Apple iPhone 4 is one of the most sophisticated gadgets ever launched. With a 1 GB A4 processor, 512 MB of eDRAM, 3.5 inch touchscreen display, 5 MP camera, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, it's the best Apple device launched so far. What more could you ask for? It actually lives up to its slogan of 'This changes everything. Again.' It really does.
In spite of all these features, at times the Apple iPhone 4 may freeze, when too many applications are opened at the same time. This is a problem that plagues the most powerful of laptop computers and iPhone is just a smart phone. However, even if your iPhone freezes, there is no reason to panic. It can be easily restored back to functionality. In this Techspirited article, I show you how to fix a frozen iPhone and bring it back to working condition, within a few seconds.
How to Fix a Frozen iPhone 4?
There are many reasons why the iPhone may hang up and stop responding to any actions on the touchscreen. The most likely reason for this problem is the opening up of too many applications at the same time. This tends to happen occasionally when you are parallel processing several applications at the same time. Here are four ways in which you can unfreeze the iPhone to normal working condition, within a few moments.
Technique 1: Press Down the Home Button
In most cases, when the iPhone stops responding, the way out is quite simple. There is a square 'Home' button right at the bottom of the device. When iPhone freezes, just press on the 'Home' button, till the home screen appears, to bring it back to responsive condition. In 90% of the cases, this trick should work. The phone is programmed to shut down any running applications, as soon as the home button is pressed. This should restore functionality quite easily. Let us see what you can do, if this doesn't work.
Technique 2: Press Sleep & Home Button Simultaneously
If the home button pressing doesn't work, the next option is to press down the sleep/wake button located at the top and the home button simultaneously for a few seconds. After a few seconds, the default red slider will appear, which you should ignore and keep pressing down both the buttons. After a few moments, the Apple logo will appear and the iPhone will restart. If all goes well, you should see the lock screen appearing and the iPhone will be back to working ways.
Technique 3: Power Off and Restart iPhone
Alternatively, you can just press down on the 'Sleep/Wake' button and keep pressing down until a red slider appears. Slide it to turn power off the device. Then press and hold the button again till the iPhone restarts. This should solve your problem.
Technique 4: Connect to iTunes & Restore to Factory Settings
If none of the above work and the iPhone stays unresponsive, you have to opt for a factory reset to original settings. Connect the phone to your computer using USB connector, open iTunes, back up data and click on the 'Restore' button. Once you do that, within a few minutes, all the stored data will be erased and it will be restored back to original factory condition. This will wipe out all your stored data, which you can then restore back from your iTunes library. Now your iPhone should be as good as new and fully functional.
So that's how you can fix a frozen iPhone and thaw it back to working ways in a few seconds. In most cases the home plus sleep button reset works magnificently. As suggested before, if none of the above techniques succeed in breaking the iPhone's frozen reverie, go for the complete restore facility, which can be implemented using iTunes. That is bound to work in all cases.
Avoid opening too many applications simultaneously, which may cause the iPhone to freeze. Regularly update the phone with the latest version of iOS, which eliminates any bugs left over in earlier versions. It is good practice to keep a complete backup of your entire iPhone stored data, in case you have to carry out a complete restore. Hope the above suggested methods work for you in restoring your iPhone to normal functionality in no time.