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How to Force Restart iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max

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How to Force Restart iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max

A force restart is a process of restarting your iPhone 12 using a combination of buttons that are pressed all at once. Here’s everything you need to know about how to force restart the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

The year 2020 has been eventful, to say the least, but even a global pandemic could not stop the cycle of iPhone release this year. We’ve grown accustomed to anticipating the release of a brand-new Apple iPhone each September, and although the iPhone 12 arrived a month late this year, it certainly didn’t disappoint. The iPhone 12 series is reviving the iPhone 5 design-style that has already been embellished in the iPad Pro series. With the sharper corners and a face flat-screen, Apple is beating revenue expectations despite the launch delay.

One major reason for the anticipated record-breaking sales of the iPhone 12 is the number of iPhone 6 users migrating. Numbers show that the iPhone 6 was among the most successful smartphones to come out of the Apple camp, and with the official iOS 14 support taken away, millions of users are up for an upgrade. While both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 12 may possess similar traits, even something as simple as the method of force rebooting the devices is different. The iPhone 6 came with the classic Home button that existed since the very first iPhone but was eliminated after the release of the iPhone X.

Why Force Restart the iPhone?

Even with all the high-tech software and cutting-edge hardware, the iPhone is a piece of tech after all. Just like any other gadget out there, even the mighty iPhone is prone to stuttering every now and then. The first commandment of solving any technical issue, as simple as it may seem, is plugging out and in again. From a software glitch that freezes the screen, to a major issue with the app’s functionality, almost everything can be resolved with a hard reset.

On old timely phones, you could simply open the back hatch and pull out the battery for an abrupt reboot. However, every smartphone out there, including the iPhone is a glass and metal sandwich with the battery tucked deep inside. The easiest way to jumpstart the iPhone is by performing the force reboot, which should solve almost every software-related and even some hardware-based issues that you’re facing on the device.

How to Soft Reboot the iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max

Hard reboot is a physical way to forcefully turn off the iPhone when the screen is frozen or unresponsive. However, if you are still able to access the iPhone and use the on-screen navigation, you can start off by applying a soft reboot first.

Step 1: Press and hold the Power/Sleep button and Volume Up buttons together.

Step 2: Let go of all the buttons when the “slide to power off” screen appears.

Step 3: Swipe right on the Power button in the bar to turn off your iPhone.

To boot up the iPhone, all you need to do is press the Power button on the right again until the Apple logo appears.

How to Force Restart the iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max

The different variants of the iPhone 12 (iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max) are differentiated based on hardware. However, the basic design and buttons layout of all 4 iPhone 12 models is identical, meaning that when you’re looking for a way to force reboot the iPhone 12, one size does fit all. All the latest iPhone models exclude the classic Home button in lieu of Face ID, so you will need to use the other physical buttons present on the device to force restart it.

Step 1: On the iPhone 12, press the Volume Up button on the left side and release it, then press the Volume Down and release it.

Step 2: Now, quickly press and hold the Power button on the right side for around 10 seconds.

Step 4: Once you see the Apple logo appear, let go of all the buttons and wait for the iPhone 12 to boot up.

Once the iPhone 12 boots up, you will need to enter the passcode to unlock it, since Face ID does not work after the first boot. Hence, you need to make sure that you remember the passcode before you perform a hard restart.

This is the entire process of force restarting an iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max. It might take you a couple of retries until you master this process, but it’s simple once you get the hang of it.

Wrapping Up

Backed by a guarantee of being 50% faster than the previous iPhone, next-level features such as MagSafe charging, and the brand-new flavor of iOS 14 makes the iPhone 12 a superstar. But no mobile device or gadget is above software glitches every now and then, and neither is the iPhone 12, which is why you need to know how to perform a hard reset when the need comes. The best part is that the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max, all follow the same procedure when it comes to hard rebooting.

Which is the very first software glitch you experienced that led you to reboot the iPhone 12 the hard way? Do let us know in the comments section right down below.

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Sharing a love-hate relationship with Biotechnology in Uni, Husain moved on to his true calling of becoming a tech geek. While briefly being persuaded by the Apple clan, he made it back to Team Android, and has been a loyal comrade since, with a keen interest in IoT, Entertainment Tech, and Gaming.

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