What to Do When iPhone Wont Turn On

What to Do When iPhone Wont Turn On

Troubleshooting an Unresponsive iPhone

Oh, the dreaded iPhone black screen of death – I’ve been there, my friend. It’s a frustrating situation when your trusty iPhone just… stops working. No matter how many times you push the buttons, jiggle the lightning cable, or stare at it menacingly, it refuses to show any signs of life.

But fear not! As a seasoned iPhone user and self-proclaimed tech wizard, I’m here to guide you through the step-by-step process of reviving your beloved device. So, if your iPhone won’t turn on, let’s dive in and get to the bottom of this mystery.

Charge It Up

The first and most obvious step is to check the battery. If your iPhone is completely drained, it may not have enough juice to power on. Plug it into a wall charger and let it charge for at least an hour. [1] During this time, avoid pressing any buttons – just let it do its thing.

If you see the charging logo on the screen, that’s a good sign! Let it charge for a while longer, then try turning it on again. If it still won’t budge, move on to the next troubleshooting step.

Force Restart

Ah, the old reliable force restart. This trick has saved my bacon more times than I can count. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Press and quickly release the volume up button.
  2. Press and quickly release the volume down button.
  3. Then, press and hold the side (or top) button until you see the Apple logo.

This forces your iPhone to reboot, which can often resolve software glitches that may be causing the device to freeze or become unresponsive. [1]

If the force restart doesn’t work, don’t worry – we’ve got a few more tricks up our sleeves.

Recovery Mode

Sometimes, your iPhone may need a more thorough reset to get it back on track. That’s where Recovery Mode comes in. This special mode allows you to reinstall the operating system and potentially fix any deep-seated issues.

Here’s how to enter Recovery Mode:

  1. Connect your iPhone to a computer using a Lightning cable.
  2. On an iPhone 8 or later, press and quickly release the volume up button, then the volume down button, and finally press and hold the side button until you see the Recovery Mode screen.
  3. On an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, press and hold the volume down and side buttons simultaneously.
  4. On an iPhone 6s or earlier, press and hold both the Home and side (or top) buttons at the same time.

Once in Recovery Mode, you’ll have the option to “Restore” or “Update” your iPhone. I’d recommend starting with the “Update” option, as this will reinstall the operating system without erasing your data. [1]

Seek Professional Help

If you’ve tried all of the above steps and your iPhone still refuses to turn on, it’s time to call in the cavalry – or in this case, the experts at Apple Support. [1]

They’ll be able to diagnose the issue, determine if it’s a hardware problem, and guide you through the next steps. Whether that means a repair, replacement, or even a trip to the Genius Bar, they’ll make sure your iPhone is back in working order in no time.

Remember, don’t lose hope! With a little troubleshooting and the right support, you can get your iPhone back up and running, good as new. Happy tinkering, my fellow tech-savvy friends!


[1] Apple Support. “If your iPhone has a frozen screen, doesn’t respond, or gets stuck on the Apple logo.” Apple Support, https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201412.
[2] Axel F. “iPhone XR won’t turn back on.” Apple Support Communities, 23 Oct. 2020, https://discussions.apple.com/thread/251950308.
[3] u/Ineedhelphahah. “Help! My iPhone won’t turn on?” r/iPhone, 23 Oct. 2020, https://www.reddit.com/r/iphone/comments/108dsif/help_my_iphone_wont_turn_on/.



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