iPhone Frozen? How to Hard Reset iPhone X

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If your iPhone X is stuck on the Apple logo, a spinning wheel, a completely black screen, or otherwise frozen, one quick method for getting everything back to normal is a force restart. There are lots of different names people call this procedure; a hard restart, force shutdown, a hard reset, or even a hard reboot. What all these terms refer to, though, is the same thing; forcing your iPhone to turn off in such a way that it has to completely reboot when you turn it back on. This iPhone X reboot allows your device to restart with refreshed memory and, hopefully, minus the glitches. This isn't something you want to do every time you turn off your iPhone; it’s more of a last resort when your iPhone is acting wonky or freezes completely. A hard reset is a bit more complicated on the iPhone X than on other iPhones, so let's learn how to reboot your iPhone X. 

Related: The Complete Guide to iPhone X Gestures & Navigation

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Don't worry; a hard reset won't cause your iPhone X to lose any data or settings. To begin:

  • Quickly click and release the Volume Up button.
  • Quickly click and release the Volume Down button.
  • Click and hold the Side button.

  • Keep holding the Side Button. The Slide to Power Off screen will appear; do not slide to power off. Continue to hold down the Side button until your screen goes black.
  • The Apple logo will appear once your iPhone X begins to power back up.
  • Release the Side Button once you see the Apple logo.
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