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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 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 for the future.

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 15.7 for Better Security

If security is important to you, you'll want to think about installing Apple's iOS 15.7 update right away.

iOS 15.7 brings 11 security patches along with it. If you want to take a look at the details, head over to Apple's security site for more.

If you missed iOS 15.6.1, it had two security patches on board which are essential if you want to keep your device and its data safe from harm. You can read more about the pair on Apple's website.

If you missed Apple's iOS 15.6 update, it had 30+ security upgrades on board. You can learn more about them right here.

If you missed iOS 15.5 it brought 27 new security patches to the iPhone. You can learn more about these patches over on Apple's security site.

If you missed iOS 15.4.1, it had one new security patch on board. You can read more about it over on Apple's website

If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. If you want to learn more about these patches, head on over to Apple's security site for the particulars

If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more about it, head over to Apple's security page

If you missed iOS 15.3, you'll also get its patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches to iPhone users. If you're interested in the details, you can read more about them right here.

If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you'll get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about the change over on Apple's website

If you missed Apple's iOS 15.2 update, you'll get its 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about them over on the company's security site

iOS 15.2 also included some important upgrades to privacy. The software brought the company's App Privacy Report to Settings. This lets you see how often your apps have accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more during the last seven days. You can also see their network activity. 

In addition, iOS 15.2 brought Apple's communication safety features for kids. You'll find these features in the Messages app, in Siri, in Spotlight, and in Search. 

If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.7 will bring its security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about them on Apple's website

If you missed iOS 15.0.2 you'll also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it right here.

iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you'll be moving up from iOS 14 and you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.

Apple's updated its website with new information about iOS 15's batch of security patches. The company now says the software patched up an issue that could have exposed a user's private Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also says iOS 15 patched up an issue that allowed apps to override Privacy preferences.

If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.7 update as well. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Siri. Requests made to Siri are now processed on the device itself using Neural Engine. This makes it more secure. 

If you're an Apple Card user, you'll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions. 

Apple's also included a built-in authenticator that's similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.

There's also a Mail feature that hides your IP address. 

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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