iPhone Stuck on Notification Canceled? How to Fix It

  1. Published on Aug 4, 2022
  2. Updated on Aug 4, 2022
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Sometimes, iPhone users want to cancel notifications and then the device gets stuck on the notification canceled screen.

If you were doing something important on your phone, it can be very frustrating as the screen refuses to respond.

There are some very simple solutions that can bring your phone out of this state. This post contains all the tips that can get your iPhone back to normal again. 

Why Is My iPhone Stuck on Notification Canceled?

A software or hardware problem is the common culprit behind a frozen iPhone screen. However, most of the time it can be a serious software issue that causes your phone screen to freeze. 

Troubleshoot iPhone Stuck on Notification Canceled Issue

Doing a Hard Reset

The first solution for a frozen iPhone screen is a hard reset. Keep in mind that it is mostly a temporary solution to most software-related issues.

If your phone has frozen due to a hardware issue, a hard reset might not work at all. But we will try this method before anything else to get your phone out of its frozen state as soon as possible.

How to Perform a Hard Reset on Your iPhone:

On your iPhone 6s and earlier: Press and hold the Home button (the circular button at the bottom of your phone) along with the Sleep/Wake button for at least 10 seconds.

Force Restart iPhone 6S

For people with an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, a hard reset will be initiated by holding the Power button and Volume Down button together for more than 10 seconds. Once the Apple logo appears on the screen, you can let go of the buttons. 

Force Restart iPhone 7

If you own an iPhone 8 or any model above that, you will need to press and release the Volume Up button and then let it go. Now press and release the Volume Down button, and follow that up by pressing and holding the Side button till the screen displays the Apple logo.

Force Restart iPhone 12

Your iPhone should be up and running at this point and you should be able to use it normally. But we recommend that you keep reading this guide to investigate the reason why your phone froze in the first place.

A frozen iPhone screen can be the indicator of a deeper issue that is leading to this malfunction. It is the right time to recall if your phone has been hanging up lately, getting very hot while using or the battery is draining very fast.  

Back Up Your iPhone

If you were able to successfully reboot your iPhone in the last step, we recommend that you back up your iPhone in this step.

A software or hardware issue is the root cause of screen freeze in iPhones, so you must take measures to resolve the issue.

Therefore, it is always a great idea to have a backup if your phone gets stuck the next time. You will be able to save your data by going through this essential step. 

How to Backup your iPhone to iCloud?

Before we begin this step, connect your device to WiFi. Open Settings on your iPhone and tap on your name on top of the screen.

Select iCloud and then iCloud Backup and turn the toggle switch on. Now choose the Back Up Now option. By backing up your iPhone, you will never run into an issue related to data on your phone. 

How to Backup your iPhone through iTunes?

If you have a computer or a Mac with iOS 10.14 or older, you can backup the data on your phone with the help of iTunes.

To perform the backup, connect your device to the computer through a lightning cable and authorize the connection on the computer.

Next, open iTunes on the computer and click the iPhone icon shown on the upper-left hand of the screen.

Click the circle beside ‘This Computer’ and then tick the box next to ‘Encrypt Local Backup’. In the final step, click on ‘Back Up Now’. 

How to Backup your iPhone through Finder?

In the recent release of iOS 10.15, Apple replaced iTunes with Music. iPhone syncing and Management moved to Finder. If your Mac runs on macOS Catalina 10.15, you can back up the phone with Finder. 

Connect your iPhone to the computer with the help of a lightning cable. Choose your phone under locations in the Finder app.

Click the circle next to ‘Back up all your data on your iPhone to this Mac. Next, check off the box beside ‘Encrypt Local Backup’. Your Mac might require a password at this point. In the final step, click on ‘Back up Now’.

backup iPhone

Reset All Settings on iPhone

If the issue continues to persist and you are unable to pick the exact configuration that will get your phone back up and running, you can reset all settings as an end resort.

Deleting all current settings and restoring them to default will solve most issues. In order to reset all settings on your iPhone, follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Open the Settings app from your Home screen
  • Tap on ‘General’
  • Scroll down and tap on ‘Reset’
  • From the options, select ‘Reset All Settings’ 
  • You may have to enter your phone’s passcode at this stage
  • Tap on the prompt to confirm the action to reset your device

reset menu

Your phone should start the process of reset once you go through the steps mentioned above. Once the phone is back on, you can select the settings you want to apply.

Just keep in mind to steer clear of the changes that can freeze your phone’s screen in the future. 

Install Pending Updates for Apps

It's time to install pending updates for all the apps on your device as well. To update the Apps on your device:

  • Launch the App Store from your Home screen
  • Tap on your Apple profile on the top right of the screen
  • Scroll down until you find the updates section. This section has a list of apps that need an update. If there are no apps, drag the screen downwards to refresh the screen.
  • Once you see the list of apps, choose ‘Upgrade All’.
  • Visit the ‘Recently Updated’ section to find the list of newly upgraded apps

After installing updates, you should restart your device so the changes are applied. Since the phone’s screen will be working at this point, you can do a soft reset instead of a hard reset. 

Install Pending Updates for Apps

Fix iPhone System Frozen Issue with TinyFix

If your device still gets stuck on the notification canceled screen, you should not hesitate to use TinyFix to resolve the issue.

This program is able to fix a wide range of iOS issues and can get your phone’s operations back to normal in no time.

This tool does not require technical know-how and is easy to implement.

It does not only fix the frozen iPhone screen, but also helps in iPhone not turning on, not turning off, and more common iPhone system issues.

Read this tutorial to know how to use TinyFix in detail.

 main screen of TinyFix

Put Your Device in Recovery Mode

If your iPhone’s screen still got stuck after the upper fixes, consider restoring your device in Recovery Mode. Here is what you can do:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer. Open the Finder on a Mac running macOS Catalina. Open iTunes on a Mac running macOS Mojave or earlier, or on a PC. Determine which macOS your Mac is running.

Step 2. Select your iPhone from iTunes or Finder on your computer.

Step 3. While your iPhone is connected, perform the following steps:

iPhone 8 or later:

  • Press and release the Volume Up button, do the same Volume Down button, and press and hold the side button till the recovery mode shows up.

iPhone 8 or later in recovery mode

iPhone 7 or 7 Plus:

  • Press and hold the Volume Down button and the Side buttons together until you see the recovery mode screen.

iPhone 7 in recovery mode

iPhone 6s and older:

  • Press and hold the Home button and the side button, or the top button until the recovery mode screen shows. 

iPhone 6s in recovery mode

Step 4. When prompted to restore or update, select Update.

Your computer will start downloading software on your device. Just wait for a while. Your device will exit recovery mode if it takes more than 15 minutes. Repeat steps 2-4.

finder recovery mode notification

Fixing Hardware Issues

If the restoration steps are continuously failing or your iPhone is not appearing on iTunes, it can be a hardware problem that is causing your phone to freeze.

For example, a little splash of water can deteriorate the internal components of your iPhone.

In some hardware-related cases, the phone does not turn off but everything stops working smoothly. Apple provides repair services for all kinds of hardware-related issues, but those services can be expensive.

But if you want Apple’s qualified technicians to resolve the issue, you can call and book an appointment. 

Wrap Up

The steps mentioned above have been tried and tested by many iPhone users. TinyFix is also a top-notch tool to fix your iPhone if all else fails. We hope that this guide fixes the notifications canceled issue on your iPhone. 

Aaron Roussey

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