iPhone Stuck on the Apple Logo? Here's the Fix [2023]

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Clare Weaver
Jan 13, 20232 min read

Wondering why your iPhone is stuck on the Apple logo and how to fix it? You've come to the right place. Here you will find all the answers you want.

There's nothing more irritating than having your iPhone stuck on a white or black Apple logo and you can't boot the device properly. Fortunately, this situation is rare, and there are ways to troubleshoot it.

In this blog, we will tell you why your iPhone stuck on Apple logo screen and how to fix it in 5 ways.

Without wasting any more of your precious time, let's get started.

iPhone Stuck on the Apple Logo? Here's How to Fix It

Why Is My iPhone Stuck on the Apple Logo Screen?

When your iPhone displays a white Apple logo on a black background or a black Apple logo on a white background, it means your iPhone is starting up. Usually, you can access your iPhone normally after a few seconds. However, if your iPhone is stuck on the Apple logo for a long time, it must be something wrong with your system or hardware.

There are many reasons why your iPhone gets stuck on the Apple logo. The following are the main ones:

  • iOS system problem: update failed or system error.
  • Corrupted files were restored or transferred using Finder or iTunes.
  • Incorrect jailbreak process.
  • Downloaded apps and software are not compatible with your iOS.
  • Your iPhone is running out of memory (this is less common).
  • Hardware issues with your iPhone (For example, your iPhone has been dropped or water damaged.)

How to Fix "iPhone Stuck on the Apple Logo" Issue

Now that you know why your iPhone is stuck on the Apple logo screen, let's see how to unlock the screen.

Method 1. Force Restart Your iPhone

Force restarting your iPhone might help you fix the problem. Here's how:

  • iPhone 8 or later models (including iPhone 14): Press and quickly release the Volume Up button, then press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Then press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears.
  • iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold both the Side/Top button and the Volume Down button until the Apple logo appears.
  • iPhone 6s Plus or earlier models: Press and hold the Side/Top button and the Home button at the same time until the Apple logo appears.

Method 2. Update/Restore Your iPhone via Finder or iTunes

A forced restart might not solve your problem. In this case, use Finder or iTunes to repair your iPhone in recovery mode.

It's worth noting that restoring your iPhone will lose all content and settings on your iPhone. However, if you previously backed up your iPhone, you can restore files from your backup.

Her's how to fix your iPhone in recovery mode:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC via a USB cable.
  2. If you're using macOS Catalina 10.15 or later, open Finder. If you're using macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier, open iTunes. If you are using Windows, install and open the latest iTunes.
  3. Put your iPhone into recovery mode.
    • iPhone 8 or later: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Then, press and hold the Side button until you see the recovery mode screen.
    • iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold the Top/Side and Volume Down buttons simultaneously. Keep holding them down until you see the recovery mode screen.
    • iPhone 6s or earlier: Press and hold the Home and Top/Side buttons simultaneously until you see the recovery mode screen.
Recovery Mode iOS 12 vs iOS 13+
  1. Follow the instructions of Finder or iTunes to Update or Restore your iPhone. If you select Update, your iPhone will be updated to the latest iOS without data loss. If you select Restore, your iPhone will be erased and all your data will be lost.

    Restore iPhone in Recovery Mode
Tip
If you have an iPhone backup, you can restore your data after the restore is complete.

Method 3. Restore Your iPhone in DFU Mode

Recovery Mode can fix most problems with your iPhone. DFU mode can help if you can't put your iPhone into recovery mode.

Here's what you need to do:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC via USB cable.

  2. Open the Finder or iTunes.

  3. Put your iPhone into DFU mode.

    • iPhone 8 or later: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Press and hold the Side button. When your screen goes black, press and hold the Volume Down button. After 5 seconds, release the Side button but continue to hold the Volume Down button until Finder or iTunes detects that your iPhone is in DFU mode.

    • iPhone 7 or 7 Plus: Press and hold the Side button and the Volume Down button at the same time 8 seconds later, release the Side button while continuing to press and hold the Volume Down button until Finder or iTunes detects that your iPhone is in DFU mode.

    • iPhone 6s or earlier: Press and hold the Home button and the Side button at the same time. When your screen goes black, release the Side button while continuing to press and hold the Home button until Finder or iTunes detects that your iPhone is in DFU mode.

      Recovery Mode vs DFU Mode
  4. Select Restore iPhone on Finder or iTunes.

  5. After the restore process is complete, reset your iPhone.

Put iPhone Into DFU Mode on Mac

Method 4. Repair Your iPhone with a Third-Party Tool

If you find the above methods difficult, then you can try a third-party repair tool. The best part about the third-party tool is that it can fix a lot of iOS issues like iPhone stuck on the Apple logo, iPhone reboot loop, iPhone won't shut down, etc. Also, you don't need to know much about iOS, all you need to do is connect your iPhone with the repair tool and follow the on-screen instructions to proceed to the next step. That's it.

Method 5. Repair Your iPhone at an Apple Store

As we mentioned earlier, iPhone hardware issues can also make your iPhone stuck on the Apple logo. If none of the above methods work for you, you can have your iPhone repaired at an nearby Apple Store.

The Bottom Line

When you read this, you already have a better understanding of iPhone stuck on the Apple logo isssue. Hopefully, one of these methods solves your problem.

Keep in mind that backing up your iPhone is essential because unexpected things can happen while using your iPhone. If you've never backed up your iPhone, now is the time.

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