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How to Force Restart or Hard Reset iPhone 7

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If your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus freezes, you should try a hard reset or force restart.

If your device suddenly locks up, you’re unable to use the home button and/or it stops responding to touches and swipes, try powering it off and on.

If you aren’t able to power it off normally, you’ll need to perform a hard reset or force restart. This process only takes a few seconds and it won’t erase any of the data stored on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.

If you moved to the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus from a non-Apple device or if you haven’t had to force restart your device in awhile, you may have forgotten how to do it.

Here’s how to force restart or hard reset a frozen iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.

How to Hard Reset the iPhone 7

In order to force restart your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus you need to use a simple button combination. You can watch the video or simply follow the steps below:

  1. Hold the volume down button and the Sleep/Wake button (located on the side of the phone) at the same time.
  2. After a few seconds, the Apple logo should appear and you can release both buttons.
  3. Your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus will restart itself and you’ll need to input a passcode if you have one.

If your phone is locking up on a regular basis, you might need to update your applications via the App Store, update your iOS software, or investigate other potential solutions.

We recommend reseting all of your iPhone’s settings in the Settings app. This will cause your device 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 7’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 resetting your iPhone’s settings does nothing, you might need to speak with Apple customer service and see if they have a permanent solution.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 15.5 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 15.5 for Better Security

Install iOS 15.5 for Better Security

If security is important to you, you'll want to think about installing Apple's iOS 15.5 update right away.

iOS 15.5 brings 27 new security patches to the iPhone and they are essential if you want to keep your device and its data protected. You can learn more about these patches over on Apple's security site.

If you missed iOS 15.4.1, it had just 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 15.5 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 15.5 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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  1. Alinta McMurdo

    02/12/2017 at 10:45 pm

    The problem is that the offending apps are apple software. It’s either test messages or safari that freeze my phone – at least once a day and apple won’t do anything about it.

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