Where to Start If Your iPhone Gets Stuck on Lock Screen

  1. Published on Jan 31, 2022
  2. Updated on Jan 27, 2022
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A lot of users have reported that their iPhones sometimes get stuck on the Lock Screen. While this issue often affects iPhone X, it has also been reported on other models.

It is often characterized by a device that simply won’t move off the Lock Screen no matter how many times you enter the passcode.

This can often mean that you are completely unable to use the device. But before you panic, please note that this is a very common problem that is very easily fixable.

In this article, we will share with you the most effective solutions to resolve it. But let’s first examine some of the reasons why your iPhone may get stuck on the Lock Screen.

What Causes iPhone Stuck on Lock Screen?

It is not very easy to determine the specific reason your iPhone is stuck on the Lock Screen.

But this and any other iOS stuck issues are often caused by a glitch in the iOS system, application errors and software bugs.

These software problems can however be easily resolved using the following solutions:

Restart Your iPhone

You may want to start by powering off the device and then trying again. This may seem like a simple solution, but a simple restart can be a great way to fix some of the common iOS-related issues.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you restart your iPhone:

Step 1: Press and hold one of the Volume buttons and the Side button at the same time until you see “Slide to Power” off appear on the screen.

Step 2: Drag the slider to turn off the device and then wait at least 30 seconds for the device to turn off completely.

Step 3: Then press and hold down the Side button until the Apple Logo appears and wait for the device to restart.

 power off iPhone

Force Restart the iPhone

If restarting your iPhone doesn’t work, you can take it a step further by force restarting the device. This process is different for the various models of iPhone. Here’s how to do it:

iPhone SE, iPhone 8, iPhone X and Later:

Press and release the Volume up button, press and release the Volume down button and the press and hold the Side button. When the Apple Logo appears on the screen, let go of the button.

Force Restart iPhone 12

iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus:

Press and hold both the Volume Down button and the Power button at the same time. Release both buttons when the Apple Logo appears on the screen and allow the device to power on normally.

Force Restart iPhone 7

iPhone 6 or earlier:

Press and hold the Power button and the home button at the same time. When you see the Apple Logo, let go of both buttons and wait for the device to turn on normally.

Force Restart iPhone 6S

Get Help from TinyFix iPhone System Repair Tool

You can also repair the device using TinyFix iPhone System Repair Tool. This is a reliable solution when a force restart doesn’t work or the problem occurs again even after you force restart the device.

This system repair tool is effective in the repair of all forms of iOS stuck issues and is so easy to use, you can repair your device even if you don’t have any technical expertise.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to make it even easier to fix the device using TinyFix iPhone System Repair Tool:

Step 1: Install TinyFix iPhone System Repair Tool on to your computer. Run the program after installation and then connect the iPhone to the computer.

Step 2: In the main window, choose “iOS System Repair” > “Standard Mode”.

 main screen of TinyFix

Step 3: You will be prompted to download the firmware package needed to repair the device. Simply click “Download” to start downloading the firmware.

get the appropriate firmware

Step 4: Once the download is complete, click “Repair” to start fixing the device. Ensure that the device remains connected to the computer until the repair is complete.

repairing the device

Once the device has been repaired, it will restart in normal mode and you should now be able to use it normally.

Restore iPhone with iTunes/Finder

Restoring your iPhone via iTunes is a great solution that you can use to fix an iPhone that is stuck on the Lock Screen.

This method is highly effective and is often very easy to use, but it can cause total data loss.

You should therefore only attempt this solution if you have a complete backup of all the data on your device.

Here’s how to restore your iPhone with iTunes:

Step 1: Run iTunes on your computer and connect the iPhone to the computer using USB/lightning cable.

Step 2: When iTunes recognizes the connected device, click on its icon in the upper-left corner of iTunes and then click on “Summary” on the left.

Step 3: Click “Restore iPhone” and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the restore process. Keep the device connected until the restore is complete.

Restore iPhone with iTunes/Finder

Restore iPhone using Recovery Mode

If for some reason iTunes is unable to detect the device, you can restore it in Recovery mode.

Restoring the iPhone in recovery mode is one of the most effective solutions for devices that are stuck because it will reinstall the firmware on the device.

But this solution may cause data loss.

Here’s how to restore an iPhone with iTunes in Recovery Mode:

Step 1: Open iTunes on your computer and then make sure that the version of iTunes running on your computer is the latest version.

Step 2: Connect the iPhone to the computer and use the steps mentioned above to force restart the device. But do not release the buttons when you see the Apple Logo appears on the screen. Instead continue to hold the buttons until you see the “Connect to iTunes” screen.

iPhone 8 or later in recovery mode

Step 3: A message will popup in iTunes saying that an iPhone in recovery mode has been detected. Select “Restore iPhone” and iTunes will wipe all data and reinstall the iOS firmware in the device.

finder recovery mode notification

Step 4: Once the restore is complete, the device will restart and you should be able to use it.

Wrap Up

A simple restart and a forced restart are only temporary solutions that may sometimes even fail to fix the device.

Most people also think that the only solution that can fix the device is restoring it in iTunes.

But this is not a viable solution if you don’t want to lose data on your device or you don’t have a backup.

That leaves TinyFix iPhone System Repair, a solution that is just as effective in repairing the device and one that will not affect any of your data.

Try it and let us know in the comments section below if it works for your particular situation. Your questions on this topic are also welcome.

Aaron Roussey

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