How to restart or reset your iPhone or iPad

How to restart or reset your iPhone or iPad

Most of the time you'll want your iPhone or iPad on and ready to go at a click of the sleep/wake or Home button's notice. And most of the time it'll work just fine at that click. But once and while you may want to power off your iPhone or iPad for a period of time, or you may want to restart it — or even reset it — to get it working like it should. Luckily, all of that is easy to do!

How to power off or restart your iPhone or iPad

  1. Press and hold down the sleep/wake button at the top of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Touch the slide to power off button and drag it all the way to the right.

How to reset your iPhone or iPad

  1. Press and hold down the sleep/wake button at the top of you iPhone or iPad.
  2. At the same time, press and hold down the Home button on the front of your iPhone or iPad
  3. Keep holding both buttons until the screen turns off and then turns back on again and displays the Apple logo.

Note: White devices will show a white screen with black Apple logo. Black devices will show a black screen with white Apple logo.

Additional trouble-shooting steps

If a restart or reset doesn't fix your iPhone or iPad, especially if you're working to jailbreak or un-jailbreak, to get around an expired beta, or otherwise need to nuke and start over, there are additional steps you can take to trouble-shoot, including recovery mode and device firmware update (DFU) mode.

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Rene Ritchie

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How to restart or reset your iPhone or iPad


I cannot believe you actually had to write a tute on how to switch off a freaking iPhone! How lame is that?

Anyone actually grateful for this? Who has an iPhone and doesn't know that already?

What I would like to know is how to restart… as in not have to wait to power on after it is shutting down. THAT would be useful but you don't know either I guess. Cause it doesn't work.

Dear Matthias, there are some people not born with an iPhone in their hands. I am an android user trying to fix an older relative's iPhone, and yes, I had to figure out which button to use to turn this device off. So, before you flame the next tutorial, take a moment to think whether your remark is a) appropriate, b) helpful, c) kind toward the person who actually took the time to write the tutorial, and d) won't sound pompous when you revisit it. ... Had to get this off my chest.

I just had my iPhone screen not respond and could not swipe to unlock it and I had to make phone call! I updated to 8.2 the other day and kept using it without shutting off.

Panic and this help me by showing me how to do a hard reset and it came back so I could make my phone in quick order.

The time it took to find how to do it was about 5 minutes!

Thank you for this article!


if you're looking for some really easy and understandable tutorial how to put your iPhone back to factory settings, you should try this site:

You can pick from video or textual tutorial and the site also shows you which problems can hard reset solve.

I can not disconnecet the link between my apple Id and my ipadair
on computer i can enter to my apple id with no problem
but on my ipad air and my iphone icanot it always wrong password (even if ichange it 6-8 times during the last 48 houers)
i have done hard reset to my ipadair but nothing still it looks for my former apple id and former password.
therfor icanot continue to define it as a new one