If your iPhone SE freezes up, a force restart or hard reset should fix the issue.
Occasionally your iPhone SE might lock up and stop responding to your swipes and touches. If this happens, 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. You’ll also want to make sure you’re running the latest version of iOS 15.
We also 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 Transfer or Reset iPhone and tap it.
- Tap Reset.
- 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 16.1.2 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing Apple's iOS 16.1.2 update right away.
iOS 16.1.2 doesn't have a whole lot on board, but it does bring important security patches with it. Apple hasn't outlined those changes yet, but the company will do so right here when it's ready.
If you skipped iOS 16.1.1, you'll get its security patches when you upgrade. You can learn more about them right here.
If you missed the iOS 16.1 update, it brought 19 security patches to the iPhone and you can learn about the particulars of those over on Apple's website.
If you failed to download iOS 16.0.3, it had one security patch on board, a fix for a potential exploit within the Mail app. For more about the fix, check out Apple's security site.
If you're still running iOS 15 your iPhone, you'll get a bunch of other patches when you upgrade.
iOS 16.0 brought a ton of 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 security website.
In addition to those patches, iOS 16 brings some additional enhancements to privacy and security including Safety Check which, according to Apple, will help "people in domestic or intimate partner violence situations review and reset the access they’ve granted others."
The feature also resets system privacy permissions for apps and restricts Messages and FaceTime to the device on hand.
Apple's also made some improvements to Passkeys in Safari. iOS 16 brings a brand new sign-in method that's end-to-end encrypted and safe from phishing and data leaks.
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