iPhone Not Turning On? An Ultimate Guide to Fix It (2022 Updated)

Campbell Adams | Last Updated: Jan 12, 2022

5-year smartphone engineer, with rich experience in iOS software issues. He presents the most actionable solutions for readers in the most easy-to-understand manner.

  • If you are using the iTunes method, let me tell you in advance to keep a back of your data as you might lose it while using iTunes to restore your iPhone.
  • If it is related to some software glitches or problems, then I am here to help you solve iPhone not turning on through the following methods tried by myself to check credibility.

Oh no! Needed to reach somewhere urgently and noticed my iPhone won’t turn on. Does this happen with you too?

If yes, then we are in the same boat. I was stuck in the same situation some days ago. And I can truly understand how you would be feeling at the moment.

I tried so many ways to get my iPhone turned on again, all in vain. Luckily, some of the methods proved to be true, and one of them did wonders for me.

Are you curious to try these methods too? Well, you are at the right place because I listed them in detail for your convenience.

But before we move on, here’s something you must know. You will have to go through this guide till the end if you want to solve your ‘iPhone not turning on’ problem.

Reasons Why Your iPhone Is Not Turning On?

Understanding the cause is a major part. Most common reason for problems such as why the iPhone won’t turn on is software glitches; however, it can be a hardware issue too. Do not worry if you are still confused and don’t know what actually caused your iPhone to go all blank suddenly.

Here, I listed some possible reasons for the iPhone not turning on.

  • Software malfunction

Have you ever used jailbreaking to remove restrictions over your iPhone? Or downloaded an application from an untrusted source? Well, such happenings cause the iPhone's software to malfunction, which can result in the iPhone not turning on.

  • Hardware issues

Do you leave your iPhone to charge overnight? Sometimes, due to overheating or overcharging, the wiring system inside the iPhone can get damaged or burnt. Or the circuit board of the iPhone might not be in a good condition to function, causing your iPhone not to turn on.

  • Charging problem

Did you ever notice your charger works only at a particular angle or place? Well, that happens to me all the time. My charging cable keeps getting damaged. Same problem can be with your charging cable while you feel like it is an issue with the phone and start panicking.

  • Liquid damage

Have you ever mistakenly dropped your iPhone in water or used it with moist hands? Well, the worst of all the reasons, liquid damage is the most terrible. Sometimes getting a little moist in your iPhone is all it takes to cause a big problem like the iPhone not turning on.

  • Physical damage

Did you drop your iPhone lately, or do you remember any incident where it hit the ground accidentally? Well, if you didn’t. Someone in your family might have, especially kids. This physically damages the device and results in an extra expense of repairing.

How to Fix the iPhone Not Turning On?

As I said before, it is crucial to identify the problem or issue before looking for a particular solution to solve it. There are multiple reasons why is your iPhone not turning on. If you are having a hardware issue, you might need Apple support. However, if it is related to some software glitches or problems, then I am here to help you solve the problem through these methods. Plus all these methods are personally tried by myself to check credibility.

You do not need any technical knowledge to follow these methods. All you have to do is follow me and I will be explaining all the methods step-by-step. Let’s begin with the first method of the iPhone not turning on.

Method 1: Force Restart your iPhone

The first method you must try before looking at other methods is force restarting your iPhone. There are different steps for force restart for different iPhone models. To check them, you can click here.

But before you try force restarting, make sure your iPhone is charged, and you have plugged the original iOS data cable of your iPhone.

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Method 2: Use iTunes to Update iOS

The second I will be talking about is trying to update your iPhone's iOS system via iTunes. Using iTunes for an update does not cost you a loss of data; however, the method is not very user-friendly. It might get stuck while processing or does not come with a good success rate.

But it is free, and here are the steps if you want to try.


  1. Connect your iPhone to a computer and launch iTunes.
  2. Get iTunes to recognize your iPhone by following according to your model.

    • iPhone 8 or later: Press volume up then down. Keep pressing the side button until the recovery screen appears.
    • iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus: Keep pressing the side and volume down until the recovery screen appears.
    • iPhone 6S or earlier: Keep pressing the power and home button until the recovery screen appears.
  3. Go to the Settings and backup your data.
  4. Now, update your iOS system.
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If you have a lot of time, then iTunes can be a method to try. However, I waited hours for it to process but eventually it failed. Luckily, I found the quickest, safest, and most reliable method, Mobitrix Perfix, and it helped me recover my iPhone in minutes without any complication.

Method 3: (No Data Loss) Use Mobitrix Perfix to Turn Your iPhone on Successfully

What is Mobitrix Perfix? This might be your question if you are seeing or hearing this name for the first time. Well, Mobitrix Perfix is a third-party tool, you can always consider to solve software glitches and other malfunctions that cause iPhones, iPads, or other iOS devices to misbehave such as frozen or stuck screens, not turning on, and a lot more. To know more about Mobitrix Perfix, here are some advantages:


  • Secure your data
  • Faster and higher success rate than iTunes
  • The process is very easy to follow
  • Mobitrix Perfix is compatible with all iOS devices
  • Do not require you to download iTunes or finder


  1. Select the “Start” from the menu
  2. Click on “Standard Repair”
  3. Start Repairing
Mobitrix Perfix Standard Repair - Select Standard Mode

If you are using the iTunes method, let me tell you in advance to keep a back of your data as you might lose it while using iTunes to restore your iPhone.

Method 4: (Data Loss) Use iTunes to Restore Your iPhone

If updating the system via iTunes does not work, you can also restore your iPhone. However, it might cost you to lose your precious data during the process. I listed the steps to restore your iPhone via iTunes here for your convenience.


  1. Connect your iPhone to a computer and launch iTunes.
  2. Select your iPhone from the list.
  3. Select the ‘Restore’ option.
  4. Confirm and wait for iTunes to restore your device.
iphone screen went black via restore with itunes
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Let me warn you again. Before following the steps, make sure you have completely backed up your data as the process will delete all the data on your phone. Whereas Mobitrix Perfix keeps your data safe and secure to provide you a better experience.


We are done with all the methods, but I still feel like helping you get through the problem, so here I answered some questions you might be wondering over.

What if Your iPhone or iPod Touch Won’t Charge?

If you are having troubles with charging your iPhone or iPod, here is what you can do:

  • Check your adapter, charging cable, and power outlet if they are faulty or damaged.
  • Clean the dirt and debris of the charging port of your iPhone or any other iOS device.
  • Try force restarting your device.

What if It Is Caused by a Hardware Issue?

All the software glitches and issues can be solved with the professional tools and methods I explained above. However, if it is a hardware issue, it requires professional help from Apple or maintenance center support for repair. I won’t recommend you to solve hardware problems at home as they require technical details. Just imagine you dismantle your device but can’t assemble it in the end. That will be a disaster.


‘iPhone not turning on’ can be a very tense and stressful situation as you keep panicking if you will be able to use your iPhone again. But there is nothing to worry about. All the methods I explained above will work for you.

Though I would recommend you to go for Mobitrix Perfix because it really helped me in the situation where my iPhone X won’t turn on while I had to hurry for a call meeting.