Hard Reset iPhone 7
- How to Force Start / Hard Reset iPhone 7
- Here’s how to force start the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
- How to access Recovery Mode on iPhone 7
- How to Access DFU Mode on iPhone 7
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have no physical home button. Apple completed both iPhones with touch-sensitive area which powered by taptic engine. It detects presses through sensors and you can choose the type of the click you want on the home button.
The new home button has changed some of the ways we use iPhone. We used to use the physical home button to force start the iPhone, but now we have to do it in a different way. No home button needed for this. Why? It’s because the iPhone 7’s Home button requires your iPhone to be on and functioning before it can work. So, Apple put a new button combination for it.
Hard reset iPhone 7 – In iPhone 6s or earlier, we need to press the Power button and the Home button at the same time to force start the iPhone. When the screen turns black and the Apple logo appears, we have already force start the iPhone. As the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have no physical home button, we need to do it in a new way.
- Hold down the Sleep/Wake button and the Volume Down button at the same time for at least ten seconds
- Now wait for the black screen and of course, the Apple logo
- When Apple logo appears, it means the hard reset succeed.
- The Sleep/Wake button is on the right side of the iPhone 7
- The volume down button is on the left side of the iPhone 7
The new home button on iPhone 7 not only changed the way to force start or reset the iPhone, but also changed the way to access recovery mode. On the previous iPhones, accessing the recovery mode requires the physical home button.
On iPhone 7, accessing the Recovery Mode doesn’t require the home button. Here’s how to do it:
- Connect iPhone 7 or 7 Plus to Mac or PC using a Lightning to USB cable
- Launch iTunes
- Press and hold the sleep/wake button and the Volume Down button
- Wait until the screen goes black
- Keep holding the sleep/wake button and the Volume Down button even after the appearance of the Apple logo
- Apple Logo will then disappear
- Now you should see a graphic on the display that looks like a Lightning cable. This indicates that the iPhone 7 is now in Recovery mode
You should see a message from iTunes says “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes.”
That’s it. Now your iPhone 7 enters recovery mode.
The removal of iPhone 7 home button not only changed the way to access the recovery mode and to force start the iPhone, but also changed the way to access DFU Mode (Device Firmware Update mode).
So, when will we need to use the DFU mode? Well, if you wish to update from an expired beta or you may want to jailbreak or un jailbreak, you will need this mode. You can also use the DFU mode to get a solution when nothing else is working on your iPhone. So, the DFU mode is the last step you need to take on iPhone troubleshooting.
In iPhone 6s or earlier, accessing the DFU mode requires the physical home button. Users will have to press and hold down the Home button while still holding down the On/Off button. This is no longer work for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
So, here’s how to Access DFU Mode on iPhone 7:
- Connect iPhone 7 to Mac or PC
- Launch iTunes
- Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Volume Down button simultaneously for 10 seconds.
- Release the Sleep/Wake button while keep holding the Volume Down button for ten more seconds.
- Your iPhone 7’s screen will remain blank while in DFU mode.
If you wish to exit the Recovery mode or DFU mode, you can simply force reset your iPhone 7. Now, you can do the hard reset iPhone 7 yourself.