Tony’s Tech Tips – iPhone Panic Button

by Tony Gamble

Tony's Tech Tips LogoToday’s tech tip comes to you on the heels of a very real and harrowing experience I went through just days ago. I had placed my iPhone on the desk next to me and was blissfully working away for hours, completely oblivious to the fact that my phone had not uttered a digital peep, truly a rarity. Finally my house phone rang, and I answered to an panicked family member who declared that he had tried to reach me repeatedly, with no answer. I reached down to my iPhone, depressed the Home button, and… nothing! Did my battery die? I pressed and held the Power button for a few seconds. No joy. I did so again for a longer period. Still nothing. Now it was my turn to panic.

iPhone Edge ViewA quick Google search turned up the solution, after poking through several mentions from other panicked forum members. Simply depress both the Power button AND the Home button together to “cold boot” the iPhone. Relieved, I immediately did so… but to no avail. Reading a little further, I found mention of a user removing the SIM chip temporarily. I located the subtle rectangular drawer along the outer edge of the phone and firmly pressed a small pin into the hole to force the drawer open. Once I replaced the SIM card after a moment, I tried the Power button/Home button combo again and squealed in glee as the familiar Apple logo appeared on the screen.

I still have no idea what caused the random shutdown in the first place. When the desktop was restored, the power levels were well above 80%. Have you ever been hit by this peculiar bug? Let’s hope not, but should the situation arise, now you have the quick & easy solution.


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