iPhone SE Won’t Turn On? Try These 6 Fixes!

  1. Published on Aug 31, 2021
  2. Updated on Sep 8, 2021
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A lot of iPhone SE users have been reporting that sometimes when they try to power on the device it fails to turn on. This is a problem that can have very many causes and as such, there are also very many solutions that you could try.

In this guide, we share with you all the solutions that we have gathered for your "iPhone SE not turning on" problem to help you fix the device once and for all. But let’s first begin with some of the reasons why your iPhone SE will not turn on.

Why Your iPhone SE Won’t Turn On

This problem can have numerous causes. The following are however the most common reasons why you are unable to turn on your iPhone SE;

  • The most common reason why your iPhone SE will not turn on is that the battery is completely out of charge. If the battery discharges quickly, due to freezing, overheating, or a worn-out battery you may not be able to turn it on at all.
  • Your iPhone SE won’t turn on may also because the software on your device is crashed and needs to be reset or restored. It is relatively easily be resolved.
  • Hardware damage can also prevent the device from turning on. If you dropped the device recently, check for any damage that may affect it. You should also check the charging cable and adapter for any damage or breakage.
  • Liquid damage can also be a big problem. Water or any other liquid can damage the internal components of the device, affecting its functionality.

The following are some of the things you can do when your iPhone SE will not turn on;

Charge the Battery of iPhone SE

Your iPhone can suddenly turn off even if it is fully charged. To make sure that the problem is not charging-related, do the following;

Plug the charger into the device and then wait for up to 1 hour. You should see the charging battery icon on the display screen even if the device is off.

If the phone shows any signs of life, then you can be certain there is no problem with the device or the charger and all you have to do is wait for it to charge.

If you don’t see anything after charging the device for an hour, check the charger and charging cable for any damage.

Charge the Battery of iPhone SE

Check the Cable and Charger

Chargers can get damaged, so if you have a relatively older one, with bends and cracks, then the device may not be able to turn on even when connected to the charger.

To make sure your charging components are not damaged, try the following;

Ensure that the charger is not damaged or cracked and that it is plugged in very tightly.

Check all the charger’s components including the USB cable, power adapter, and jack for any damage and also make sure that they are properly connected.

If the charger seems OK, then try connecting the device to the computer instead. Sometimes, the wall chargers don’t work for iPhones, but the device may begin charging when you connect it to the computer.

If you are still unable to charge the device, then it is time to consider replacing the charger.

If the device turns on, then the main problem was with the charger and you just need to get a new one. If it still doesn’t turn on, try the next solution.

check the iPhone cable

Force Restart Your iPhone SE

If the device still doesn’t react at all, even when you hold down the power button, then try a force restart. It is a good way to fix the system crash issue, frozen or crashed apps that may be causing the problem.

To soft restart the iPhone SE (1st generation), follow these simple steps;

Step 1: Press and hold both the Home button and the Power (Sleep/Wake) button at the same time for about 15-20 seconds.

Step 2: If the battery has some power left, the device will turn on and you should see the Apple logo appear on the screen.

soft restart the iPhone SE (1st generation)

To soft restart the iPhone SE (2nd generation), follow these steps;

 soft restart the iPhone SE (2nd generation)

If this happens, let go of both buttons and allow the device to reboot completely.

Use an iOS Repair Tool

If a soft reset doesn’t work, then it is possible that the software crash may be more significant than originally thought. In this case, the best way to fix the device is to use an iOS repair tool like TinyFix.

This program can repair all iOS related issues, including those that may keep your iPhone SE from turning on. The following are its key features;

  • It can repair the most common iOS issues without causing data loss
  • It is easy to use; you only need about 3 simple steps to fix the device
  • It supports all iOS devices including the iPhone SE and all versions of iOS software
  • It comes highly recommended by some of the top tech-review websites

Here’s how to use TinyFix to try and fix an iPhone SE that will not start;

Step 1: Launch the program after installation and click on“iOS System Repair” >“Standard Repair Mode” since this is the most effective way to repair iPhone issues without data loss.

Standard Repair Mode

Step 2: Now connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cables and wait for the program to recognize it. If you are running iOS 12 or earlier, you may need to unlock the device. Click “Next” to continue.

Step 3: If for some reason the program is unable to detect the device, put the device in DFU/recovery mode to fix it. Just follow the instructions on the screen to put the device in DFU/recovery mode.

Plug in Your iOS Device

Step 4: The program will provide all the available versions of iOS for the device. Choose your preferred firmware and then click “Download”.

get the appropriate firmware

Step 5: As soon as the download is complete, the program will immediately begin fixing the device. In a few minutes, the iPhone will restart and the App Store should work normally.

repairing the device

Check for Hardware and Water Damage

The device may also refuse to turn on if it has suffered water damage or any other kind of hardware damage. If the problem started soon after you dropped the device, then it is possible that some of the internal hardware components have been damaged, making it difficult to turn non the device.

Water damage on the other hand can take a while to manifest. Usually, you can drop the iPhone in water and it continues to function normally only to start acting up the next day or even the next week.

In both cases of hardware or liquid damage, we don’t recommend that you try to repair the device on your own as you may cause even more damage or void the warranty. Instead, have a qualified technician take a look at the device to see if they can help.

iPhone SE Still Won’t Turn On?

If you suspect that the problem is hardware-related, call Apple Tech Support to make an appointment at your local Apple Store.

Technicians at the Apple Store will be able to diagnose the problem for you and give you a quote to fix the device. If the device is still under warranty, you may even get it fixed for free.

While you are entitled to panic when your iPhone SE suddenly won’t turn on, the solutions above can help you get the device working normally again.

In the case of hardware damage, don’t try to fix the device yourself; instead, bring the device to your nearest Apple Store and they can help replace any parts to fix the device.

Aaron Roussey

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