Try this effective method on all iPhone models now
iPhones are some of the best smartphones on the market, but they’re also not immune to everyday bugs.
In addition to slow performance, network drops, and camera glitches, some users also have trouble turning on their iPhones.
Troubleshooting an iPhone that won’t turn on can sometimes be quite a hassle, especially when the root cause of the problem isn’t clear. iPhones that won’t power up usually for a number of reasons, including software bugs, a depleted battery, or a serious hardware impact that can damage the phone’s internals.
These are the ways you can try if your iPhone won’t power on before having to take it to a service center.
You may have tried turning on your iPhone by pressing the side power button for a few seconds. If your iPhone won’t turn on, choose to force restart.
This is the feature that makes the phone reboot completely. Depending on the model, the steps to enable this feature may vary.
If you have an iPhone 8, iPhone SE (2nd Gen) or a later iPhone, including models with Face ID, follow the steps below. First, press and release the volume up button. Next, press and release the volume down button. Finally, press the side power button and hold until you see the Apple logo appear.
Here’s how to force an iPhone to restart and, in the process, fix any software issues that might have prevented the device from powering on.
For iPhone 7, users need to press and hold the volume down button and the side power button to perform. iPhone 6s or iPhone SE (1st Generation) users are advised to press and hold the power and Home buttons simultaneously and then release them when they see the Apple logo.
If your iPhone boots up and starts working properly, all issues are resolved. However, if your iPhone is still unresponsive, try the following method.
CHARGE IPHONE IN SOME HOURS
A completely drained battery can also cause your iPhone to not power on. When the iPhone battery drops to 0%, it turns off and displays a red battery indicator when the power button is pressed.
The iPhone stores a small portion of the battery, providing enough power to the display to display the indicator. However, if you don’t charge your iPhone for several days, the reserve battery will also run out, resulting in the device becoming unresponsive.
In such a case, you should plug your iPhone into the charger and let it sit for at least an hour. When the battery starts to charge back to full, iPhone turns on automatically.
However, if your iPhone doesn’t turn on after charging for several hours, check if the charger and charging cable are working properly by plugging in another device. Keep in mind that a completely drained iPhone battery can take up to two hours before there are any signs of recovery.
You can also clean your iPhone’s Lightning port to make sure that any dirt doesn’t interfere with power transmission. Try plugging your iPhone back in and check if it turns on after a few hours. If your phone won’t turn on, try connecting it to iTunes on your computer to see if a backup can be created.
RECOVERY DATA WITH ITUNES
If your iPhone won’t turn on even after doing a reboot or charging it for a few hours, you may have to do a factory reset.
However, before you reset your phone, you should try to create a backup as this will erase all data.
You will need a computer (preferably a Mac) with the latest version of iTunes. Connect your iPhone to your computer with a Lightning cable. Open iTunes on your computer. Check if the app shows an iPhone icon to the right of the Music tab. If the icon shows up, you can back up your iPhone.
Click the phone icon, then select Summary. In the Backups section, click Back Up Now. It may take your computer a few minutes to create a backup for your iPhone.
However, if the phone icon doesn’t appear in iTunes, you won’t be able to create a backup. In this case, you will need to rely on an older iCloud backup to restore your iPhone.
If you can’t back up your iPhone, there’s nothing you can do but contact Apple Support and send the phone in for repair. If the problem is severe, the service center can provide you with a replacement device until they can resolve the problem on your iPhone.
To reduce the odds of a similar problem happening in the future, you should check the battery health regularly. iPhone battery life decreases after long use.
iPhone battery health must be 80% or higher for optimal performance. To slow down battery aging, Apple recommends keeping your iPhone battery between 20 and 80%.
To protect your iPhone from damage, you might consider using a protective case and screen protector. Also, make regular iCloud/iTunes backups and keep your iPhone’s software up to date.