How to hard restart iPhone (All Variants) : Step-by-step guide


Hard restarting an iPhone can be a tedious task. Not everyone would want to do it frequently, however, there are instances, where this becomes the only choice available. On this page, I have provided a detailed guide with FAQs on what is hard restart and how you can hard restart iPhone devices (all variants), including iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.

Q1. What is Hard restart?

Hard restart is just a forced reboot that is usually used in troubleshooting problems on your iPhone such as when it freezes or slows down to such an extent that you cannot interact with anything properly.

Q2. When should I Hard Restart?

If your iPhone isn’t functioning as expected, or you face some lag, or certain buttons are working, or the touch is not responding upto the mark, or theres some unexpected issue with the device .

Q3. Are there any disadvantages of doing a hard restart? Will it impact the warranty?

No there aren’t disadvantages of Hard Restart. Your iPhone just restarts when it was stuck. The waranty warranty still remains intact.

How to hard restart iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus

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The Hard Reboot option the older generation of iPhones is pretty straightforward.

  1. Press and hold the Lock/Wake button on the right side of your iPhone.
  2. At the same time, press and hold down the Volume Down button on the left side while keeping the Lock/Wake button pressed.
  3. Keep holding both the buttons until the screen turns black and then switches back on to display the Apple Logo.
  4. Wait for a couple of seconds until your iPhone boots up completely and displays the Lock screen.

How to Hard Restart iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus

The procedure for both these devices is the same. However, as Apple upgraded to these devices, the procedure changed from iPhone 7 and 7 plus as outlined in their recent support document.

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  1. Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  2. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  3. Press and hold the Side button (aka power) until you see the Apple logo.

How to Factory Reset iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X

But in case, if force restarting doesn’t solve your issues, you’ll need to reset all settings. At the last resort is, of course, resetting your whole device. This Follow these steps in case you wanna do that

To reset you iPhone,

  1. Go to Settings > General > Reset and then select Erase All Content and Settings.
  2. It’ll prompt you to type in your passcode with a warning that this action will delete your data in red. Tap it.
  3. Finally enter the Apple ID password and confirm.

Once you complete these steps your device will delete everything off of your device and will go back to the factory version as you received it.

Pretty straightforward right? Leave a comment if you got any query!

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