iPhone and ipad

There are many times when a hard reboot of your iPhone or iPad is necessary. You may be experiencing a frozen or black screen or simply a lack of response from it. And while a force restart can fix these types of issues, it will only work if you know how to do it.

With so many iPhone and iPad models over the years, there is no single way to hard reset the device that covers them all. To keep you up to date with how to force restart your latest and greatest iOS device, here’s how hard reboot every model.

How to force restart your iPhone

Check below for your iPhone model and follow the steps for it to perform a force restart.

iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone 11, iPhone SE models

  • Press and release the Volume Up button.
  • Press and release the Volume Down button.
  • Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until you see the Apple logo.

Each button press should be quick and followed quickly by the next.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

  • Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button together with the Volume Down button until you see the Apple logo.

iPhone 6 and earlier iPhone models

  • Press and hold the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons together until you see the Apple logo.

How to force restart your iPad

The steps for force restarting an iPad are similar to iPhone but depend on whether or not you have the Home button.

iPad with a Home button

  • Press and hold the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons together until you see the Apple logo.

iPad without a Home button

  • Press and release the Volume Up button.
  • Press and release the Volume Down button.
  • Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until you see the Apple logo.

Wrapping it up

Force restarting your iPhone or iPad isn’t something you’ll do often, but it’s sure to be necessary at least once while you own the device. Be sure to check back here if you purchase new iPhone or iPad so that you know how to hard reboot it when the time comes.

For more on the topic, take a look at how to force restart an Apple Watch.