How to Force Reboot an iPhone & iPad (with Home Buttons)
Rarely, an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will become completely unresponsive and errant, leading to what amounts to a frozen device that just won’t do anything. The most obvious indicator of this is when something on screen just cease up completely and the touch screen becomes unresponsive to all input, and clicking on any of the hardware buttons also does nothing. Fortunately you can almost always remedy these unusual situations by forcibly rebooting the iOS device, a low tech solution that works to remedy most of these issues, it only takes a few seconds, and which is really pretty easy.
The tutorial here will show you how to force restart any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with a clickable Home button.
How to Force Restart iPhone or iPad
If you find yourself with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that needs to be forcibly restarted, here is what you’ll want to do to perform this common troubleshooting trick:
- Locate and press the Power / Lock button on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch – this is usually on the very top of the device, or on the top right side
- Locate and press the Home button on the iOS device – this is always in the bottom middle of the device
- Hold down both the Power and Home buttons concurrently until the device reboots itself, this usually takes about 10 seconds, as signified by the Apple logo appearing on screen
The video below demonstrates rebooting an iPhone with this force restart method:
This fairly simple solution is sometimes called a hard reboot or hard reset (not to be confused with an actual factory reset), and it works to resolve the issue in the vast majority of cases, ranging from simple ceased apps, to the weird nonstop vibrating iPhone thing, an endlessly stuck spinning wheel, a completely frozen unresponsive device that’s stuck in an app, an unresponsive touch screen, to many, many other problems. Sometimes, it can even be the solution to a device that seems like won’t turn on as well, so long as such a device is properly charged.
Force Rebooting iPhone and iPad Devices Differs Per Device Model
This approach works to force restart all iPad models with a Home button like all of the original iPad Pro models in 9.7″, 10.5″, and 12.9″ display sizes, all iPad Air models, standard iPad models, iPad mini, and all iPhone models with a clickable Home button including iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 5 and 5c, iPhone 4s and iPhone 4, 3GS, and 3G. And of course the same trick applies to force restarting iPod touch models since they all have clickable Home buttons too.
Notably, Apple has changed the force restart process for other devices that are newer, usually without a clickable Home button, or that use Face ID for authentication. You can learn about the hard reboot process for iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7, for hard restarting iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and also for force restarting iPad Pro (2018 and newer) models that use Face ID for authentication. If you have a later model iPhone or iPad you would need to follow the separate instructions for those devices in order to complete a successful force restart of the device.
Do note that if you find yourself working with an iPhone or iPad with malfunctioning hardware buttons, you can still restart the device using some different tricks here.
By the way, this trick works on more than just a stuck iPhone or iPad, and you can usually remedy similar situations on a desktop or laptop by forcing a Mac to reboot too, as detailed here.