Top 2 Free Methods to Force Restart iPhone 8/8 Plus

by Jenefey Aaron   Updated on 2019-07-25 / Update for  iPhone Fix

You were updating or installing apps on your iPhone 8 or iPhone X, upgrading or downgrading its operating system, jailbreaking for it, or even when you were just tapping on your phone here and there, and all of a sudden the device just got frozen/crashed, and seemed to be bricked forever, unresponsive to any of your input or pressing.

Sounds familiar, right? Well, you are not alone to be troubled by the phone freezing issues. The commonly-seen iOS problems have been bothering Apple users every day. But it’s much easier to solve than many thought it would be, so long as you have the powerful freeze fix methods. Here in this article, two such methods will be offered to you along with instructions on how to force reboot an iPhone 8/8 Plus/X without data loss and without using buttons or iTunes, and how to avoid such iPhone disasters.

Part One: Reboot Frozen iPhone 8 with Tenorshare ReiBoot without Buttons (Computer-based)

Tenorshare ReiBoot is a powerful tool designed to help solve different iPhone problems, including stuck in iTunes logo/DFU mode/recovery mode, unresponsive/black screen, freeze or crash during iOS update, bricked iPhone, etc. Fixing your iPhone 8 in such problems with Tenorshare ReiBoot will not cause any data loss. And more importantly, you just need a click to revive your dead iPhone without using any buttons:

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Step One: Launch Tenorshare ReiBoot in your computer, and connect your iPhone to Tenorshare ReiBoot. Select “Enter Recovery Mode”.

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Step Two: Then select “Exit Recovery Mode” and wait for your iPhone to restart.

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If problems are not solved, try clicking “Fix All iOS Stuck” for Tenorshare ReiBoot to repair your iOS system.

Part Two: A Handy Trick to Unfreeze Frozen iPhone 8 with Buttons (No computer needed)

What if you do not have a computer in hand, or you have not downloaded Tenorshare ReiBoot in your computer but you are in urgent need to revive your iPhone 8? You still have ways to fix iPhone freeze problems with a handy trick using buttons on your iPhone. But keep in mind that these are not working all the time, especially when iPhone buttons were broken or not functional. In such case, Tenorshare ReiBoot is still the most reliable lifesaver of yours.

Hard Reset iPhone 8 with Power and Volume Buttons: To force restart frozen iPhone 8/8 Plus with the power and volume buttons, you need to quickly press and release volume up and volume down button in order. Then hold the wake/sleep button until you see the Apple logo appears on the screen. That means your iPhone 8 has been reset successfully.

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Part Three: Ways to Prevent/Minimize iPhone 8 Freeze

Basically the following operations can prevent or at least minimize the chance of having your iPhone 8 frozen, crashed, hung or unresponsive:

  • Keep your iPhone’s apps updated to the latest version to avoid app freeze.
  • Keep you iTunes in your computer updated to the latest version to make sure the iTunes sync goes well all the time so as to avert iPhone stuck or freeze during iTunes sync.


This article mainly teaches two ways to fix all kinds of iPhone freeze problems, whether it’s unresponsive iPhone screen, hung iPhone during iTunes sync, or iPhone freeze during software update. To eliminate your headache by using Tenorshare ReiBoot in your computer will guarantee you a secured, fast and easy iPhone unfreezing without using buttons or iTunes. As a complementary approach, a handy trick is also suggested to solve more urgent iPhone issues, provided that the buttons of your iPhone are well-functioned.


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