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How To Force Reboot / Restart iPhone XS And XS Max [GUIDE]

Taps on the screen not working. Frantic swiping isn’t being registered. Panicked button presses remain ignored. Yes, even a state of the art iPhone X can hang or crash sometimes.

We compiled ways to demonstrate how to quickly and effectively force a reboot on your iPhone X when your device remains unresponsive.

The first instinctive course of action is to forcibly restart the iPhone X when it becomes unresponsive to the touch stimuli. Previous iPhone models with a Home button could quite easily be rebooted by just holding that button down along with the Power button. The Apple logo would appear on-screen to signal the restarting of the device.

However, after Apple made the decision to remove the Home button on the iPhone X, it has caused a lot of difficulties to steer different functions with the now even lesser physical buttons present. If you made a recent upgrade to an iPhone XS, then you might have discovered that the previous force restart method is no longer effective. And if you need a refresher for the old method, then let us revisit.

Force restart iPhone 7 or 7 Plus

Press and keep a hold on both the volume down and side buttons for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple logo make an appearance on-screen.

Force restart iPhone 6S or earlier

Press and keep holding both the top (and side, depending on the model) and Home buttons for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple logo make an appearance on-screen.

However, to initiate a force reboot on an iPhone X, XS, XS Max or iPhone 8, you will require a three-step procedure to execute it.
The three buttons present are now responsible for their central functions (volume up, volume down, sleep/wake) as well as restarting the phone, shutting the phone off, entering recovery mode, and also enabling Emergency SOS.

To restore functioning back to your iPhone X you will need to:

  • Press and release the Volume Down button.
  • Press and release the Volume Up button.
  • Press and keep holding the Side button. Continue to hold the button down until the Apple logo makes an appearance on-screen.

This certainly isn’t the most obvious choice of actions. But it works when needed in a pinch.

Last resort: Reinstall iOS

If your iPhone is still unresponsive to this method and won’t start-up, you may have to reinstall the operating system. To do so, connect your iPhone to your desktop and open iTunes. Next, initiate a force restart of your iPhone but don’t let go of the buttons when the Apple logo appears on-screen. Instead, keep holding it until the recovery mode screen can be seen, a screen with the iTunes logo.

When you can see the recovery mode screen on your iPhone, you should then be seeing a window in iTunes on your computer to Update or Restore the iPhone. Click on Update and iTunes will reinstall iOS and it will do so without deleting any of your settings, apps, and data.

If Update still does not work, you will need to opt for a Restore, which will erase all data and reinstall iOS and then ask you to restore a backup in either iTunes or iCloud.