There are numerous reasons why your iPhone is stuck on the Apple logo. Perhaps you’re dealing with an error during a replace, or you’ve attempted to make system-level alterations. Regardless of the reason, there is a lot you can do to resurrect your iPhone and bring it back to life.
Second, you may have two options in front of you. To begin, we recommend doing a force-restart of your iPhone, which will not result in any data loss. If it does not work, you should attempt restoring your iPhone via iTunes, which is capable of erasing your phone’s contents.
1. Perform a Forced Restart of Your iPhone
To begin, we recommend that you attempt a force-restart of your phone, which will reboot your computer’s software. In most cases, this will address the situation and restart your iPhone that is stuck on the Apple logo.
To force-reboot an iPhone, you must press a combination of physical buttons. However, each iPhone generation features a unique set of buttons. We detail how this is performed on both newer and older cellphones below.
- iPhone 8 / iPhone SE (2nd Generation) & Newer Generations: Rapidly push and release the Volume Up button, followed by a rapid press and release of the Volume Down button. Finally, hold down the Side button until your iPhone restarts. As soon as you see the Apple emblem again, immediately launch the Side button (as soon as your telephone begins to restart).
- iPhone 7 / iPod Touch (7th Generation): Press and hold both the Top (or Side) and Volume Down keys simultaneously. Don’t forget to immediately activate the buttons when the insignia reappears.
- iPhone 6s / iPod Touch (6th Generation) & Previous Generations: Press and hold the Home and Top (or Side) buttons simultaneously until the Apple symbol vanishes and then reappears. Release the buttons immediately upon the reappearance of the insignia.
By following the steps above, you’ll force-restart your iPhone, causing it to end the current cycle of being stuck on the Apple logo. This means you can count on the insignia to vanish and then reappearing. However, give it a few minutes and your iPhone should properly initialize.
2. Restore the Software on Your iPhone
If the methods outlined above does not work, it may be necessary to make a more dramatic change. You’ll want to enter “Recovery Mode” on your phone, which will then prompt iTunes to destroy your phone’s contents and reinstall its software program (iOS).
What you want to do is as follows:
1. Recognize that this process is completed via iTunes. If you’re using a Windows PC, be sure you get the most recent version of iTunes. If you’re using a Mac, you should be aware that iTunes has been integrated into macOS’s Finder. However, it is always a good idea to start by replacing your Mac (Apple -> System Preferences -> Update). Then, as indicated below, use your iPhone to enter “Recovery Mode.”
- iPhone 8 / iPhone SE (2nd Generation) & Newer Generations: Press and maintain the Volume Up button, then press and maintain the Volume Down button. Lastly, press and maintain the Side button till you see the recovery-mode display screen.
- iPhone 7 / iPod Touch (seventh Generation): Press and maintain the Top (or Side) button and the Volume Down button at the identical time. You should hold holding these two buttons till the recovery-mode display screen seems.
- iPhone 6s & Earlier / iPod Touch (sixth Generation): Press and maintain the Home and the Top (or Side) buttons till you see the recovery-mode display screen.
2. At this point, you should get a message inviting you to connect your iPhone to iTunes. Connect your phone to your computer in this manner. As soon as iTunes recognizes your machine, it will prompt you to replace or restore it. You wish to accompany “Restore.”
Once again, be in mind that restoring your iPhone will delete all of its contents. After it is erased, your phone will reset to its “Welcome Screen,” prompting you to start over. However, if you have iCloud backups available, you can restore them and resume where you left off.
You should now understand how to restart an iPhone that has become stuck on the Apple logo.