Now that the iPhone XS and XS Max have arrived, and with the iPhone XR being right around the corner, lots of users are buying iPhones that no longer feature a Home button. The trend, of course, began with the now one-year-old iPhone X, and as time goes on the user base of Home button-less iPhones will only continue to grow.

If you’ve recently upgraded from a device like an iPhone 8, iPhone 7, or older iPhone, you’ve likely noticed how different it is to use a phone that lacks a physical Home button. But what about basic iPhone reset functions like how to force restart iPhone XS, or even more advanced functions like entering Recovery or DFU mode? All of these functions previously required Home button input, so methods have changed with the latest crop of new iPhones.

In this post and hands-on video walkthrough, we show you everything you need to know about performing these functions on your iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.


There are three physical hardware buttons on the new iPhones: A Volume Down button, Volume Up button, and a Side button. You can perform a variety of functions with your iPhone using various combinations of those three buttons. What you won’t see is a Home button, a staple of the iPhone’s design up until the release of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

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