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 your iPhone on, update its software, or reset it.

It’s also possible that a physical component of your iPhone is damaged or broken. Our step-by-step guide below will start with software troubleshooting steps, then help you get support if your iPhone is broken.

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 and earlier: 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 and newer: 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

A DFU (device firmware update) restore is the deepest iPhone restore and the last step you can take to completely rule out a software 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.

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

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4 days ago

you just saved my life!!!! Cant thank you enough!!!!!!!!!

5 days ago

my iphone 11 will not sync to my JBL boombox

6 days ago

this actually saved my life, I was not prepared to tell my mum that my phone wasn’t working

6 days ago

I tried all the techniques and my phone won’t reset can I wait for it to die??

22 days ago

This was very helpful hun! Thx so much 😊

30 days ago

Thank you this worked on my iPhone 6S

1 month ago

my phone is just stuck on the spinning wheel

1 month ago

It’s siri. Enable, use, disable. Or, disable, enable.

1 month ago

Thank u soo much it really worked

1 month ago

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! you’re a lifesaver!

Taha Alasadi
1 month ago

I Tried all the method but still my phone doesn’t work (I PHONE X)

1 month ago
Reply to  Taha Alasadi

same have you found something that works i really dont want to take it to a guineas bar

1 month ago

Tired the iPhone 8 or newer and didn’t work then tried iPhone 7 way and it worked (I have an iPhone 8)

Jeremy Daniel
1 month ago

Hello have tried the hard restart but it’s not going off

2 months ago

LIFE SAVER! THANK YOU!!!!!!! My business is making appointments via my iphone. This saved my ass! Bless your tech savvy soul!

2 months ago

The hard restart normally works for me, but in this case it is not. I have tried multiple times and it won’t turn off. Still a black screen and spinning wheel

2 months ago
Reply to  Kayla

Kayla im having the same issue what did you do?

1 month ago
Reply to  Kayla

also my daughter has the same issue

Ali Husain
2 months ago

Thanks a lot. Hard Reset instruction worked on my iPhone XS Max.

2 months ago

thank you that worked on my new se 2020

Joyce Masciopinto
2 months ago

The hard start is not working. It is still black and spinning

2 months ago

My iphone8 screen as turned black with a loading icon spinning. It can’t turn off or back on. What can I do to turn It off and restart it

Debra Deppen
1 month ago
Reply to  Solomon

Same here.. did you fix it?

1 month ago
Reply to  Solomon

mines been doing it all morning i don’t know what to do !!!!