How To Restart iPhone 11, 12, or 13

The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone Pro Max are all based on the same general design as last year's iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max. As a result, the physical buttons now perform the same duties, such as turning on and off, restarting, entering DFU mode, entering recovery mode, activating Emergency SOS, and temporarily deactivating Face ID.

This article contains step-by-step instructions for completing all of the above button combinations, as well as explanations of what the more esoteric ones accomplish and why they could be beneficial one day.

How To Restart iPhone 11

If you're used to an iPhone with a Home button, the methods to forcibly restart an iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max are different. Here's how to go about it.

It's possible to operate an iPhone without ever needing to restart it, but that's unusual. You'll eventually discover that something is incorrect and that you need to restart it. However, the method has evolved over time, and there are several options available today.

This is compatible with the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. However, you may apply the same approach if you have an iPhone X-style model — that is, any iPhone after the Home button was eliminated. You could terminate by:

  • Holding down both the volume up and the Sleep/Wake buttons.
  • When prompted, select Slide to Power Off by swiping left.

After that, you may restart the iPhone by pushing and holding the Sleep/Wake button until you see the Apple logo.

This is Apple's suggested way, and it's the only one it even mentions. The official support documentation includes a brief description of how to shut down an iPhone by heading to Settings, General, and selecting Shut Down.

In our experience, this may be rather sluggish. It can feel like an eternity before the Apple logo shows, especially if we're tapping the button through the plastic of a protective cover.

How to Force Restart iPhone 11

Whether it is indeed measurably longer or merely feels that way, there is a speedier approach — and it is one that is more certain to succeed.

If your iPhone is experiencing major issues, you may not be able to perform the Slide to Power Off swipe at all.

You may, however, always force an instant restart. In a nutshell, you'll end up pushing and holding both the volume up and the Sleep/Wake buttons again. However, you must first properly notify the iPhone that you wish to restart rather than shut it off.

  • Once, press the volume up button.
  • Once, press the volume down button.
  • Hold down the Sleep/Wake button.
  • You should continue holding even if you see Slide to Power Off.
  • Hold on to the device until the Apple logo appears.

Do It Carefully With Your iPhone

You can receive a variation of the shutdown page if you avoid pushing the volume up and down keys and instead simply hold the volume up and Sleep/Wake. It has the same Slide to Power Down option as the standard one, but it also contains an Emergency SOS button.

And that button has a countdown that starts instantly. If you press those buttons for more than a few seconds, your iPhone will contact 911. We understand that your iPhone was in horrible shape, but you don't want paramedics knocking on your house.

However, if you carefully follow these instructions, your iPhone will come back to life.

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