Restart iPhone 14/13/12/11/X/8/7/6s/6/5s/5/4 Normally or Force Restart

Sometimes, you may need to know how to restart iPhone. When your iPhone is stuck in headphone mode, for example, simple reboot could resolve this problem and return your iPhone normal. In addition, restarting is able to help you get rid of various software problems on iPhone, such as iPhone performing slower, overheating, receiving no SMS, no signal or cannot connect to Wi-Fi. To help people restart iPhones, Apple had developed several methods. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to restart iPhone 14/13/12/11/X/8/7/6s/6/5s/5/4 under different situations. When there are some issues on your iPhone, you will find our guides are helpful.

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Part 1: Normal way to restart or reboot iPhone

The iPhone is very different with other smartphones, so many people feel confused about how to restart iPhone. Actually, there are two normal methods to restart iPhone.

Way 1: How to restart an iPhone with Power button

To shut down and restart an iPhone, you only need to press and hold the power button. You can find it on the side or the top of your iPhone device. Generally speaking the power button is on the top of iPhone, but on newer iPhones, the power button was moved to the side.

Step 1. Press and hold the "Power" button for a few seconds until you see the prompt "Slide to Power Off" appears on the screen.

Step 2. If you are sure, swipe the switch from left to right to power off your iPhone. Wait for several seconds after the screen turns to black.

Step 3. Then press and hold the Power button again. When the Apple logo shows on your screen, release the Power button, then you will need to access your iPhone with your PIN code.

Note: Even your iPhone supports fingerprint for ID, you have to enter your passcode after restart iPhone.

iPhone with Power Button

Way 2: How to restart iPhone with Assistive Touch

Is it possible to restart iPhone without the power button? The answer is yes. Assistive Touch is a virtual Home button, which has the capacity to take you to power off screen. And then you can turn your iPhone back on by charging.

Step 1. Go to "Settings" > "General" > "Accessibility" and turn on "Assistive Touch" if you do not have Assistive Touch button on iPhone screen.

Assistive Touch

Step 2. Touch the "Assistive Touch" button at any screen, which is a floating rounded square button with a big white circle in the center, tap "Device" and then press "Lock Screen" for a few seconds to take you to the power off screen.

Assistive Touch Restart

Step 3. Swipe the slide to power off your iPhone completely. Then plug it into any power source, the Apple logo will show up on your screen a few seconds later.

Note: If you have updated to iOS 11, restarting iPhone without power button is easier. Apple has integrated the restart feature into the "Assistive Touch" button. All you need to do is to touch your "Assistive Touch" button, head to "Device" > "More" > "Restart" and tap "Restart" again when prompt. Then your iPhone will shut down and power on 30 seconds later automatically.

Part 2: How to force restart iPhone 14/13/12/11/X/8/7/6s/6/5s/5/4

Both the power button and Assistive Touch button are only available on an accessible iPhone. But if your iPhone is freezing or not responsive, you have to perform force restarting iPhone. As Apple improves design and technology on iPhone, the methods to force restart various iPhone models are a little different.

Force-restart iPhone X/8/8 Plus and later

Apple has introduced new features on iPhone models released in 2017, so the workflow to force-restart iPhone 14/13/12/11/X/8/8 Plus is more complex. The guides below could help you to do it correctly.

Step 1. At first press the "Volume Up" button on left side of latest iPhone models and release quickly. Then press and release the "Volume Down" button next to the Volume Up button.

Step 2. Press and hold down the "Power" button on the other side. When the Apple logo shows on your screen, you can release the power button.

Step 3. Enter your passcode at start up and complete force-restart iPhone X/8/8 Plus and later.

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Force-restart iPhone 7/7 Plus

The iPhone 7/7 Plus were the first generation of iPhone with no physical Home button. Instead, it has a software based touch button. That means that Apple had developed a new way to force restart iPhone 7/7 Plus not involving the Home button.

Step 1. Keep pressing the "Power" or "Sleep/Wake" button on the right side of iPhone 7. Then press and hold down the "Volume Down" button on the left side together.

Step 2. Wait for the Apple logo to appear, release both buttons. Enter your PIN code at startup.

Tip: If you see the power off screen appears first, keep holding the buttons to skip it.

Force Restart iPhone 7/7 Plus

How to force-restart iPhone 6/6s/SE/5s/5/4

The earlier iPhone models had similar design, integrating a round Home button on the front, so the operations to force restart iPhone 6/6s and earlier models are the same.

Step 1. Press and hold down the "Home" button as well as the "Power" button at the same time.

Step 2. Keep holding both buttons until you see the Apple logo on your iPhone screen. Let go of the buttons and wait for the startup screen to appear.

Step 3. Log in your iPhone with your passcode.

Note: Restarting iPhone could release the apps and cache data running on background, so it has the ability to accelerate performances and resolve a part of software errors. The advantage of reboot is not to interrupt the current content on your iPhone, like personal photos, music, contacts and more. But if the problem is still persistent, you have to take more drastic actions, such as hard reset and factory reset.

Force Restart iPhone 6


It cannot be denied that the iPhone is one of the most trustable devices; however, it is not perfect still. When some problems happen on your iPhone, the first thing you can do is to restart it. In the tutorial above, we have shared several methods to restart iPhone 14/13/12/11/X/8/7/6s/6/5s/5/4 under different situations. Briefly, restart is just a different word for turning a device off and on again. It had been used to solve various computer-related issues, and now this technique is also applied to mobile ecosystem. Depending on your iPhone's condition, you can restart iPhone with the normal methods or force it to restart. Whenever you need to restart your iPhone, the guides above are ready for you.

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