If your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s suddenly freezes and becomes unresponsive, you should 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 or try updating to the latest version of iOS. 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.
- Tap Transfer or Reset iPhone.
- Tap Reset.
- Tap Reset All Settings.
- Enter your passcode if you have one enabled.
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 15.8 for Better Security
If security is important to you, you'll want to think about installing Apple's iOS 15.8 update right away.
iOS 15.8 isn't a big update, but it does have an important security patch on board. This patch alone should make updating worth it.
As for older updates, iOS 15.7.9 brought a new security patch with it. It addressed an issue where hackers could gain access via PassKit (Apple Wallet) image. For more information, head over to Apple's website.
iOS 15.7.8 had 10 security patches on board. These patches are essential if you want to keep your device and its data safe from harm. Apple's outlined the changes in detail and they're worth a look.
iOS 15.7.7 brought three security patches to iPhone models lingering on iOS 15. For more about them, head over to Apple's security site.
iOS 15.7.6 had several security updates on board. For more information about those patches, head here.
The iOS 15.7.5 update patched up actively exploited vulnerabilities making it an extremely important upgrade for your iPhone. To learn more about the patches, check out Apple's guide.
iOS 15.7.4 brought important security fixes to older iPhone models as well. If you want to learn more about these changes, check out Apple's guide.
iOS 15.7.3 also brought a batch of security patches to iPhone. You can learn more about these changes right here.
iOS 15.7.2 brought numerous patches along with it. For more about them, head over to Apple's website for more details.
iOS 15.7.1 update brought 17 security patches with it while iOS 15.7 delivered 11 security patches to iPhone. If you want a look at the details, head over to Apple's security site for more information.
If you missed iOS 15.6.1, it had two security patches on board. 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 15.8 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 15.8 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.
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