iPhone Won’t Force Restart? Try These Alternative Solutions

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If you have ever experienced any issues with the function of your iPhone, you are familiar with a force restart.

It is by far the most common solution that you can come across to fix most of the common iOS issues that may affect your iPhone’s functionality.

But what happens when your iPhone won’t force restart? In this article we address this problem and show you some of the things you can do when your iPhone fails to restart.

Why Force a Restart?

Before we look at some of the steps you can take when your iPhone won’t force restart, let’s first of all see why a forced restart can be such a reliable solution.

Unlike a regular restart (turning off and turning on the device again), which is at the software level, a forced restart is on the hardware level.

This is why it is one of the best solutions even when the device is completely frozen or malfunctioning.

If you can however, it is often a good idea to try a regular restart before attempting a forced restart.

This is because a forced restart will prevent iOS from performing the normal shutdown procedures.

A forced restart is similar to pulling the plug on your computer when it is unresponsive and as you may know, this is often a last resort.

But if you are trying to force restart the device and it is not working, the following are some things to consider:

iPhone Won’t Force Restart? What to Do

Make Sure You’ve Followed the Right Steps to Force Restart

The first thing you want to do is take a second to make sure that you are using the right processes to force restart the device.

Sometimes the process fails to work simply because the steps you are using are incorrect.

Here’s how to force restart all iPhone models:

For iPhone X, XS, XR, and the 8 and 8 Plus:

  • Step 1: Tap and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  • Step 2: Tap and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  • Step 3: Then, press and hold the Side/Power button. Continue to hold the button even if you see the “Slide to Power Off” option. Release the button only if you see the Apple Logo.

Force Restart iPhone 12

For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus:

  • Press and hold both the Side/Power button and the Volume Down button until the Apple Logo appears on the screen.

Force Restart iPhone 7

For iPhone 6s and earlier:

  • Press and hold both the Home and the Power button until the Apple Logo appears on the screen.

Force Restart iPhone 6S

Apply an iOS System Repair Tool

If you are certain that you are using the correct combination of buttons, but your iPhone still won’t force restart, your device may be experiencing a software issue.

One of the best ways to resolve these software problems is to use an iOS system repair tool like TinyFix.

TinyFix is an ideal solution since it can be used to resolve a lot of the common iOS stuck issues and may even fix the problem you wanted to repair in the first place.

The biggest advantage of using TinyFix is that it is very easy to use, although it will also repair any software issues with the device without causing data loss.

The following is a breakdown of its main features:

  • TinyFix can be used to repair various issues with the iPhone. It  can fix an iPhone stuck in recovery mode, an iPhone stuck on the Apple Logo or an iPhone that is not functioning correctly.
  • It has a simple user interface, making it an easy choice even for the beginner.
  • You can use one of the program’s two modes to fix the problem. The standard mode is ideal for fixing common issues without data loss while the advanced mode is ideal for more serious problems.
  • It supports all iPhone models and all versions of iOS including iOS 13

To use TinyFix, follow these steps:

Step 1: Download and install TinyFix on to your computer and launch the program.

Step 2: In the main window, click on“iOS System Repair”> “Standard Mode” and then connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cables. You may have to unlock the iPhone to allow the program to recognize it.

 main screen of TinyFix

Step 3: The program will then detect the iPhone’s model and present various firmware options to download on the device. Select the preferred solution and then click on “Download” to begin downloading the firmware.

get the appropriate firmware

Step 4: When the download is complete, click on “Start” and TinyFix will begin fixing the device immediately. When the process is complete, the iPhone will restart and the problem should be resolved.

repairing the device

Put Your iPhone into Recovery Mode

You can also fix a device that won’t force restart by restoring it in recovery mode. This is also a good way to fix other iOS stuck issues, but it will lead to total data loss.

To restore the device in recovery mode, you will need to have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer and then follow these steps:

Step 1: Follow these steps to put your iPhone in recovery mode:

  • iPhone 8 or Later models: Press and release the Volume Up button, press and release the Volume Down button and then press and hold the Side/Power button until you see the Recovery Mode screen.
  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Pres and hold the Power and the Volume Down buttons at the same time. Continue to hold both buttons until the Recovery Mode screen appears.
  • iPhone 6 and earlier models: Press and hold the Home and the Power Buttons at the same time. Do not release them until you see the Apple Logo appear on the screen.

iPhone 8 or later in recovery mode

Step 2: With the device successfully in recovery mode, connect the iPhone to the computer and open iTunes or Finder.

Step 3: The computer will detect the connected device and offer you the option to update or restore the device. Select “Restore” to erase all data and settings on the device or choose “Update” if you want to reinstall the iOS.

finder recovery mode notification

Put Your iPhone into DFU Mode

If recovery mode doesn’t resolve the issue, you can try to put the device in DFU mode and then restore it in iTunes/Finder.

DFU is a great solution in that it can resolve much deeper problems associated with a corrupt iOS.

Again, you will need to have the latest version of iTunes/Finder on your computer and then follow these steps:

Step 1: Begin by putting your iPhone in DFU mode. The process you use will depend on the iPhone model:

iPhone 8, 8 Plus and later models:

  • Connect the device to the computer using its lightning cable.
  • Press and release the Volume Up button and then press and release the Volume Down button.
  • Press and hold the Side button until the screen goes black and then hold down the Side button and the Volume Down button 5 seconds.
  • Release the Side button after 5 seconds, but continue to hold down the Volume Down button until the screen goes black.

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus:

  • Connect the iPhone to the computer.
  • Then, hold down the Power and the Volume Down buttons at the same time for about 8 seconds.
  • After 8 seconds, release the Side button, but continue to hold the Volume Down button until the screen goes black.

iPhone 6S and earlier models:

  • Connect the iPhone to the computer using its original lightning cable.
  • Then hold down both the Home and the Power buttons for about 8 seconds.

Step 2: iTunes or Finder will detect the iPhone in DFU mode. Just follow the onscreen instructions to restore the device.

 restore iPhone in DFU mode

Wrapping Up

An iPhone that won’t force restart often points to a much deeper software issue. Most of the solutions that we have looked at above may be able to fix the device, but they will also cause data loss.

If you want to resolve the problem or any other iOS issue while keeping all your data, consider using TinyFix as your go-to solution.

Aaron Roussey

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