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How to reset iPhone (hard reset & reboot)

Your iPhone will run quite smoothly for the most part, but some situations call for a manual reboot or so-called hard reset. For example, an app might become unresponsive or your iPhone locks up completely and/or acts in a strange way, this is when a full reboot is recommended. This guide shows you how a proper reboot procedure can be initiated without any further tools or software.

Press and hold both the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button (iPhone 7/7Plus Volume Down Button)  for approx. 10 seconds.

How to reboot iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus manually

Up until the iPhone 7 you needed to press the Sleep/Wake Button and Home button at the same time to hard reset and reboot the iPhone. But this does not work for the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. The Home Button of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is not a physical button anymore, so they needed to use another procedure to reset the iPhone. This means, if your iPhone and iOS doesn’t respond anymore, it wont help to press the home button. The new shortcut to reset your iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is:

Hold down the Volume down button and the  Sleep/Wake button on the right side of the iPhone simultaneously for a minimum of 10 seconds, until you see the apple logo.

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If you need to restart your iPhone’s operating system, there is really only one way:

Holding both the Sleep/Wake and Home button for roughly ten seconds will trigger a reboot. Depending upon your iPhone model, you might find the Sleep button on the top or the right hand side of your device. If you own the iPhone 6, for instance, your Sleep/Wake button is on the right side of the device.

Be sure to press and hold both of them for the desired result, otherwise you might simply end up with Siri or the shutdown menu. Should you see the shutdown pop up while trying to reboot, ignore it and continue holding the keys. In any case, hold and wait until you see the Apple logo – then let go immediately. Your iPhone will take a minute or two for the subsequent startup procedure.

Is this procedure dangerous?

Hard-Resetting an iPhone does not cause data loss.

Rebooting your iPhone with the above method does not result in resetting or loss of e.g. your settings or personal data. It is simply a way to restart all running processes and the underlying system while provoding an opportunity for smooth operation after a fresh bootup.

Many temporary glitches and issues with misbehaving apps tend to fix themselves, so to speak, after conducting a hard reset with your iPhone.

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