While booting up your iPhone, you realize it’s spending an unusually long time turning on. Your iPhone screen is stuck on the Apple logo, and you don’t know what to do. In this article, I’ll explain what to do when your iPhone won’t turn on past the Apple logo.
Why Did Your iPhone Get Stuck?
When you turn your iPhone on, it initializes the software and checks all the hardware to make sure its working properly. The Apple logo is displayed on your iPhone while all of this is happening. If something goes wrong along the way, the screen can get stuck on the Apple logo.
Unfortunately, this is usually a sign of pretty serious problem. However, there’s still a chance it can be fixed.
If you’ve just replaced a part on your iPhone and are now having this problem, it may be a good idea to try to reseat that part. If you haven’t just replaced a part of your iPhone, follow the steps below!
Hard Reset Your iPhone
Sometimes forcing your iPhone to restart is all you need to do to fix the problem. Since your iPhone won’t turn on past the Apple logo, you’ll have to do a hard reset. The way to hard reset an iPhone depends on which model you have, so we’ve broken down the process for each device.
iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, & Earlier
Simultaneously press and hold the Home button and the power button (Sleep/Wake button) until the screen goes black and the Apple logo appears again.
iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus
Press and hold down the volume down button and the power button at the same time. Keep holding both buttons until the Apple logo reappears on the display.
iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XR, & iPhone XS
Start by pressing and releasing the Volume Up button. Then, press and release the Volume Down button. Lastly, hold down the side button. Keep holding the side button until the Apple logo appears.
Put Your iPhone In DFU Mode
A Device Firmware Update (DFU) restore erases and reloads your iPhone’s software and firmware. This type of restore is also the last step you can take to completely rule out any type of iPhone software problem.
Below, we’ve broken down the DFU restore process for different models of the iPhone.
DFU Restore Older iPhones
First, connect your iPhone to a computer with iTunes using your charging cable. Then, press and hold the power button and the Home button at the same time. After about eight seconds, let go of the power button while continuing to press the Home button. Release the Home button when your iPhone appears in iTunes.
Start the process over from the very beginning if your iPhone didn’t show up in iTunes.
DFU Restore An iPhone 7 Or 7 Plus
Start by connecting your iPhone to a computer using a Lightning cable. Then, simultaneously press and hold the Volume Down button and the power button. After about eight seconds, let go of the power button, but keep holding the Volume Down button until your iPhone shows up in iTunes.
If your iPhone didn’t show up in iTunes, start over from the very beginning.
DFU Restore An iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XS, And iPhone XR
Use a Lightning cable to connect your iPhone to a computer with iTunes. Next, press and let go of the Volume Up button, then press and let go of the volume down button, then press and hold the side button.
When the screen turns black, press and hold the volume down button while continuing to hold the side button. Wait about five seconds, then release the side button while continuing to hold the volume down button. Keep holding until your iPhone appears in iTunes.
We know this is a lot, so check out our video if you’d like us to walk you through the process!
Addressing A Potential Hardware Problem
If your iPhone still isn’t turning on past the Apple logo, a hardware issue is causing the problem. This specific problem often happens after a botched repair job.
If you went to a third-party repair shop, we recommend returning there to see if they’ll fix the problem. Since they may be the ones who caused it, there’s a chance they’ll fix your iPhone, free of charge.
If you tried to replace anything on your own, you’ll want to get the iPhone back into its original state before taking it into an Apple Store. Apple won’t touch your iPhone or offer you an out-of-warranty replacement price if they notice that you’ve replaced components of your iPhone with non-Apple parts.
Puls is another great repair option you can turn to. Puls is an on-demand repair company that sends a qualified technician straight to your doorstep. They repair iPhones on-the-spot and offer a lifetime warranty on the repair.
Shop For A New Cell Phone
Instead of paying for an expensive repair, you may want to consider using that money towards purchasing a brand new phone. Check out the phone comparison tool on UpPhone.com to compare every phone from every wireless carrier! A lot of the time, carriers will offer you great deals on a new phone if you decide to switch.
An Apple A Day
We know it’s stressful when your iPhone won’t turn on past the Apple logo. You’ll know exactly how to fix this problem if it ever happens again. Let us know how you fixed your iPhone in the comments section below!