iPhone Frozen? How to Hard Reset iPhone X

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. We've also covered other methods for unfreezing all iPhone models, so check that out if you'd like as well.

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Related: The Complete Guide to iPhone X Gestures & Navigation

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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