If your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus is frozen or not responding you may need to force restart or hard reset it. This is a button combination that forces your device to restart.
Forcing your iPhone to restart is helpful when an app freezes or it won’t respond to your taps or home button presses. This process will not erase your iPhone and the only data you may lose is the last few changes you made in an app before the iPhone froze.
If you moved to an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus from another platform or if you haven’t had to force restart your iPhone in awhile, you may have forgotten how to do it.
Here’s how to force restart or hard reset a frozen iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus.
How to Hard Reset the iPhone 8
To force reboot the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, you don’t need to touch the home button. The home button isn’t a physical button so it may not be responsive either.
In order to force restart your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus you need to use a simple button combination. Here’s how to do that:
- Press Volume Up and release.
- Press Volume Down and release.
- Hold the Power Button for about 5-10 seconds.
After a few seconds the phone will reboot and you will see the Apple logo on screen. Your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus should then reboot and you’ll need to enter your passcode if you have one.
If your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus locks 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 8’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 doesn’t fix the issue, you should speak with Apple customer service and see if they have a permanent solution for you.
Install iOS 14.7.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.7.1 right away.
iOS 14.7.1 doesn't have a lot on board, but it does bring a new security patch with it. You can learn more about the patch right here.
If you want to better protect your iPhone and its data, you'll want to install the iOS 14.7.1 update in the near future.
If you missed iOS 14.7, you'll get its 31 security patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about those on Apple's website.
If you skipped iOS 14.6, you'll get the update's 38 security patches with your iOS 14.7.1 update. If you're curious about the particulars, you can read about them right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.5.1, you get the update's two security patches on board. You can read about them over on Apple's website. Both are related to WebKit.
If you missed iOS 14.5 you'll get its patches with your upgrade. You can read more about those changes over on Apple's website.
iOS 14.5 also brought Apple's new App Tracking Transparency which lets you control which apps are allowed to track your activity across other companies' apps and websites for ads or sharing with data brokers.
If you skipped iOS 14.4.2, you get its security patch with iOS 14.7.1. You can learn more about that patch over on Apple's website as well.
If you missed iOS 14.4.1, you get its patch with your upgrade to iOS 14.7.1. You can read about that patch right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.4, you get the update's patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about iOS 14.4's security patches right here.
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 14.7.1 update includes 24 additional security patches. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website.
If you're still running iOS 13, iOS 14.7.1 includes 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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