How to Hard Reset iPhone

Hard Resetting An Iphone

There can be many instances where your smartphone can get stuck and become completely unresponsive, so much so that even pressing the power button doesn’t do anything. While this problem is more common in Android devices, you can find the same happening to your iPhone. And when this happens, there’s not much you can do apart from hard resetting your iPhone.

Of course, shutting your iPhone in a typical way is more secure and easier, but you can’t do that if your iPhone is unresponsive. So, if your iPhone has stopped responding, don’t worry.

This guide talks about how you can hard reset your iPhone. Whether you have the latest model or still using iPhone 6, we have you covered with our step-by-step guide.

Overview of Hard-Resetting Your iPhone

The word ‘hard reset’ might sound scary, but it means force restarting your iPhone. Your iPhone will turn off and reboot without going through the usual process where you hold the power button (or power and volume button in recent models) and slide the power icon to switch off the device.

Now, like many other people, you might also believe that doing a hard reset will delete all your data from your phone. But that is far from the truth. Your data is deleted if you factory reset your phone; hard resetting your phone won’t do anything to your data. To put it simply, when you hard reset your iPhone, you force it to restart by using just three buttons.

Hard Resetting an iPhone

The method for hard-resetting an iPhone differs from model to model. We’ve covered all the models in detail, so make sure you follow the proper steps!

How to hard reset iPhone 6, 6s Plus, and SE (1st generation)

  1. Press and hold both the Sleep/Wake (power button at the top-most edge) and the Home button.
  2. Hold both the buttons until the Apple logo appears.
  3. Once you see the Apple logo, release both the buttons.
  4. If your iPhone restarts normally, it means that the hard reset was successful.

How to hard reset iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

  1. Press and hold both the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons until you see the Apple logo. 
  2. Once you see the Apple logo, release both the buttons.
  3. If your iPhone restarts normally, it means that the hard reset was successful.

How to hard reset iPhone 8 & Later


This method works for the iPhone SE (2nd generation), 11 Pro Max, 11 Pro, 11, XS Max, XS, XR, 8 Plus, and 8.

  1. Press the Volume Up button & then release it.
  2. Press the Volume Down button & then release it.
  3. Press and hold the Power button present on the phone’s right side. Hold the button until you see the Apple logo.
  4. Once you see the Apple logo, release the button.
  5. Your iPhone should now restart.

If your iPhone doesn’t restart even after following all the steps, charge it for about an hour and then try again. If it still doesn’t work and you experience the following issues, then get in touch with Apple Support:

  • The iPhone is stuck on the Apple logo.
  • The screen is on, but the iPhone is unresponsive to touch. 
  • The screen stays black or some other solid color.

You can contact the support team by visiting the official Apple website. Then just choose your iPhone model, and follow the instructions you see on the screen.

Alternatively, you can try to repair your iPhone by connecting it to iTunes and putting the phone into Recovery mode. If you choose “Update” instead of “Restore,” you can try to fix a stuck iPhone without losing your data.


As soon as you see the Apple logo, it means you have been successful, and your iPhone will start rebooting. But if you’re unable to hard-reset the iPhone in the first go, don’t worry. The process is slightly tricky, so we recommend that you try doing it a few more times to get it right.

Also, remember that force restarting an iPhone might take longer than normal to start up. But once the process is complete, you will see the lock screen as you would with your standard reboot. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I hard reset my iPhone?

If your iPhone has frozen and is unresponsive, the easiest way to fix it is to do a hard reset. Hard-resetting a phone basically refreshes the memory where the apps run.

Are factory reset and hard reset the same thing?

A hard reset simply reboots your phone and doesn’t delete your data. Meanwhile, a factory reset restores your iPhone to its factory settings and deletes all your data.

What is the difference between a hard and soft reset?

A soft reset is performed using the device’s software, while a hard reset involves using the hardware keys like the home, power, and volume buttons. Remember that just holding down the buttons to reboot your phone doesn’t factory reset it.

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