As you know, Apple has replaced the physical home button with a capacitive button, which uses haptic feedback and acts like a regular button when pressing on it. But, previously, when users were experiencing problems with their older iPhones and had to force a reboot, they had hold down the power and home button, and since the latter was “transformed” and the combination no longer works, people want to know if there’s an alternative way to do that.
If the iPhone 7 will freeze, users won’t be able to force restart their devices using the old combo, as the home button presses won’t be recognized. However, this gesture has been replaced with a new one and it allows users to hold the power button and the volume down button at the same time, to force a reboot or to put the device in DFU mode.
The new home button will still support features such as Touch ID, Apple Pay, Reachability, Siri and multitasking, it will still allow users to close applications and to return to the home screen, or to take a screenshot. However, Apple has promised that the capacitive buttons will be customized and it will support other actions.
Taking a screenshot is very easy, just like before, when users pressed the power button and the home button at the same time. To reboot the iPhone 7, follow these steps: press the On/Off button from the right side and hold it while also holding the volume down button from the left side until the screen turns off. Keep holding the buttons until the screen will turn back and you’ll see the Apple logo.
To put an iPhone or iPad into DFU mode, first you will plug in the device while iTunes is running on the Mac, then turn it off. Now, press and hold down the On/Off button from the right side for like three seconds, and at the same time, press and hold down the volume down button from the left side, for ten seconds, then left go of the On/Off button, but still hold the volume button for five more seconds. The screen will turn black and your device will be in DFU mode.