iPhone Stuck on Charging Screen? 5 Troubleshooting Tips

  1. Published on Jan 28, 2022
  2. Updated on Jan 27, 2022
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You may have seen an empty red battery icon on your iPhone’s screen whenever the device’s battery is low.

Under normal circumstances, connecting the device to a charger will often get rid of this screen.

But sometimes this is not the case. The device can get stuck on this charging screen no matter how long the device remains connected to a charger.

Oftentimes, this problem has nothing to do with the battery and as we shall see below, there are many solutions that you can try to get the iPhone out of this screen.

But before we get to the solutions, let’s, first of all, find out why your iPhone is stuck on the charging screen.

Why is My iPhone Stuck on Charging Screen?

The following are the main reasons why your iPhone may be stuck on the charging screen:

  • Your iPhone can experience this problem if it is not charged enough or if it is not charging properly
  • This issue can also manifest if there is something wrong with the battery or with the iPhone itself
  • If the iPhone overheats during charging, it can also get stuck on the charging screen
  • This can also happen if the device’s battery is not properly calibrated and needs to be discharged first
  • Problems with the firmware such as an outdated or corrupt firmware can also cause the device to be stuck on the charging screen
  • Malware attacks, software problems and less than optimal device performance can also lead to this particular stuck issue

The following are some of the best ways to overcome this issue and get your iPhone charging normally:

Before You Begin

  • Make sure that the charging adapter cable and wall outlet that you are using to charge the device are fully functional. It is not uncommon to plug in the iPhone, thinking it is charging only for a problem with one of these components to interfere with the process.
  • Clean the device's charging port to remove any dirt or dust that may interfere with the charging process
  • It is also a good idea to let the iPhone charge for at least 30 minutes before attempting any of the solutions below.

Heat the iPhone Slightly

This is a solution that some users say has worked for their devices. You can use a hairdryer or a hot water bottle to apply heat to the back of the iPhone for at least 30 seconds.

After 30 seconds, try turning on the device using the Power button, and if it starts, you can then try to charge it normally.

Force Restart Your iPhone

Restarting your iPhone is an easy way to remove some of the system bugs that may cause the device to get stuck in the charging screen.

This is because it is a good way to refresh the device’s firmware and get it back to normal, which may fix this and many other stuck issues.

To force restart your iPhone model, use one of the following processes:

iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X and later devices: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button, press and quickly release the Volume Down button, and then press and hold the Side button until the Apple Logo appears on the screen.

Force Restart iPhone 12

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Press and hold both the Power and the Volume Down button for at least 10 seconds. Let go of both buttons when the Apple Logo appears.

Force Restart iPhone 7

iPhone SE, 6s, and 6s Plus: Press and hold both the Power and the Home Buttons at the same time for about 10 seconds. When the Apple Logo appears on the screen, let go of both buttons.

Force Restart iPhone 6S

Troubleshooting Software Issues

As reliable as a forced restart can be, it is not an ideal solution if the software issues are deeper than anticipated.

Therefore, if it fails, you may want to employ a solution that is meant to resolve these issues quickly and easily.

iOS System Repair tools such as TinyFix can easily restore the device to normal function and unlike the regular restore that you might carry out via iTunes, they will not affect the data on your device.

To use TinyFix to fix the device, install the program on to your computer and then follow these steps:

Step 1: Connect the iPhone and Run the System Repair Tool

Connect the iPhone to your computer using USB/lightning cable and launch the program.

Click on “iOS System Repair” mode.

 main screen of TinyFix

Step 2: Select Standard Mode

In the next window, select “Standard Mode” to attempt to fix the device without losing any data.

Standard Repair Mode

Step 3: Download Firmware

In the next window, you will be prompted to download the firmware package required to complete the repair process.

Simply choose the package that is suitable for your device and then click “Download” to start downloading it.

get the appropriate firmware

Step 4: Fix the Device

Once the download is complete, click on “Fix” to begin repairing the device.

repairing the device

Ensure the iPhone remains connected to the computer until the process is complete. The program will notify you once the device has been repaired and it will restart in normal mode.

Connect iPhone to Computer and then Disconnect It

If you are trying to charge the device via a wall outlet, disconnect it from the adapter and connect it to the computer.

The iPhone should power on normally. If it doesn’t, keep it connected to the computer for a few minutes, disconnect it and then try turning it on. This solution has worked for most people.

But if it doesn’t work for you, here’s what you should do:

Step 1: Connect the iPhone to the computer again and open iTunes or Finder (macOS Catalina and above)

Step 2: Then put the iPhone in recovery mode. Here’s how to do that for various iPhone models:

iPhone 8 or later:

  • Press and quickly release the Volume Up button
  • Press and quickly release the Volume Down button
  • Press and hold the Top button until the shutdown process begins
  • Continue to hold the Top button until you see the “Connect to iTunes” screen (recovery mode screen).

iPhone 8 or later in recovery mode

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus:

  • Press and hold both the Power button and the Volume Down button at the same time
  • Continue to hold both buttons until you see the recovery mode screen

iPhone 7 in recovery mode

iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and SE:

  • Press and hold both the Home and Power buttons at the same time
  • Continue to hold both buttons until you see the recovery mode screen

iPhone 6s in recovery mode

Step 3: Once your device is successfully in recovery mode, disconnect if from the computer and plug it into the adapter (wall outlet).

The device should turn on normally, if it doesn’t force restart, get it out of the recovery mode and try our next solution.

Put iPhone in DFU Mode and Restore It

If recovery mode fails, you next recourse is to put the device in DFU mode and then try to charge it.

Putting an iPhone in DFU mode is a precise procedure and you need to make sure you follow the steps as precisely as you can.

You will know the device is successfully in DFU mode if the screen is completely black.

Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Connect the iPhone to your computer and open iTunes or Finder

Step 2: Then follow these steps to put your device in DFU mode, depending on the model:

iPhone 8 and later models:

  • Press and release the Volume Up button
  • Press and release the Volume Down button
  • Press and hold the Power/Side button until the screen goes black
  • Then, press and hold both the Side and the Volume Down buttons together for about 5 seconds
  • After 5 seconds, let go of the Side button, but continue to hold the Volume Down button until iTunes detects the device and you see the message, “"iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode."

 restore iPhone in DFU mode

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus:

  • Press and hold the Sleep/wake button and the Volume Down button at the same time for about 10 seconds
  • Let go of the Sleep/Wake button but continue to hold the Volume Down button for another 10 seconds
  • When the screen goes black or iTunes detects the device you are successfully in DFU mode.

iPhone 6s and earlier:

  • Press and hold the Power and Home buttons at the same time for 8 seconds
  • Let go of the Power button but continue to hold the home button, until iTunes detects the device and you see "iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode."

Step 3: Once the device is successfully in DFU mode, disconnect it from the computer and connect it to the adapter (wall charger).

Step 4: Allow the device to charge for at least 30 minutes undisturbed. After 30 minutes, reboot the device to exit DFU mode and find out if the issue has been resolved.

To Conclude

Charging issues when they occur on your iPhone can be concerning. But before you go thinking about the problem is due to your battery, you might want to rule out the more common iOS system issues that can cause the device to get stuck on the charging screen.

We have exhausted all solutions that might help you resolve this problem and it is our hope that your device is now working normally.

Aaron Roussey

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