How to Force Restart iPhone 7

Charlotte Daniels

iPhone, Tutorials

To force restart an iPhone 7, you can follow these steps:

Step 1: Press and hold the Volume Down button

If your iPhone 7 is unresponsive or frozen, the first thing you need to do is press and hold the Volume Down button.

Step 2: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button

While still holding the Volume Down button, locate the Sleep/Wake button on the right side of your iPhone 7. Press and hold it simultaneously with the Volume Down button.


In case you have an iPhone 7 Plus, you will need to press and hold the Volume Down button and Power button together instead of the Sleep/Wake button.

Step 3: Continue holding both buttons

Keep holding both buttons for about 10 seconds until you see the Apple logo appear on your iPhone’s screen. This indicates that your device is restarting.

  • Troubleshooting Tip: If the Apple logo doesn’t appear after holding both buttons for more than 20 seconds, release them and try again from Step 1.
  • Note: Make sure to firmly press and hold both buttons. It’s important not to release them too quickly as this may not initiate a force restart.

Step 4: Release both buttons

Once you see the Apple logo on your screen, release both buttons. Your iPhone will continue to restart, and after a few moments, you should be able to use it normally again.

This method of force restarting an iPhone 7 can be helpful in situations where your device becomes unresponsive or certain functions stop working properly. It’s a quick and straightforward solution that doesn’t erase any of your data or settings.

Remember, a force restart is different from a factory reset. While a force restart simply reboots your device, a factory reset erases all of your data and settings. So, it’s essential to be cautious and only perform a factory reset if absolutely necessary.

Now that you know how to force restart an iPhone 7, you can easily troubleshoot minor issues on your device without much hassle!

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