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How-to: force restart iPhone 12, enter recovery mode, DFU mode, and more [Video] – 9to5Mac


Outside of the iPhone SE, every iPhone that Apple sells today features an “edge-to-edge” display devoid of a physical Home button. If you’re upgrading from a device with a Home button, this refresher course can help you learn how to force restart your iPhone 12, enter recovery mode, DFU mode, etc. Watch our hands-on video tutorial inside for the details.

Getting started

This tutorial will work for all new iPhone 12 releases, including the iPhone 12 Pro, and the forthcoming iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Henceforth, when using the term iPhone 12, I’m referring to all iPhone 12 models.

You’ll need to familiarize yourself with the buttons on your iPhone in order to perform any of the following functions. There are two Volume buttons on the left-hand side of the iPhone, along with a Side button on the opposite side.

Since modern iPhone hardware lacks the Home button, the Side button, along with the volume buttons, play instrumental roles when it comes to force resetting, entering recovery mode, DFU mode, etc.

iPhone 12 Volume buttons and Side button

Video walkthrough

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How to turn off iPhone 12

Powering down the iPhone 12 can be accomplished via a couple of methods. The easiest way to power down the iPhone 12 is to hold the Side button along with one of the volume buttons until the slide to power off slider appears at the top of the screen. From there, just slide to power off your iPhone.

You can also go to Settings → General, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and tap the Shut Down button. This will cause the slide to power off slider to appear at the top of the screen.

How to turn on iPhone 12

To power your iPhone 12 back up, press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears on screen. If this doesn’t work, your iPhone may need to be charged. If your iPhone has a black screen and the Side button doesn’t function, it could be because your iPhone 12 is in DFU mode. See the tutorial for exiting DFU mode below.

How to force restart iPhone 12

To force restart iPhone 12, perform the following in quick succession:

Step 1: Press Volume up and release.

Step 2: Press Volume down and release.

Step 3: Press and hold the Side button until you see a black screen.

Your iPhone 12 will restart and automatically boot back to the Lock screen.

How to put iPhone 12 into recovery mode

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer with a Lightning to USB cable. If this is your first time connecting your iPhone to this computer, you’ll need to tap the Trust button that appears on the Trust This Computer dialogue that appears. You’ll then have to enter your passcode on your iPhone to confirm the pairing.

Next, perform the following steps in quick succession:

Step 2: Press Volume up and release.

Step 3: Press Volume down and release.

Step 4: Press and continue holding the Side button until you see the connect to computer dialogue on screen.



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