iPhone 13 Won’t Turn On? 5 Steps to Troubleshoot

  1. Published on Oct 22, 2021
  2. Updated on Oct 22, 2021
  3. No Comments

We understand how frustrating it is when your recently purchased iPhone 13 stops working, more so if it just refuses to turn on.

This is pretty common among smartphones and there’s no telling how you can prevent it from happening. Even so, there are many ways to address this problem.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the possible causes of your iPhone not turning on. More importantly, we will explore some of the things you can do to try and fix it.

Let’s get started!

Why Is My iPhone 13 Not Turning On?

Physical damage can obviously cause problems for your iPhone 13, and that includes the inability to turn on. That being said, there are also instances wherein software bugs and errors cause your phone to malfunction suddenly.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly whether the root cause is hardware- or software-related. Let's hope that only the software is at fault in your case, because, as technical as it may seem, it's relatively easier to fix. And you can actually do it yourself!

So before you decide to hire someone who could fix your iPhone 13, try out these techniques first.

1. Charge Your iPhone 13

A drained battery undeniably renders your iPhone 13 useless. Although this may have occurred to you already, it's still worth testing to see if it's the cause of the device not turning on.

Try plugging your iPhone 13 into a power source for 15 to 30 minutes. Afterwards, turn it on like you normally do.

If this does not solve the problem, try changing your charger or lightning cable as there’s a possibility that one or the other could be malfunctioning. Following this, charge your device again.

Charge Your iPhone 13

If this method doesn't work at all, there may be underlying software problems you need to deal with. In this case, we have to be more technical with our approach.

2. Force Restart Your iPhone 13

In the early days of mobile phones, there was a simple trick to fix the not-turning-on issue due to software glitches. Users then tended to pull out the battery and reinsert it into the device, forcing its system to restart all its processes.

Advancement in technology has made it possible to emulate this behavior without the need to actually remove the battery.

This is what we now know as a force restart. Most devices nowadays have this feature, including your iPhone 13.

Here's how to perform a force restart on your iPhone 13:

  1. First, quickly press and release the volume up button.
  2. Right after that, press and release the volume down button.
  3. Next, hold down the side button until the Apple logo appears. Normally, it would take at least 10 seconds before the logo displays.

Force Restart iPhone 13

3. Try TinyFix to Repair System Issues of iPhone 13

iOS-related problems can also result in your iPhone 13 not turning on. If this is the case, then one way to get it fixed is to perform a system repair.

Fortunately, there are lots of one-click repair tools available online. One of them, which we highly recommend, is TinyFix.

TinyFix has been proven to repair almost all sorts of iOS problems such as iPhone 13 stuck on black screen, iPhone 13 stuck at Apple logo, etc. To use this application, just follow these steps:

  1. First, download and install TinyFix on your computer.
  2. Next, launch the application and connect your iPhone 13 to your computer using a USB cable.
  3. From TinyFix's interface, click iOS System Repair . This will redirect you to a window where you can view the types of repair available.
  4. At this point, click Standard Repair Mode. The program will then ask you to download the firmware for your iPhone 13.
  5. Click the Download button to initiate the download process. This may take some time depending on your internet speed.
  6. Once the package has been downloaded, click Fix Now and wait for the process to complete. Your phone will restart after the repair process.

 main screen of TinyFix

4. Restore iPhone 13 in DFU Mode

Your last option before finally deciding to have your device checked by an expert is to perform a DFU or Device Firmware Update mode restore. This is known as the deepest type of system restore in iOS devices.

You should only consider doing this when you're certain that the previous methods do not work, as this will delete all of your files.

For this method to work, you will also need your computer. Keep in mind that timing is crucial for this process. So, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the steps first before performing them.

Here are the steps for DFU mode restore:

  1. Plug your iPhone 13 into your computer using its lightning connector and launch iTunes.
  2. While connected, quickly press and release the volume up button.
  3. Subsequently, press and release the volume down button.
  4. Next, press and hold down the side button.
  5. Wait for 10 seconds. While still holding the side button, press and hold the volume down button for an additional 5 seconds.
  6. After 5 seconds, release only the side button and keep holding the volume down button until your computer detects your device. Your phone should now be in DFU mode at this point.
  7. This time, initiate the restore process by following the on-screen instructions on your iTunes application.

 Restore iPhone 13 in DFU Mode

After the restore process, check if your iPhone 13 is working normally again.

5. Have Your iPhone 13 Checked at a Service Center

If none of the previous methods work, your phone is probably facing a hardware failure. It sounds alarming but don't lose hope because there's one more thing you can do—have it repaired by a professional.

You might have to spend some money for this, though. In any case, if you live by your phone, it's definitely worth it.

Even though you may know how to take out and piece together the hardware components of your iPhone 13, we suggest that you still reach out to an authorized technician.

This is to prevent any other problems that could occur due to mishandling.


There you have it. We have just outlined the most common and efficient ways to fix the not turning on issue faced by many iPhone 13 users.

We hope we were able to help you deal with this problem. If you need more help regarding your iPhone 13, don’t hesitate to leave us a message in the comments section 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.
View all posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.