How to Force Restart iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Sep 28, 2017 - 16 Comments

How to force restart iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Apple has changed how to forcibly restart an iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, with the device now relying on a sequence of three button presses to complete the hard reboot procedure.

If you’ve been trying to forcibly reboot an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus to no avail, it is because all of the prior methods to hard restart an iPhone no longer work with iPhone 8 models. The new approach to a force restart or hard reboot – sometimes called a hard reset – is relatively easy, once you learn how it works on the new devices anyway.

How to Force Reboot iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Force restarting iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is now a three step process of using three different buttons in proper sequential order. The restart process is now as follows:

  1. Press down and quickly release the Volume Up button
  2. Press down and quickly release the Volume Down button
  3. Now pass and hold the side Power button, continue holding until you see the Apple logo  on screen

Note how forced restarting of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus now requires the usage of three different hardware buttons on the iPhone, and the buttons must be pressed in the proper order to initiate the reboot process.

How to force restart iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8

Remember the steps for force rebooting iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8: Press Volume Up, press Volume Down, then press and hold the Power / Lock button.

If the hard reboot fails to start, perform the button presses again in the proper order.

Why Apple changed the force reboot steps on the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 is not entirely clear, but it may be related to the new iPhone X model, or perhaps a future adjustment to iOS devices.

Is the new force reboot sequence easier, or easy to remember? That remains to be seen, but it is a bit more complicated than the earlier methods of force rebooting iPhone devices, which may help to prevent accidental hard reboots.

For reference, directions to force reboot iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, iPhone 6, 5s, 5, and earlier can be found here, and force rebooting iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 can be found here. Both of those hard reboot methods are quite a bit more simple and only require the usage of two buttons to complete the process.

Finally, it’s important to remember that a force reboot is usually not necessary for most tasks, and is generally best reserved for troubleshooting a stuck app, a frozen or unresponsive device, or something similar.

A standard reboot of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus can still be performed through the regular method of holding down the Power button, powering down the device, and then holding the Power button again to power the iPhone 8 back on. That process of initiating a regular restart for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices remains the same, thus far anyway, and is basically just powering down the device and then turning it back on again.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPhone, Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting


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  1. Aziz says:


  2. tammie greer says:

    my 8 plus is stuck with circle going around tried previous steps several times not working help please!

  3. Laura Vaughn says:

    This new soft reset method is non-effective. It’s like pushing and letting off on three buttons and nothing really happens that different than the original functions of each button. “Volume up” “volume down” and “slide to turn off” and the soft reset is not accomplished!!! Really, what school did this tech team go to???

    • Paul says:

      If you press Volume Up, Volume Down, then hold on the Power button until the iPhone reboots, that’s for a force reboot.

      A soft reboot uses ‘Slide To Turn Off’ and then you just turn it back on again.

      This can be a little confusing to remember!

  4. Heather says:

    The new force reboot is asinine! Why fix what isn’t broke?

  5. Cindy says:

    Unreal! I never even knew it changed till I looked online! Maybe I haven’t read all my 8+ can do and should have but this is nuts! Haven’t tried it yet but at least I found an answer I can try.(freezing screen issue) who think these things up?

  6. SA says:

    This new method to hard reboot is one more stupid change. Doesn’t work on my phone with my case on and why move the on off button from the top to the side. Can’t do it with one hand and not hit the volume button at same time. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it Apple. Give me my iPhone 5 features back.

  7. KJ says:

    Had same problem. I pushed volume on/off then volume up and volume down and it worked.

  8. Carol Stringer says:

    MY screen frozen and unresponsive. I’ve tried all the tips, none work. Side wake button doesn’t work either. I have only had this phone 3 days. Very disappointed. Phone unusable.

  9. Sherri says:

    I can not reboot 8plus, nothing works, just sits frozen!

  10. Willem Jan de Tuinman says:

    Works like a charm, easy as can be.

  11. Paul W Schluter says:

    Not on mine. Performed the steps as outlined above, again. I get the same old slide to power off, and if I continue to hold the button down, I eventually return to the screen from where I came. Just more bugs with 11.0.1 and 11.0.2

  12. Sariyo Sariyo says:

    Suceed in one attempt, much more easier than before IMHO

  13. Paul W Schluter says:

    Sorry, second should have been when off. Why doesn’t this site have a preview before submission?

  14. Paul W Schluter says:

    Nope. Not on my 8P. Tried 3 times. When on, just went back to the home screen. When on, just went to the sign-on screen. output up the normal “slide to power off” all 3 times.

    • Farman says:

      i tried 3 times it didn’t worked, always the slid power off come.
      i do like press and hold vlm up / press and hold vlm down then hold side button.
      didn’t worked…
      my iphone ios 11.4
      please help me

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