Daily Tip: How to restart/reset your iPhone or iPad [Beginner]

iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad having problems or just being buggy and unresponsive and curious how to restart or reset it? Strange as it sounds, just like a computer, restarting or resetting can solve a host of problems. We'll show you how after the break!

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Restart your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad

The first thing to try is a simple restart.

  1. Hold down the Sleep/Wake button until a red slider appears on the screen.
  2. Slide your finger across the slide and the iPhone will turn off.
  3. Turn the iPhone back on again by pressing the Sleep / Wake button until the Apple logo appears on screen.

It will take a little bit till your iPhone turns back on this is normal dont worry.

If the problem is still there after a power down or if the power down option failed due to a freeze up, there is another option. You can reset your iPhone. Don’t panic, your normal data will not be wiped.

Reset your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad

  1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time for at least 10 seconds.
  2. Ignore the red slider that appears on the screen and keep holding both buttons until the Apple logo appears.

That’s it, iPhone will restart and hopefully all your problems are cured.

The two methods are slightly different, the first method is a soft reset only and leaves running programsin memory. The second method completely powers down your iPhone and also clears the RAM and cache.

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Guacho says:

Does turning the phone off have the same effect as resetting it???... I read once that reset is the way to go when an app is giving you trouble.

kkamoe says:

It's the same thing pretty much.

Limegrntaln says:

When an app is giving you trouble, you can kill the app. Like CTRL+ALT+ DELETE. Just hold down the sleep wake button until you get the red slider. Release hold down the home button for a few seconds until the phone goes back to the home screen.

maclovn says:

word of caution on hard resets. What you are doing to your device by this method is like giving your system a jolt. You want to use it sparingly as it can damage your phone if done too often. Treat it like a "In case of emergency please break glass"
Use following steps:
1. RESTART DEVICE. as instructed in article
2. FORCE QUIT. Press and hold sleep/wake button until red slider appears, immediately hold the home button until, your device unfreezes or closes a hung application.
4. Reset settings on device from general settings-reset-reset all settings option
5.Reset using Itunes.
@ Ferrigno, i think #2 would work for your question? otherwise if it is just problems with your app ie crashing, then good ol' delete and reinstall app is the way to go.

Rod Harris says:

Bah and Ferringo asked you the question I want to ask: In what way does a hard reset wear out or potentially damage the device?
Please respond to the question, or else withdraw your comment about the danger of hard resets if you have no facts to back it up.

lush242000 says:

Please explain how resetting your phone can damage it. That has to be one the lamest things I've read in a while.

kkamoe says:

It doesn't damage the iPhone, it's just not the best way to do it. Powering it off by the slider is like choosing shut down on your computer. You don't want to shut the computer off by holding the power button but it is a way to shut it off.

Guacho says:

Thanks Aarchit, I agree with Bah, I reset my iphone and kill all apps every single night, never had an issue..

ghostface147 says:

I wonder what an advanced tip is.

Bmxbiker46 says:

if you reset it by holding the buttons for 10 seconds, will it delete anything on the phone? or will the phone be just how you left it after the reset?

Allan says:

Thanks for the tip. Another tip is to upgrade your iPad with the TabGrip. It's got some awesome grips that make it easy to hold your iPad while resetting it.

SteveC says:

@shap: Nothing gets deleted!

John says:

So i just did this, when the phone turned back on, the apps I had running were still in the multi-tasking bar. It did not kill any back-grounding apps, I had to manually do it!?

robertpetry says:

@ John. The "multi-tasking bar" is not a multi-tasking bar in iOS. It is a recently used fast app switching bar. Just because something is in it does NOT mean it is running. Frequently items in the bar are not running. They may have a saved state but they are sometimes not running. You can not rely on that bar to tell you if something is running.

John says:

@Homie. WOW thanks man, you know so much about the iPhone operating system! Man I really am glad people like you read this blog, because I sure would be lost with out you!! Keep up the great work, Homie.

yeah right says:

it wouldn't hurt to do a soft rest every day

Diggs says:

Yeah what is an advanced tip

Adam says:

You're underestimating your readers, TiPb! What's next, "How to charge your phone"? "How to push the home button"?

tony.aka.age says:

Hey man calm down lol, as you can see some people didn't know this and I myself didn't know this either but I wouldn't have to since I have sbsettings to kill off any processes. Thanks for the tip anyway TiPb, really appreciate it!

swapngreen says:

All you have to do is just hold the home and power button and the iPhone will restart, well remember we buy old iPhones at swapngreen.com

lol says:

Agree with bah.
@Aarchit You're a dumbass.

Erievon says:

So what you're saying is...it requires a battery pull from time to time(Just like Blackberries and Droids, which people insist on making fun of for occasionally having to do a battery pull).

jimbob83 says:

just done this but now bloody orange safeguard wont recognise iphone and suggests "taking out the battery to reset", nice one Orange - might just give it a go an claim it on insurance.

Ross says:

My phone has a date of June 6 1970 how do I fix that ????

Pge_singh says:

Since today morning my jail break 3GS is causing issue with cellular data settings. I used Reset network settings, can someone help me to get everything back to normal, I have a Wifi at home, even after configuring Wifi back on my phone, internet is yet not working

Nafi says:

Thanks for your tips.
I would like to know if there is any task manager like app for ipad to restart ipad and manage background applications.

gina giee esclamado says:

If the problem is still there after a power down or if the power down option failed due to a freeze up, there is another option. You can reset your iPhone. Don’t panic, your normal data will not be wiped.

Sarah Yoon says:

i wish you can do this on your computer and have all your problems fixed ....

robert lovell says:

just got my new 1p4s battery seems to go down fast. is there a sleep mode to put it in i have wifi/bluetooh turned off. were is this sleep/wake button i here about. just had this on for 8 hours