How to shut down (and turn on) your iPhone 13
This is a simple one. Go to Settings > General, scroll to the bottom, and select Shut Down to turn off your iPhone 13.
Alternatively, hold down the volume and side buttons together until three sliders appear on the screen, then slide across “slide to power off.” Similarly, press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears when your iPhone 13 is turned off.
How to force restart your iPhone 13
There’s a quick way to force restart the iPhone 13 if it’s frozen: Press and hold the volume up and down buttons until the screen turns off, then press and hold the side button until the screen turns off. The Apple logo will appear on-screen a few moments later, and your iPhone 13 will restart.
How to enter and exit recovery mode on iPhone 13
You may need to use recovery mode to restore your iPhone 13 if it freezes with the Apple logo on-screen (without a progress bar) or if you see a red or blue screen when you turn it on. You can use recovery mode to restore the software on your stuck iPhone by connecting it to a computer.
(This is where we remind you to regularly back up your iPhone.) If recovery mode or other methods to restore your iPhone don’t work, you may need to contact Apple Support for a replacement—in which case, you’ll want to have a backup of your lost data.)
Connect your iPhone 13’s charger to a PC or Mac to enter recovery mode. iTunes must be installed on a PC or Mac running macOS Mojave or older; on Macs running Catalina or newer versions of macOS, you simply need to keep Finder open. When you connect your iPhone 13 to your computer, the phone may ask if you trust it. If prompted, tap Trust and enter your passcode.
When the iPhone and computer are connected, press and hold the volume up, volume down, and the side button on your iPhone one at a time until you see a computer and a cable on the screen. A pop-up will appear on your computer, asking if you want to update or restore the iPhone. Wait for the device to be updated and rebooted after clicking Update.
Press and hold the side button until the computer and cable icons disappear from your iPhone’s display to manually exit recovery mode.
What is DFU mode and how to enable or disable it on iPhone 13
When your iPhone is bricked and recovery mode isn’t working, possibly due to an errant software update, you can use Device Firmware Update—or DFU—mode to change the firmware. Allow Apple to handle the situation if the device is still under warranty or if you have AppleCare. DFU mode is one way to get things working again if that isn’t an option.
Connect your iPhone to your computer by following the steps outlined in the recovery mode section. Then press and hold the volume up and down buttons until the screen turns black, then press and hold the side button until the screen turns black. Hold the side button and the volume down button for another five seconds. Hold the volume button for 10 seconds after releasing the side button. Your iPhone should now be in DFU mode.
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Your iPhone’s screen will remain dark, and you’ll see a message that says: iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode in Finder or iTunes on your computer. This iPhone must be restored before it can be used with iTunes. Restore the iPhone, and it will reboot automatically once the process is finished.
If you change your mind, use the same key combination you used to force restart to exit DFU mode.