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How to force-restart any iPhone model explained

You may need Force-restart if your iPhone hangs up or doesn’t respond. In that case, this is an easy way to solve your problem that won’t delete any data or change any settings. You simply restart your system to fix the software error that usually causes your iPhone to freeze and not respond.

If you have been using your iPhone and then it suddenly hangs and stops responding to your screen taps and keystrokes, it is most likely a software error. Do not panic, force-restart will fix this problem.

Why your iPhone may need force-restart?

The iPhone, just like any other device, is a very complex device, so there can actually be a lot of reasons. I would even say too many. From software failure to hardware problems.

But still, more often than not, it is an error in the execution of the software code. A force-restart resets all code (commands) that were running, so this will fix the problem.

You have to understand that the iPhone executes a lot of algorithms even when you are not using it and that at some point two different commands might just conflict with each other.

How to force-restart different iPhone models

It depends on the model of your iPhone because different models have their own pattern for force-restart. I will explain each of them in detail so you just need to know your iPhone model (but I don’t think it will catch anyone off guard).

iPhone modelHow to restart
iPhone 12
iPhone 11
iPhone XR
iPhone SE (2nd gen)
iPhone XS
iPhone X
iPhone 8
Press and release the volume-up button
Press and release the volume-down button
Press and hold the power button until the screen turns off and then turns on and the Apple logo appears
iPhone 7Press and hold the volume-down button and the power button at the same time until the screen turns off and then turns off and Apple logo appears
iPhone 6S
iPhone SE (1st gen)
iPhone 6
iPhone 5S
iPhone 5C
iPhone 5
iPhone 4S
iPhone 4
iPhone 3GS
iPhone 3G
iPhone 2G
Press and hold for at least 5-10 secs power and home buttons at the same time

This article was written by Hai-Marie Newman and was reviewed by Vladislav Sheridan, a Managing Editor at Splaitor, according to Splaitor’s Quality and Fact-Checking Policy.

Featured image credit: AppleInsider

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