iPhone Keeps Freezing and Restarting? Find Solutions Here

by J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young Basic iPhone Tips Ideal for Newbies Published On Aug 9, 2022 Updated On Sep 8, 2022

If you have noticed that your iPhone keeps freezing and restarting whenever you want to use it, you are one of the many users who report this problem.

In this article, we will talk about why your iPhone may be behaving this way and what you can do about it.

Why Does Your iPhone Keep Freezing and Restarting

There are a lot of reasons why your iPhone may freeze and then restart. The following are the most common:

  • Reduced storage space
  • You have not restarted the iPhone in a while
  • The iPhone has not been updated in a while
  • Firmware/system bugs
  • Broken or malfunctioning hardware components

The following are the best solutions that you can try to fix an iPhone that keeps freezing and then restarting:

Hard Restart Your Device

A hard restart or a hard reboot is one of the best ways to restore an iPhone that is frozen, stuck on a boot loop or a device that is exhibiting other similar problems. Here's how to force restart your iPhone:

iPhone 8, 8 Plus and newer devices including iPhone 13:

Quickly press and release the Volume Up button then quickly press and release the Volume Down button. Then press and hold the Side button until you see the Apple Logo on your screen.

Force Restart iPhone 12

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus:

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake (Power) and the Volume Down button at the same time until you see the Apple logo.

Force Restart iPhone 7

iPhone 6s and earlier devices:

Press and hold the Home and the Sleep/Wake buttons at the same time. Release the buttons when the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Force Restart iPhone 6S

Try to Back Up Your iPhone with iTunes or Finder

You will also need to try to connect your device to the computer and sync it with iTunes or Finder.

This is a good solution especially since it will also backup all the data on your device. Here's how to do it:

Step 1: Follow the steps above to hard reboot your iPhone depending on the model.

Step 2: Then using the device's lightning cable or USB cable, connect it to your computer and open iTunes (PC and earlier versions of macOS) or Finder (macOS Catalina and higher).

Step 3: Click on the device when it appears on iTunes (at the top corner of the window) or Finder (from the Sidebar).

Step 4: In the "Summary" section, click on the "Sync" button and keep your device connected to the computer until the backup process is complete.

backup iPhone

Turn on Your Device Using TinyFix

This problem is often caused by software issues, so once you have a backup of all the data on your device, you can use TinyFix to try and resolve these issues and essentially wake up your device.

TinyFix is an iOS system repair tool that is designed to fix software problems with the device. It is very easy to use and you will not need to have any technical expertise to use it.

Its main features include the following:

  • You can enter and exit recovery mode on any iOS device for free
  • It can fix more than 200 iOS errors very easily
  • It resolves most iOS errors without causing data loss
  • You can use it to upgrade or downgrade iOS on the device very quickly

Follow these steps to fix your device using TinyFix:

Step 1: Download TinyFix on your PC

Download and install TinyFix on your computer. Open it and then use the iPhone's lightning/USB cable to connect the device to the computer.

On the main screen, select "iOS System Repair" and then click "Standard Mode"

 main screen of TinyFix

Step 2: Download the firmware

The program should detect the connected device and will prompt you to download the firmware needed to fix the device. Click "Download" to start downloading the firmware package.

get the appropriate firmware

Step 3: Repair the software issues on your device

Once the download is complete, click on the "Repair" button and TinyFix will immediately begin repairing the device. Your iPhone will restart when the repair process is complete.

repairing the device

What to Do When Your iPhone Turns On

Once the device has turned on, you can use the following troubleshooting steps to ensure that the issue doesn't occur again:

Install the Latest iOS Update

An iOS update will come with bug fixes that can easily solve the problem and make sure it doesn't happen again.

To check if an iOS update is available, tap on the Settings app on the Home Screen, select "General" and then tap "Software Update."

If an updated version of iOS is available, follow the onscreen instructions to update the device.

Install the Latest iOS Update

Check the Error Logs on iPhone

You can check the iPhone's error logs to see if there is an obvious problem that you are not immediately aware of.

To do that, open the Settings app and tap "Privacy." Tap on the "Analytics & Improvements" option and then tap "Analytics Data,"

You should see a long list of reports on this page. They are not very easy to go through, but if an app is causing the problem, these logs can help you determine which app is causing the issue and you can uninstall the problematic app.

Check the Error Logs on iPhone

Update All Apps

If the error logs fail to point out a faulty app, but you still think that apps may be to blame, the best thing to do is to make sure that all apps are up to date.

To update the apps, open the "App Store" and tap on your Account Profile icon at the top-right.

Tap on the "Updates" section and you will see all the apps on the device that need to be updated. Tap "Update All" to update all apps at the same time.

Update All Apps

Reset All Settings

When there is a conflict in all the settings that your iPhone has to manage, your device can have a lot of problems including freezing and restarting.

One way to resolve these conflicts in the settings to reset all the settings on your device. To do that, open the Settings App and tap on "General."

Select "Transfer or Reset iPhone" and then tap "Reset" to choose "Reset All Settings." Confirm that you want to reset the settings and enter your passcode when prompted.

Reset All  Settings

Contact Apple

If all the steps above don't fix the device, then the underlying problem may be hardware-related rather than software related.

Hardware problems are very difficult to fix on your own, so if you are still unable to resolve the problem, we recommend contacting Apple's customer support for help.

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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