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If you’ve ever used an Android device, you’ll remember how often it would crash and stop responding. You’ll also be able to recall a few frustrating instances where the device froze completely, requiring you to remove the battery as a last-resort solution.
In contrast, the iPhone is generally and widely known to be a reliable device. In true Apple fashion, the iPhone “just works.” While this sentiment is a staple in the mindsets of Apple fanboys and girls, the truth is, sometimes things do go wrong. And when things do go wrong, simply “pulling the battery” is no longer an option. This is where hard-resetting comes into play.
I recently ran into an issue with my iPhone 7 in which AirDrop wasn’t working. My instinctual solution was to reset my phone. Why? Well, the act of resetting your iPhone is an important element to keep it running smoothly. Think of it as a restful eight hours of sleep, for a phone. And the fact was, I hadn’t reset my iPhone 7…ever. Long story short, resetting my iPhone fixed my AirDrop issue immediately.
The tricky part is, the iPhone 7’s reset mechanism is slightly different than that of previous generations. Now, with the iPhone 7’s Force Touch home button, there is a new way to reset your device. Thankfully it’s straightforward and easy to remember.
How to Hard Reset Your iPhone 7
1. Press and hold down the Wake/Lock button on the right side of the device.
2. Simultaneously press and hold down the Volume Down button on the left side of the device.
3. You’ll continue to hold these buttons for a few moments until the screen turns black. Let go of the buttons.
4. You should see the Apple logo appear; this means that you’ve restarted your iPhone 7 successfully.
5. Re-enter your iPhone’s passcode and check to see if the problem has been resolved.
Easy right? If you’d like to learn more iPhone 7 tips and tricks, like how to save your battery life in iOS 10, click here.