Friday, June 12, 2015

How to Restart Your iPhone or iPad

iPhone Screen
Sometimes it's just the simple things that are so hard to figure out.

And one of the most common questions I get from new iPhone users is, "How Do I Restart?"

Fortunately, it's not too often that an iPhone needs to be restarted.  But many believe, as do I, that a restart from time to time will cure all computer ills.

"Restart and call me in the morning!"

If possible, before a restart, close all open apps to ensure that all files are saved. (Double tap the Home button and then swipe up on each open app to close.  If there are files open, visit each app to save any work in progress).

So here's the quick tip on restarting an iPhone or iPad:

How to Restart an iPhone or iPad:

  1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the red slider appears on the screen.
  2. Drag the slider button to the right to turn your device completely off.
  3. After the device turns off, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button again until you see the Apple logo appear.
If for some really reason your iPhone hangs and does not respond, you can force a restart as a last resort.

How to Force a Restart an iPhone or iPad:
  1. To force restart your device, press and hold both the Sleep/Wake and Home button for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple logo appear.
If you find that a specific app is the cause of a frozen iPhone, be sure to go to the app's iTunes store page.  In most cases, developers are anxious to learn about bugs in their apps and will post an email for bug reports.  Or leave a review to alert them to a specific issue. And it is most helpful if the specific conditions are relayed so they can replicate and resolve for the next app update.

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