If your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus is acting up and needs a quick restart, you can follow these steps to force it to reboot without the need to shut it down.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus feature a haptic Home button rather than a physical Home button, so forcing a restart is different than on earlier devices. It's also different than restarting an iPhone 8 or later.
How to Force Restart (Hard Reset) iPhone 7
To force restart an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, follow these three simple steps.
- Hold down the Volume Down button on the left side of the device and the Sleep/Wake button on the right side of the device at the same time.
- Now, hold the buttons for approximately 10 seconds until the screen goes dark and an Apple logo appears on the screen.
- Release the buttons and wait while you iPhone restarts.
You can also hold down the Sleep/Wake or Side button on the device to bring up a screen that will let you shut down the iPhone entirely. The same option appears as part of the Emergency SOS screen if you press the Side button a total of five times.
Finally, if you open up the Settings app and go to the General section, you can scroll all the way to the bottom to find a "Shut Down" option.