What Happens if I Force Restart My iPhone?

by J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young Basic iPhone Tips Ideal for Newbies Published On Jul 7, 2022 Updated On Aug 25, 2022
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When looking for ways to solve any iOS issues that may be affecting your device, one of the most common solutions that you will come across is a force restart.

A force restart is different from a normal restart and is one of the best ways to refresh the iPhone’s memory.

But what is it and how does it affect your iPhone? In this article, we will show you what happens when you force restart your iPhone.

Normal Restart VS Force Restart

A normal restart of your iPhone shuts down all the apps on the device and the device’s operating system.

This process happens in stages and ensures that all the background apps and processes are shut down before the device is turned off.

A forced restart is different in that it will forcibly cut power to the device’s battery and hardware and cause the device to shut down.

It is therefore one of the best solutions to shut down and restart the iPhone if the device is unresponsive and you are unable to drag the “Slide to Power Off” slider on the screen.

So the main difference between each option is how your power will be terminated. When it comes to your software, there is no difference between a regular restart and a force restart.

What Happens to the Data If I Force Restart My iPhone

Force restarting your iPhone only results in the loss of unsaved data in running apps, even if those apps save automatically when closed.

Other data on your iPhone, such as contacts, messages, images, notes, and so on, stay unchanged.

How to Normal Restart Your iPhone

A simple restart of your device is easy to implement. Here’s how it is done:

Step 1: Press and hold the Power button on your device. It should be on the right side of the iPhone.

Step 2: When you see the “Slide to Power Off” slider appear on the screen, drag the power icon to the right to turn off the device.

Step 3: Wait a few seconds and then press the Power button again until the Apple logo appears on your screen.

Slide to Power Off

How to Force Restart iPhone

Force restarting your iPhone is slightly more complicated than a conventional restart and is different depending on the iPhone model you have.

Here’s how to force restart all iPhone models:

For iPhone 13, iPhone 12, iPhone 11, iPhone XS/XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone SE 2

On all iPhones with Face ID, follow these steps to force restart:

  • Step 1: Press and then quickly release the Volume Up button.
  • Step 2: Press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  • Step 3: Then press and hold the Side button until you see the Apple Logo. If the “Slide to Power Off” slider appears, ignore it and continue to hold the Side button until the device restarts.

Force Restart iPhone 12

For Other iPhone Models

Follow these steps to restart iPhone with a Home button:

  • Step 1: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time.
  • Step 2: Do not release the buttons when the Power off slider appears.
  • Step 3: Release both buttons when the Apple logo appears on the screen and allow the device to restart.

Force Restart iPhone 6S

For the iPhone 7 Series  

Force restarting the iPhone 7 is different because the device doesn’t have a physical Home Button but a 3D Touch panel instead.

To force restart your iPhone 7, press and hold the Volume Down and the Sleep/Wake buttons at the same time until the Apple logo appears.

Force Restart iPhone 7

Back Up Your Data Regularly

Creating regular backups of all the data on your device is the best way to protect your data in case you need to restore the device.

You can easily create a backup of all your data by simply connecting the device to your computer and allowing it to sync with iTunes.

You can also set up automatic backups to iCloud. Just open the Settings app and tap on iCloud and then select “Storage & Backup.”

Enable “iCloud Backup” and your device will automatically backup all your data to iCloud when it is connected to Wi-Fi, a power source, and when it is not in use.


Force restarting your device is a good way to fix your device when facing common iOS system issues.

It is also a good way to restart the device when it is unresponsive and you are therefore not able to see the “Slide to Power Off” slider that you would use when restarting the device.

J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young

Mako is a technical freelance writer with a passion for all things tech. Whether you're wondering about how to fix your iPhone or trying to get something to work in your settings, Mako is your go-to for professional help. He loves writing, testing solutions, and most of all, making sure his research is factually accurate.

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