How to Fix iPhone Flashing Apple Logo (Troubleshooting Tutorial)

  1. Published on Sep 21, 2021
  2. Updated on Sep 22, 2021
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When booting up your iPhone, it may suddenly take a long time to finish the boot-up sequence. The Apple logo might also show up, flashing again and again on your screen. Don’t panic, your iPhone is not permanently dead just yet.

In this article, we’re going to show you possible solutions to resolve the "iPhone flashing or blinking Apple logo" mentioned above.

These include simple fixes like restarting your computer, down to restoring the iPhone’s operating system to a previous state.

Before that, let’s briefly run through the possible reasons that your problem exists.

Why is My iPhone Flashing Apple Logo?

Messing with your operating system by jailbreaking or interrupting an update can cause the iPhone to have system and display problems.

Even hardware concerns caused by fall or water damage can affect the functionality of your iPhone as it can alter the controls of the device.

If the iPhone boots and detects problems with the software or hardware, or perhaps there is a charging issue, it can get stuck on the Apple logo loop.

Now, let’s try to fix it together!

Force Restart Your Device

When you’re stuck with the Apple logo flashing, one of the simplest solutions you can do is to force restart your device. This tries to boot up your iPhone again, attempting to reset and hopefully fix the issue.

The process involved in performing a force restart varies from model to model. So, please make sure to only follow the steps for your particular iPhone model.

This involves pressing a sequence of buttons to forcefully restart your iPhone without using the screen.

  • For iPhone 8 models and newer: Press and release the volume up button, then the volume down button. Afterwards, press and hold the side/top button until the Apple logo appears again.
  • For the iPhone 7 series: Press and hold the volume down button as well as the power button at the same time. Hold the two buttons until the Apple logo appears again.
  • For iPhone 6 models and older: Press and hold the Home button and the power button at the same time. Do this until the screen turns black and the Apple logo appears again.

iphone models

As you can see, forcefully restarting your iPhone is easy. If you’re still stuck on the Apple logo, continue reading to the next solution down below.

Charge Your iPhone

An obvious yet commonly overlooked issue is not having battery juice. A flashing Apple logo may mean that your iPhone does not have enough charge to boot up.

So, charge your iPhone for at least 15 minutes. Then, restart it while still connected to the charger to see if it boots up.

Charge Your iPhone

Resorte to an iOS System Repair Tool

TinyFix is a system repair tool for iOS that repairs any software or firmware issues on your device. It does this by connecting the device to a PC and attempting to fix it from there.

TinyFix will restore your firmware to the latest compatible version. This will replace your current firmware with a clean one, hopefully removing any corrupt files or data that may have caused your issue.

How to use TinyFix:

  • Install and launch TinyFix on your PC.
  • Connect your iPhone to your PC via a USB cable.
  • On TinyFix, select the iOS System Repair button.
  • Then, click the Fix Now  button.
  • You can choose between two repair modes. For our case, choose Standard Repair Mode.
  • Press the Download button to download the firmware to repair the iOS.
  • Once the download is finished, click the Start to Fix  button.

Standard Repair Mode

Make sure that your iPhone is connected to your PC for the entire duration of the process. A disconnection can cause even more errors and corruptions, so make sure the cable is firmly inserted.

Restore Using Recovery Mode

You can also use Recovery Mode to restore your operating system back to normal. To enter this mode, you’ll need to connect your iPhone to either a Windows or macOS computer.

Additionally, you will also need to open either the Finder app or the iTunes app.

Entering Recovery Mode:

  1. First, connect your iPhone to your PC via a USB cable.
  2. Then, follow the following sequence of buttons that will get you to Recovery Mode depending on your iPhone model:
  • iPhone 8 or later: Press and release the volume up button. Then, press and release the volume down button. Finally, press and hold the side button. After a while, you should see the Recovery Mode screen.
  • iPhone 7 Series: Press and hold the top/side button and volume down button together until you see the Recovery Mode screen.
  • iPhone 6 or older: Press and hold the Home button and the top/side button together until you see the Recovery Mode screen.

iPhone 8 or later in recovery mode

  1. Now, Finder or iTunes should detect your phone and show a prompt to Update or Restore.
  2. Then, choose Restore. Note that this will erase your data so make sure that you have a backup ready.
  3. Finally, set up your device when the process is complete.

finder recovery mode notification

Please make sure your iPhone is connected to your computer throughout the entire process. Any disruptions can cause more corrupted data to appear. If the Apple logo still flashes repeatedly when your iPhone restarts, continue reading down below.

Access Repair Through DFU Mode

You can also enter DFU Mode to erase and restore your iPhone. In most cases, this is not necessary. Apple only coded this process into its devices for users who are having a difficult time entering Recovery Mode the usual way.

This can also be a last resort solution if all the above fixes do not work.

Just like the solutions above, the process for entering DFU Mode will differ depending on your iPhone’s model.

Entering DFU Mode:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer, then open iTunes or Finder.
  2. Proceed with the following steps according to what iPhone model you need to fix:

iPhone 6 Series and older:

  • Press and hold the power button and the home button together.
  • Then, release the power button around 8 seconds in, but continue holding the home button.
  • Finally, release the home button once your iPhone appears in iTunes.

iPhone 7 Series:

  • Press and hold the volume down button and the power button together.
  • Then, release the power button around 8 seconds in, but continue holding the other button.
  • Wait for your iPhone to show up in iTunes. Once it does, release the volume down button.

iPhone 8 Series and newer:

  • Press and release the volume up button, press and release the volume down button, then press and hold the side/top button.
  • When your screen turns black, press and hold the volume down button while still holding down the side/top button.
  • Wait for 5 seconds, then release the side/top button, while still holding the volume down button.
  • Once your iPhone shows up in iTunes, release the remaining button.
  1. After your iPhone has entered the DFU Mode, follow the on-screen instruction to reset your iPhone. Once finished, you can then restore your backup.

 restore iPhone in DFU mode

Get Help From the Apple Experts

If you’re not confident enough to perform these fixes yourself, you can always approach the nearest Apple Store in your location. You can also go to their website and get help from their online customer support.

Conclusion

There you have it, the multiple fixes you can do when your iPhone lags and shows a flashing Apple logo on loop. If you have any more problems or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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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