iPhone XR: How to Hard Reset in 3 Easy Steps

Apple has focused on stability with iOS 12 but that does not mean your brand new iPhone XR is not going to crash or hang once in a blue moon. Such a scenario will need you to hard reset the iPhone XR which is a relatively simple process. 

However, if you are coming from an older iPhone with a Home button/Touch ID, you will be left wondering as to how you can hard reset the iPhone XR since it lacks the home button. Worry not as the steps are still relatively simple, just follow the steps below.

How to Hard Reset iPhone XR

Step 1: Press Volume Up

Quickly press and release the Volume Up button.

iPhone XR Hard Reset

Step 2: Press Volume Down

Quickly press and release the Volume Down button.

Step 3: Press and Hold Side Button

Press and hold the Side button. You will see the Slide to Power off button, but continue holding the Side button until you see the Apple logo.


Doing a hard reset will not wipe the data on your iPhone XR. It is just a hard reboot which can come in handy when your iPhone XR has frozen due to a buggy app or an iOS bug. Hard reset is the same as force restart, hard reset, and force reboot — they are all different terms for the same thing.

If you are coming from an iPhone 8 or older, the new method to hard reset your iPhone XR will definitely trip you up. So you might want to bookmark this page for future reference.

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