How to force restart iPhone now there is no physical Home button

IPhone 7

Rest assured this is going to be the most important iPhone 7 tip you will learn this year. You see, now Apple has made the Home button a Taptic system, it has also had to find a new way to restart the smartphone in the event of a software problem.

If you need to force restart/reboot/reset an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, you must:

  • Press down on the power/lock key on the right;
  • While keeping that button pressed, you must also press and hold the volume down button on the left side of the smartphone.
  • Keep both keys held down until the display goes dark and the Apple logo appears. 
  • You can probably do this with one hand, squeezing the power button with your thumb and the volume with your index finger (or vice versa).

Memorise this tip. You will use it.


Jonny Evans

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

7 Responses

  1. Brian says:

    You might use it once or twice if you find a really bad app. Say, one from Microsoft or Google. Otherwise, I doubt you will ever need it.

  2. Paul Robinson says:

    Good one!

  3. Paul Robinson says:

    The “good one” comment was for the tip, not the snarky first comment! Sorry, Brian!

    We’re often doing the home button power reset to clean things out and give the iPhone a fresh start. This tip will work like a charm!

  4. Iliyan says:

    hi there, which exactly volume button Up or down?

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