iPhone XR Won’t Turn On? Here’re Must-Try Fixes

  1. Published on Aug 7, 2021
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Your iPhone XR will not restart and you don’t know why. This issue can be particularly problematic because you can’t access the device’s settings to try and resolve the issue.

In this guide, we look at the essential steps you can take when your iPhone XR won’t turn on depending on the cause of the problem.

Common Reasons Why iPhone XR Won’t Turn On

An iPhone will fail to turn on for one of two reasons. One of the most common is a software issue that may point to an iOS system that has crashed and may need to be restored.

Software-related issues are easily fixed using some of the troubleshooting solutions we will outline below.

This problem can also be caused by a hardware problem such as a broken hardware component. If you dropped the device, cracks in the display or any other hardware component can cause the device to fail to turn on.

In this case, the device may require repairs by a professional, preferably at the Genius Bar.

The following are the essential solutions you can try when your iPhone XR won’t turn on;

Charge Your iPhone XR for at Least 30 Minutes (Must Try)

Your iPhone may also fail to turn on if the battery is not sufficiently charged. Therefore, consider charging the device for at least 30 minutes undisturbed to determine if a low battery is a cause.

Before attempting to charge the device, use a soft cloth to clean out any dirt or debris that may be in the charging port. An accumulation of dirt in the charging port can prevent the device from charging.

You may also want to check the cable you are using. Ensure that you use the official cable and Adapter that came with the device and if they are damaged in any way, replace them.

You will be able to tell that your device is charging if you see the battery icon on the screen and not a connector. After 30 minutes, press the Power button to see if the device will turn on.

Charge Your iPhone XR for at Least 30 Minutes

Force Restart iPhone XR (Must Try)

A force restart is a simple solution that may work for an unresponsive device. To force restart the iPhone X do the following;

  • Step 1: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  • Step 2: Press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  • Step 3: Then, press and hold the Side button until the Apple Logo appears and the device restarts.

Force Restart iPhone 12

Fix iPhone XR Won’t Turn on With No Data Loss (Worth Trying)

You can also resolve any software issues that may be causing the problem using a system repair tool like TinyFix.

This program can be very helpful for several issues and will fix the problem without causing data loss. Here’s how to use it;

Step 1: Download and install TinyFix onto your computer.

Step 1: Run TinyFix and then connect the iPhone to the computer using its lightning cable. Click “iOS System Repair” in the main window.

 main screen of TinyFix

Step 2: Select “Standard Repair Mode” and then click on “Start” to begin the process.

Standard Repair Mode

Step 3: In the next window, download the firmware package required to fix the device. Just click “Download” to get the firmware.

get the appropriate firmware

Step 4: Once the download is complete, click “Fix Now” to allow the program to begin repairing the device. In a few minutes the device will restart in normal mode and you should now be able to use it.

repairing the device

Restore iPhone XR via iTunes/Finder (May Lose Data)

Restoring the device in iTunes or Finder is a good way to fix software issues that can cause the problem.

But since iTunes or Finder may not be able to detect the unresponsive device, it may be necessary to put the iPhone in recovery mode before restoring it in iTunes or Finder.

Follow these simple steps to do it;

Step 1: Connect your iPhone XR to your computer using the device’s lightning cable.

Step 2: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.

Step 3: Then press and quickly release the Volume Down button.

Step 4: Press the Power/Side button until you see the Recovery Mode logo on the screen.

iPhone 8 or later in recovery mode

Step 5: You will see a message on the screen prompting you to “Update” or “Restore” the device. Click “Restore” and follow the onscreen instructions to restore the device in recovery mode.

finder recovery mode notification

Perform a DFU Restore on Your iPhone XR

If recovery mode doesn’t solve the problem, you can try putting the device in DFU mode. This may be the key to fixing the error if major data corruption is the cause. Follow these steps to put your iPhone XR in DFU Mode;

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer using the device’s original lightning cable. Open iTunes if it doesn’t automatically open.

Step 2: Turn off the iPhone XR as you normally would.

Step 3: Once the device is off, press and hold the Side (Power) button for about 3 seconds. Then press and hold the Volume Down button while still holding the Side button. Continue to hold both buttons for an additional 10 seconds.

If you see the Apple logo, you’ve pressed down the buttons for too long and you need to start the process all over again.

Step 4: Let go of the Side button but keep holding the Volume Down button for an additional 5 seconds.

If you see the recovery mode screen (Connect to iTunes) then it means that you have held the buttons for too long and you need to go back to the very first step. Make sure that you are holding the buttons only for the recommended duration.

If the iPhone screen remains black, the device is successfully in DFU mode. A message will pop up in iTunes prompting you to restore the device. Click “Restore” and then follow the on-screen instructions to restore the iPhone XR.

 restore iPhone in DFU mode

Contact Apple Support

If on the other hand, the problem is hardware-related, you can get it fixed at the Apple Store. Repairs and replacement for damaged parts can be done for free if the device is still under warranty. You might even get the device replaced if the issue cannot be easily resolved.

Make an appointment at your local Apple Store and the technicians will be able to get to the bottom of the problem in no time at all.

It is our hope that the solutions above have been helpful to you. Use the comments section below to let us know if the device has been fixed. Any 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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