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How to Force Restart or Hard Reset iPhone 15/14/13/12/11

How to force restart or hard reset my iPhone 12 or iPhone 11,when it got frozen/bricked. Nearly got crazy to throw it against the wall. Help me, please?- by a internet user Lucas.

Are you looking for the best way to hard reset your iPhone 15/1413/12/11 or a force restart, or a force hard reset tool?

In this article, we’ll share our expert picks of the best ways to perform a force restart and hard reset, and give you ideas to fix your issued iPhone 11 to 15.

This tutorial will work for force restarting and hard resetting all iPhone 15/14/13/12/11 models, including iPhone 15/14/13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 15/14/13 Pro, iPhone 15/14/13 Pro Max, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro,iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max. Henceforth, we’ll refer to iPhone 13/12 or 11 all models as iPhone 13/12/11 below.

Hard Reset iPhone 13 12 11 or Force Restart iPhone 13/12/11
How to Hard Reset iPhone 13/12/11 or Force Restart iPhone 15/14.

iPhone 15/14/13/12/11 models are powerful and brilliantly designed, however, it’s a fact that iPhone users may face various different types of problems when they update the new iOS system, use new features, launch new apps, transfer data or manage files, or charge iPhones, drop in water, etc.

The problems are mainly coming from either hardware or software problems, even caused by some bugs in iOS which need to be fixed. A force restart or hard reset can fix some problems caused by software.

When iPhone 15/14/13/12/11 got stuck, frozen, or bricked, the first important thing you should know is to force restart it. The first golden rule to fix an unresponsive iPhone is “Force Restart”. It’s the easiest way to fix an issued iPhone 13/12/11 for free.

What is a Force Restart or a Hard Reset(Master Reset) of iPhone 15/14/13/12/11?

 A force restart iPhone 13/12/11 is a force reboot. It is equivalent to your force turning off and on the power supply on iPhone 12/11. Some people mention a force restart the same as a hard reset. However, lots of other people also refer to a hard reset as the same meaning of a force factory reset.

In conclusion, there are two situations normally used by a great number of people on the internet or websites.

  • A force restart equals a force reboot or a hard reset.
  • A hard reset mainly has two shades of meaning, the first one is a force restart, and the second one is a factory reset or master reset.

On iPhone devices, there is a factory reset option in Settings>General>Reset that will appear to Erase All Content and Settings.

Why Do You Force Restart or Factory Reset iPhone 15/14/13/12/11?

These methods are typically used when the iPhone 13/12/11 has a technical problem or software problems that cannot be fixed by a soft reset. You will probably fix the issued iPhone 13/12/11 with a force hard reset with buttons(reboot) without erasing data.

When the iPhone 13/12/11 owner wants to remove all their personal data before selling, giving away, returning, or disposing of the device, you’ll need to perform a factory reset of your iPhone 13/12/11 by wiping your iPhone data. And you’ll get your iPhone restored to the factory setting.

Force Restart (Hard Reset) iPhone 15/14/13/12/11.

We will describe it start from the extremely free easy way. After each step, check if the issue is fixed. If the issue is fixed, you can skip the rest of the steps.

Scenario 1: Force Hard Reset (without wiping data).

With a force restart, you are going to force shut the device off so that it’s no longer getting power from the wall or battery, and then turn it back on.

Similarly, simply restarting or force restarting your iPhone 15/14/13/12/11, will just turn it off and on, and won’t actually delete your data.

Method 1: How to Hard Reset iPhone (with buttons).

Step 1: Press and quickly release the volume up button.

Step 2: Press and quickly release the volume down button.

Step 3: Then Press and hold the side button. Release the button, when the Apple logo appears.

Your iPhone 15/14/13/12/11 will restart and automatically boot back to the Lock screen. When it bursts to life, check if the issue is fixed.

If you just want to power on or power off your iPhone, a restart also soft restart is okay.

A restart is to turn off your iPhone 15/14/13/12/11 and then turn on it, which may also resolve some minor problems.

Restart: Turn Off and Turn On your iPhone (Soft Restart)

Turn off your iPhone 15/14/13/12/11.

Press and hold either volume button and the side button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider and wait for the iPhone 13/12/11 to turn off.

Turn on your iPhone.

To power on your iPhone back, press and hold the side button (on the right side of your iPhone until you see the Apple logo.

Hopefully, your iPhone can work normally to a soft restart or hard reset with buttons.

My iPhone 12/11 is not letting me restart it? Or my iPhone 12/11 is not responding to this method? Whenever I try to force restart, SOS pops up or my iPhone still stuck on FaceTime, Siri or other various screens even some goes back to the“iPhone is Disabled” screen?

You are not alone; these unfortunate possibilities exist. Several people may have their own problems of forcing restart an issued iPhone . What do you do then?

When your iPhone is not working or responding to a restart or force restart, or your iPhone issue is not fixed by the above-mentioned soft reset and hard reset, you can consider a hard factory reset. When you are going to transfer or trade in your iPhone 15/14/13/12/11, restarting or force restarting before you sell it to someone certainly isn’t the best decision. Rebooting the device will just turn it off and on, and won’t actually reset/restore the data, and won’t delete your personal information.

Scenario 2: Hard Reset (Erasing data and restore) iPhone 15/14/13/12/11.

It’s the turn to take the hard reset action, master reset, or factory reset with wiping all data.

Method 2: How to hard reset iPhone 15/14/13/12/11.

To help you fix the issued, disabled, stuck iPhone, or errored iPhone, Follow the troubleshooting steps below. After each step, check if the issue is fixed. If the issue is fixed, you can skip the rest of the steps.

Preparation: Back up your data if you haven’t back up it or if you need the data. (Important!)  Refer to the below article.

How to Back Up Your iPhone/iPad

Quick Overview:

  • Solution 1. Hard reset way on your iPhone (Free).
  • Solution 2. Hard Reset iPhone using Third-party software way.
  • Solution 3. An alternate way to hard reset or Unlock iPhone without password.
  • Solution 4: iPhone won’t hard reset how to fix it for free(Video)-Free Force Restart!

When you can get into your issued iPhone 15/14/13/12/11 with the responsive operation, hard reset it using Solution 1.

When you got an unresponsive, stuck, disabled iPhone, or if you forgot the passcode, Skip Solution 1, choose Solution 2.

When you tend to forget various passwords on your iPhone and lockout of it, fix with Solution 3.

P.S. Both Solution 2 and 3 can unlock a disabled iPhone, the former focuses on fixing the system, the latter focuses on bypassing the password. Both of the two apps can hard reset an iPhone during resolving the problems.

Solution 1: How to Hard Reset iPhone 15/14/13/12/11(Free on Devices).

To use this method, you’ll need to unlock your screen with your passcode. And then Tap several settings when the iPhone is awaked.

  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Reset.
  • Tap Erase All Content & Settings.
Hard reset your iPhone 13/12/11 via settings
Tap Erase All Content and Settings to hard reset iPhone 12/11 to Factory Settings

On iOS 15 or later. Tap Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone. Tap Erase All Content and Settings.

Erase All Content and Settings on iPhone 13 on iOS 15 or later.

The iPhone 13/12/11 will then ask you to enter the passcode. Enter it to proceed.

Later the iPhone will ask you for a screen time passcode if you’ve enabled that password.

If you forgot your screen time passcode, refer to how to factory reset iPhone without screen time passcode.

If Solution 1 did not work for you, do read Solution 2 or Solution 3, which are proved numerous times by us and our customers. Our data shows that 50,000 downloads/day of our recommended software, helping people all over the world.

Solution 2: An Alternative Way to Master Reset Your Disabled/Locked out iPhone 15/14/13/12/11, Also Unlock Forgotten iPhone Passcode.

This SD iPhone Passcode Unlocker is an all-in-one passcode unlocker software. It can not only unlock the screen unlocking passcode and reset the iPhone 13/12/11(master reset and unlocking passcode simultaneously) but also can bypass the screen time passcode, force sign out of the Apple ID. As one of the star products on our site, the app has gained a good reputation and trust from our customers.

You only need three steps to master reset & unlock a disabled iPhone 13/12/11 without passcode.

Worrying about you didn’t have a Mac, and how to hard reset the lockout iPhone 13/12/11? The app is proved extremely smooth to use on both PC and Mac. Rest Assured.

Firstly, free download the SD iPhone Passcode Unlocker and install it on your PC or Mac.

Step 1: Launch the app and head to the Wipe Passcode Section.

Step 2: Connect your iPhone 15/14 or iPhone 13/12/11 to the computer. If you forgot the passcode, add the step to put it in recovery mode.

Step 3: Download the firmware and master reset the issued iPhone. Hit Start to download the firmware.

Step 4. When the firmware download is finished, Unlock it. Enter 0000 to confirm it.

Done. Wait for a few moments, and your iPhone will open. Thus, you’ve performed a hard restore on your iPhone by erasing the forgotten passcode and resetting it to the factory settings.

Why the app is welcomed by our consumers a lot? Don’t be distraught if you frequently forgot your other passwords, such as screen time passcode, or the Apple ID password. The app can help you. The greatest benefit of the app is that you can unlock the forgotten screen time passcode without data loss in almost one minute.

Solution 3: Hard Reset iPhone 15/14/13/12/11 with third-party software.

SD iOS System Recovery is a piece of app that we choose to perform the task perfectly. If you are an iPhone user, you’d better prepare this system repairing software as a mobile phone companion. Whether your iPhone is stuck on verifying a new update, stuck on the Apple logo, black screen, or white screen, got damaged in water or won’t turn on, stuck on DFU mode, stuck on boot loop, or it didn’t work properly after an update, the software is a real emergency helper hand. The app can fix 50 more iPhone issues.

The software fixes the issued iPhone with two modes, Standard Mode is no data loss process and the Advanced Mode is a factory reset erasing process. Here we show the steps for a hard factory reset.

You won’t worry about the DFU or Recovery Mode at this point, the app gives detailed screenshots directions to help you put your iPhone 12/11 in Recovery Mode/DFU mode when required. We prove it works well on both PC and Mac.

Free download the software and install it on your PC or Mac.

Step 1: Start the SD iOS System Recovery app. Head to the iOS System Recovery.


Step 2: Connect your iPhone to your computer.

  • Unlock your iPhone 13/12/11 with FaceID, Touch ID, or passcode.
  • For an unresponsive/disabled iPhone 13/12/11, put your iPhone 13/12/11 into DFU/Recovery Mode following the onscreen directions

Enter iPhone 13/12/11 in Recovery Mode.

With an unlocked iPhone, click Next. you’ll go to step 3.

With a disabled iPhone 13/12/11, put your iPhone 13/12/11 into recovery mode by pressing buttons.

  1. Press Volume up and release.
  2. Press Volume down and release.
  3. Press and continue holding the Side button until you see the recovery mode screen.

Step 3. Choose Advanced Mode.

advanced mode

Step 4: Download the firmware.

The app can detect your iPhone models and recommend you download the proper system repairing packages.

Hit Download.

ios system recovery- downloading firmware

Step 4: Hard Reset/restore the iPhone and fix the issued devices.

Hit Start to begin the repairing process and wait for a few minutes. Later the app will show you a successful screen. Then wait for the iPhone to restart. You can set up your iPhone 13/12/11 from scratch or restore it from the backup data.

You’ve performed a force hard reset on your iPhone!

iPhone 11 factory reset successfully

The SD iOS System Recovery can also downgrade and upgrade your iOS system. We highly recommend you fix your iPhone iOS system updating issues with it.


I tend to forget passwords, and I also pick the software for my personal use. If you have tight space on your iPhone 15/14/13/12/11 or if you have a slow old iPhone, do back up your data and perform a hard reset. Later you can restore the data and enjoy a smoother phone. Or you can back up your data on one iPhone on 13/12/11 and reset another one. With the higher resolutions of the photos and booming use of short videos app, using a reliable factory reset app on iPhone means a lot to you. Backup, transfer, and reset procedures happen a lot in my smartphone use. Keeping a good data management habit is significant.  Even you have two or more iPhones, the storage can not guarantee several years/months for you especially when you are a photo freak. As an iPhone 13/12/11 user, I advise you to learn a lesson from an issued iPhone and know the importance of a hard reset. Welcome to share your ideas about a hard reset on iPhone 15/14/13/12/11.

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I am the chief editor of I have been engaged in software and computer gadgets fields for over 10 years, offering proven guides, tips, and software solutions in data recovery, and multimedia field.

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