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How to Restart Your iPhone: Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

Restarting your iPhone is easy! Learn the step-by-step guide to restarting your iPhone with this comprehensive beginner's guide.

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Published Dec 5, 2022

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 5 minutes

What you'll need: iPhone

Have you ever been unsure of how to restart your iPhone? It can be a daunting task for those who aren't familiar with all the nuances of Apple products. In this article, we'll provide a step-by-step guide on how to restart an iPhone, from turning off and back on all the way through powering down and performing a hard reset. We'll also cover troubleshooting tips and tricks if something isn't going as planned. By the time you're done reading, you'll know exactly what to do when it's time to restart your device.

how to restart iphone

Before restarting an iPhone, it is important to back up your data and settings so that nothing is lost during the process. To back up your information, simply connect your iPhone to iTunes or iCloud and follow the instructions provided.

  1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button located on top of the iPhone until "slide to power off" appears.
  2. Slide the slider from left to right.
  3. Wait for 10 seconds
  4. .
  5. Hold down the Sleep/Wake button again until Apple logo appears.
Our takeaway

Congratulations! You've made it to the end of this article. This step-by-step guide should have provided you with all the information necessary for you to restart your iPhone with ease. Now that you are a pro, why not put your newfound knowledge to use and show off your expertise? Show your friends and family how quickly, easily and confidently you can reboot their iPhones when they need help. Or feel free to impress them even more by teaching them how to restart their own iPhones using this guide. Have fun taking control of the technology around you - happy rebooting!


What happens if I restart my iPhone?

Restarting your iPhone gives it a fresh start, which can help fix some issues that you may be experiencing. During the restart process, your iPhone will turn off and back on again, allowing it to refresh its system and begin running normally.

Do I need to turn off my iPhone before restarting it?

No, you don't need to turn off your iPhone before restarting it. You can also do a “soft reset” by pressing and holding both the Home button and the Power button simultaneously for at least 10 seconds until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Do I need to turn off my iPhone before restarting it?

It is not necessary to turn your phone off before restarting it. Restarting an iPhone can be done by pressing and holding the power button until a slider appears. Dragging this slider will power down the device and then you can press the power button again to turn it back on.

Will the data on my iPhone be lost after a restart?

No, restarting your iPhone will not erase any of your data. However, it is always good to back up your device before restarting it.

Are there any risks that can occur when restarting an iPhone?

Generally speaking, restarting your iPhone is a safe and straightforward process. However, as with any type of system reboot, software glitches and bugs are possible. Additionally, if the power goes out while your phone is in the process of rebooting, it could lead to data loss or permanent damage.

This article was originally published on 5 Dec 2022 but has been regularly updated to keep the information current.
Kyle Crisp
Kyle has been using Apple products for over 25 years. He loves helping people learn how to use their Apple devices.
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