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How to Force Restart or Hard Reset iPhone X

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This is how you hard reset the iPhone X or force restart it so that you can get back to using it when your device locks up.

If you can’t turn your phone off normally, you may need to do a hard reset. This does not wipe any data from your phone, it just forces your iPhone X to restart. The whole process should take less than a minute to complete.

If you run into this problem often you may need to update your apps or check for other¬†iPhone X problems that could be causing the freezing or crashing. Here’s how to fix other iPhone X problems.

Apple changed how you hard reset the iPhone X from older iPhones so you need to use a new key combination to do this. Here’s what you need to do to fix your frozen iPhone X.

How to Hard Reset iPhone X

How to hard reset the iPhone X when it freezes.

How to hard reset the iPhone X when it freezes.

Instead of holding down two buttons until the iPhone restarts, you now need to press two buttons quickly and then press and hold a third button. This takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of it you should be good to go in the future.

  1. Press Volume Up and let go.
  2. Press Volume Down and let go.
  3. Press and hold the side button until the Apple Logo appears.

You must press the volume up then volume down pretty quickly, but not at the same time. The Side Button is what Apple calls the power button. After a few seconds of holding the side button, the iPhone X should restart itself.

If this happens frequently you should try reseting all settings from your iPhone’s Settings app. If the problems are really bad you might need to chat with Apple support to find out if something is wrong with your iPhone X.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 16.1.2 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 16.1.2 for Better Security

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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