If you can’t shut down or restart your iPhone 13 Pro using the usual methods, you can try a forced restart (sometimes called a “hard reset”), which will not affect your data. Follow the steps below to learn how to force restart your iPhone 13 Pro.
What Is a Forced Restart?
When your iPhone becomes unresponsive, it might not respond to taps on the screen, and it won’t shut down in the usual way. But not all hope is lost. To fix that, you can try forcing it to restart, which avoids most of the usual software-powered iPhone shut down routines and does a hardware restart at a lower level.
It’s important to note that a forced restart should be a rare event reserved only for emergencies. Most of the time, you’ll want to shut down your iPhone the regular way. Also, a forced restart should not be confused with a factory reset. The forced restart you’re about to perform will not erase any data stored on your iPhone.
How to Force an iPhone 13 Pro to Restart
To do a forced restart on your iPhone 13 Pro, you’ll need to press three buttons on the side of your device rapidly, one after another. On the last press, keep holding the button.
Note: information in this article apply to iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
- Press and quickly release the volume up button.
- Press and quickly release the volume down button.
- Press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
Once you see the Apple logo, you’ll know you have pressed the sequence properly. If you didn’t get it right the first time, keep trying. Try to press each button (1, 2, 3) at an even pace, but quickly.
After you get it, your iPhone may take longer to start up than usual. That’s because it needs to completely restart the operating system and tidy things up for use. After a few moments, you should see the lock screen. Then you can use your iPhone 13 Pro as usual.