How to Fix an iPhone That Only Shows Apple Logo (Troubleshooting Guide)

  1. Published on Oct 1, 2021
  2. Updated on Sep 27, 2021
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During a boot-up sequence, your iPhone may suddenly become unresponsive. The Apple logo then shows on the screen, and the device itself doesn’t do anything beyond this.

These are just one of the many issues users encounter when booting up their iPhones.

There are many ways to fix it. Before we run them with you one by one and step by step, let’s get to know the causes of the problem first.

Why Does My iPhone Only Show The Apple Logo?

An iPhone being stuck on the Apple logo is caused by an error during its boot-up sequence. There are a lot of reasons why that error occurs.

Some are incompatible iOS updates, incomplete data transfers, restorations, and even jailbreaking.

Whatever the case, know that you can do simple home fixes for your iPhone being stuck on the Apple logo.

Read on and let’s solve your problem!

Back Up Your iPhone, If You Can

Before carrying out any operations on your broken iPhone, it is important that you have an accessible backup of your data.

This is because some of these fixes will erase your local data, like recovering your phone or installing a brand new iOS.

Go ahead and back up your iPhone through either iCloud, iTunes, or Finder.

Back Up Your iPhone

Perform a Hard Reset or Force Restart

A hard reset is a process you can do to forcefully restart your iPhone. A restart attempt will occur regardless of your iPhone’s current state even when it’s stuck on the Apple logo.

This fix only takes a minute at most to do, and is way more helpful than you’d think. If the cause of your issue is more serious, then this may not work.

  1. iPhone 8 Series and newer: Press then let go of the volume up button. Then, also press and release the volume down button. Next, hold down the side button for around 10 seconds.
  2. iPhone 7 Series: Hold down the side button and the volume down button at the same time for around 10 seconds.
  3. iPhone 6 Series and older: Hold down the home button and the power button together for around 10 seconds.

iphone models

Once your screen turns black, or flashes the Apple logo again, a hard reset has been performed. Sometimes, you may need to hold down the power button again to boot up your iPhone.  

Use TinyFix iOS System Repair Tool

TinyFix is an iOS System Repair program you can use to fix your current issue. If the flashing Apple logo is caused by a firmware or software issue, then TinyFix can help.

This program also offers the option to do a system wide reformat without data loss by using its Standard repair mode.

Using TinyFix:

  1. Download and install the program on your Windows or Mac computer.
  2. Next, connect your iPhone to your computer via a USB cable.
  3. Navigate the TinyFix dashboard and look for your iPhone. When you’re there, click on iOS System Repair.
  4. Then, select iOS System Repair.
  5. Once iOS System Repair has been opened, click the Standard Repair Mode option on the screen.
  6. A window will show up. Confirm the iOS firmware for your model.
  7. Then, click the Fix Now  button.
  8. TinyFix will now begin downloading your firmware for you. Once completed, repairs will begin. Wait for the process to finish.

Standard Repair Mode

If your issue is indeed caused by a corrupted firmware, then your problem should now be gone.

Update Your iOS in Recovery Mode

If the above solutions did not work, then you can fix your phone through Recovery Mode. This reinstalls your iOS similar to how TinyFix reinstalls your firmware.

In doing so, you’ll be removing any corrupted data caused by an interrupted or incompatible update.

To perform this solution, you’ll need a computer with either Finder or iTunes installed. You’ll then use Finder or iTunes as a portal where you can perform iOS restorations and updates.

Keep in mind that entering Recovery Mode is different for most iPhone models.

Here’s how:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer. Then, launch iTunes/Finder.
  2. Follow the steps in performing a hard reset, but bear in mind the additional step below.
  • For the iPhone 8 Series or newer: Continue holding the side button even after the Apple logo appears.
  • For the iPhone 8 Series or newer: Continue holding the side button even after the Apple logo appears.
  • For the iPhone 7 Series: Continue holding the side button and the volume down button even after the Apple logo appears.
  • For the iPhone 6 Series or older: Continue holding the power button and the Home button even after the Apple logo appears.

iPhone 8 or later in recovery mode

  1. Only let go of the remaining button when prompted to connect to iTunes/Finder.

Once you’re connected to Finder or iTunes, you’ll be prompted to either Update or Restore your iPhone. Make sure you click the Update button to make sure that you don’t delete your local data.

finder recovery mode notification

Factory Restore Your iPhone Without Keeping Your Data

You can also reinstall your iOS cleanly with your data wiped off. This is a good option for you if you think a corrupted file is causing your problem and just want to fix everything at once.

To do this, we recommend backing up your iPhone data first. Then, do the same steps as the previous section going through the Recovery Mode but at the end, choose Restore instead of Update.

Factory Restore Your iPhone Without Keeping Your Data

DFU Restore Your iPhone

Can’t send your iPhone through Recovery Mode? You can try booting it through DFU Mode. Despite the popular belief that this is the best solution to any Apple problem, it only exists as an alternative for people who cannot enter Recovery Mode the traditional way.

Entering DFU Mode in the first place is also more complicated than Recovery Mode. You may even need to perform the button sequence multiple times to get it right.

Here’s how:

  1. First, connect your iPhone to your PC using a cable.
  2. Then, follow the button sequence according to what iPhone model you’re fixing.

iPhone 8 or newer:

    1. Press then quickly let go of the volume up button. Then, do the same for the volume down button.
    2. Next, hold down the side button.
    3. Once the screen turns black, immediately hold down the volume down button.
    4. Hold down these two buttons for 5 seconds, after which you should let go of the side button only.

iPhone 7 Series:

    1. Hold down the side button and the volume down button together. Do this for 5 seconds.
    2. After 5 seconds, release the side button only.

iPhone 6 models and older:

    1. Hold down the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button together.
    2. After 8 seconds, release the Sleep/Wake button.

Make sure the screen is black when you reach the final step. Restart the process if it’s not.

  1. Keep holding the last button until your iPhone gets detected by your computer.
  2. After this, look for and click on Restore iPhone.

 restore iPhone in DFU mode

About Hardware Problems

If none of the above software solutions seem to work, then perhaps your iPhone has a hardware issue. This could be a faulty, disconnected, or water-damaged component. Whatever the case, the iPhone will need to be opened up.

Get It Repaired in an Apple Store

Whether you’re not confident enough to do the above solutions, or you’ve concluded that the issue is a hardware one, it’s probably time to contact Apple for customer support. It’s best that you visit a physical Apple Store, but you can also head to their website for online support.

Final Words

The best way to resolve any technical problem is to first find its cause. Then, you can follow our solutions above to hopefully fix your iPhone only showing the Apple logo. If you have any questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment down below.

J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young

Mako is a technical freelance writer with a passion for all things tech. Whether you're wondering about how to fix your iPhone or trying to get something to work in your settings, Mako is your go-to for professional help. He loves writing, testing solutions, and most of all, making sure his research is factually accurate.
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