How to Fix iPhone Stuck on Apple Logo

Maybe your iPhone stuck on Apple logo while trying to download iOS 14 or update iOS 13 to the latest version. Maybe the iPhone froze on the black screen of death while resetting the device to factory default or after sluggish restore. Whatever could be at the heart of the problem, you can get rid of the black screen with these solutions at hand. So, let’s cut the chase without any further ado!

Why Your iPhone Stuck on Apple Logo?

Let me first get it out of the way! Though downtime during a software update often proves to be the main culprit behind the stuck Apple logo, miscellaneous software bugs and system failures are equally problematic. Not to mention, shady apps are known to trigger the black screen of death as well. Therefore, when looking for a fix for this issue, you need to go for solutions keeping all these things in mind.

There are multiple ways to fix the issue including the one that gets the job done quickly. And that too, without losing any data. Even if this fails, you are not completely out of luck. But keep in mind, other methods are radical. So, make sure you have the backup of your iOS device before getting on with the radical solutions.

Side Note: At times, system updates or even restore/reset take a little longer to complete. So, if you see the progress bar underneath the Apple logo, let the bar be finished.

What to Do When iPhone Stuck on Apple Logo?

Reboot Your iPhone

As you may have already guessed, we are going to first try out the “Hard Reset” aka “Force Restart” trick. Probably, the best part about it is that it sorts out the most common problems quickly. And if it works this time around as well, you will be able to resolve the “iPhone stuck on Apple logo” during software update right away even without using iTunes or Finder.

iPhone 8, 8, Plus, iPhone SE 2020, X and 11 Series

  • First off, press and release the volume up button. Then, press and quickly release the volume down button. After that, press and hold the side button until the device restarts.

How to Reboot iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max

iPhone 7/7 Plus

  • Hold down the volume down and sleep/wake buttons at one go until the device restarts.

Reboot iPhone 7-7 Plus

iPhone 6s or Earlier

  • Press and hold the Home button and sleep/wake button simultaneously until the device restarts.

How to Restart-Reboot iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Once your iPhone has rebooted, the stuck Apple logo will be gone. If it has, you are good to get on with your business as usual! But if the black screen hasn’t yet gone, move on to the next solution.

Use Recovery Mode

As the name itself suggests, recovery mode is known as a radical yet reliable troubleshooter for fixing stubborn issues on iPhone and iPad. When the iPhone stuck on Apple Logo, it can run and connect to iTunes/Finder, even without totally booting up the iOS. Hence, you can update the OS to a new version or restore a backup onto the device.

No matter what the problem is (of course related to software), you can trust it to rescue your device even from virtual death. So, we are going to bank on it to get the job done.

Important: On Mac running macOS Catalina or Big Sur, launch Finder. On Mac running macOS Mojave or earlier or Windows PC open iTunes.

Step #1. To get started, connect your iPhone to Mac or Windows PC and launch Finder or iTunes.

Step #2. It’s time to put the iPhone into Recovery Mode.

iPhone 8, 8, Plus, X or Later Users should try this to start recovery mode

  • Simply, press and release the Volume Up button.
  • After that, press and release the Volume Down button.
  • Now, hold down the Side button until the recovery mode screen appears.

iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPod Touch (7th gen) Users should try this to start recovery mode

  • Hold down the sleep/wake button and the Volume Down button at the same time.
  • Make sure to hold the buttons until you see the recovery-mode screen.

iPhone 6s or Earlier Users should try this to start recovery mode

  • Press and hold both the Home and the ON/OFF buttons simultaneously.
  • Be sure to hold down the buttons until the recovery mode screen appears.

Step #3. Next, a popup will appear saying something like, “There is a problem with the iPhone that requires it to be updated or restored.”

Make sure to click on Update to get rid of the “iPhone stuck on black screen of death” issue without deleting the data.

That’s it! iTunes/Finder will kickstart the process of downloading the relevant iOS version for your device. As for the process, it should take about 15 minutes.

If the whole process takes more than 15 minutes, you will need to put the device into recovery mode and update it again.

Use DFU Mode to Get Rid of Black Screen of Death

DFU (Device Firmware Update) is just as efficient as recovery mode when it comes to fixing complex issues. But do note that it requires you to eliminate all the existing data of your iPhone. So, ensure that you have already safeguarded/backed-up all of your data.

  1. First off, connect the iPhone to your computer using a Lightning cable and launch iTunes/Finder.
  2. Now, we are going to put the iPhone into DFU mode.

On iPhone 8/8 Plus, X Series, and 11 Series Users try this to enter in DFU Mode

  • Hold down the Side button for 3 seconds. While still holding the side button, press and hold the volume down button for 10 seconds.
  • After that, let go of the Side Button but continue to hold the volume down button for about 5 seconds. If the screen remains black, that means you are into DFU mode.

iPhone 7 or 7 Plus Users try this to enter in DFU Mode

  • Hold down the sleep/wake button for 3 seconds. While still holding the sleep button, press and hold the volume down button for 10 seconds.
  • Now, let go of the sleep/wake button but continue to press the volume down button for 5 seconds.

iPhone 6s or Older Users try this to enter in DFU Mode

  • Press and hold the sleep/wake button for 3 seconds. While still holding down the sleep/wake button, press and hold the Home button for 10 seconds.
  • Now, release the sleep/wake button but keep holding the Home button for about 5 seconds.
  1. When the device has entered DFU mode, iTunes will confirm that it has detected a device in recovery mode. Now, go ahead and restore your iPhone, wiping out all the existing data.

Once it has been restored, set up the device by following the instructions. Along the way, iOS will offer you the option to restore your iPhone from iTunes/iCloud backup. Choose the desired backup to restore the device.

Take Help from Third-Party Tools

Though the mention of third-party tools as a solution might seem to be merely a number, they have come a long way. For starters, they offer a more simplified solution to several complex issues including this one. So, at a time where none of the usual tricks are working and you don’t mind spending a few dollars, it wouldn’t be bad to check out third-party iPhone managers. The ones that I have tried and found quite handy are PhoneRescue, and dr.fone toolkit.

As these tools let you check out their functionality free of cost, you can give them a try before opting for the premium version.

Hopefully, You’ve Sorted Out the Problem…

So, that’s the wrap up of this guide about fixing the stuck Apple logo on the iPhone. Hopefully, the issue is no longer haunting your iOS device. Having been through this path a few times, I can say with confidence that force restart and recovery mode sort out the problem most of the time. And for those rarest of the rare occasions where nothing works, Apple Support is always there as the last resort.

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By the way, have you been able to take control of the issue? If yes, which one of the above solutions has clicked for you? Sound off in the comments.

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Jignesh Padhiyarhttps://www.igeeksblog.com
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.

39 COMMENTS

  1. ALL THOSE above info is wrong, basically called apple and the said connect with itnes and hold home button first with power button same time and it will give a reset itune screen and from this momemt let the iTunes update the firmware, worst case is that all data of 60 GB is lost as no backup performed

  2. Ever since I upgraded to 8.4, my phone has been locking up and randomly doing this. I’ve restored it and went back to Beta iOS 9 (Stable as ever now), but it still locked up today. I give up. I’ll let T-Mobile replace my device. I was really trying to hang onto this one, but it is screwed,

  3. For anyone panicking with time taken to restore, I had a 2.23GB download. This, on slow connection, can take 2-5 hours to download. This may be your problem, if so just wait and then the restore works fine.

  4. Well, I had pretty much problems, like crashing and stuff, then my iPhone finally gave up: All my manually installed apps (from the appstore) disappeared. I got enough, and deleted ALL the data from it, and started recovering the OS. Then it stuck on the boot logo. But thankfully, I could downgrade to iOS 8.1.2 from 8.1.3 to jailbreak again.

  5. I do NOT have a jailbroke phone. I have a 4s 32gb. It is nearly full. It’s been acting crazy the last day or so, freezing up, randomly restarting (prob using too many resources). I started deleting pictures today (thankfully I copied them all before this). I went to check to see how much space I cleared up in settings/general/about and I couldn’t access it, it kept crashing. I went to restart the phone and now it won’t go any further than the apple logo. I have everthing backed up to icloud. Will this program work for me and if it doesn’t, will I lose text messages if I reformat? (and apps?) Ugh this sucks. Wish I could buy an iphone 6. :-/

    • thought I’d update… I gave in and restored the phone. I restored from icloud backup and I lost NOT ONE ITTY BITTY ITEM. It even restored a half written text message that was never sent. IDk how THAT happened, but it was like the phone never got locked at all.
      The lesson here: BACK UP TO ICLOUD. PERIOD! ;)

    • I have the same problem right now, its not turning on, it goes to the apple logo then turns black, mine isn’t jailbroken either. for a couple days it was acting dumb too, apps crashing. how did you back it up through icloud?

  6. ok, so this worked almost all of the way. unfortunately after i did these steps another error came up after about 5 minutes of the downloads.It says “There was problem downloading the software for the iphone ‘iphone’. the network connection timed out.” With some arbitrary fine print below that. I’ve tried several times and it happens each time. what do i do?? please reply! thanks ahead of time.

  7. i did it but at the end of the process it says that device could not be found , i try it so many times it doesnt work please helpppppp i need my phone soooo much but i cant use it

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