How to force restart your Apple iPhone XS

It is important that you know how to perform the Forced Restart or Soft Reset procedure on your Apple iPhone XS because there are times that the device would stop responding for no reason at all. The most common cause of a frozen iPhone is a firmware crash which could also be a sign of a serious firmware problem or hardware issue.

Continue reading below as I will show you how to perform the forced restart procedure on your iPhone XS. There are actually a couple of methods I will give you in this post just in case the usually soft reset method don’t work. So, if you’re one of the owners of this device, read on as this short article may be able to help you one way or another.

Before anything else though, should you have other issues with your iPhone, make sure to drop by our iPhone XS Help Guides for we have already addressed some of the most commonly reported problems with this device. There could already be articles on our website that could help you fix the issue with your iPhone.

How to perform the Forced Restart on your iPhone XS

Unlike the previous iPhone models, performing the forced restart on the iPhone XS has become a little bit complicated but it’s not really that difficult to do. Here’s how…

  1. Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  2. Then press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  3. Finally, press and hold the Side/Power button until the Apple logo appears.

The iPhone is hard-wired to respond to such combination as it’s the simulated battery removal procedure. Even if the device is frozen as long as it’s done correctly, you can make it respond again. Try it for a few more times if the first try didn’t work.

Charge your iPhone XS and perform the Forced Reboot

You will only need to do this if your iPhone XS doesn’t respond to the prior procedure because it’s possible that the battery has been completely drained and resulted to a firmware crash. You would know if that’s the case because you couldn’t see the usual charging symbol when the iPhone is connected to the charger. Even so, leave your device connected to the charger. To make it easier for you to follow, do these steps…

  1. Plug your iPhone XS charger to a working wall outlet.
  2. Using the OEM cable, connect your iPhone to its charger.
  3. Regardless whether it charges or not, leave it connected to the charger for 10 minutes or so.
  4. While it’s connected to the charger, press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  5. Then press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  6. Finally, press and hold the Side/Power button until the Apple logo appears.

This would usually fix the problem or make your frozen iPhone respond again. However, if your iPhone is still not responding after this and seems to have been powered down, then it’s possible that the problem is with the hardware. Therefore, you should bring it back to the store so that an Apple tech can check the physical condition of your device.

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