iPhone XR Stuck in a Boot Loop? Here’re 8 Must-Try Fixes

  1. Published on Nov 22, 2021
  2. Updated on Nov 22, 2021
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It can be very frustrating and quite frankly scary to have an iPhone XR that is stuck in a boot loop.

The fact that this is a very common problem doesn’t ease your mind at all, particularly if you find yourself unable to even access any aspect of the device’s settings.

But before you despair, this problem can be easily solved using some of the troubleshooting solutions that we will look at below.  

But before we show you these solutions, let’s look at why your iPhone is stuck in a boot loop to begin with.

When Will iPhone XR Get Stuck in a Boot Loop?

There are a lot of reasons why your iPhone can get stuck in a boot loop, which can make it very difficult to determine exactly why it is happening.

But the following are some of the most common causes that we’ve found:

  • An iPhone XR can get stuck in a boot loop soon after an iOS update. This can occur if the iOS update process is interrupted for one reason or another or if the update files are corrupt.
  • Your iPhone can also experience this problem of it has liquid damage. Water and the iPhone’s hardware components do not mix and you may find the device has many problems soon after it comes into contact with water.
  • A jailbreak attempt that doesn’t quite go according to plan can also cause your device to get stuck in a boot loop. This is one of the reasons why Apple warns against jailbreaking your iPhone.
  • The iPhone XR may also get stuck in a boot loop if the battery connector is broken or malfunctions. Hardware damage like this one can occur when you drop the iPhone.

Fix iPhone XR Stuck in a Boot Loop

Now that we’ve seen the reasons why your iPhone is misbehaving, the following are the most effective solutions to this problem:

1. Force Restart Your iPhone XR

The first solution you should try when facing any stuck issue on your iPhone is a force restart. This is because it is a good way to erase any errors and fix any rogue apps on the device that can cause it to get stuck.

To force restart your iPhone XR, follow these simple steps:

  • Step 1: Quickly press and release the Volume Up Button.
  • Step 2: Quickly press and release the Volume Down button.
  • Step 3: Then press and hold the Power/Side button until you see the Apple Logo and the device begins to start-up.

Force Restart iPhone XR

If the device was able to go through the startup process and you can access the Home Screen.

You can try the following troubleshooting steps to remove any additional software-related errors that may be affecting the device’s normal function:

2. Install New Updates (If You Can Get into Your Device)

A new iOS update can come with patches or fixes that are programmed to remove some of the system bugs and malware that can interfere with the iPhone’s boot up system.

This is therefore an ideal solution, particularly if the problem occurred soon after an iOS update, as Apple is likely to introduce a patch to a faulty update.

To update the iOS system on your device, go to Settings > General > Software Update and then follow the instructions to install the update if it is available.

check for an iOS update

3. Reset All Settings on iPhone XR

Note: This method also only works if you can get into the device.

Resetting all settings is also a good way to delete any settings that may not be properly configured, and can therefore be a good solution for a device that is stuck in a boot loop.

To reset all settings on your device, go to Settings > General > Reset and then select “Reset All Settings.” Enter your passcode when prompted and then confirm that you would like to reset all your settings.

The device will restart automatically after the reset, allowing you to check if the boot loop problem has been resolved.

reset menu

4. Use TinyFix iOS System Repair to Solve System Issues

If a forced restart doesn’t work and you are still unable to access the device, we recommend using TinyFix.

This is an iOS system repair tool that can fix an iPhone XR stuck on a boot loop in a matter of minutes.

TinyFix is also advantageous in that you will also not need to worry about losing any of the data on your device: it will fix the problem without affecting your data.

Here’s a breakdown of exactly what you can expect to get when you choose TinyFix to repair your device:

  • It is designed to fix not just this particular problem, but up to 50 different other iOS stuck problems including a device that is stuck on the Apple logo, black screen, recovery mode loop, boot loop and plenty of other iOS system stuck issues.
  • You can also use it to enter and exit recovery mode in a single click.
  • It will repair the device without causing data loss.
  • It is fully compatible with all versions of iOS and all models of iPhone and iPad.

It is also a very simple solution. Just follow these simple steps to use it to fix your iPhone XR in minutes:

  • Step 1: Begin by installing TinyFix on to your computer. Open it after successful installation.
  • Step 2: Then use the device’s USB cable to connect the device to the computer. Once it is connected, click on “iOS System Repair” to begin the repair process.
  • Step 3: In the next window, click on “Standard Repair Mode”
  • Step 4: You will then be promoted to download the latest firmware for the device. Choose a destination on your computer to save the downloaded firmware package and the click “Download” to begin downloading the firmware.
  • Step 5: When the download is complete, all you have to do is click “Fix Now” and the program will start fixing the device.
  • The whole process will take just a few minutes and when it is complete, the device will restart in normal mode.

Use TinyFix iOS System Repair

5. Factory Reset the iPhone XR

Note: This method also only works if you can get access to the device.

A factory reset is a good solution to get rid of all corrupt data and settings. This process works because it will delete all the data and settings on the device.

But while it is a good way to refresh your device once and for all, and may even fix the problem for good, it will cause total data loss.

We therefore recommend that you backup all the data on your device before attempting to factory reset it.

To factory reset your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Reset and then choose “Erase All Content and Settings.”

Enter your passcode when prompted and then confirm that you want to erase all content on the device.

When the reset is complete, the iPhone will restart and you can set it up again to restore your data from a backup.

Factory Reset the iPhone

6. Restore your iPhone in iTunes/Finder

You can also easily fix your iPhone XR by restoring it in iTunes/Finder. The standard restore will work if iTunes/Finder is able to detect the device and is very effective.

Here’s how to restore your iPhone in iTunes:

  • Step 1: Open iTunes on your computer and then connect the iPhone to the computer using the device’s original USB or lightning cable.
  • Step 2: When promoted, enter the device’s passcode and then tap on “Trust this Computer.” Follow the onscreen instructions to ensure that iTunes will detect the device.
  • Step 3: Choose the iPhone XR when it appears in iTunes and then click “Restore Backup.” Choose the backup you would like to use and then click “Restore” to confirm.

Keep the device connected to the computer until the process is complete. The device will restart and then proceed to sync with iTunes.

Ensure that the sync process is complete before disconnecting the iPhone.

backup iPhone

7. Recovery Mode Restore Your iPhone XR

If a standard restore doesn’t fix the problem or if iTunes is unable to detect the connected iPhone, then you can try to restore the device in recovery mode.

To do this, you will need to have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer.

Here are the steps to follow:

  • Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer using its original USB cable.
  • Step 2: Now, press and quicky release the Volume Up button.
  • Step 3: Press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  • Step 4: Then, press and hold the Side/Power button. Continue to hold the Power button even if you see the Apple Logo and only release it when the “Connect to iTunes” logo appears on the screen. This will indicate that the device is successfully in recovery mode.
  • Step 5: On your computer, iTunes will notify you that it has detected a device in recovery mode and offer you two options. Choose “Restore” to remove everything from the device and restore its iOS, which should fix the problem.

Keep the device connected until the process is complete. The whole process shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes.

If it does, the device may exit recovery mode and you may need to start all over again.

finder recovery mode notification

8. DFU Mode Restore

DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode is the go-to solution when even recovery mode will not fix the device.

It is one of the best ways to fix major data corruption that may be preventing the device from rebooting all the way.

But we must caution against using DFU mode if you suspect hardware damage.

Putting a hardware compromised device in DFU mode may cause the device to become bricked and therefore completely useless to you with no hope of repair.

That said, here’s how you can restore an iPhone in DFU mode:

  • Step 1: Connect the iPhone to the computer using the USB cable that came with the device.
  • Step 2: With the device connected to the computer, press and release the Volume Up button. Press and release the Volume Down button again and then press and hold the Side button until the screen goes black.
  • Step 3: While still holding the Side button, press and hold the Volume Down button. Hold both buttons for about 5 seconds.
  • Step 4: After 5 seconds, release the Side/Power button, but continue to hold the Volume Down button until the device appears in iTunes.
  • Step 5: When you see the device in iTunes, release the Volume Down button. Now, all you have to do is follow the on-screen instructions to restore the device.

 restore iPhone in DFU mode


All the solutions that we have looked at above will be helpful if a software problem is to blame.

Each of these solutions is capable of fixing an iPhone XR stuck in a boot loop, but if you would like to repair the device without losing data, we recommend choosing TinyFix.

If on the other hand the problem is caused by hardware damage, the only way to fix the device is to contact Apple Support.

We don’t recommend trying to fix hardware problems on your own as you may void the warranty or even cause more damage.

Aaron Roussey

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