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How to Use the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR

How to Force the iPhone XR or XS to Reboot

Maybe your iPhone’s touchscreen isn’t registering your fingers, or an app just froze. Whatever the reason, there will come a time where you’ll want to know how to force your new iPhone to reboot.

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With the iPhone 8 and earlier iPhones, you pressed and held the sleep/wake and volume down buttons for at least 10 seconds to force a restart, but that all changed starting with the iPhone X. It’s actually a little trickier now.

Here’s how to force an iPhone XS, iPhone XR or iPhone X to reboot. —Mark Spoonauer

1. Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.

2. Now press and quickly release the Volume Down button.

3. Finally, press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo.

Your iPhone should start to reboot, which in our testing took less than 30 seconds. You’ll see the lock screen, and you’ll need to enter your PIN code to unlock the device.

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  • spal26558
    It's good I understand n I will tell my friend also
  • doduyvuong
    If i switch the Control USB Restricted Mode on iPhone XS and i forget it for so longtime, untill the batterie is running out, can i still be able to recharge it to use t again?
  • webgtlnbrgrs
    Gee, it asked me if I wanted to up load all the info from my iPhone 7 , I clicked yes, and it said put both phones close together and it did it all on it's own, I don't understand why you even wrote this article ..
  • dittodan
    I tried several times and this only brings up a screen to let you "slide" to make it go off. What am I doing wrong?
  • dittodan
    Tried adding an Amazon and and PayPal CC and it denied me. Before I got this phone, both of the cards were signed up and working fine.
  • dittodan
    Is this higher capacity charger the same one used for an iPad?
  • powerharp
    After years of using Android, I changed to an iPhone ONLY because iPhone can stream audio to my hearing aids. After 2 weeks with the iPhone there are several clearly inferior characteristics. Most annoying is that you cannot close all open apps at once. The requirement to swipe each open app up or possibly do three at once is garbage. it is extremely difficult to switch between apps as will, something I did frequently on my clearly superior Android phones. Also, Android has apps that allow you to record phone calls but Apple doesn't, claiming that it is illegal in a lot of places. It's also legal in a lot of places. The iPhone function to swipe to get to the open apps is a joke (Android just requires a touch) and the procedure to get to the previous screen when browsing is also laughable compared to Android.