Restarting Your iPhone Has Never Been Easier Thanks to Siri


Siri has leveled up over the years from just placing calls and sending texts with your voice. One of Apple’s latest additions to the Siri command list, hidden within iOS 16, is something I’ve wanted to do with just my voice for years.

You can finally use your voice to restart your iPhone.

Prior to this feature, the only way to power cycle my device was to do it manually, obviously. It’s not a particularly difficult task, but when I’m in a rush, it’s nice to use my voice for more involved things.

Thanks to iOS 16, if you ever have any issues and need to quickly reboot your device, you can do it with just your voice. Here’s how.

You should also check out these 11 hidden iOS 16 features for your iPhone and everything you need to understand your iPhone’s latest software update.

Restart your iPhone using this simple voice command

As long as you have the “Hey Siri” feature enabled, which constantly listens for the two-letter command, you can say the following to restart your iPhone:

  • First, say “Hey Siri” to activate Siri.
  • Next, say “Restart iPhone.”
  • And last, say “Yes” when Siri prompts you to confirm.

Your iPhone will then restart. You’ll need to enter your passcode to unlock your screen.

You can also tap on Restart to confirm.

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You can also use this new feature on the iPad, but you’ll need to be running at least iPadOS 16.1.

If you don’t have “Hey Siri” enabled, you can go to Settings > Siri & Search and toggle on Listen for “Hey Siri.” If you don’t want your iPhone listening for this command all the time, you can always just activate Siri by holding down on the side button for a second, although this does defeat the whole hands-free aspect of restarting your iPhone.

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