iPhone XS Boot Loop? Here’re Must-Try Solutions

  1. Published on Oct 19, 2021
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A boot loop is often characterized by a device that keeps starting up over and over again, except that it doesn’t complete the startup process and therefore you never get to the home screen.

This is often a result of various iOS files not functioning properly, which is often caused by software and sometimes hardware errors.

More often than not, most people who complain about this problem say that it started soon after an iOS update. This often points to an iOS update process that was interrupted for one reason or another.

But it can also be caused by a malfunctioning battery connector, that prevents your device from getting adequate battery power or physical damage to the device.

Whatever the cause of the issue, the following troubleshooting steps should help you fix an iPhone XS that is stuck on a boot loop.

Force Restart your iPhone XS

Any time you have an iPhone XS that is not functioning as it should, the first solution you should try is a force restart.

A force restart is a good way to effectively eliminate some of the software glitches and close the rogue apps that could interfere with the operating system and cause this problem.

It is also a good way to simply refresh the device and optimize its function.

The following is how to restart your iPhone XS;

  • Step 1: Press and then quickly let go of the Volume Up Button.
  • Step 2: Press and then quickly let go of the Volume Down Button.
  • Step 3: Then, press and hold the Side button and only release it when you see the Apple Logo on the screen.

Force Restart your iPhone XS

If the iPhone XS is able to complete the startup process, then your boot loop problem will be fixed.

Update All Apps If You Can Still Get Into iPhone

Since this problem can be caused by outdated apps that may no longer be compatible with your device, you should update all the apps on the device.

This will obviously only be possible if a forced restart was able to temporarily stop the boot loop, but it is a crucial way to ensure that you can avoid the problem in the future.

Here’s how to update the apps on your device;

  • Step 1: Tap on the App Store from the Home Screen to open it.
  • Step 2: Then tap on “Today” at the bottom of the screen.
  • Step 3: Tap on your user profile icon at the top-right corner of the screen and you should see your account details.
  • Step 4: Scroll down to find the “Available Updates” section and tap on “Update” next to the individual app that you want to update. You can also just tap “Update All” to update all the apps at the same time.

Update All Apps

Reset All Settings on iPhone XS

Once all the apps are updated, you may also want to reset all the settings. This will serve to remove any conflicting settings that may have caused the issues in the first place, thereby reducing the chance that it could happen again.

Follow these simple steps to reset all the settings;

  • Step 1: Open the Settings from the Home Screen.
  • Step 2: Tap on “General” and then scroll down to tap “Reset.”
  • Step 3: Tap on “Reset All Settings” and enter the device’s passcode when prompted.
  • Step 4: Confirm that you would like to reset all settings and your device will restart automatically when the reset is complete.

Reset All Settings on iPhone XS

Fix iPhone XS (Max) Boot loop Using iOS Repair Tool

If none of the solutions above work to fix the device, it is likely that the device is suffering from a deeper software issue than previously thought.

The solutions above also assume that your device will turn on after a force restart. If that doesn’t happen, we recommend using an iOS system repair tool such as TinyFix.

This is a program that can repair deeper software issues without restoring the device to its factory settings, thereby persevering the data on the device.

The iOS System Repair program that we recommend you use has a simple interface to make the repair process quick and easy. And even more important, you can repair the iOS device without losing the data on the device.

The whole repair process takes just a few minutes. Begin by installing the iOS System Repair tool onto your computer and then follow these simple steps to use it;

Step 1: Connect the iOS Device to the Computer

Open the program from the computer after installation and then select “iOS System Repair” mode in the screen.

Use the original lightning cable to connect the device to the computer. The program should detect the connected device.

 main screen of TinyFix

Step 2: Select the Repair Mode

On the next screen you should see information about how the program works and the number of issues that it can fix.

Select “Standard Repair Mode” to repair the device without affecting any of the data on it and click on “Fix Now” to save your selected mode of repair.

Standard Repair Mode

Step 3: Download the Firmware

In the next screen, you will be requested to download the firmware needed to repair the device. Select the firmware that is most compatible with your device and then click on “Download” to begin downloading the firmware package.

The download of the firmware should take only a few minutes.

get the appropriate firmware

Step 4: Fix the iPhone XS Max Boot Loop Issue

Once the firmware package has been downloaded in its entirety, click on the “Fix” button to begin repairing the issue.

The whole repair process will take only a few minutes and your device will reboot when the repair is complete.

repairing the device

Restore your iPhone XS to Factory Defaults

This is also a good solution to try if a force restart doesn’t work. By restoring the device to it factory settings, you allow iTunes to erase all data and settings on the device and then restore it from the latest backup that you created.

This is therefore one of the best ways to remove any system or setting issues that could have caused the device to get stuck on a boot loop.

If you have a backup of all the data on the device on your computer, follow these steps to restore the device in iTunes;

  • Step 1: Use the device’s original USB or lightning cable to connect it to the computer
  • Step 2: If it is your first time connecting the device to the computer, then you may need to “Trust this Computer.” Just wait for the popup message to appear on your device and then follow the on-screen instructions to do it.
  • Step 3: The device should appear in iTunes. Click on the device when it appears to select it.  
  • Step 4: Go to the “Summary” section on the left side of the screen and then click on “Restore {iPhone’s Name} to start the restore process.
  • Step 5: Click on “Restore” again to confirm the process and then ensure that you keep the device connected until the process is complete.

Restore your iPhone XS to Factory Defaults

Perform a Recovery Mode Restore on your iPhone XS

This is the solution to choose if a simple restore as described above fails to fix the device or if your computer fails to detect the connected device.

To ensure that this process is effective, ensure that you are running the latest version of iTunes on your device and that you are using the device’s original lightning or USB cable to connect it to the computer.

If it is possible, allow iTunes to sync with the connected device to ensure that you have a backup of all the data on it. This will become very important later on as this process may cause total data loss.

When you’re ready, follow these simple steps to restore the device in recovery mode;

  • Step 1: With the device connected to the computer, press and release the Volume Up Button very quickly
  • Step 2: Then press and release the Volume Down button
  • Step 3: Press and hold the Side (Power) button and continue to hold the button until the “Connect to iTunes” screen appears on the screen. This will mean that you are successfully in recovery mode.
  • Step 4: iTunes will also detect the device in recovery mode and will prompt you to either “Update” or “Restore” it. To ensure that the device is completely repaired, choose “Restore.”

Perform a Recovery Mode Restore on your iPhone XS

Make sure that the device remains connected to the computer until the process is complete. If the repair process takes more than 15 minutes, it may exit recovery mode and you will need to repeat the process.

Perform DFU Mode Restore on your iPhone XS

A Device Firmware Update (DFU) restore is the last software restore that you can attempt because it is the deepest level of software manipulation that can be attempted on any iOS device.

It is a very effective solution although we recommend that you only use it if you are certain that the boot loop problem was not caused by a hardware problem. Attempting to put a device with damaged hardware components in DFU mode can cause the device to get bricked.

If you are sure you would like to try a DFU restore, follow these steps to do it;

  • Step 1: Connect the iPhone to the computer using its original USB/ Lightning cable. Open iTunes.
  • Step 2: Press and release the Volume Up button, press and release the Volume Down button and then press and hold the Side/Power button until the screen goes black.
  • Step 3: Without releasing the Side/Power button, press and hold the Volume Down button.
  • Step 4: Hold both buttons for about 5 seconds and then release the Power/Side button, but continue to hold the Volume Down Button until iTunes detects the connected device.
  • Step 5: Once the device appears in iTunes, let go of the Volume Down button and then follow the on-screen instructions to begin restoring the iPhone iTunes.

Perform DFU Mode Restore on your iPhone XS

When the device restarts, you will just need to set it up again to begin using it. You can perform a forced restart to exit DFU mode and hopefully, the boot loop issue should be gone.

What to Do if infinite Boot Loops Continue on your iPhone XS

If putting the device in recovery mode or DFU mode does nothing to stop the endless boot loop, we recommend trying a third-party iOS system repair tool like the one we’ve outlined above. They can be effective where iTunes fails, not to mention they won’t affect the data on the device.

But if the problem persists even after trying a third-party system repair tool, it is time to consider that the problem is hardware-related.

In this case, the best thing you can do is bring the device to the nearest Apple Store. Various hardware problems like a damaged battery connector have been known to cause this issue and Apple technicians will be able to quickly diagnose the problem and offer you solutions.

If the device is under warranty, hardware repairs may not cost anything at all. But it is important to make an appointment before visiting the Apple Store to avoid waiting long hours or getting turned away. You can call ahead or set up an appointment at the Apple Support Page.

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Aaron Roussey

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