If your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s suddenly freezes and becomes unresponsive, you need to force restart it.
iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users are dealing with a variety of issues. Among them, random lockups and freezes. If your device stops responding to swipes and touches, you’ll want to force it to reboot. This is called a force restart or hard reset.
The process is quick and it should return your device to a normal state. Force restarting your iPhone won’t delete any data stored on it. It simply reboots the device.
If you moved to the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s from a device outside of the iPhone family or if you haven’t had to force restart your phone in awhile, you might not know the button combination requires to hard reset your phone.
Here’s how to force restart or hard reset a frozen iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.
How to Hard Reset iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus
You need to use a simple button combination to force restart your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.
- Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button (located on the side of your phone) and the Home button at the same time.
- After a few seconds, the Apple logo will appear. At that point you can release both buttons.
- Your iPhone will restart and you’ll need to input a passcode, if you have one, to get back to the home screen.
If your phone is freezing on a regular basis, you should update your applications via the App Store. If updating your iPhone doesn’t help, you’ll need to look into other potential solutions.
We recommend reseting all of your iPhone’s settings in the Settings app. This will cause your iPhone to forget known Wi-Fi passwords so make sure you have those handy before you take the steps below.
Here’s how you reset your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus’ settings:
- Open the Settings app on your phone.
- Tap General.
- Scroll down to Reset and tap it.
- Tap Reset All Settings and enter your passcode if you have one.
If you’re still running into the same issues, you should get in touch with Apple customer service and see if they have a permanent solution for your issue(s).
Install iOS 14.8.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.8.1 right away.
The iOS 14.8.1 update brings 12 new security patches to the iPhone. You can read about all of them over on Apple's site.
If you want to better protect your iPhone and its data, you'll want to install the iOS 14.8.1 update in the near future.
If you missed iOS 14.8, you'll get its security patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about them right here.
If you missed iOS 14.7.1, you'll get its patch with your upgrade. If you want to learn more about iOS 14.7.1's security update, check out its support page.
If you missed iOS 14.7, you'll get its 31 security patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about those on Apple's website.
If you skipped iOS 14.6, you'll get the update's 38 security patches with your iOS 14.8.1 update. If you're curious about the particulars, you can read about them right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.5.1, you get the update's two security patches on board. You can read about them over on Apple's website. Both are related to WebKit.
If you missed iOS 14.5 you'll get its patches with your upgrade. You can read more about those changes over on Apple's website.
iOS 14.5 also brought Apple's new App Tracking Transparency which lets you control which apps are allowed to track your activity across other companies' apps and websites for ads or sharing with data brokers.
If you skipped iOS 14.4.2, you get its security patch with iOS 14.8.1. You can learn more about that patch over on Apple's website as well.
If you missed iOS 14.4.1, you get its patch with your upgrade to iOS 14.8.1. You can read about that patch right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.4, you get the update's patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about iOS 14.4's security patches right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.3 you'll get its nine security updates with your upgrade. You can read more about them on its security site.
iOS 14.3 also included a new privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices.
If you skipped iOS 14.2, your iOS 14.8.1 update includes 24 additional security patches. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website.
If you're still running iOS 13, iOS 14.8.1 includes iOS 14.0's security updates.
iOS 14.0 brought 11 new 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 website.
In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari.
For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.
With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them.
There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.
Researchers also discovered that Apple brought a new "BlastDoor" sandbox security system to iOS 14. The system is meant to prevent attacks from occurring via the Messages app.
You can read more about "BlastDoor" right here.
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