iPhone: Hard Reset

It is inevitable that any electronic devices will eventually freak out. If you iPhone ever does, and I’m not saying it will, you may not be able to get it to respond to normal inputs. Pressing this combination of buttons will let you reset the iPhone.

Rebooting or performing a hard reset is a task that is frequently recommended when your iPhone is in a hung or unresponsive state. This process just shuts down and restarts the device without the loss of any of your personal information, applications, games or music.

To reset the iPhone, press and hold both the sleep/wake button (on top of the iPhone) and the Home button (centered below the screen) for a few seconds. Depending on your device, the amount of time may vary.

When you see the Apple logo, you can let go and the iPhone will start restart.

 

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50 Responses to “iPhone: Hard Reset”

  1. October 13, 2008 at 6:57 pm, satan said:

    Doesnt work

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    • October 23, 2012 at 8:06 pm, Jules said:

      > That did not help mine either…..:(

      Reply

  2. November 29, 2008 at 5:19 pm, Zacatecas said:

    Thanks a lot, my five years old daughter make the screen black and with this reset now it’s working just fine.

    Reply

  3. December 23, 2008 at 9:14 pm, Dee said:

    Thank you! 3 year old son made the screen black and no other reset would work! It’s fine now.

    Reply

    • November 30, 2010 at 9:43 pm, Duke3X said:

      Why the fu** would you give a 3 year old your iphone? I mean i have a 3 year old, and i love her, and she knows how to use it perfectly, but come on. I bought her a $100 laptop so she can screw that up, but not my iphone lol. Just saying :)

      Reply

  4. December 30, 2008 at 2:41 am, bob said:

    thank you!!!!

    Reply

  5. January 05, 2009 at 4:53 pm, Leslie said:

    It did reset. The touch screen doesn’t work. Got ran over in parking lot! Any ideas?

    Reply

    • February 28, 2013 at 7:09 am, kugan said:

      Only god can help u in that case>

      Reply

  6. January 05, 2009 at 6:52 pm, Anonymous said:

    well, used to work for me-. am now in the troubling situation that the power button no longer works.

    is there any other way around of getting the iPhone into:
    - powering off
    - recover mode enabling

    Reply

  7. February 14, 2009 at 4:34 am, brigitte said:

    I get a white usb cord pointing to an itunes logo; when I plug in the iphone, the itunes wants to do a hard reset of my phone but gets an error at the end, then nothing!

    Reply

    • March 01, 2009 at 12:53 pm, taylor said:

      let the phone completly die then re re plug back into itunes with data cable, i found this worked for my white screen of death

      Reply

      • April 08, 2011 at 9:30 pm, Rainyhayes13 said:

        Thank u! Thank u! Thank u!

        Reply

  8. July 02, 2009 at 10:24 pm, marcus said:

    i recently updated my iphone with the 3.0 software and i tryed then to reset my iphone and settings now it doest turn on it cums up with the apple logo and a loading curcle nothing else happens i have left it on for like 2day nearly still hasnt tarted up?

    Reply

    • September 29, 2009 at 4:05 pm, Anonymous said:

      I have the same problem how did u get it to start working again

      Reply

    • July 28, 2010 at 9:07 am, wtho said:

      Did ya ever get you iphone to work again? if so, How’d ya get it to work again?

      Reply

  9. September 29, 2009 at 4:01 pm, Anonymous said:

    Can anyone help me with reseting my iphone. I tried the hardboot and it didn’t work

    Reply

    • June 24, 2012 at 9:08 am, Lv said:

      I Have A Question How Can I Reboot My iPhone 4g With A Broken Home Button?? Anybody With Any idea Even to fix The Home Button Or Anything??
      That Be More Then Appreciated Thanx>

      Reply

  10. October 04, 2009 at 4:32 pm, Anonymous said:

    I hard reset my iphone and it shows the apple in the screen and some white lines in a circle but it’s not staying on, what do i do now? I even took out my sim card

    Reply

  11. February 19, 2010 at 9:58 pm, m0gu3 said:

    Thanks .. that was, what I am searching for and helped me :)

    Reply

  12. April 07, 2010 at 9:12 pm, Anonymous said:

    it won’t power off at all, when i hold the power button at the top the slide to turn off never comes up, when i hold power and home together the screen goes black but never brings up apple logo…any help?

    Reply

  13. April 28, 2010 at 9:17 am, Anonymous said:

    i need to solution for the restart iphone when insert to sim ………
    please
    send me solutions
    raj714@hotmail.com

    Reply

  14. June 21, 2010 at 10:42 am, peter van hagen said:

    I did what you recommended but…… my touch screen doesn’t respond at all. I am afraid this is the end of my iphone.

    peter

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    • June 21, 2010 at 5:29 pm, Anonymous said:

      Make sure it is well charged before you try to reset. Often a phone that won’t reset has a dead battery.

      Reply

  15. September 14, 2010 at 5:25 pm, Gabbeplayin said:

    my home button is broken so when my screen freezes i cant slide to power off if i press the sleep/wake button and plus i cant hold the home and sleep/wake button to hard reset the phone since the home button is broken…any way or any cydia app that i can download to hard reset using only the sleep/wake button? as of now i just need to wait to the phone to die to work it again?

    Reply

  16. October 25, 2010 at 3:04 am, Adrm12 said:

    okay so my i phone sleep button wont work and my slider to unlock my phone is not working and i need to turn it off how can i turn if off if nun of my sleep and slider wont work accept for the home button?

    Reply

  17. November 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm, Dentan said:

    Anyone encounter any cases whereby the hard reset just will not work on iPhone 4?

    Reply

  18. November 18, 2010 at 5:49 am, ALY$$A said:

    MY home button, does not work. Is there any troubleshooting i can do to fix it ?

    Reply

  19. December 09, 2010 at 1:49 pm, Loril said:

    I have reset my i phone now it doesnt work and always pop up apple logo !

    Reply

  20. December 19, 2010 at 6:28 am, Usama said:

    i have my ipnone 2g restarted today i it freaks me out my phone iz not restoreing and it shows apple logo in it and after waiting for almost 12 hours it iz not working even not starting

    Reply

  21. December 19, 2010 at 6:30 am, usama said:

    please give any idea to restore it

    Reply

  22. January 23, 2011 at 7:03 am, Carolgassmann said:

    someone please help.. I pushed a button to create “voice commasnd” not voice control.. voice command and now all it does is peak in French. Ihich I love. now all the phone does is speak French and I have to double click every button and it will nto scroll down or enlarge or do just about anything.. someone please tell me how t disengage my voice command

    Reply

  23. February 23, 2011 at 3:27 pm, Solo said:

    My iphone a black screen with the apple logo and it will nt turn back on or do anything for tht matter, wat should I do??

    Reply

    • February 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm, David Kirk - Founder/Editor said:

      Typically that’s the sign of a dead iPhone. Try a full charge. Try to connect to your computer…

      Reply

  24. February 25, 2011 at 8:36 am, stan said:

    hi, i was messing around with my iphone 3gs and i changed the features to voice prompt..everything i do the phone speaks out. but NOW THE TOUCH & SCRAWLING HAS CHANGED AND I CANT GET BACK TO ITS ORIGINALITY OR TO FIND THE PLACE TO CHANGE IT BACK..

    how cancel this feature.I HAVE A CRACK ON MY IPHONE AND IM AFRAID OF UPDATING ONLINE.

    Stanley ( sdos777@yahoo.com)

    Reply

  25. April 18, 2011 at 8:36 am, Derotowa said:

    i have had my iphone 3 for almost 3years now and two days ago mit just switched off n wont come back on. i have tried pressein the two butoons suggested but no luck, right now its connected to my computer still no joy. pls help

    Reply

  26. August 26, 2011 at 9:02 am, Linda said:

    The hard reset worked like a charm (holding down on/off button while holding the wake button for several seconds). Hold until you see the apple, then let go. If you hold until the apple disappears that’s too long. I thought my phone was totally crashed and trashed until an Apple Tech gave me this info. Whew!!!

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  27. May 08, 2012 at 5:44 pm, OPS said:

    My iphone 4S will not power off. I tried normal and Hard reset (home button together with sleep button on top). It just keeps on powering on again on its own.
    Any advice?

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  28. June 14, 2012 at 9:11 am, josh said:

    my iphone 4 is stuck on boot logo and my home button is broken how do i hard reset it

    Reply

  29. August 24, 2012 at 5:20 am, jesus said:

    i hardreset my iphone and now it only shows the apple logo. i dont have i tunes what can i do. i already press the 2 bwake up botton and menu one and shows conect to i tunes

    Reply

    • August 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm, David Kirk said:

      The OS on your phone is corrupted. You’ll have to connect to iTunes or visit an apple store to correct it.

      Reply

  30. August 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm, Dawn said:

    My Iphone is just showing the apple logo tried pressing the top button and the middle button but this
    did not work, tried resetting to factory settings and this has not worked any ideas what to do next?

    Reply

  31. September 03, 2012 at 5:02 pm, CRYSTAL said:

    my touch wasnt working on my screen and i did the hard reset and now its working perfectly!

    Reply

  32. September 29, 2012 at 6:22 pm, egg said:

    ahh. thank you so much!

    Reply

  33. December 05, 2012 at 7:23 pm, Natalie said:

    Hey! So I tried to hard reset my iPhone 4 multiple times and nothing has worked. My iPhone randomly turned black after I put it in my jacket pocket. I took it out and it was just black. I held down the Home button and the noise and little vibrate that occurs when the Voice Control comes up happened….so the phone works but the screen is just staying black. So I went and plugged it into my wall charger, and it made the little beep beep noise and vibrated, just like it always does. Help?!

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    • December 05, 2012 at 7:33 pm, David Kirk said:

      Screen is dead. You’ll need to get it repaired. It should cost you around $100.

      The Apple store or iCracked would be my choice.

      Reply

  34. January 19, 2013 at 9:06 am, Denae said:

    My iphone has a white screen, I have tried the whole reboot/restart… all of the above. But, when I hold the sllp/wake button and the home button, my screen goes black but NEVER shows the apple icon and eventually the white screen comes back on. What do I do now???

    Reply

  35. July 05, 2013 at 2:37 pm, Me said:

    IVE TRIED THAT ABOUT 20 TIMES AND IT DOESN’T WORK!!

    Reply

  36. February 19, 2014 at 1:28 am, Peter said:

    Help my iPhone 4S screen is black after a fall some cracks but it was working.. I thought a hard reset would bring the phone back. But now it’s not working at all.. Please help

    Reply

  37. April 12, 2014 at 6:31 pm, Marcos Ponce said:

    i did the reset but it wont turn back on what should i do??

    Reply

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