you have on your device, but sometimes this is the only way to bring your iOS device back to life. Hopefully, you followed our instructions on how to back up your iPhone with or without iTunes so you can recover your data after deleting your iPhone.
How to get into DFU mode.
For iPhone 7 and later
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Step 2 : Force Force Restart by Holding Sleep Mode / 19659003] Step 3: Release the Sleep / Wake Button
Step 4: Keep (19659003) Step 5: Your iPhone screen should be black.
Step 6: You will see a message on your screen Computer screen says iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode.
Step 7: Click OK on this message to start restoring your iPhone.
For iPhone 6s and earlier
Step 1: Plug in your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes.
Step 2: Perform a Force Reboot by holding down the Sleep / Wake button and the Home button for eight seconds.
Step 3: Release the Sleep / Wake Button
Step 4: Hold down the Home Button
Step 5: A message appears on your computer screen that iTunes detected an iPhone in recovery mode.
Step 6: Click OK in this message to begin restoring your iPhone.
What's the difference between a soft reset, a force restart and a factory reset
If you restart your iPhone with the software option or a soft reset, none will go away Data lost. The same is true for a Force restart where you can use the hardware buttons to reboot your iPhone when the touchscreen is not responding. However, a factory reset is a completely different beast. In essence, your iPhone will be restored to its original state – it will erase all content, settings, and personal information of the device.
We recommend that you reset your iPhone as a last resort if you want to have issues that you can not solve, but it should also be used when you trade your iPhone, give it to a friend, or when the phone is lost is or was stolen. However, it is not a permanent process because a previous backup can be used to recover everything that was once on your phone. If you need to perform a factory reset, read our instructions for resetting an iPhone to factory defaults, including a breakdown of the options found in Preferences> General> Reset .