With the release of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple made some changes to the methods used to force restart its flagship handset. While rebooting an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus requires pressing and holding both the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons for at least 10 seconds until the
Apple logo appears, restarting an
requires you to take three step which comprises of Volume Up button, the Volume Down button, and the
Side button on the handset.
When Should You Force Restart?
From time to time, your iPhone or iPad may suffer some form of a software glitch. It can be an iOS update gone wrong, unresponsive app, or just an iOS or iPadOS
bug that won’t disappear.
Force restarting is most useful when your iPhone or iPad is stuck and unresponsive. When you can’t even
your device, try force rebooting it—it usually resolves the issue.
How to Force Restart or Hard Reset the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
- Quickly press and release the Volume Up button on your iPhone.
- quickly press and release the Volume Down button.
- Press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears.
Powering off normally still requires you to hold down the Side button for a couple of seconds until the “slide to power off” prompt shows up. In iOS 11 and iOS 12,
In addition, there is a “Shut Down” option under setting at the bottom of the General section.
Apple made this change because on iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, pressing and holding the Side in combination with either of the Volume buttons now activates
Emergency SOS feature.
Restarting Other Devices
Don’t have an iPhone 8? Make sure to check out our guides on how to force restart other Apple Devices , listed below:
How to Force Restart iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR