How to Reset iPhone When Frozen

Joel Mason

iPhone, Tutorials

Is your iPhone frozen and unresponsive? Don’t panic!

There is a simple solution to this common issue. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to reset your iPhone when it freezes. By following these instructions, you can get your iPhone back up and running smoothly in no time.

Step 1: Force Restart

If your iPhone is frozen and not responding to touch, the first thing you can try is a force restart. This will restart your device without affecting any of your data.

To force restart an iPhone:

  1. iPhone 6s and earlier: Press and hold the Home button and the Power button simultaneously until you see the Apple logo appear on the screen.
  2. iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Press and hold the Volume Down button and the Power button at the same time until you see the Apple logo.
  3. iPhone 8, X, XS, XR, SE (2nd generation): Quickly press and release the Volume Up button, then quickly press and release the Volume Down button. Finally, press and hold the Side (or Power) button until you see the Apple logo.

Step 2: Reset All Settings

If force restarting didn’t solve the freezing issue, you can try resetting all settings on your iPhone. This will not erase any of your data but will revert all settings back to their default values. To reset all settings:

  1. Go to Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down and tap on Reset.
  4. Choose Reset All Settings.
  5. Enter your passcode if prompted, and confirm the action.

Step 3: Restore from Backup

If the freezing issue persists even after resetting all settings, you may need to restore your iPhone from a backup. Restoring from a backup can fix software-related issues that may be causing your device to freeze. To restore your iPhone from a backup:

  1. Connect your iPhone to a computer with iTunes installed using a Lightning cable.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. Select your device when it appears in iTunes.
  4. In the Summary tab, click on Restore Backup.
  5. Choose the most recent backup and click on Restore.
  6. Wait for the restore process to complete, and then set up your iPhone as new or restore it from an iCloud backup if desired.


If none of the above steps resolve the freezing issue on your iPhone, it is recommended to contact Apple Support or visit an Apple Store for further assistance. They will be able to diagnose and fix any hardware-related problems that may be causing the freezing.

In conclusion, experiencing a frozen iPhone can be frustrating, but there are simple steps you can take to resolve the issue. By force restarting, resetting all settings, or restoring from a backup, you can get your iPhone back in working order. Remember to always keep your device updated with the latest iOS version and regularly back up your data to avoid potential issues in the future.

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