How to Fix an iPhone Stuck on the Apple Logo

iPhone frozen or stuck on the Apple logo? Here's what to do

If your iPhone is stuck on the Apple logo during startup and will not load past the home screen, you may think that your iPhone is permanently broken. But that may not be the case. Here are a handful of ways to get your iPhone out of the startup loop and working properly again.

The steps in this article apply to all iPhone models.

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How to Fix an iPhone Stuck on the Apple Logo

Reasons Why an iPhone Gets Stuck on the Apple Logo

The iPhone gets stuck on the Apple logo screen when there's a problem with the operating system. It's difficult for the average user to pinpoint the cause of the problem, but there are a few common causes:

Ways to fix an iPhone stuck on the Apple logo.
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How to Fix an iPhone Stuck on the Apple Logo

There are three basic steps for solving an iPhone that will not load past the Apple logo. Failing these troubleshooting tips, consult Apple customer service, or visit an Apple Store for in-person support.

  1. Restart the iPhone. Poor cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity, app crashes, and other routine glitches can often be fixed with a simple restart. Restarting your iOS device may not fix this particular problem, but it is the simplest workaround and worth attempting. It only costs a few seconds of your time.

  2. Put the iPhone into recovery mode. When using Recovery Mode, you can connect to iTunes and install a fresh version of iOS or a backup of your data. It's a fairly simple procedure and solves the problem in some cases.

  3. Use DFU Mode. DFU (Device Firmware Update) Mode stops your iPhone partway through the startup process and allows you to connect to iTunes, restore the iPhone, load a backup, or start fresh. Using DFU Mode takes some practice because it requires a precise set of actions, but it is often effective.

If you tried all the above steps and your iPhone is still stuck, consult the experts. Make an appointment with your closest Apple Store to get in-person support.