If your iPhone SE freezes, a force restart or hard reset should fix the issue.
If your iPhone SE suddenly locks up and stops responding to your swipes and touches, try powering it off. If you’re unable to power the device off normally, you’ll need to force the iPhone SE to restart.
Performing a force restart or hard reset is fairly straightforward and it only takes a few seconds to complete. In most cases, it will return your iPhone SE to a normal state.
If you moved to the iPhone SE from a non-Apple device or if you haven’t had to force restart your device in awhile, you might not know how to do this.
Here’s how to force restart or hard reset your frozen iPhone SE.
How to Hard Reset iPhone SE
In order to force restart your iPhone SE you need to perform a simple button combination.
- Press and hold the device’s Sleep/Wake button (located on the top of the device) and the Home button at the same time.
- After a few seconds, the Apple logo should appear and you can release both buttons.
- Your iPhone SE will restart itself and you’ll need to input a passcode if you have one.
If your iPhone SE is regularly locking up, you might need to update your applications via the App Store or investigate other potential solutions.
We recommend reseting all of your iPhone’s settings in the Settings app. Keep in mind, this will cause it to forget known Wi-Fi passwords so make sure you have those handy before you take these steps. Here’s how you reset your iPhone SE’s 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 that doesn’t help to alleviate the issues, you might need to speak with Apple customer service and see if they have a permanent solution.
Install iOS 14.4 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.4 right now.
iOS 14.4 has important security patches on board and you can read about them right here. These patches will help protect your iPhone from harm.
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 14.4 update includes iOS 14.2's 24 security patches. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website.
If you're still running iOS 13, iOS 14.4 include 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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