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How to Force Restart or Hard Reset iPhone 12

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If your iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max suddenly locks up, you can try force restarting or hard resetting the device.

As we push deeper into the year, we continue to hear about the problems iPhone 12 owners are facing. Among them, lockups and freezes. These issues are very common on the iPhone and fortunately, there are typically very easy to fix.

If your iPhone 12 freezes up and you can’t turn it off normally, you might need to hard reset it. This process only takes a few seconds and it should return your device to a normal state. It doesn’t wipe any data, it simply forces your iPhone to restart.

If your iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max freezes up frequently, you might need to update your applications via the App Store or investigate other potential solutions. If that’s the case you’ll want to check out our guide to fixing common iPhone 12 problems.

If you upgraded to an iPhone 12 model from a model that’s older than the iPhone X, you may be unaware of the force restart process. You need to use a new button combination.

Here’s what you need to do to fix your frozen iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max.

How to Hard Reset iPhone 12

Instead of the old process which required you to hold down two buttons to force restart the iPhone, you now need to press two buttons quickly and then press and hold a third button. It might take you a few tries to master, but once you’ve done it, you should be good to go.

If your iPhone 12 model isn’t responding to touches and swipes, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Press on the Volume Up button located on the left side of the phone and let go.
  2. Press on the Volume Down button and let go.
  3. Press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

You need to press the volume up and volume down buttons very quickly, but not at the same time. As for the side button, this is what Apple calls the power button on newer devices. After a few seconds of holding down the side button, your iPhone 12 should restart itself.

If you start having to do this frequently, you should try reseting all of your device’s settings in the Settings app. In some cases you might need to speak with Apple customer service and see if they have a solution for your issues.

Remember, your iPhone is covered by a warranty and there’s a chance you’ll need to send it in for repairs or a replacement.

If for some reason your iPhone doesn’t startup or turn on normally, Apple recommends plugging the phone into a charger to let it charge for up to an hour.

If you still see a black screen or you’re still having issues with the touchscreen after following that step, you’ll want to get in contact with Apple’s customer support.

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Install iOS 16.1.2 for Better Security

Install iOS 16.1.2 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing Apple's iOS 16.1.2 update right away.

iOS 16.1.2 doesn't have a whole lot on board, but it does bring important security patches with it. Apple hasn't outlined those changes yet, but the company will do so right here when it's ready.

 If you skipped iOS 16.1.1, you'll get its security patches when you upgrade. You can learn more about them right here.

If you missed the iOS 16.1 update, it brought 19 security patches to the iPhone and you can learn about the particulars of those over on Apple's website.

If you failed to download iOS 16.0.3, it had one security patch on board, a fix for a potential exploit within the Mail app. For more about the fix, check out Apple's security site.

If you're still running iOS 15 your iPhone, you'll get a bunch of other patches when you upgrade.

iOS 16.0 brought a ton of security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.

In addition to those patches, iOS 16 brings some additional enhancements to privacy and security including Safety Check which, according to Apple, will help "people in domestic or intimate partner violence situations review and reset the access they’ve granted others." 

The feature also resets system privacy permissions for apps and restricts Messages and FaceTime to the device on hand.

Apple's also made some improvements to Passkeys in Safari. iOS 16 brings a brand new sign-in method that's end-to-end encrypted and safe from phishing and data leaks. 

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. James

    03/07/2021 at 1:46 pm

    Since updating to iOS 14.4 on my IPhone X I have had nothing but problems .
    Phone constantly glitches and it’s like something takes control of the phone, starts selecting things on the screen even starts calling random contacts . Any help on how resolve please I’ve tried hard resetting numerous times.

    Extremely frustrated

    Thanks I’m advance

  2. Lesley

    04/18/2021 at 11:47 am

    I now cannot pair my iPad with iPhone since last update

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