6 Ways to Fix an iPhone Stuck on the Apple Logo

It’s such a hassle when, out of the blue, you see that your iPhone is stuck on the Apple logo and won’t even load the Home Screen. The good news is that your phone probably isn’t broken. There are several solutions you can use when your iPhone is stuck showing the Apple logo.

In this article, we’ll tell you the reasons why your iPhone might be stuck on the Apple logo and then show you all the different ways to fix this issue yourself.

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If your iPhone is frozen on the Apple logo and keeps turning off, don’t panic. This problem is more common than you might 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 iPhone won’t get past this booting stage, such as:

  • The phone’s software is corrupted. This issue can occur during data transfer or when installing the newest iOS update to an old iPhone model.
  • You restored or transferred corrupted files from an iCloud or iTunes backup.
  • The iPhone has been jailbroken, and it may have caused some software issues like a boot loop.
  • You dropped your iPhone and the impact has messed up some internal components.
  • Your iPhone is water damaged. Remember that although the iPhone is water-resistant, it’s not waterproof.


The internet is ripe with tips for the iPhone 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 stuck on the Apple logo screen:

1. Force Restart Your iPhone

Forcing your iPhone to restart might help solve this problem. However, different iPhone models require different methods to restart.

For an iPhone 8, iPhone SE (2nd generation), or Later

Press and let go of the Volume Up button, then 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 issues, but there might be exceptions when it won’t work.

For an iPhone 7 or 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.

For an iPhone 6S, iPhone SE (1st generation), or 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.

2. Reinstall iOS

After the force restart, if your iPhone is still frozen on the Apple logo, 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 iPhone to a computer. If you use a macOS Catalina or later, open Finder first. If you are using a Windows PC or a Mac with a macOS Mojave or earlier, open iTunes instead.

Locate your iPhone in Finder or iTunes. 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 on your iPhone, 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. We have a guide on how to use iMyFone Fixppo to fix an iPhone stuck on the Apple logo. These programs are useful for resolving various iPhone issues, including the infamous incident where iPhone 11 devices got stuck on the Apple logo.

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

4. Do a Factory Restore

One of the solutions when your iPhone doesn’t turn on is to do a factory restore. This option will erase all the data on your phone. Recovering your data afterwards will be much easier if you back up your iPhone’s data on 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 Recovery Mode as described in the previous sections. But now, instead of choosing to update your iPhone, you should select the Restore option on your computer instead. We advise you to do this only after you have exhausted the previous options.

5. Try a DFU Restore

Device Firmware Update mode (DFU mode) is a restore option for your iPhone that overwrites any incomplete software and firmware with new code. As a result, there are quite a few iPhone problems that can be fixed using DFU mode.

Although it’s not recommended for physically damaged devices, you can give this method a try if your iPhone doesn’t fall into that category.

To apply this solution when your iPhone is stuck on the Apple logo, first use an Apple-approved USB cable to connect your iPhone to a computer. Then perform the steps below, based on your iPhone model.

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 below. This time make sure you get the timing right.

For an iPhone 8, iPhone SE (2nd generation), or Later

Follow these steps:

  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 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. Then release the Side button while still holding the Volume Down button.
  4. Follow the prompts displayed on your computer.

For an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus

Follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Side button together with the Volume Down button.
  2. Keep holding both of these buttons for eight seconds before releasing the Side button.
  3. Keep holding the Volume Down button until your computer acknowledges your smartphone.

For an iPhone 6S, iPhone SE (1st generation), or Earlier

Follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button together with the Home button.
  2. Hold these buttons for about eight seconds, then release the Sleep/Wake button but keep holding the Home button.
  3. Keep holding the Home button until your computer acknowledges your iPhone.

6. Get It Repaired in an Apple Store

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

Getting your phone repaired may reveal hidden hardware issues. For example, your iPhone’s logic board might be damaged and need a replacement, which is why it kept getting stuck on the Apple logo.

To book a repair, visit Apple’s Get Support website.

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 to help solve the problem. When all else fails, please leave it to the professional technicians to fix your iPhone.

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