iPhone Stuck On Black Screen? Try Out These Easy Hacks

  1. Published on Oct 2, 2021
  2. Updated on Sep 27, 2021
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No matter how popular an iPhone is, it still has its fair share of issues that many users face.

One of the most common problems is when your iPhone’s display turns completely black but the device is still on. Technicians and Apple users widely call it the black screen of death.

Don’t panic just yet. There are various fixes you can do to get your phone up and running well again and we will be explaining them here.

But first, you might want to know why you’re in your unfortunate situation in the first place.

Why Is Your iPhone Stuck On Black Screen?

Recall what your iPhone has been through in the last 24 hours. Did it fall? Was it exposed to harmful conditions? Although iPhones are the gold standard of mobile devices, it’s not invincible.

These are some possible reasons why your iPhone is experiencing the black screen of death:

  1. A displaced LCD cable
  2. Broken LCD
  3. Water damage
  4. Critical system failure

While a professional should handle the black screen issue, it’s worth it to try home remedies first if you can determine the cause of the problem yourself. Follow the simple remedies outlined below.

Without further ado, let explore how to fix an iPhone stuck on a black screen. 

First of All, Try to Plug Into a Charger

The iPhone sends a low battery alert when it’s down to 10%. However, you won’t get any alerts after that and you might not notice it turning off.

It might be obvious to point out charging your phone when your display turns all black but we understand that in a state of panic, you might forget this simple fix.

If the charging indicator doesn’t show even after 10 minutes of charging, try a different charger. When that still doesn’t work, it might not be a battery issue and you should read on.

Plug the iPhone into charger

Force Restart the iPhone.

If the cause of your problem is a software issue, the best solution is to force restart the iPhone. Your iPhone’s display might just be having a programming error that needs to be terminated and restarted.

While it’s not always recommended to force restart your device, it’s the only convenient way to restart your phone when your screen isn’t responding.

Here’s how you can force restart your iPhone to fix the black screen issue:

For iPhone - 12, 11, X, XR, XS, 8 Plus, 8:

  1. First, press the volume up button and release it quickly.
  2. Then, press the volume down button, and release it quickly.
  3. Finally, press and hold the side button till you get the Apple logo.
  4. Once the Apple logo appears, release the side button.

Force Restart iPhone 12

For iPhone - 7 or 7 Plus:

  1. First, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and volume down button together.
  2. Then, once the Apple logo appears, release both the volume down and Sleep/Wake buttons together.

Force Restart iPhone 7

For iPhone - 6S and Older Models:

  1. First, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button together.
  2. Then, release both the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button once the Apple logo appears.

Force Restart iPhone 6S

After a force restart, your phone should show its regular display. If that’s not the case, then perhaps you need a deeper system sweep, a hardware fix, or maybe it’s actually just an issue with your phone application.

Solve App-Related Issues.

Some apps may cause your system to crash if they’re loading something corrupted or have something to do with your display and is malfunctioning.

In that case, your iPhone screen is black but only from the app so you should still be able to return to your Home page normally.

Once you do that you should be able to interact with your phone as usual. To avoid further black screen errors caused by the app, you can either uninstall and reinstall the app or update it.

Here’s how to do that:

  1. First, exit and close the problematic app.
  2. Then, go to the App Store, and tap on the profile icon.
  3. Now, in your profile, scroll below to check for updates.
  4. Then, if you find any pending updates for the problematic app, tap on Update.
  5. Finally, let the app update and try using it.

Install Pending Updates for Apps

If there are no updates, try uninstalling the app this way:

  1. First, exit the app and go to the Home Screen.
  2. Then, locate the app on Home Screen and hold it.
  3. Next, tap the Remove App icon.
  4. Finally, tap Delete App and again tap Delete to confirm.

Delete App

After deleting the app, you can simply reinstall it from the App Store. Hopefully this fixes your issue about your iPhone getting stuck on a black screen.

Fix iPhone System Glitches with the TinyFix Tool.

There are a few external iOS system repair programs that can help with problematic software damages as well. They can solve minor to major iOS glitches that could be causing the problem.

TinyFix is an iOS repair tool that can fix your black screen problem and more without losing data.

Let’s see how to use TinyFix and solve the iPhone stuck on a black screen issue:

  1. First, you need to install the TinyFix tool on your laptop or PC. Then, launch the program and select the iOS System Repair > Standard Repair Mode option on its homepage.
  2. Now, connect your iPhone to your laptop or PC using a lightning cable and press the Fix Now button on the program.
  3. Once your iPhone is detected, move to the next step. If not, then put your iPhone in DFU or Recovery Mode as per the on-screen instructions.
  4. After your iPhone detection, TinyFix displays the available iOS firmware for your device.
  5. At this point, add the device or model type and choose the latest firmware. Then, simply click on the Download button. Then, let the tool install the firmware for a few minutes.
  6. After TinyFix installs the firmware, just click on the Fix Now option. Now, TinyFix will start repairing your iPhone for a few minutes.
  7. Once done, you’ll get the Done message on your laptop’s screen.

Standard Repair Mode

After that, your iPhone should be able to restart normally with the black screen issue fixed.

Perform a Recovery Restore via iTunes.

For software-related issues, the last resort is to perform a Recovery Mode Update. It reloads the entire software and firmware of your iPhone and it’s used to solve significant and fatal system errors only.

So, note that you should only try out the Recovery method if none of the methods works.

Note that this method is slightly more complicated and requires more time. Also, you need to install the latest version of iTunes on your laptop or computer.

Before we begin with the process, we suggest you back up your iPhone first.

Here’s how you can perform a Recovery:

  • 1. First, close all the apps on your laptop to avoid interruption.
  • 2. Then, connect your iPhone to your laptop using a lighting cable.
  • 3. At this point, there are different instructions to put your iPhone in Recovery Mode depending on what model of iPhone you’re using:
  • iPhone 6s, SE, and earlier: Press the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons together until you see the Recovery Mode screen on the phone.
  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Press the volume down and Sleep/Wake buttons together until you see the Recovery Mode screen on the phone.
  • iPhone 8 and later: Press the volume up button then the volume down button. After that, immediately press and hold the Side button until you see the Recovery Mode screen on the phone.
  • 4. Then, your iTunes will give you a notification that it has detected an iPhone and you can choose between Update or Restore. You can choose either but it’s recommended that you try Update first. If that doesn’t fix your problem, go ahead and repeat the steps, and this time click Restore. In case your iPhone exits recovery mode in the middle of the process, let it finish first then repeat the steps.
  • 5. When your software is reinstalled or updated, set up your device.

finder recovery mode notification

If you chose to Update, all your files should still be on your iPhone. If you chose to Restore, go ahead and download your backup.

Look Into Your Phone For a Hardware Issue.

Perhaps the real culprit of your iPhone getting stuck on a black screen is an underlying hardware issue. So let’s take a quick look into your iPhone’s architecture to understand why your screen may go black.

The iPhone’s display has an LCD screen responsible for showing the phone’s output and a logic board that’s supposed to tell the LCD what to display. These two parts are linked through a connector cable.

If there’s a black screen issue, it’s likely that the connector cable must’ve been dislodged. It’s also possible that water damage has damaged the LCD. In such cases, we recommend contacting Apple support or visiting a repair shop instead of trying to repair your phone at home.

Final Thoughts

An iPhone stuck on a black screen is a real hassle. We hope that this guide helped you solve the black screen issue. Also, don’t hesitate to comment below if you want to give any other suggestions or ideas.

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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