[Full Guide] How to Force Restart iPhone with All Model

You may need to force restart iPhone for different reasons, like iPhone 14 stuck on transfer. Here in this guide, you will get thorough instructions about how to force restart iPhone in different models.


By Demi / Updated on February 5, 2024

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Common scenarios to force restart iPhone

Force restart or hard restart, soft reset iPhone is to shut down and reboot your iPhone. It is a common way to fix some iPhone issues, especially when you are in the following condition.

⛔ For the new iPhone, like iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max, you may encounter iPhone to iPhone transfer stuck issue. As a temporary solution, Apple recommends to force reboot iPhone if the iPhone becomes unresponsive for more than 5 minutes.

⛔ Your iPhone can also be easily frozen during iOS 16/15 update. It may result from insufficient storage space, and more likely poor iPhone performance.

⛔ After using the iPhone for a long time, it may get slow and stuck, and overheated when you are using it. What’s worse, it may stop you from using some applications and functions.

Since your iPhone doesn’t allow you to take out the battery and the put back, the simplest workaround you can try is to hard restart iPhone. For each model of iPhone, this guide is listed the corresponding restart operation tutorial.

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How to force restart iPhone 14/13/12/11/X/8/7/6 accordingly

When your iPhone isn’t responding, and you can’t turn it off then on, just try forcing it to restart. Depending on the model of your iPhone, the steps is slightly different. See how to hard rest iPhone in different models below.

For iPhone 15 Pro/15/13/12/11/X, and iPhone 8 series
Quickly press and release the Volume Up button > Quickly press and release the Volume Down button.

Finally, press and hold the Side button. When the Apple logo appears, release the button.

force restart iPhone 8 and later

For iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus
Press and hold both the Volume Down and the Sleep/Wake button. Then, release both buttons when you see the Apple logo.

force restart iPhone 7

For iPhone 6, iPhone SE, and older
Press and hold both the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button. When the Apple logo shows up, release both buttons.

force restart iPhone 6

If soft rest iPhone is not working and your iPhone problem still exists, you may need this guide: how to put iPhone in recovery mode to fix iOS errors.

Video Tutorial: How to Force Restart iPhone 14

Bonus: Alternative way to transfer data to iPhone 15 Pro (Max) stably

If you still can’t restore iCloud backup or transfer data to the new iPhone 15 Pro (Max) smoothly after you force restart it, you can try an alternative tool - FoneTool to transfer data to your new iPhone.

With the help of FoneTool, you can choose to transfer selective data or everything, including data files in applications, from old iPhone to new iPhone. It allows you to not only transfer data from iPhone to iPhone after setup, but also transfer between iPhones with different Apple IDs.

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FoneTool supports iPhone models including the newest iPhone 15/14/13/12/11/iPhone SE, as well as iPad and iPod, and work well with iOS 16/15. Click the icon below to get the tool on your computer.

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How to transfer everything from one iPhone to new iPhone
Step 1. Connect both of your old iPhone and new iPhone to your computer > Tap Trust This Computer on the two iPhones.

Step 2. Open FoneTool and click Phone Transfer from the left pane > Locate iPhone to iPhone option and click Start Transfer to continue.

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Step 3. Make sure both of your iPhone are at the right place. You can enable Backup encryption to encrypt the data on your old iPhone.

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Step 4. Click Start Transfer to begin the transfer. When it is completed, your new iPhone will be restarted automatically.

Start Transfer

To transfer files selectively, you can let iPhone to PC and PC to iPhone function make it.

If you don't have two USB cables, FoneTool also helps you fully backup your iPhone to computer, and restore to your new iPhone later.

How to fully backup your iPhone
If force restart iPhone is not working, you may intend to try further solutions to troubleshoot iPhone issues. Before that, it is highly recommended to create full iPhone backup. You can ask FoneTool for help. Here are the steps.

Step 1. Launch in FoneTool > Connect your iPhone to computer > You may need to tap Trust on your iPhone.

Step 2. Click Phone Backup from the left pane > Locate Full Backup and click Get Started to confirm.

Full Backup

Step 3. Optionally, you can enable Backup encryption to keep iPhone data private > Choose a backup storage path > Finally, click Start Backup and wait for the process to finish.

Start Backup

Wait for the process to get finished. To restore the backup files, you can go to Backup History, and click the 3-dots icon on the backup, and choose restore

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That’s all for how to force restart iPhone 15/14/13/12/11/X. It is necessary and essential to learn about how to force restart iPhone since it is the simplest and workable way to troubleshoot software glitches on your iPhone.

Besides, if needed, the professional iOS data management tool - FoneTool is suggested for you to transfer or backup iPhone data fully or selectively. If this guide helps you, please share it with others.