The first time that the screen of my iPhone SE 2022 went off and wouldn’t come back on, I had to search out what to do to fix the problem. The phone was not responding to me pressing the Home and Power/Side buttons. It was completely unresponsive. I tried a soft reset by pressing and holding the Power/Side button and Home button. Nada. Nothing happened; the display stayed off.
It is tempting to panic in a situation like this, but it turned out that it wasn’t a big problem and the solution was simple, too. All I needed to do was force restart the device. Within a few minutes, I had it sorted and my beloved iPhone came back on. The first question is, What causes the screen to go off and not turn back on again? Answer: I do not know. I do hazard an educated guess that it is likely the by-product of a bug in the software (iOS).
If the problem were a hardware failure, the screen, its connectors, or the board, would need to be fixed first for the phone to function properly again. But that was not the case here. A hard reset, or force restart, was all that was needed. So, don’t panic. Let me show you how I did it.
How to Force Restart Your iPhone
To force restart your iPhone when it is totally unresponsive, do the following:
- Press and release the volume up button;
- Press and release the volume down button;
- Next, press and hold the Power/Side button until the apple logo appears on the screen.
Once you release the Power button, your iPhone will boot up and the problem is solved. That is all you need to do to hard reset, or force restart, your iPhone.
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Way back from the days of EPOC, Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems, founder of MobilityArena, Mister Mobility, has owned a few hundred smartphones and tablets, and counting.