iPhone 12 restart, restore and more: this is how it works

Apple sells almost only iPhones with a full-screen screen. Have you bought the new iPhone 12? Read here how to restart, restore and more.

Restore iPhone 12: this is how it works

Since the iPhone X, the iPhone has a full-front display. With this, Apple said goodbye to the well-known home button to make the screen bigger without enlarging the device. The home button only made a comeback for the iPhone SE 2020, but if you now switch from an iPhone 8 or older to an iPhone 12, this new way of operating may take some getting used to.

In this article, we’ll give you a short crash course in which we explain the useful iPhone 12 recovery features for you. The controls work the same for any iPhone 12 model.

It starts with the buttons: there are only three buttons on the iPhone 12: two volume buttons on the left side and an on / off button on the right side of the device. In the absence of a home button, you need these buttons to perform certain actions.

1. Turn the iPhone 12 on or off

The simple switching on and off works slightly differently with the iPhone 12 than with older iPhones with a home button. You switch off the iPhone 12 by pressing and holding the power button on the right at the same time as one volume button.

Then you can swipe the ‘turn off’ button to the right to turn off the iPhone. You then switch the iPhone 12 back on by long-pressing the on / off button.iphone 12 restore

2. Forced restart

It is not to be hoped, but it is, of course, possible that your iPhone 12 hangs. At such a moment, the fastest solution is to turn your iPhone off and on again. This works as follows:

  1. Press the volume up button;
  2. Press the volume down button;
  3. Press and hold the power button until the screen turns black.

iphone 12 force restart

3. Turn on recovery mode

To get your iPhone 12 into recovery mode, you first need to pair it with your laptop with a Lightning cable. If it is the first time that you connect it, you will first have to confirm on your iPhone that you trust this computer. On your iPhone, tap ‘Trust’ first, then enter your passcode. Then follow the steps below:

  1. Press the volume up button;
  2. Press the volume down button;
  3. Press and hold the power button until you receive a notification on your computer that the iPhone is paired.

If you have a MacBook, you will automatically receive a notification via Finder. From here you can restore your iPhone. To exit recovery mode, hold down the power button for a long time until the pairing screen disappears. Your iPhone will then reboot as normal.

4. Enable DFU mode

To restore an older iOS version or because of some other technical problem, you can enable the DFU modes. That is a bit more complicated than recovery mode. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your laptop or PC;
  2. Press the volume up button;
  3. Press the volume down button;
  4. Press and hold the power button for 10 seconds;
  5. While holding down the power button, also hold down the volume button for 5 seconds;
  6. Release the power button and press and hold the volume down button for another 10 seconds.

When DFU mode is on, your iPhone screen should remain black. If you see an Apple logo, it has failed to enable DFU mode. Then try again. Then start DFU mode on your laptop or PC. If you want to turn this mode off again, do the following:

  1. Press the volume up button;
  2. Press the volume down button;
  3. Press and hold the power button until an Apple logo appears. The iPhone will reboot as normal.

5. Temporarily turn off Face ID

If you previously had an iPhone 8 or older, then you now have Face ID for the first time. With this smart technique, your iPhone scans your face instead of your fingerprint to unlock your iPhone. In some situations, Face ID does not work, for example, if you are wearing a mouth mask. To temporarily turn off Face ID, follow these steps:

  1. First, press and hold one volume button and the power button;
  2. Then press the cross at the bottom of the screen that says ‘Cancel’;
  3. Then you will first need to enter the passcode to re-enable Face ID.

Temporarily turn off Face ID

6. SOS emergency report

The iPhone 12 has a convenient way to quickly make an emergency call. This function contacts the emergency services directly. Only use the SOS emergency report in an emergency. To automatically dial 112, you have to press and hold one volume button and the power button at the same time. Your iPhone counts down, after which the emergency services are called.

You can also swipe the Emergency SOS slider to the right if you press and hold the volume rocker and power button for a shorter time, as you would to turn off iPhone.

It is also possible to set an emergency call to be made by pressing the power button five times in quick succession. To do this, go to ‘Emergency notification’ via the Settings app and enable ‘Call with side button’.

More about the iPhone 12

Do you want to know more about the new iPhone 12? On Techlargest you can read everything about the latest smartphone from Apple. We list all the new camera functions of the iPhone 12 (Pro) for you. We have also tested the iPhone 12 and we will tell you our first impression. In our iPhone 12 beginner’s guide, we list everything you need to know as a brand new iPhone 12 owner.

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