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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 freezes up, you can try force restarting or hard resetting the device.

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, they are typically very easy to fix.

If your iPhone 12 locks up and you can’t turn it off normally, you 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, update your phone with the latest firmware, 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.

If your iPhone 12 model isn’t responding to taps 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.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 17.3.1 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 17.3.1 for Better Security

Install iOS 17.3.1 for Better Security

If security is important to you, and you missed older versions of iOS 17, think about installing Apple's iOS 17.3.1 update right away.

iOS 17.3.1 doesn't have any security updates of its own, but if you missed iOS 17.3 or older, you'll get security patches when you upgrade. 

The iOS 17.3 update brought 15 new security patches to iPhone. These will help keep your device and its data protected from harm. 

The software also added Stolen Device Protection to iPhone. It increases the security of your iPhone and Apple ID by requiring Face ID or Touch ID to gain access to passwords, make purchases in Safari, and more.

This is useful if someone gets access to your iPhone and its passcode. 

iOS 17.2 delivered 10 new security patches to iPhone. If you wish to find out more, you can head on over to Apple's security site for the details.

iOS 17.2 also included iMessage Contact Key Verification which improves the security of iMessage. The company also fixed an exploit that let the Flipper Zero multi-tool lock up iPhones.

iOS 17.1.2 had two security patches on board. Both were related to WebKit. If you want to learn more, you can do so right here.

iOS 17.1 brought 18 security fixes to iPhone. It addressed issues within Weather, Status Bar, WebKit, and more. 

iOS 17.0.3 brought two patches for two security issues Apple identified within the software. If you want to read about the patches, head here.

iOS 17.0.1 delivered three important patches to iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.

As for iOS 17 itself, it brought 40+ new security patches with it. A staggering number to say the least. If you want to learn more about them, head over to Apple

In addition to those patches, iOS 17 brings some additional enhancements to privacy and security including improvements to Communication Safety beyond Messages.

It now includes content sent by AirDrop, Contact Posters in the Phone app, FaceTime, and the systemwide photo picker. You now have an option to blur out sensitive photos and videos before you choose to view them.

There's also an expanded Lockdown Mode which will help protect you against cyber attacks.

Apple's also improved sharing permissions and you now have more control over what you share with the apps on your device. 

The company also notes that starting in iOS 17, Voice Memos encrypts the titles of recordings stored in iCloud, in addition to the recordings themselves.

If you skipped older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 17.3.1 update as well.

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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