Is your iPhone frozen? It happens. One of the reasons many people go to Apple products is they just work. But, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have their glitches too, like freezing up. Recently, it seems, iPhones are freezing up more than in the past. So, what do you do if your iPhone screen becomes unresponsive or your iPhone is frozen? Here’s a simple fix that has worked for me 100% of the time.
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iPhone Frozen? iPad Frozen? Here’s How to Fix It
Is your iPad or iPhone frozen? There’s a simple fix. It’s called a reset. I’ve shown the reset to many people who come to me with a non-responsive for frozen iPhone or iPad and it’s always fixed the problem. Always. This even works if your iPhone freezes during an update.
If your iPhone is locked because you lost your passcode this reset will not help you get into your phone. Click here to see our reset instructions if you lost your iPhone passcode.
Will I Lose My Data?
NO. You will not lose your data with this reset. You will not lose anything. Your phone will remain just as it is. Just think of this as a way to turn your phone off and back on again.
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Before we show you how to reset your iPhone let’s talk a little about the buttons on the outside of your phone. You’ll be using two for the reset. The first is the main, circle-shaped button, on the front face of your iPhone, called the home button. You’ll also need to locate your power button. If you have an iPhone 6 or newer your power button is on the right side of the phone toward the top. If you have an iPhone 5S or older, the power button will be on the top of the phone, toward the right side.
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How to Reset your iPhone or iPad
Now that we know where the home and power buttons are we are ready to learn how to reset the iPhone. Remember, this doesn’t hurt your phone or cause any data to be lost so you can try this right now as we walk through it. It’s very easy.
- Press and hold the home button (circle button on the front)
- While still holding the home button down, press and hold the power button (toward the upper right side of your iPhone)
- Continue holding both buttons down until the Apple logo appears on the screen (this can take 8-10 seconds)
- When the Apple logo appears, release both buttons
- Wait for the iPhone or iPad to turn back on and it should be working fine!
Again, I have seen this fix every iPhone or iPad that is frozen up, even when the iPhone froze during an update.
If your iPad or iPhone freezes up an easy way to fix it is to do a reset. It’s just like turning it off and turning it back on and you won’t lose a thing. If you have any problems with this leave a comment so we can help and check out our other tips for iPhones and iPads.
Blog is amazing it is so much helpful for me alot thank u very much
Thank you – I’m glad you’re finding it helpful. 🙂
I’ve had to use that reset multiple times, always does the trick. Great tip, thanks for sharing!
Thanks Laurie. And thanks for stopping by!
Rebekka Bruland says
I have an iPhone 6s on ios 9.2.1 and my phone has started freezing up. I found a way to unfreeze it without restoring. I simply tried calling my iPhone and not only did it ring but it unfroze the phone. It has not froze up again since doing that.I’m keeping my fingers crossed anyway.
Great tip! Thanks for sharing with everyone!
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It never happen to me that frozen iphone would really make me panic. Since I am more familiar with android phones, I am a noob with iphone. Right now, I am using iphone 6s plus and thank goodness lagging never happened to me. But due to your post, I won’t be afraid anymore, I know what to do in case it will happen. I wonder if you have a video turorial for this, that would be nice, do you have any?
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I don’t have a video yet but could develop one. Why don’t you subscribe to our YouTube channel – that way you’ll catch all our iPhone video tips. Have fun with your new toy! And if you have questions, feel free to reach out!
hi there……….what if its both the screen is broken and unresponsive the same time
If the hard reset (holding both the circle button and the power button down for 8-10 seconds) doesn’t bring up the apple logo and reboot the phone then you may have a hardware problem and need to bring it in to a store to have it looked at.