iPhone Stuck on Apple Logo After Update? 6 Real Fixes

  1. Published on Jul 13, 2021
  2. Updated on Sep 8, 2021
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As useful as an iOS update is, there are some people who have had horrific experiences soon after an iOS update.

One of the most problematic of these experiences is a device that gets stuck on the Apple logo soon after an update.

The device becomes unresponsive and you are unable to find out if the update was complete or even figure out how to fix it.

If your iPhone got stuck on the Apple logo soon after an update, read on to find out some of the options that you have when it comes to fixing the device.

What is Going on Here with the iOS Update?

What happens is the update process starts but doesn’t complete and the device ends up stuck on the Apple logo, completely unresponsive.

Therefore, the goal here is to complete the update process, turn on the device and get it working normally again. Fortunately, we have solutions that can help you do just that.

Force Restart Your iPhone

The first thing you want to do here is force restart the iPhone. This process is perfect for clearing any rogue apps that may be running in the background and that may have affected the update process.

The procedure to force restart an iPhone is different for the different device models. Choose a method below depending on your model;

iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button, press and quickly release the Volume Down button and then press and hold the Side button until the Apple Logo appears on the screen.

Force Restart iPhone 12

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Press and hold both the Power and the Volume Down button for at least 10 seconds. Let go of both buttons when the Apple Logo appears.

Force Restart iPhone 7

iPhone SE, 6s, and 6s Plus: Press and hold both the Power and the Home Buttons at the same time for about 10 seconds. When the Apple Logo appears on the screen, let go of both buttons.

Force Restart iPhone 6S

Fix iPhone Stuck on Apple Logo after Update Without Data Loss

If the issue runs much deeper, a forced restart may not work at all. In this case it may be a good idea to use an iOS system repair tool like TinyFix.

This program will go much deeper to find and eliminate the system issues that is causing the device to get stuck on the Apple Logo.

It is also very easy to use, just follow these simple steps to fix your device without losing data;

Step 1: Run TinyFix on your computer and then connect the iPhone to the computer using its lightning cable.

Step 2: Click “iOS System Repair ” in the main window.

 main screen of TinyFix

Step 3: Select “Standard Repair Mode” to begin the process.

Standard Repair Mode

Step 4: 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 5: 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

Erase and Restore Your iPhone in iTunes

Another way to eliminate the system errors that may cause a device to get stuck on the Apple Logo after an update is to erase and restore the device in iTunes.

But unlike fixing the device using TinyFix, this process will cause data loss, so, you may want to back up all the data on your device before attempting the steps below.

  • Step 1: Open iTunes on your computer and connect the iPhone to the computer using its original lightning cable.
  • Step 2: When the iPhone shows up in iTunes, click on its icon to select it.
  • Step 3: Click on the Summary section and then choose “Restore iPhone”.
  • Step 4: Click “Restore” again to confirm and iTunes will erase all data and settings on the device, before installing the latest firmware on the device.

Erase and Restore Your iPhone in iTunes

When the process is complete, the device will restart and you can then restore the data back on to the device and continue using it.

Perform a Recovery Mode Restore

Restoring the device in recovery mode will be useful if a simple restore fails to fix the problem. This is because recovery mode can deal with much deeper system issues.

To restore the device in recovery mode, you will first of all need to connect the iPhone to the computer, open iTunes and then follow these steps, depending on your model;

iPhone 8 or later;

  • Step 1: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  • Step 2: Press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  • Step 3: Press and hold the Top button until the shutdown process begins.
  • Step 4: Continue to hold the Top button until you see the “Connect to iTunes” screen (recovery mode screen).
  • Step 5: In the message that appears in iTunes, choose “Update” if you want iTunes to reinstall the iOS without erasing data on the device or “Restore” to erase all data and restore the device from a recent backup.

iPhone 8 or later in recovery mode

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus;

  • Step 1: Press and hold both the Power button and the Volume Down button at the same time.
  • Step 2: Continue to hold both buttons until you see the recovery mode screen.
  • Step 3: In iTunes choose “Update” to reinstall iOS without erasing the device or “Restore” if you would like to erase the device and restore it from a recent backup.

iPhone 7 in recovery mode

iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and SE:

  • Step 1: Press and hold both the Home and Power buttons at the same time.
  • Step 2: Continue to hold both buttons until you see the recovery mode screen.
  • Step 2: In iTunes, choose “Update” if you want to reinstall the iOS or “Restore” if you want to restore the device from a recent backup.

iPhone 6s in recovery mode

Wait for iTunes to complete the restore process. This process will typically take about 15 minutes. If takes longer, then the device will exit recovery mode and you’ll have to repeat the steps to put it back in recovery mode.

Wait for iTunes to complete the restore process

Avoid DFU Mode If You Are Not A Technician

You may have across websites that recommend performing DFU (Device Firmware Update) a solution to a device that is stuck on the Apple Logo.

But a DFU is on a very deep level, completely flushes out the iOS system and deletes every bit of code on the system.

There is a reason why Apple doesn’t have instructions to perform a DFU restore. When done incorrectly it can do more harm than good, messing up the device permanently.

It may help you if all the solutions above fail to work, but it is best avoided unless you really know what you’re doing.

Visit the Apple Store

Rather than attempt a DFU restore, it may be a better idea to make an appointment at the Apple Store to have the device examined by a professional.

Technicians at Apple may also be able to help of the problem is caused by hardware issues, which are much harder to diagnose and even fix.

Visit the Apple Store

Conclusion

Although they are not very common, stuck issues like this one can occur after an update. When they do, your best options are often restoring the device in iTunes, putting it in recovery mode or using a third-party iOS system recovery tool like TinyFix.

Whatever method you choose, we hope you’re able to get the device working normally again. If you’re still having trouble getting the device to work, contact us or use the comments section below to describe the issue in as much detail as you can and we’ll do our best to find solutions for you.

Aaron Roussey

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