6 Ways to Fix an iPhone Stuck on the Apple Logo – MakeUseOf

It’s such a hassle when out of the blue your iPhone gets stuck on the Apple logo and won’t even load the Home screen. The good news is that your phone probably isn’t broken, but you need to address the issue immediately.

In this article, we’ll tell you about all the different ways to fix this issue.


If your iPhone keeps showing the Apple logo and turning off, don’t panic. This problem is more common than you think. In most cases, you can repair it without having to go to a mobile phone technician.

Before anything else, let’s first discuss why your iPhone is stuck on the Apple logo. There are a few reasons why your phone won’t get past this booting stage, such as:

  • The phone’s software is corrupted. This issue can occur during data transfer or installing the newest iOS update to an old phone model.
  • You restored or transferred corrupted files from your iCloud or iTunes backup.
  • The phone has undergone a jailbreak, and it may have caused some software issues like a boot loop.
  • You dropped your phone and the impact may have messed up some internal components or hardware.

The internet is ripe with tips for the iPhone white screen of death and how to fix it. But the truth is there isn’t a cure-all solution to the problem. Below are some repair tips that can help revive your beloved iPhone if it’s on a white screen or stuck on the Apple logo:

1. Force Restart Your iPhone

Forcing your iPhone to restart might help solve this problem. However, different iPhone models have specific ways on how to restart them.

iPhone 6S, iPhone SE (1st generation), and Earlier

Press and hold the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button for a few seconds until the Apple logo disappears. When the logo appears, let go of the two buttons.

iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus

Press and hold the Side button and the volume down button at the same time. Wait for a few seconds until the phone reboots and the Apple logo reappears before letting go.

iPhone 8, iPhone SE (2nd generation), and Later

Press and let go of the volume up button, do the same thing with the volume down button. Then press and hold the phone’s Side button until the Apple logo appears. Remember to do this in the correct order or your phone might text your SOS contacts.

During the rebooting phase, it’s normal for the screen to flash before powering down. It will reboot and won’t enter a boot loop. This process solves most scenarios, but there might be exceptions why this won’t work.

2. Reinstall iOS

If the force restart doesn’t work, try reinstalling iOS instead. There’s a good chance that your phone was interrupted in the middle of an update causing iOS to become corrupt.

Connect your phone to a computer. If you use a macOS Catalina 10.15, open Finder first. If you are using a PC with a macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier, open iTunes instead.

Locate your iPhone on your computer. Once it’s connected, follow the instructions above to force restart it again and continue holding the buttons involved in the process, until you see the Recovery Mode screen, which shows a computer icon.

When getting the update or restore options, choose Update. Your computer will download and reinstall iOS without erasing your data.

3. Use System Repair Programs

If the previous two solutions failed, consider using paid or freemium system repair programs like Fixppo. These programs resolve issues such as when the iPhone 11 famously got stuck on the Apple logo.

Other iOS system recovery programs include Dr. Fone, TunesKit, Tenorshare Reiboot, iMyFone, and FonePaw.

4. Do a Factory Restore


If your iPhone doesn’t turn on, you may consider factory restore. This option will erase all the data on your phone. Things would be much easier if you have a backup of your phone’s data in your computer or iCloud.

If you don’t have a backup, you will lose all your data when you complete this step.

To complete a factory restore, enter the Recovery Mode as described in the previous sections. But instead of choosing to Update, you should select the Restore option on your computer instead.

We advise you to do this only after you have exhausted the previous options.

Related: iPhone Won’t Turn On? Here’s What to Do Next

5. DFU Restore

Device Firmware Update (DFU) is a hidden feature in your iPhone. It can help your phone recover from serious issues. It’s a restore option for your iPhone that overwrites the incomplete software and firmware with new code.

Using an Apple-approved USB cable, connect your iPhone to a computer. Then, perform the following steps:

iPhone 6S, iPhone SE (1st generation), and Earlier Models

  1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button, then do the hold the Home button.
  2. Hold these buttons for about eight seconds, then release the Sleep/Wake button. But keep holding the Home button.
  3. Maintain your hold on the Home button until your computer acknowledges your iPhone.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

  1. Maintain your hold on these buttons for eight seconds before releasing the Side button.
  2. Press and hold the Side Button button together with the volume down button.
  3. Keep your hold on the volume down button until your computer acknowledges your smartphone.

iPhone 8, iPhone SE (2nd generation), and Later Models

  1. Press the volume up button and quickly release it, then do the same thing with the volume down button.
  2. Press and hold the phone’s Side button. Then when you get a black screen, press and hold the volume down button.
  3. Keep holding these buttons for about five seconds. Release the Side button while maintaining your hold on the volume down button.
  4. Follow the prompts displayed on your computer.

After reaching the final step for each iPhone model, make sure that the screen stays black. If it does, it’s now in DFU mode, and you need to follow the prompts on your computer.

However, if you see the iPhone screen or iTunes icon, it’s in Recovery Mode instead. Reconnect your iPhone to your computer and repeat the instructions above. This time make sure you get the timing right.

6. Get It Repaired in an Apple Store

If you’ve exhausted all the options above then it’s time to get it repaired. If your phone is still under warranty, Apple should cover the repairs for free, provided it isn’t damaged in any other way.

Getting your phone repaired may also reveal hardware issues. For example, your iPhone’s logic board might be damaged and needs replacement.

Don’t Panic!

When your iPhone is stuck on the Apple logo, the most important thing to do is find out what might have caused it. Next, you can try the solutions we listed above and try to avoid damaging your phone in the process. When all else fails, please leave it to the professional repairmen to fix your iPhone.

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