My iPhone Screen Is Blinking! Here’s The Real Fix.

Your iPhone display keeps blinking and you’re not sure why. No matter what you do, the screen keeps flashing! In this article, I’ll show you what to do when your iPhone screen is blinking!

Hard Reset Your iPhone

A hard reset may temporarily fix your blinking iPhone if a software crash caused the problem. Often times, software crashes may also freeze your iPhone — a hard reset can fix that too!

Here’s a breakdown of how to hard reset different iPhones:

  • iPhone SE, 6s, and earlier: Press and hold both the power button and the Home button at the same time until the Apple logo flashes onto the center of the screen.
  • iPhone 7 & 7 Plus: Simultaneously press and hold the power button and the Volume down button. Release both buttons when the Apple logo appears on the display.
  • iPhone 8, X, and XS: Quickly press and release the Volume Up button, then Volume Down button, then press and hold down on the side button until you see the Apple logo appear.

A hard reset is only a temporary fix for a blinking iPhone screen. We still haven’t addressed the root cause of the problem, which we can attempt to fix with a DFU restore. If a hard reset didn’t fix your iPhone screen, we still recommend putting your iPhone in DFU mode before exploring repair options!

DFU Restore

The DFU restore is the deepest restore you can perform on an iPhone. All of your iPhone’s code is erased and reloaded, giving it a completely fresh start!

Make sure you have a backup of information before putting your iPhone in DFU mode. That way, once the restore is complete, you won’t lose and photos, videos, or contacts. Check out our step-by-step guide when you’re ready to put your iPhone in DFU mode!

Your Screen Repair Options

You’ll probably have to get your iPhone repaired if it’s still blinking after the DFU restore. If you recently dropped your iPhone, or if it was recently exposed to liquid, some internal components could be damaged.

Take your iPhone into your local Apple Store if you have an AppleCare+ plan. We recommend setting up an appointment at the Genius Bar first so you don’t have to spend the day waiting around.

Puls is another great option if you want to get your blinking iPhone screen repaired today. They’ll send a technician directly to you in as little as 60 minutes! Puls repairs are sometimes cheaper than Apple and they come with a lifetime warranty.

Fixed In The Blink Of An Eye

You’ve fixed your blinking iPhone screen! Next time your iPhone screen is blinking, you’ll know exactly how to fix the problem. Leave any other questions you have about your iPhone down below in the comments section!

Thanks for reading,
David L.

About Author

David Lynch is an expert on cell phones, cell phone plans, and other tech. After using a flip phone into his early 20s, he learned the ropes about iPhones and Androids from a former Apple employee. Today, his articles and videos are read and viewed by millions, and he has been cited by major publications including Reader's Digest, Wired, CMSWire, Consumers Advocate, and more.

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L. Tucker
1 year ago

I let the battery go dead, then I turned the iphone off which I was not even able to do when it was blinking all the time, nothing worked. Once the battery was depleted totally I plugged it back in and turned it on, the blinking was gone.

2 years ago

Still my screen is the same. After I press on button and home button.

Colin Boyd
2 years ago
Reply to  Shan

Hi Shan! If you’ve tried each of the tips in the article, I’d recommend reaching out to Apple Support directly to find out about your repair options. Your iPhone is most likely experiencing a hardware issue. If that’s the case, consulting an Apple technician about repairs directly is by far your safest option. Sorry we couldn’t be of more help, best of luck!

3 years ago

my se restart screen is turning on and off and i cant stop it.

Tamara McLeod
3 years ago

phone wont charge it just keeps flicking with the apple symbol. I have done a DFU restore and it hasn’t made a difference. Is there something else I can try

3 years ago


4 years ago

I fixed the blinking, but when I plug My charger in it starts to blink again.

4 years ago

Thank you for helping !

Rebecca Piedl
4 years ago


My husbands phone wont charge it just keeps flicking with the apple symbol. I have done a DFU restore and it hasn’t made a difference. Is there something else I can try? We live out west and if I have to send it in it will take weeks to repair which unfortunately he needs at the moment in our farming business.

Elys Exiara
5 years ago

Is it posible because of my battery is not original?