iPhone Stuck On Spinning Wheel? Here’s The Fix!

Your iPhone is stuck on a black screen with a spinning wheel and you’re not sure why. Your iPhone isn’t turning back on no matter what you do! In this article, I’ll explain how to fix the problem when your iPhone is stuck on a spinning wheel.

Why Is My iPhone Stuck On A Spinning Wheel?

Most of the time, your iPhone gets stuck on a spinning wheel because something went wrong during the reboot process. This can happen after you turn on your iPhone, update its software, reset it from Settings, or restore it to factory defaults.

Although it’s less likely, a physical component of your iPhone may be damaged or broken. Our step-by-step guide below will start with software troubleshooting steps, then help you get support if your iPhone has a hardware problem.

Hard Reset Your iPhone

A hard reset forces your iPhone to quickly turn off and back on. When your iPhone crashes, freezes, or gets stuck on a spinning wheel, a hard reset can get it to turn back on.

The process of performing a hard reset varies depending on which model iPhone you have:

  • iPhone 6s, iPhone SE (1st Generation), and older models: Simultaneously press and hold the Home button and power button until the screen goes completely black and the Apple logo appears.
  • iPhone 7: Simultaneously press and hold the volume down button and the power button until the screen goes black and the Apple logo appears.
  • iPhone 8, iPhone SE (2nd Generation), and newer models: Press and release the volume up button, press and release the volume down button, then press and hold the side button until the display goes black and the Apple logo appears.

A hard reset will fix this problem most of the time. If it did, immediately backup your iPhone to iTunes (PCs and Macs running Mojave 10.14 or earlier), Finder (Macs running Catalina 10.15 and newer), or iCloud. If this problem persists, you’ll want a copy of all the data on your iPhone!

DFU Restore Your iPhone

While a hard reset can temporarily fix the problem when your iPhone is stuck on a spinning wheel, it won’t eliminate the deeper software issue that caused the problem in the first place. We recommend putting your iPhone in DFU mode if the problem continues to occur.

A DFU (device firmware update) restore is the deepest iPhone restore and the last step you can take to completely rule out a software or firmware problem. Every line of code is erased and reloaded onto your iPhone, and the latest version of iOS is installed.

Make sure to backup your iPhone before putting it in DFU mode. When you’re ready, check out our DFU restore guide to learn how to do this step!

Contact Apple

It’s time to contact Apple support if your iPhone is still stuck on a spinning wheel. Make sure to schedule an appointment if you plan on taking your iPhone into the Genius Bar. Apple also has phone and live chat support if you don’t live near a retail location.

Take Your iPhone For A Spin

You’ve fixed the problem with your iPhone and it’s turning on again. Make sure to share this article on social media to teach your family, friends, and followers what to do when their iPhone is stuck on a spinning wheel.

Have any other questions about your iPhone? Leave them in the comments section below!

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2 days ago

worked, thank you

4 days ago

i have an iphone 11 pro so how do i fix mine?

Liam Shotwell
4 days ago
Reply to  jazmyne

This article about iPhone 11 Pro stuck on Apple logo is very similar to your issue and the steps should be relatively the same. I hope this helps!

9 days ago

Asking about an IPhone 8 — not sure about second generation — how would I know ?

when I hold the power button down with either the sound up, sound down or home button (Siri) the screen cannot go black as the “slide to power off” message appears. Screen never goes black and then the Apple logo appears. Again, this is an IPhone 8

Liam Shotwell
8 days ago
Reply to  Greg

Hi, Greg. This article I’m linking you to about how to hard reset your iPhone 8 should be able to help 😀

9 days ago

Okay, it worked. I had to do the first two steps (for iphone 8) more quickly. Thanks.

9 days ago

Hard re-set did nothing. I’m assuming if my phone lioves, this was on purpose by Apple to force mt to update to their crappy latest ios? What dod i do if reset didn’t work, other than letting battery run out?

Liam Shotwell
8 days ago
Reply to  tracie

It might be time for a new phone. If you’re not looking to stick around with Apple anymore, my best suggestions are the Google Pixel 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. You can also check out our cell phone comparison tool on UpPhone to find a phone that meets your needs! You can filter for things like price, storage capacity, manufacturer, and more.

Rogue Family
9 days ago

Thank You for your step by step instructions. You really helped me when I needed it the most. A million thanks 🙂

Liam Shotwell
8 days ago
Reply to  Rogue Family

Glad we were able to help! 😊

14 days ago

I cant seem to fix it

Evan Beasley
14 days ago

Hi my name is Evan and my phone still has the spinning wheel going on even after I did everything that you said to do I held the power down and the upward volume button and released after five seconds and then repeated the same thing with the down button for five seconds and then the home button for five seconds and then both for five seconds. And nothing still happened I have an iPhone 8 plus and the spinning wheel is still there. it’s weird because my phone has been working all day and now it’s not and I… Read more »

15 days ago

i was so worried my phone was broken, then I read this and it worked!!! Honestly brilliant thank you so much

16 days ago


i’m 6S plus Iphone is struck in loading screen. how to recover this since my home button is also not working?

12 days ago
Reply to  chandrika

Just talked with Apple technical support. They had me turn off enable dictation. Then turn my phone off completely. Turn it back on. Yeah navigate around and that seems to have fixed the problem then I was able to enable dictation again and so far so good.

18 days ago

Brilliant ! iPhone 6s Plus left me with a feint spinning wheel and a hole in my life.
Your hard reset advice worked a treat. Thank you.

20 days ago

finally something that works, ty!!

22 days ago


22 days ago

how do I fix my iPhone 5s from spinning wheel please help me

Liam Shotwell
22 days ago
Reply to  claude

If you have tried all the steps in this article, it might be time for an upgrade! The iPhone 5 series is no longer supported by Apple, so you won’t be able to get any software or hardware support from the company. UpPhone has a really awesome cell phone comparison tool that you can use to find a new phone that meet your needs. The best thing is, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get the phone that you want! 😊

elizabeth gutierrez
29 days ago

what about an iphone se?

Liam Shotwell
29 days ago

Hi, Elizabeth! I asked about this question and here are some steps that might help for doing a hard reset on your iPhone SE:

iPhone SE (Gen 1): Home button + power button until Apple logo appears

iPhone SE (Gen 2): Press and release volume up, press and release volume down, then press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears

This help article about fixing an iPhone 8 stuck on Apple logo might be able to help. The steps should be the same as your iPhone SE. I hope this helps!

Grant Kendrick
29 days ago

Thank you SO much they have changed how hard resetting the phone works and that fixed it for me.

30 days ago

Thank you so much it worked!

1 month ago

my phone is stuck on the apple logo now

1 month ago

Wow, my grandaughter was about to lose it but pawpaw pulled through and fixed her iPhone 8 thanks to your fixit tip. Thank you!

Liam Shotwell
1 month ago
Reply to  David

I’m glad we were able to help! 😊

1 month ago
Reply to  Liam Shotwell

Home button of my Iphone 6s plus doesn’t work and it’s stuck on spinning wheel. Is there any way out to solve this issue? Please, it’s urgent

Liam Shotwell
30 days ago
Reply to  Vishwas

Try taking your case off and try following these steps again. Some cases with a front cover that protects the home button can press down too hard on the home button, and in some cases this can even damage it. You can read more about home button damage in our help article. If your home button is definitely broken, you’re going to have to explore your repair options. Assistive Touch isn’t going to work in this situation because your iPhone is stuck on a spinning wheel. Best of luck!

1 month ago

thanks, it worked!!!

1 month ago

I was out and about this evening when my screen blacked out with the spinning wheel of death on the screen. I couldn’t get it to turn off and on, nothing. So glad I found this article when I got home.
The hard reset worked for me. Crisis averted!

1 month ago

Thank you Brill Worked for my I-hone 6plus

1 month ago

The hard reset worked. I went into panic mode when I couldn’t get my phone to turn back on.
It was showing a black screen and spinning wheel. You saved me from going crazy!!!

Thanks a bunch and Happy Holidays.

1 month ago

Please my iPhone Xsmas just went black with a spinning wheel has been happening for 2 hour’s now and I already tried switching it off but it just won’t please I need an advice on what to do

1 month ago

spinning wheel and flashlight is on

1 month ago

My iPhone 8 plus is stuck on a spinning wheel and it has been happening for over an hour now. What should I do?

1 month ago

I would like to ask my phone freeze and circle is spinning?

Jo smith
1 month ago

Thanks this saved me from impending doom

1 month ago

It worked… but now my phone is stuck on the Apple screen…. also i have an iphone xs max

1 month ago

This is not working on my 6s and i have no idea whats going on

1 month ago

Worked on my iPhone 6 S… thank you.

1 month ago

My phone is just spinning,what can I do ?

2 months ago

i pressed the volume buttons and the power button and its still not working what do i do?