How to Force Restart iPhone X

If you need to force restart an iPhone X you will need to learn a new method, because Apple has changed how you force reboot iPhone X compared to prior iPhone models. This is partially because the iPhone X no longer has a Home button, so the longstanding method of forced rebooting is no longer possible with iPhone X.

Now with iPhone X, you will force restart the device by using a series of button presses instead. This tutorial will detail exactly how you can initiate a forced restart, sometimes called a hard reboot, of iPhone X.

The sequence is a little strange at first mostly because it’s different, breaking the habit you may have developed with force rebooting earlier iOS devices, but once you get the hang of it you will be able to force restart iPhone X almost as quickly as you could earlier devices. You’ll also need to be sure you press the buttons in the proper order as described, otherwise the iPhone X will not force restart.

How to Force Reboot iPhone X

You must press the buttons in sequential order for iPhone X to force restart, the first two buttons are pressed and then released, and the final button is held until the force reboot occurs. Here’s how it works:

  1. Press Volume Up, then release
  2. Press Volume Down, then release
  3. Press and hold the Power / Lock button on the right side of iPhone X
  4. Continue to hold the Power / Lock / Side button until the  Apple logo appears on screen of iPhone X

How to force restart iPhone X in three steps

It may feel like it takes a while to see the  Apple logo appear on screen, but once you do see it you will know you have successfully forced the iPhone X to restart.

Remember, you must follow the proper order of pressing the buttons to force reboot iPhone X, if it fails then just start over and try again.

If you try and press the buttons concurrently you’ll likely either take a screenshot on iPhone X or initiate the Emergency Calling feature, neither of which you are likely trying to do if you simply want to force the iPhone to restart. The proper way is: Up, Down, hold Power.

This is yet another evolving change in the iOS world, but it turns out that force restarting iPhone X with the new button sequence is actually also how you force reboot an iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, though it is different from force restarting iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which is also different from forcibly rebooting iPhone 6s, 6, 5, 4, and iPad models with clickable Home buttons. With the steps changing on several occasions, perhaps we’ll see another change with forced restarts on iOS devices down the road, time will tell.

Force restarting iPhone X

Oh and by the way, you can also preform a regular reboot of iPhone X by simply turning it off and back on again. You can do that with the Power/Volume button press, or with the method that works on all modern iOS versions by turning off the iPhone or iPad via Settings, without using the Power button and then simply turning it back on again.

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