Is your iPhone constantly restarting on a loop? All you can see is the Apple logo appearing and disappearing on the screen, and you can no longer use it. Don't worry, there are ways to hurdle this obstacle.
But before we guide you through the fixes, let's find out why this problem is occurring in the first place.
There are several reasons why you are experiencing this problem. Perhaps your phone's connection to your wireless carrier is unstable.
It can also be that your iPhone is jailbroken, so it's affected by a malware attack. Interrupted software updates can cause this issue too.
When your iPhone malfunctions for the mentioned reasons or otherwise, your iOS can get stuck in a boot loop. Read on to learn how to fix your iPhone that is stuck in a restarting loop.
Before we start with any troubleshooting, we recommend that you back up your iPhone first to avoid losing any important data along the way.
You can do this with iCloud and through your Mac or PC. If you need help, you can visit Apple Support, and they will provide you with all the details you need.
Try to do a force restart on your iPhone. This will not delete any important data on your iPhone, but it will clear junk and corrupt files that can cause the system to crash. There are different ways to do a force restart.
If you recently installed an app before your iPhone went into a restarting loop, uninstall that app. Check if this will resolve the problem.
You can always check Analytics Data to see if there are problems with an app. To do this, follow the steps below:
There will be several entries on the list. Scroll down and look for any apps that are listed several times. If you find one, uninstall that app.
Regularly updating the apps and iOS helps fix the bugs and brings in new features for your iPhone. Before updating the apps and iOS, keep in mind the following:
To update your apps, follow these steps:
To check for an iOS update, do the steps below:
Once you're done, reboot or soft reset your iPhone. This will refresh the apps and system services.
Resetting all settings is recommended if your iPhone is acting up after installing a new iOS update. Don't worry because this will not delete any data on your device. This will only reset all settings, including network, privacy, location, and others.
These are the steps on how to reset all settings:
Wait for the reset to finish. Your iPhone will restart automatically, and all default setting options are now applied to your iPhone.
Observe if your iPhone still keeps restarting after doing this method.
As we mentioned at the start of this article, one of the reasons why your iPhone keeps restarting on a loop may be caused by an unstable connection to your wireless carrier. And since the SIM card directly connects your iPhone to your wireless carrier, removing it can fix your problem.
You will need a paperclip or something small and pointy to eject the SIM tray from your iPhone. Removing a SIM differs on each iPhone model, and Apple will guide you through that.
If all else fails, we can count on system repair software to do the work for us. We recommend that you use TinyFix for this method, as this will repair your software without losing data on your device.
TinyFix works for all iOS devices and versions. The steps to resolve the iPhone restarting on loop using the app are very easy to follow. These are outlined below:
1. First, download TinyFix, install and launch the app on your Mac or PC.
2. Open the app and choose iOS System Repair > Standard Repair Mode to start the process.
3. Then, connect your device to the computer. If your device can't be recognized by TinyFix, follow the instructions to proceed. One the device is detectet, choose the correct iOS version of your iPhone and its firmware. Once done, click the Download button.
4. TinyFix will now download the firmware for your iPhone. Make sure you have a stable internet connection all throughout the process. Once the firmware is downloaded, click Fix Now, and TinyFix will fix your iPhone system problem.
5. After the process has been completed, your iPhone will reboot. You can now check if your iPhone is back in its normal state.
Safely unplug your iPhone on the Mac/PC. If the problem still exists, you can click on the Try Again button.
If the problem still occurs even after a system repair, try restoring your iPhone in DFU mode. A Device Firmware Update (DFU) is considered the deepest type of system restore on an iPhone, and it can repair an iPhone with a corrupt iOS.
Restoring in DFU mode differs depending on which iPhone model you are using. For iPhone 6s, SE, and earlier models, these are the steps:
If the Apple logo appears, it means you've held down the Sleep/Wake button longer than necessary. You need to start from step one again.
For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus users, these are the steps to enter DFU mode:
The Apple logo will appear if you've held down the Sleep/Wake button longer than necessary. The screen should remain black. This signals that your iPhone has entered DFU mode and is now ready for iTunes restore.
For iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, and later models, these are what you need to do:
Once you've entered the DFU mode, you can continue restoring your iPhone via iTunes. Make sure that your iPhone is connected to the Mac or PC the entire time to avoid errors during the restoration process.
Now that we've checked and did some troubleshooting for possible software-related problems, you can also check if the problem is caused by malfunctioning hardware.
If your battery is already worn out, you can replace the faulty battery by bringing it to an Apple service center. If your iPhone keeps restarting even while charging, check if your lighting cable still works. Otherwise, try using another cable to charge your device.
This wraps up our guide on how to fix an iPhone that keeps on restarting on loop. We hope we are able to help you resolve this problem. If you have any questions or suggestions, please reach out via the comments section below.
Mako is a technical writer with a passion for all things tech. Whether you're wondering about how to fix your iPhone or Android device 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.