What to do when your iPhone is stuck in the boot loop

Campbell Adams | Last Updated: Mar 28, 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.

Your iPhone is suddenly stuck in the boot loop? It keeps turning on and off, and you are confused about what happened? In this article, I’ll introduce various methods to help you solve the problem.

Solve the problem on iPhone

Method 1. Force restart

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  • iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone 11,12,13: Press and then release the button for volume Up. Press and then release the button for volume Down. Next, long press the Side button and release it when the Apple logo appears.
  • iPhone 8 or iPhone SE (2nd generation): Press and then release the button for volume Up. Press and then release the button for volume Down. Next long press the Side button until the Apple logo appears.
  • iPhone 7 Series: Long press both the Sleep button and volume Down button at the same time and release them when the Apple logo shows up.
  • iPhone 6s or iPhone SE (1st generation): Long press both the Sleep and the Home button once and release them when Apple’s logo appears.

Method 2. Remove and then reseat the SIM card

Reseating your SIM card can fix the iPhone boot loop. Follow the steps below.

  1. Remove the SIM card from your iPhone’s tray using a paperclip or removal tool.
  2. Turn your iPhone on and check if the boot loop is terminated.
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  4. Put back the SIM card. The boot loop should have been terminated by now

Method 3. Clean up all apps

This method relies upon removing unnecessary apps and clearing of cache. Try the following.

  1. Clearing the cache of your apps
  2. Delete unused apps
  3. Delete the new apps you downloaded before the boot loop issue

Method 4. Reset all settings

iPhone boot loop may result from some unknown settings thus, resetting all settings on your iPhone may fix this issue and no data will be lost.

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. At the bottom, click on Reset
  4. From the available options. choose Reset All
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Solve iPhone boot loop with Perfix

iPhone boot loop can also be fixed via a professional tool, Mobitrix Perfix, that fixes iPhone problems instantly with no data loss. Perfix quickly fixes the iPhone boot loop with just a few and specific steps as shown below.

Step 1: Download on your computer, and install Perfix from the official website

Step 2: With your iPhone connected to the computer, launch it and select Standard Mode.

iphone black screen via standard-repair

Step 3: Click Fix Now

Step 4: Tap Download to download install the required firmware

Step 5: Click Repair

Your iPhone should now be fixed.

The advantages of Perfix over other methods is that:

  • No data is lost.
  • iPhone stuck at boot loop will be fixed instantly.
  • No need to use iTunes
  • Perfix is stable and user-friendly
  • Perfix easily recognizes devices.

Solve the problem with iTunes

To use iTunes use either of the methods below.

Method 1. While on recovery mode, update iOS

Step 1: Connect iPhone with iTunes on computer

Step 2: Once prompted on whether to update or restore to fix the problem, choose “Update”.

Few things to note about this method are:

  • Ensure your computer has the latest iTunes version installed.
  • Let the process finish uninterrupted.
  • Apple Configurator should be closed on your Mac

Method 2. Use recovery mode and update

Step 1: Connect iPhone with iTunes on computer

Step 2: After connecting, follow these steps:

  • iPhone 8 or later: Press then release the button for volume up. Press then release the button for volume down. Then, long-press the Side button till recovery mode appears.
  • iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, and iPod touch (7th generation): Long-press the Top (or Side) button and button for volume down once until recovery mode appears

Step 3: Having entered recovery mode, click Update

With this method, no data is lost. However, iTunes is user-unfriendly and may fail to recognize your iPhone. Moreover, this method is time-consuming.

Method 3. Restore iPhone from a backup

Using a backup to restore your iPhone can fix the boot loop problem.

Step 1: Connect iPhone with iTunes on computer

Step 2: At the top left, click on the iPhone button

Step 3: Select Summary

Step 4: Select Restore Backup

The good thing with this method is that no data will be lost and it’s the recommended approach by Apple.

However, it’s time-consuming and only applicable to those users who have their backup on iTunes

Method 4. Put your iPhone into recovery mode and restore (DATA LOSS)

To restore your iPhone while in recovery mode, simply enter recovery mode as shown in Method 2 above, and on the last option where you are prompted whether to update or restore, choose to restore.

ipad stuck on apple logo using recovery mode

This method is disadvantageous as all your data will be lost so ensure you have a backup. Moreover, iTunes is user-unfriendly and takes time to restore.

Method 5. Put your iPhone into DFU mode and restore (DATA LOSS)

Try this method only when none of the above methods work as it is risky and more technical to use

Step 1: Connect iPhone with iTunes on computer

Step 2: Enter DFU mode

For iPhone 6S: Long press the Sleep button while pressing the home button for like 8 seconds after which you release the Sleep button and not the home button. Keep pressing the home button up to when your iPhone is recognized by the computer.

iphone will not restore in recovery mode- iPhone6 and earlier versions

iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus: Long press the Side button while pressing the volume button for like 8 seconds after which you release the Side button and not the volume button. Keep pressing the volume button until your iPhone is recognized by the computer.

iphone will not restore in recovery mode- iPhone7s

iPhone 8 or later: Press the button for volume up then release, do the same for the button for volume down. Long-press the side button of the phone. Once you see a black screen, long-press the down volume button. Long press these buttons but release the Side button after 5 seconds while holding the volume down button. Follow the on-screen instructions that will display.

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Step 3: Select Restore and click OK in iTunes

Step 4: Press Restore iPhone

This method wipes all your data and previous settings, it’s recommended to first create a backup.


Turn to professional help

If your iPhone is still stuck at the boot loop, the last resort is to seek professional help by either of the two methods below

Method 1. Click here to contact Apple Support

Method 2. Visit Apple support communities and share the problem. A response will be given on how to fix the iPhone boot loop however, it can take long before someone responds.

Summary

To summarize, whenever your iPhone is stuck in a boot loop, something is causing this luckily, this article introduced the various methods you can use to fix this especially by using Mobitrix Perfix which is both fast, efficient, and saves all your data.