With the release of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple has replaced the physical Home button with a new pressure sensitive button that powers a built-in Taptic engine. Since that Home button on iPhone 7 isn’t anything mechanical, instead of a capacitive solid-state button controlled by software, which can easily use to perform hard resets, entering recovery, and DFU mode no longer works the same way on iPhone 7.
But nevertheless, the good thing here is that you’ll only need to adopt a new button combination to perform each of these tasks. The latest technology of the Home button makes it capable of detecting the amount of pressure you exert on it and provides feedback depending on the task you are doing.
In regards the new virtual Home button and the way it works, the method is simple to be used in order to put your device into DFU mode or hard reset is quite different than past iPhone models. In the tutorial below, we will show how easy it is to hard reset your new iPhone.
How to Hard Reset iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus
Step 1: First and foremost, press and hold the Lock/Wake button on the right side of your iPhone.
Step 2: At some point, press and hold down the Volume Down button on the left side while keeping the Lock/Wake button pressed.
Step 3: Hold both the buttons until the screen turns black and then switches back on to display the Apple logo.
Step 4: Wait for a few seconds until your iPhone boots up completely and displays the Lock screen.
That’s all you need to do to force reset your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. This technique is quite similar to older iPhone models except that you have to hold the Volume down button this time rather than the Home button.
The side-effects of this method is that the Volume HUD appears on the screen each time you wish to force restart the iPhone 7. Not a big deal, but not as “clean-looking” as in the past.
Hard reset is simply a forced reboot that is usually used in troubleshooting problems on your iPhone such as when it freezes or slows down to such an extent that you cannot interact with anything properly.
Getting your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus into DFU mode
Step 1: Connect your iPhone 7 to your Mac or PC with a Lightning to USB cable.
Step 2: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button followed by Volume Down button simultaneously for 10 seconds.
Step 3: Release the Sleep/Wake button while continuing to hold the Volume Down button for 10 seconds additionally. Unlike Recovery Mode, which presents a Connect to iTunes message on the screen, the iPhone 7’s screen will remain blank while in DFU mode.
Step 4: Launch iTunes, and you should see a message stating that “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes.”