iPhone Flashes the Apple Logo then Black Screen? Here Are the Fixes

  1. Published on Dec 31, 2021
  2. Updated on Jan 4, 2022
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When booting up or restarting your iPhone you may notice that the device is unable to get past the Apple Logo.

Instead, the Apple Logo flashes on the screen and the then nothing: the screen just turns black.

Since you are unable to get to the home scree, your device can become completely unusable in this situation, something that can be very frustrating.

If you are dealing with this all-too-common problem, you are in the right place.

Here, we have listed the most effective solutions to help fix an iPhone that fails to boot past the Apple Logo.

Charge Your iPhone

One of the most common reasons why your iPhone is not booting up past the Apple logo is because the battery is empty and therefore doesn’t have enough charge to sustain the startup process.

This is why the first solution we recommend to all users who complain of this issue is that they connect the iPhone to a charger and let the device charge undisturbed.

Leave the device connected to the charger for at least 30 minutes before trying to start it up again.

Charge Your iPhone

Hard Reset Your iPhone

If after 30 minutes of continued charging the device is still unable to start past the Apple Logo, you may be dealing with a software problem.

The easiest ways to try and resolve these software issues and get your iPhone to restart is to hard reset the device.

The process to hard reset an iPhone will depend on the model. Here’s how to do it for all iPhone models and you can choose one that is relevant to you:

iPhone 6, iPhone SE (1st Generation) and earlier:

Press and hold both the Home button and the Power button and continue to hold then until the screen goes black and you see the Apple Logo reappear.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus:

Press and hold both the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time. Continue to hold down both buttons until the Apple Logo appears.

iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone 11:

Press and release the Volume up button, press and release the Volume Down button and then press and hold the Side button. Continue to press the Side button until the Apple Logo appears on the screen.

Hard Reset Your iPhone

Using TinyFix iOS System Repair

You can also use an iOS system repair tool like TinyFix to fix your device.

This tool can be particularly helpful if a hard reset doesn’t work or if the device only turns in temporarily before exhibiting the same problem the next time you restart it.

It is a more permanent solution because it is specifically designed to get rid of the most common iOS stuck issues by fixing the software.

Unlike restoring the device in iTunes, TinyFix System Repair will also fix the device without causing data loss.

It is so easy to use, you can fix your iPhone even if you don’t have any technical skills. Here’s how it works:

  • Step 1: Install the program on to your computer. Open it and in the main window click on the “iOS System Repair” button to begin.
  • Step 2: Select “Standard Repair” mode in the next window to fix the iPhone without affecting the data on the device.
  • Step 3: In the next window, the program will prompt you to download the firmware package needed to repair the device. You can click on “Download” to begin downloading the correct firmware package for your device.
  • Step 4: Once the firmware package has been successfully downloaded, click on “Fix Now” to start fixing your iPhone. In a few minutes, the iPhone will reboot normally and the problem should be resolved.

 main screen of TinyFix

Restore Your iPhone Using iTunes/Finder  

If you don’t want to use a third-party service to fix the device, your best option is to restore the iPhone in iTunes.

Restoring your iPhone in iTunes or Finder will be able to help you resolve any software issues that may be causing the problem.

But you will find that you can only use this solution if a hard reset is able to temporarily turn on the device.

Here’s how to restore your iPhone in iTunes:

  • Step 1: Connect the iPhone to the computer using the USB cable. If you can, enter the passcode on your device and follow the instructions to “Trust this Computer.”
  • Step 2: The device should appear in iTunes or Finder. Locate it and then go to the “Backups” section to click on “Restore Backup.”
  • Step 3: Select the most relevant backup for the device and then click “Restore” to start restoring the iPhone. Keep the iPhone connected to the computer until the device restarts and it syncs with the computer.

restore iPhone

Put Your iPhone in DFU Mode  

Putting your iPhone in DFU mode will erase both the iPhone’s software and firmware, making it the best option you have to fix stubborn software problems.

But it should also be a last resort since it will cause you to lose all data on your iPhone.

The following is how to DFU restore your iPhone based on the model:

Restore Older iPhones in DFU Mode:

Start by connecting the iPhone to the computer. Open iTunes and then press and hold both the Power and Home buttons at the same time for about 8 seconds.

After 8 seconds, let go of the Power button but continue to hold the Home button until iTunes detects the connected iPhone.

Restore iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in DFU Mode:

Connect the iPhone to the computer. Open iTunes and then press and hold the Volume Down button and the Power button at the same time for 8 seconds.

Release the Power button after 8 seconds, but continue to hold the Volume Down button until iTunes detects the device.

Restore iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XS and iPhone XR in DFU Mode:

Connect your iPhone to the computer and open iTunes. Then, press and quickly let go of the Volume Up button, press and quickly let go of the Volume Down button and then press and hold the Side button until the screen goes black.

Once the screen is completely black, press and hold both the Side and the Volume Down button 5 seconds.

Release the Side button after 5 seconds but continue to press the Volume Down button until iTunes detects the device.

 restore iPhone in DFU mode

Then all you have to do is follow the instructions in iTunes to restore the device in DFU mode.

Get Help from the Apple Experts

If you don’t want to risk further damage by putting the device in DFU mode or if you have tried a DFU mode restore that didn’t work, you should get help from qualified technicians.

Usually, the solutions above should work and when they don’t it is often because the problem is caused a hardware problem.

An Apple-Certified technician can be able to help you determine the hardware components that may be damaged and offer you solutions on how to resolve them.

Make an appointment at your nearest Apple Store and they will be able help you fix the device.

We hope your iPhone is back to normal function and you are now able to use it.

Regular maintenance of the device including updating the device regularly is one of the best ways to avoid getting this problem in the future.

If you have any questions on any of the solutions above, post them below.

Aaron Roussey

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