You got a shiny new iPhone, and it was working great all the while. All of a sudden, the iPhone keeps restarting or rebooting randomly. Not once, not twice but repeatedly! That’s when it dawns on you that you’re in serious trouble. What’s the first thing you do? Of course, head to the Apple Store and get the damn thing replaced.
There is nothing so strange about rebooting an iPhone. Really. It could be due to quite a few evil things. For instance, faulty apps could be playing the spoil-sport, the flawed backup might be hurting your iPhone, and of course, there could be some hardware issue as well. So before going for the kill; it would be apt to try out some proven tricks to fix this random rebooting issue. Let’s cut the chase!
A New iPhone keeps Restarting?
If you got a new iPhone recently and are eligible for replacement without burning a hole in your pocket, the first thing that you do when you are stuck with an iPhone that keeps rebooting, shutting off or freezing is to head to the store or authorized service center and get it either fixed or replaced.
Older Models, Out of Replacement Period, etc.
For the rest of the crowd that isn’t as lucky, continue reading the article.
My iPhone keeps restarting! What do I do?
As mentioned above, the repeated rebooting of an iPhone could be due to several things. Hence, you might have to try out several solutions to fix the problem. Besides, you need to take care of a few basic things to prevent your device from burning on both ends.
Note: With iOS 11.3, Apple has introduced a robust power management feature called “Battery Health.” It’s designed to not just optimize the performance but also prevent the iPhone from unexpected shutdowns. This power management feature is compatible with iPhone 6 or later and doesn’t support any other Apple products. To know more about Battery Health, jump over to this post.
Solution #1: Hard Reboot Your iPhone
Force restarting your device is one of the first and simplest solutions you can try to resolve this issue.
Simply press and hold the Home button and ON/OFF button at once for about 10 seconds to hard reset your device.
On iPhone 7/7 Plus, you have to press and hold volume down and ON/OFF buttons at once.
To force restart iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, press and release volume up button, the press and release volume down button and keep pressing Sleep/Wake button until you see Apple logo.
Important: As a side note, make sure to charge your iOS device at the normal ambient temperature between 0º and 35º C (32º to 95º F). Low- or high-temperature conditions might affect the performance of the device and also change its behavior.
Solution #2: Turn Off Power Hungry Features When Not In Use
Continuous location tracking puts a lot of pressure on the device. As a result, it tends to heat up. Hence, use GPS tracking smartly and allow apps to track your location only when you need it.
Besides, turning off background app refresh can also help. Open Settings → General → Background App Refresh and turn it off.
Note: Don’t keep apps open in the background. Once you have used an app, force quit it. You can simply double-click the Home button to bring up app switcher and then swipe up to close the app. On iPhone X, swipe up from the gesture bar and hold. Then, simply touch and hold the app card you want to kill → a red button will appear; tap on it to force quit the app. You can also swipe up on the card to close it.
If you want to take complete control of other power-hungry features and maximize the battery of your iPhone, jump over to this complete guide.
Solution #3: Reset Your iOS Device to Factory Settings
If the problem persists, try resetting your device to factory default. It will remove all the login details and Wi-Fi passwords on your device. Though your data will remain safe.
Open Settings → General → Reset → Reset All Settings.
Solution #4: Update Apps
The old version of apps is known to create problems. They not only eat into a lot of power, run slowly but also become unresponsive time and again. Hence, it’s better to run only the updated version of apps. Head over to App Store → Updates → and update all the apps.
Additionally, clear the cache of apps from time to time to prevent them from cluttering your device:
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Solution #5: Get Rid of the Unused Apps
Are there some apps, which you hardly use or don’t need anymore on your device? If yes, it’s time to clear them away. There is no point in keeping the apps, which are of no use to you. It will not just retrieve some precious storage on your device but also help the iOS device run a bit more smoothly.
With iOS 11 or later, you can automatically offload unused apps on your device. The best thing about this feature is that it allows you to delete apps even without deleting their data. Hence, when you reinstall them, you can recover the data.
Solution #6: Clean Up Your Device
We have made a complete guide on how to optimize the performance of iPhone and iPad. Head over to eliminate junk files and improve the performance of your device. Refer it this guide shoot out the mess.
Solution #7: Delete Faulty Apps
No matter how strong and protecting the App Store is said to be, some apps aren’t really good for the health of your iPhone. One of these, possibly, could be ruining your iPhone experience. Did you download any new app that triggered the issue? It doesn’t matter if it’s a popular app or an app that no one has ever heard of. Just try deleting it.
Delete the app → Reboot your iPhone → Sync with iTunes and see if this sorts the issue.
Solution #8: Software Update/Restore From An Old Backup
No luck yet? Update your iOS device to the latest software. The old version of the iOS might be playing a dubious role. Settings → General → Software Update.
Just in case, you can’t update the software on your device, restore your iPhone as new using iTunes. As always, make sure to back up your device before going through the process.
To do so, connect your iPhone to the computer → open iTunes → Click on Restore iPhone and confirm. Then, restore your device from the iTunes backup.
In case you got lucky, things will be back to normal.
Note: If the problem continues even after restoring your device, go for the Recovery Mode + Restore option. Head over to this post to put your iOS device into recovery mode. To enter recovery mode on iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, check out this guide.
Solution #9. Check If Your iPhone Battery May Need To Be Replaced
The random rebooting of your iPhone could be due to the faulty battery. With your iPhone running iOS 10.2.1 or later, you can quickly find out if the battery of your device may need to be replaced. Jump over to this up front guide to know how it works:
Besides, you can always contact Apple Support for help and ask for the replacement of the battery.
Apple has decreased the price of an out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement by $50 — from $79 to $29. You can avail this offer if you have an iPhone 6 or later; starting in late January and available worldwide through December 2018. The tech giant will provide more details about it on apple.com.
The company will also issue an iOS software update in early 2018 with new features that will provide more clarity about the health of iPhone’s battery.
If you have an older iPhone and want to replace the battery of your device at less price, visit iFixit. It provides iPhone battery replacement kit starting at just $20.
Resolved the problem? As these tricks have worked for many users, I do hope they can click for you as well. Do let us know your feedback and whether or not you have got success with these solutions.