How to Hard Restart Your iPhone or iPad

How to Hard Restart Your iPhone or iPad

The first rule of computers and gaming consoles states that if nothing else can be done to fix it, restart the device and see if that makes a difference. 9 times out of 10, it does. I recently noticed, however, a difference of opinion on what constitutes as a ‘hard restart’ for an Apple device. Some articles will explain this as restoring your phone to factory settings, but that’s a little extreme and is usually your very last resort. Yet, it seems that every new device has minor bugs and freezes and eventually you may need to force your device to shutdown and reboot. Here’s how to do that.

Whether your screen is frozen or something just isn’t quite working right, rebooting a phone often (somehow) fixes the problem. For example, if you recently updated your iOS software but a new feature isn’t showing up - definitely give your device a restart before scouring the web for solutions. (Hate scouring the web for solutions? Sign up for iPhoneLife Insider and ask an Editor!)

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You can perform a ‘soft restart’ by holding down the Wake button (located on the right side of new phones and top of older models) until the screen shows the option to “Slide to Restart”.

How to “Hard Restart” Your iPhone or iPad

 

However, if your screen is frozen or something isn’t working right, a hard restart is your best friend. Hold down both the Wake and Home button until the screen goes black.How to “Hard Restart” Your iPhone or iPad

Hold the Wake button until the Apple logo appears to reboot your device. This works the same for iPads as it does with iPhones. If you need to restart your Apple TV, check our how-to on restarting your Apple TV with the remote.

 

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