Silly as it sounds, sometimes turning off, restarting, or resetting your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad is the fastest way to get it working again.

Most of the time you'll want your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad on and ready to go at a click of the Sleep/Wake (On/Off) or Home button. 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, iPod touch, 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 On/Off button on the right side (iPhone 6 or later) or top (all other iPhones, iPods, and iPads) for 3 seconds.
  2. Swipe the slide to power off confirmation slider to the right.


How to reset your iPhone or iPad

  1. Press and hold down the On/Off button on the right side (iPhone 6 or later) or top (all other iPhones, iPods, and iPads).
  2. Press and hold down the Home button on the front of your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad while still holding down the On/Off button.
  3. Keep holding both buttons as the screen turns off keep holding both buttons until the turns back on again and displays the Apple logo.


Silver, gold, and rose devices will show a white screen with black Apple logo. Space gray 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.

Originally published in May 2010. Updated October 2015.