How To: Force restart the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

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Apple’s new handsets don’t have a clickable Home button, so if you’ve gotten your hands on one, you might be wondering how you can restart the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

It’s certainly not more difficult than for older models, but without the clickable Home button, the process relies on the volume buttons.

How to force restart the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

We’re talking about a force restart procedure which shouldn’t be mistaken with a reset. The reset takes the device back to factory settings, while a restart will reload the operating system keeping your settings intact. A force restart can be useful when your device crashes, freezes or becomes unresponsive.

restart the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

To force restart the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus you will need to press and hold the Down Volume and Power buttons until you see the Apple logo. The Volume HUD will appear during the process – simply ignore it and keep pressing on both buttons.

Then you can release the buttons and wait for the device to finish restarting.

How to enter Recovery Mode on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

If you’d like to enter Recovery Mode on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus the first thing you need to do is connect the device to your PC or Mac through a Lightning to USB cable.

Then press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons (just like for the force restart process but this time you need to keep holding them down even after the Apple logo is displayed.

You can release the buttons only after you see the Connect to iTunes message. Then you can open iTunes and this message should be displayed “There is a problem with the iPhone that requires it to be updated or restored.”

How to enter DFU Mode on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Entering DFU mode on an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus is a similar but slightly different process compared to entering Recovery mode or force restarting the device.

Connect the device to your Mac or PC via the Lightning USB cable then press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons for 10 seconds. Then, release only the Power button while still holding the Volume Down buttons for another 10 seconds. The screen will remain blank and you won’t see any Connect to iTunes message like when entering Recovery Mode.

At this point, you can launch iTunes and you will see a message saying “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes.”

If you want to exit Recovery or DFU mode you simply need to press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time until the Apple logo is displayed (just like for the forced restart).

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