Secret Way to Restart IPhone
When your iPhone is acting up, the best first step is to reboot. A simple reboot often resolves temporary errors and crashes for all devices, and your iPhone is no exception. However, unlike a computer, there are no preset reboot options on your iPhone. Instead, you will turn off your iPhone completely and then turn it back on to force restart your computer. However, as it turns out, there is a way to reset your iPhone – it’s just hidden.
You may already know that you have several options to turn off your iPhone. You can press and hold the volume button and side button together to bring up the power off slider, or dive into Settings > General and select Power Off at the bottom of the page. And then there’s a hard reset: When your iPhone is unresponsive and can’t be turned off, you can quickly press and release the Volume Up button, quickly press and release the Volume Down button, then press and hold the Side button to force the iPhone to turn off. If you keep the side button pressed, your iPhone will eventually turn back on. A hard reset bypasses the normal iOS steps when turning off your iPhone, so it’s not the preferred way to proceed.
So, how should you restart your iPhone without turning it off first?
Siri will restart your iPhone for you
If your iPhone is updated to at least iOS 16 ( we’re currently running iOS 16.2 ), you can simply ask Siri to restart your iPhone for you. As CNET’s Nelson Aguilar reported , all you have to do is unlock your iPhone and then say something like “Hey Siri, restart my iPhone” and the digital assistant will respond in kind: “Just to confirm, you want restart this device.” ? Say yes or click Restart on the popup and your iPhone will turn black. After a few seconds, you will see the Apple logo appear on its own, and after a while, your lock screen will light up again.
If you’re curious, you can also ask Siri to turn off your iPhone so you don’t even have to lift a finger to turn it off. However, you will have to download it back manually. It looks like Apple hasn’t figured out how to keep Siri running when your iPhone is turned off.