iPhone 7 Infinite Boot Loop? Here’re the Troubleshooting Steps

  1. Published on Nov 16, 2021
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Rebooting your iPhone is one of the best ways to get rid of bugs in the system that may cause certain aspects of the device to malfunction.

Usually, if you use the correct combination of buttons, the restart process is easy and the device will restart in a matter of seconds.

But sometimes and for a variety of reasons, the restart process can get stuck, leaving your iPhone in an infinite boot loop.

This is a problem because it can prevent you from accessing any aspect of the device, thereby making it very hard to troubleshoot the problem or even implement fixes.

If this is the problem you are currently facing, the solutions we have listed will help you get your iPhone 7 out of an infinite boot loop.

Before get started, let’s first outline some of the reasons why your iPhone may be stuck in a boot loop.

Causes of iPhone 7 (Plus) Infinite Boot Loop Issue

When your iPhone is stuck on a boot loop, the most common culprit is various software issues, although hardware damage may also be to blame.

Any recent changes that you may have made on the device that conflict with its original configuration can also introduce errors that may be causing this issue.

The most common that we see include an interrupted or failed iOS update, a failed iTunes restore or reset, screen replacement, a malfunctioning battery, battery replacement, a faulty logic board or a malfunctioning front camera.

Regardless of the cause of the issue, the following solutions are your best bet at getting the device functioning normally again.

Before we begin however, it may be a good idea to backup all the data on your device if you can.  

Doing this will ensure that you can pick up right where you left off after the device has been restored to normal function.

Force Restart Your iPhone 7

The first thing you want to do when your device is not functioning properly is attempt to force restart it.

A force restart will help by eliminating some of the system errors that could be causing the issue, making it one of the best solutions if the problem is software related.

Force restarting an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus is also a very simple process.

Just press and hold the Power button and the Volume Down button at the same time for about 20 seconds or until the device restarts and you see the Apple Logo on the screen.

A force restart will not affect any of the data on the device.

Force Restart iPhone 7

Check the Analytics Data Report on iPhone 7

Although it is rare, sometimes this boot loop issue is caused by a rogue or malfunctioning app.

Not all apps that you download from the App Store rare safe and overtime, they can begin to misbehave, especially if you haven’t updated them in a while.

The best way to find out if an app is causing your iPhone to get stuck in a boot loop, go to Settings > Privacy > Analytics > Analytics Data. (Only if you can still get into your device.)

Here, you should be able to check for any problematic app from the entries on the list.

If you find that app is listed more than once. You can uninstall the app to see if doing so will fix the problem.

Check the Analytics Data Report on Your iPhone 7

Update iOS to the Latest Version

A system update is also a good solution to eliminate bugs and other system errors that could be causing the issue, if you can still get access into your iPhone.

This is particularly a good solution if the device got stuck during or after a software update. Installing a patch could very well fix the problem.

If you are able to access the settings on the device, you can install and update veery easily by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

If an update is available, click on “Download and Install” to install the update.

But this is only possible if a force restart allowed you to access the device’s settings.

If you are still unable to access the device, you can try to update it via iTunes or try one of the next solutions.

Update iOS to the Latest Version

Use an iOS Troubleshooter to Fix the Boot Loop

If a force restart doesn’t permanently resolve the solution, you can use an iOS repair tool to diagnose and repair the system.

iOS system repair tools can be very useful in this regard, although it is a good idea to find one that is easy to use, while remaining effective.

The good news is, we have the Tinyfix iOS system repair program that is just that and one that will also repair the problems with the iOS system without causing data loss.

This iOS system repair tool will fix the device regardless of the reasons why the device is stuck on a boot loop and all you have to do is connect the device to a computer that is running the program.

Install the program on to your computer and then follow this guide to easily fix the problem with the device:

Step 1: Connect the iPhone 7(Plus) to your Computer

Once the program is installed on your computer, open it and then click on “iOS System Repair” from the screen.

Then use the device’s original USB cable to connect it to the computer.

 main screen of TinyFix

Step 2: Choose A Repair Mode to Use

In the next window, you should see information on the repair process and how it works. Click “Start” to continue.

Select “Standard Repair Mode” to repair the device without data loss.

You can use the Advanced Mode when the Standard Mode doesn’t work.

Standard Repair Mode

Step 3: Download the Firmware for iPhone 7

The next step is to download the firmware package that you can use to repair the device. Choose one from the options displayed on the next screen and then click on “Download.”

The download process will begin immediately and may take a while since a firmware package can be a big file.

get the appropriate firmware

Step 4: Start Fixing iPhone 7

When the download is complete, click on “Fix Now” to start repairing the device. Keep the iPhone connected to the device until the program notifies you that the process is complete.

repairing the device

Restore iPhone 7 in Recovery Mode

If you don’t want to use third-party software, you can restore the device in recovery mode using iTunes or Finder.

This is also one of the best solutions if your problem was caused by an interrupted or failed iOS update.

To use this method, you will need to have the attest version of iTunes/Finder installed on the device and you will also have to put the device in recovery mode.

The actual process is very simple: just follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Open iTunes/Finder or of you are using a Mac that is running macOS Catalina 10.15, open Finder.

Step 2: Connect the iPhone to the computer using its original USB cable.

Step 3: With the device connected, press and hold the Power and Volume Down button at the same time until you see the “Connect to iTunes” logo appear on the screen. Do not release the buttons even if you see the Apple Logo.

Step 4: iTunes or Finder will detect the device in recovery mode and a dialogue box will popup asking you to “Restore” or “Update” the device. Choose “Update” and iTunes will reinstall the iOS on to the device.

If iTunes or Finder says that the device cannot be updated, choose “Restore” instead to reset the device.

If you choose to restore it, all the data and settings on the device will be erased and you will need to setup the device again when it restarts.

Keep the iPhone connected to the computer until the repair process is complete. The whole process should take less than 15 minutes.

If it takes more than 15 minutes, the device will exit recovery mode and you may need to repeat the process again.

Restore iPhone 7 in Recovery Mode

iPhone 7 Still Stuck in Infinite Boot Loop?

We have exhausted all the possible solutions if the problem is caused by a software issue.

Therefore, if the issue still persists, it is because there is an underlying hardware problem. The following are the most common hardware issues to blame:

  • A broken logic board that will need to be replaced: usually a problematic Audio Codec.
  • A bad battery or a faulty battery connection. In this case you can try charging the device first. Connect it to a genuine Apple charger and allow it to charge for a few hours. If the problem persists even when the device is fully charged, you should get the battery replaced.
  • The device can also get stuck on a boot loop if the front facing camera is malfunctioning. This can happen if the screen was replaced or the connection between the Front Camera ribbon and the logic board has been damaged.

We don’t recommend that you try to repair hardware issues yourself. Instead, call Apple Support or make an appointment at your Local Apple Store to get the device fixed.

It is our hope that you were able to get your iPhone 7 out of the boot loop. More often than not, the problem is software-related which means the solutions above should work very well.

Let us know either way in the comments section below. Your questions on this topic or any other iOS-related topic are also welcome and we’ll do our best to find solutions for you.

Aaron Roussey

Aaron is tech-savvy and enjoys writing technical articles about phones, computers, games, and the internet!
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