iPhones are one of the smartest mobile devices around today. But, they are not without their own set of problems. Your problem could be that the iPhone doesn’t turn on. This could be a hardware problem: faulty charging cable or adapter, physical damage, etc. It can as well be a software related issue, the software may have crashed.
Anyway, this article is going to give a couple of tips on how to restart your unresponsive iPhone, and get it fixed.
Common iPhone startup issues
These are some common iPhone issues. If you are having any of the below-listed problems, then you can fix your iPhone by using the tips we are about to share.
- iPhone blue screen
- iPhone won’t restart
- White screen of death
- iPhone Stuck in boot loop
- Reboot stuck on Apple logo
- iPhone won’t turn on after jailbreak
- Flashing the Apple logo
- iPhone won’t turn on past Apple logo
- iPhone won’t turn on after iOS update
Most of the issues listed above can be fixed in the home without having to go to the phone shop. Now, let’s get into the main thing and get your iPhone fixed!
Quick tips to restart an iPhone that won’t turn on
1. Put it on charge and wait
This is the first thing that should come to mind. It could be that the battery is completely drained out, thus, the unresponsive iPhone. If the iPhone hasn’t been used for a long time and now it won’t power on, it simply needs charging.
Plug it into a socket, using the original Apple Lightning cable to charge it. You’ll see the charging screen with an almost empty battery on your iPhone after a few minutes, which is just normal.
Your iPhone should come back alive once it is charged to the level that it automatically switches on. If the phone doesn’t turn on after putting it on charge, move to the next tip.
2. Hard Reset iPhone
Your problem may be a software related one. If so, then it is quite possible that hard reset would fix it. Know that hard reset in iPhones does not wipe out the user’s data. What it rather does is to clear the RAM and kills some irrelevant processes, and that’s it! It does not touch the user data.
How to perform hard reset in iPhone
Hard reset for iPhone 6s and older models
- Just press the home button and power button together for 20 to 30 seconds until the Apple logo appears.
For iPhone 7 and models released after it
- Press the power button and volume down button at the same time until the Apple logo appears.
This should work if the problem was a hard reset issue. After the Apple logo appears, the iPhone will start in normal mode. If the issue is still there, check the next point.
3. Try charging with different Lightning cable and adapter
If the previous tips didn’t work, try changing the Lightning cable and adapter. Use the new ones to charge and see what happens. Sometimes, your iPhone may not be the culprit after all. It is possible that the fault is from the cable.
To check if your cable and adapter are really spoilt, try them with other iOS devices.
4. Restore with iTunes
You may be half-way lucky. The iPhone finally turns on but the screen is stuck on blue or red. It may even get stuck on boot. All you need to do is install iOS in your iPhone via iTunes.
Steps to install iOS via iTunes
- Connect your iPhone to a computer with iTunes installed on it. Make sure the iTunes running is the latest version.
For iPhone 8 or later devices:
- Press and quickly release the Volume Up and Volume Down button one after the other in quick succession.
- Then, press and hold the Side button.
- Recovery mode will appear on the screen.
For iPhone 7 or 7 Plus
- Press power and volume down buttons simultaneously till iTunes recovery mode appears on the screen.
For iPhone 6s or earlier models
- For this one, you would need to continually press the home and power buttons together
- This will let the phone go into recovery mode.
- After you are in the recovery mode, click on “Update” when iTunes prompts you. This will reinstall iOS in your iPhone. Your phone should now boot up normally.
No personal data is lost if you choose the ‘Update” option. On the other hand, if you choose “Restore,” the entire data stored on your iPhone will be wiped.
5. Visit a phone repair shop
If all the options don’t work, maybe, it is time for you to go to a phone repair shop. Note that such services are not free, especially if it’s a third party that’s going to work on your phone.
Hope the few tips given here on how to fix your iPhone if it’s not turning on will work for you.