Stupid thing to do...
Ive had an iPhone 3GS for the last 3 months and haven't experienced any problems. Just now I decided to do a 'hard reboot' (holding down the home button and the awake/sleep button simultaneously for 10 seconds). Despite what the Apple guys said: "Only do this when your phone is frozen..". The reason I did it is because I read on numerous blogs that doing so will increase the speed of my phone. Well, there was no speed increase. And I'm paranoid about what this may have done to the phone's software. Am I right to worry? How do I test whether my 3GS hasn't sustained any permanent damage? Are there any diagnostic/performance tests that can be run?
Saddened Iphone owner
- 11-09-2009, 03:12 PM #2
Remember, being on the Internet does not make someone an expert.
Listen to the Apple tech.
But, no, you didn't damage it and the people who say it makes things faster don't know what they're talking about.
blogs written by people who can't prove their content is accurate are in "the sky is red!" category. have doubt about the content until you can prove otherwise.
Last edited by flyingember; 11-09-2009 at 03:15 PM.
- 11-09-2009, 04:06 PM #4
There's no problem with holding down home and power to reboot. There will be no loss in performance, or gain really. It's just a reboot of the phone, meaning it has to go through the entire startup procedure again. Don't worry, it's not a bad thing and you didn't harm your phone at all. It can kill a rogue process that is running for whatever reason.
- 11-09-2009, 04:44 PM #5
It's funny the polar opposite views I've received. Thanks for your input. The apple tech guy said that hard reboots are the equivalent to yanking the cord out of a running computer. Doesn't sound all that healthy and not at all like killing a rogue process but rather killing the OS. Well, my phone hasn't screwed up so I might be over reacting. But I deinately won't be doing a hard reboot again.
- 11-09-2009, 05:39 PM #7
- 11-09-2009, 06:16 PM #8
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- 11-11-2009, 02:07 AM #10
I probably do this to my 3GS once every couple of weeks. I do a reset to clear the memory. I never turn my phone off, and usually run the battery till dead about once a month. I get great battery life always have 3G and Wifi on, my brightness up about 90% and everything "pushing" from IMs to twitter.
You don't have anything to worry about.
- 11-11-2009, 03:53 AM #11
i hardreboot my 3gs all the time actually about once every couple of days just to clear the memory and make sure it knows not to back itself up and havent had any problems but my 3g has had probs doing this...so it is really your call i have a prog call freememory that helps a lot but my 3gs wont take it...no clue but nice to have
Thanks for the advice. *I'm an obsessive compulsive and always worry about these kind of things. *I still maintain that hardbooting should be used only as a last resort when the phone's frozen and there's no other alternative. *
Consider this: *why would the Apple tech gurus advise against a hard reboot? *Why would they lie about the negative effects associated with it? *What have they got to gain accept dispensing advice to help anal owners like myself? *Inveterate hardbooters may have had no problems but why take the risk? *Oh, and by the way, just to ask this out of curiosity, are hardbooters mostly made up of jailbreakers? *I sense they aren't mutually exclusive and either have something against Apple's "notoriously inflexible" policies or are simply testing the waters...it's your iPhone so I say do as you please but i'm quite happy with the status quo especially seeing that I've had no serious glitches, touch wood. * * * * * *
- 11-11-2009, 09:42 AM #14
- 11-12-2009, 06:26 AM #16