iPhone Frozen During Reset? Fix It Yourself

  1. Published on Feb 1, 2022
  2. Updated on Jan 27, 2022
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Factory resetting your iPhone can come in handy for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you want to sell the device or give it to someone as a gift and you don’t want the new owner to have to deal with your old data.

You may also know that factory resetting your iPhone is one way to solve many software-related issues with the device as it will erase all data and settings from the device.

But if you have ever reset your iPhone, you know that a reboot is part of the process. But sometimes the device can freeze during the reset, unable to complete the final step and reboot.

When this happens, the solutions we list below will help you fix the device and complete the reset process.

How Long Will It Take to Reset Your iPhone?

You may be wondering whether the reset is really stuck or if the process is just taking a while. Well, a reset shouldn’t take too, long.

Once you have entered the commands to reset the device, the iPhone will few minutes to restart and then reconfigure the settings.

So, if you are still waiting for the reset process to complete, an hour after you reset your iPhone, it is probably stuck.

It is however important to note that the reset process can take longer in some older iPhone models.

If you determine that your iPhone may be stuck during or after the reset process, the following are the actions that you can take to resolve the issue:

Perform a Hard Reset on iPhone

A hard reset is one of the best solutions that you can use when your iPhone is in any kind of stuck situation or will not perform as expected.

Hard resetting the device forces it to restart, granting you access to the device so you can then implement any additional solutions.

It is also a simple procedure to implement although the process will depend on the iPhone model that you have:

Hard Reset iPhone 6S and earlier:

Hold down both the Power and the Home Buttons at the same time. Continue to press the buttons for at least 10 seconds or until the Apple Logo appears and the device restarts.

Force Restart iPhone 6S

Hard Reset iPhone 7 and 7 Plus:

Hold down both the Side button and the Volume Down button for at least 10 seconds. When you see the Apple Logo appear, release the buttons and allow the device to restart normally.

Force Restart iPhone 7

Hard Reset iPhone 8 or Newer:

Press and quickly let go of the Volume Up button, press and quickly let go of the Volume Down button and then press and hold the Side button.

Continue to hold the Side button for at least 10 seconds or until the device starts the reboot procedures.

Force Restart iPhone 12

Fix System Glitches with TinyFix

Sometimes a hard reset will fix the problem, but often times it is a temporary solution and you will find that the device freezes again when you try to reset it.

If this happens, we recommend using TinyFix to permanently remove system glitches that are causing the iPhone to malfunction.

This program is designed to resolve all iOS system issues easily and quickly.

It is also the ideal solution if you don’t want to lose any of the data on your device.

To use TinyFix to repair the device, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: With TinyFix installed on your computer, connect the iPhone to the computer and launch the program.

Step 2: In the main window, select “iOS System Repair”> “Standard Mode.” This is the repair mode that will allow you to repair the device without losing any data.

 main screen of TinyFix

Step 3: To facilitate the repair, TinyFix will prompt you to download the firmware package needed for the repair. Just click “Download” to get the necessary package.

get the appropriate firmware

Step 4: Once the download is complete, TinyFix will take some time to verify the downloaded firmware.

repairing the device

The repair process will then begin immediately: just keep the device connected until the repair is complete and your device restarts.

Update Your iPhone in Recovery Mode

Reinstalling the iOS is a crucial solution that will resolve problems with the iOS system and get the iPhone functioning at optimum levels.

But, since iTunes may not be able to detect a device that is frozen, you will need to put your device in recovery mode to update it via iTunes.

Here’s how to do that:

Step 1: Open iTunes on your computer and ensure that it is the latest version. Then, connect the iPhone to the computer using its lightning cable.

Step 2: The use the procedures to hard reset the device above. But continue to hold the buttons even after you see the Apple Logo.

Release the buttons only if you see the “Connect to iTunes” logo. This logo indicates that the iPhone is successfully in recovery mode.

Step 3: A message will appear in iTunes prompting you to either update or restore the iPhone. Choose “Update” to reinstall the iOS firmware.

finder recovery mode notification

Don't Try DFU Restore If You Are Newbies

There are some websites that will show you how to restore your iPhone in DFU mode.

Device Firmware Update (DFU) mode restore is the most advanced solution that you can try as it completely deletes and restores the device’s code completely.

You will not find instructions to restore your iPhone in DFU mode on Apple’s official website, and with good reason.

Putting your iPhone in DFU mode can potentially damage the iPhone permanently and since it is not Apple authorized, it likely violates the terms of your warranty.

To Conclude

While resetting your iPhone can be a great way to fix common issues, it can become a problem if the device gets stuck during the process.

But the solutions above should be able to help you get it working again.

Aaron Roussey

Aaron is tech-savvy and enjoys writing technical articles about phones, computers, games, and the internet!
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