If you need to force restart or hard reset your new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, you’ll find the method is a bit different from previous models.
The new method is as follows:
- Press and quickly release the Volume Up button, found on the left side of your device.
- Then press and quickly release the Volume Down button, also found on the left side of the device.
- Finally, press and hold the Side button, found on the right side of the device until you see the Apple logo.
(Apple now refers to the Sleep/Wake button as the Side button as of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. )
Apple apparently made the change in the restart method for the new handsets because pressing and holding the Side aka Sleep/Wake button and one of the Volume buttons now activates the Emergency SOS feature on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
Earlier model iPhones are reset using the following methods:
- On an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold both the Side and Volume Down buttons for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple logo.
- On an iPhone 6s and earlier, iPad, or iPod touch: Press and hold both the Home and Top (or Side) buttons for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple logo.
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