How to Hard Reset an iPhone in 2024: Everything You Need to Know
Are you experiencing unresponsiveness on your iPhone? If standard button presses or on-screen menu options aren’t doing the trick, a hard reset, also known as a hard restart, provides a straightforward method to restart your iPhone.
How to Hard Reset an iPhone
Method 1: Force-Restarting an iPhone 8 and Later
- Press and release the Volume Up button located on the left side of the phone’s top edge.
- Press and release the Volume Down button situated below the Volume Up button.
- Press and hold the side button on the right side of the phone until the Apple logo appears.
- Release your finger upon seeing the Apple logo, completing the force restart.
- If the iPhone remains unresponsive, consider charging it for an hour before attempting the restart again.
Method 2: Force-Restarting an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus
- Press and hold the Volume Down button and the Sleep/Wake button simultaneously.
- Continue holding the buttons until the Apple logo appears.
- Release the buttons to complete the restart.
- Charge the iPhone for an hour if the restart is unsuccessful initially.
Method 3: Force-Restarting an iPhone 6, 6s Plus, or iPhone SE (1st Generation)
- Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on the top edge and the Home button at the bottom center of the screen.
- Continue holding until the Apple logo appears, signifying a successful restart.
- Charge the iPhone for an hour if initial attempts fail.
Method 4: Fixing an iPhone that Won’t Force-Restart
- Connect your iPhone to a computer using the charging cable.
- Open Finder (Mac) or iTunes (PC) and locate your iPhone.
- Put your iPhone into recovery mode based on its model.
- Click the Update button on your computer to attempt repairing iOS without data loss.
- If successful, the iPhone will restart as normal.
- If the update takes longer than 15 minutes, repeat the process.
For iPhone 8 and later models (including the iPhone X, XR, XS, 11, 12, and 13):
Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
Press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
Press and hold the Side button (also known as the Power button) until you see the Apple logo.
For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus:
Press and hold both the Volume Down button and the Power (Sleep/Wake) button.
When the Apple logo appears, release both buttons.
For iPhone 6s, SE (1st generation), and earlier models:
For iPhone 6s and earlier, including iPhone SE (1st generation):
Hold Down Buttons:
Press and hold the Home button (or the Sleep/Wake button on iPhone 6s or earlier models) and the Power button simultaneously.
Keep holding both buttons until you see the Apple logo on the screen. This usually takes about 10 seconds.
Release the buttons when you see the Apple logo, and your iPhone will restart.
In all cases, the phone will reboot, and when it restarts, it will have been hard reset. Please note that a hard reset does not erase your data. It simply forcibly reboots your iPhone if it’s unresponsive or experiencing issues.
Remember, hard resetting should only be done when necessary as it can potentially cause minor software errors. If your device is frequently requiring hard resets, consider reaching out to Apple Support for further guidance.
When should I consider hard resetting my iPhone?
Consider a hard reset if:
Your iPhone is frozen or unresponsive.
Apps are crashing frequently.
You’re experiencing persistent performance issues.
You’re selling or giving away your iPhone.
You want to install a fresh copy of iOS.
What are the different ways to hard reset an iPhone?
The method depends on your iPhone model:
For iPhones with a Home button (iPhone 6s and earlier):
Press and hold the Power button and Home button simultaneously.
Hold both buttons for about 10 seconds until the Apple logo appears.
For iPhones without a Home button (iPhone 7 and later):
Press and hold the Volume Up button and Power button briefly.
Quickly release the Volume Up button, then continue holding the Power button.
Hold the Power button for about 10 seconds until the Apple logo appears.
For all iPhones with iOS 15 or later (optional):
Go to Settings > General > Reset.
Tap “Erase All Content and Settings.”
Enter your passcode and Apple ID password to confirm.
How often should I perform a hard reset on my iPhone?
You should only perform a hard reset on your iPhone when necessary, such as when it becomes unresponsive or experiences software issues. It’s not necessary to perform a hard reset regularly as part of routine maintenance.