How to Force Restart an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus

Apple has changed the way you Force Restart an iPhone 8, and it’s important to know how it is done.

What changed?

iPhone 7 series smartphones required that users press and hold both the Sleep/Wake button and Volume Down button for at least ten seconds to Force Restart the device.

With the iPhone 8 the Force Restart procedure is as follows:

  • Press and quickly release the Volume Up button
  • Immediately press the Volume Down button
  • Then press the Sleep/Wake button until you see the Apple logo.

Why has Apple made this change?

The theory is that Apple changed this because holding the Sleep/Wake button and one of the Volume buttons now activates the new Emergency SOS feature in iOS 11.

More information here.

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

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