You find that your iPhone wont turn on for no apparent reason.


No matter what you try to do, it still doesn’t fix a thing.


Well, you haven’t tried everything just yet and there a couple of ways that can bring it back from the dead.  In this guide I’ll show how you can fix your iPhone when it won’t turn on. 🙂



How to Fix When iPhone Won’t Turn On: 8 Ways 


Make sure to go from 1-8 accordingly.


1.  Charge Your Phone.

The very first thing you should do is to make sure your iPhone’s battery is charged enough to run the phone. 

Because think about it, how would your iPhone turn on if there was no enough power supplied to it?

So go ahead grab your iPhone and plug it in to charge like you normally would. Let it charge for 15-30 minutes. 

It may turn on automatically. If it doesn’t, just hold down your Power button to turn it on.

If you find none of that does absolute crap, then keep reading. 



2.  Check Your Lightning Cable and Your Charger.

If you find that your iPhone still won’t turn on, then try charging your iPhone with another cable and another charger.

You can also try to ask your parents, your siblings or any of your friends if you could borrow their iPhone so that you can try out charging their iPhone with your own cable and charger.

If your cable doesn’t work with their iPhone, then you’ve already found the problem! You just need to buy a new charging cable. 

However, if you find your cable works for their iPhone whilst it doesn’t work for yours then that means there must be something wrong with your iPhone and not the charging cable.

So what you can do is to charge your iPhone by connecting it to a USB port on your laptop computer. (If you’ve already tried this initially then this time try charging your iPhone using the wall charger.)

Learn more on how to fix if your iPhone won’t charge.



3.  Restart Your iPhone

Try restarting your iPhone, if you’ve tried both of the above methods and see if it now turns on your iPhone.

Just hold down your Power button for a few seconds. If your phone is off, then it should turn on. If it is on, you may see the slider asking you to turn it off.

It’s best if the phone was off that you let it turn on. If it is on, try restarting it by turning it off and then turning back on again.



4.  Software Crash.

A software crash is a pretty common problem that happens to a lot of Apple users. 

In such case the best way to get it fixed, is to do something called a hard reset.

A hard reset ain’t that really hard to understand. Just think of it as how you normally restart your iPhone but with this it clears more of your device’s unwanted garbage memory. (it’s NOT your storage. You won’t lose any of your data).


Sweet. So here’s how you do it:


If you’re on an iPhone 6S or older 

Step 1:  Go ahead and press and hold your Power button together with your Home button at the same time. Hold it for at least 20 seconds until the Apple logo appears on the screen.


If you’re on an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus

Step 1:  Go ahead and press the Power button and your Volume Down button at the same time. Hold it for at least 20 seconds until the Apple logo appears on the screen.


If you’re on an iPhone 8, 8 Plus or on iPhone X

Step 1:  Quickly press and release your Volume Up button then press and release your Volume Down button.

Step 2:  Then, press and hold your Power button (iPhone 8 or 8 Plus) or your Side button (iPhone X). Hold it until the Apple logo appears on the screen.


Still not turning on? Don’t worry, there’s still a couple of ways to you can save your iPhone. 



5.  iTunes to the Rescue.

Grab your iPhone and try plugging it into your computer and then open iTunes.

Now tell me, what do you see?

Do you see your iTunes recognising your iPhone? 

If it does, then make sure to back up your iPhone right away. 

However, if you find that your iPhone doesn’t show up in your iTunes, then try doing a hard reset while your iPhone is connected to your computer.



6. Check for Physical or Liquid Damage.

iPhones are fragile. iPhones are expensive. iPhones are, well, important. 

It’s important that you keep it from not breaking into pieces or  inviting it to go on a swim with you. 

But we’re humans, and we make mistakes and sometimes we might not even realize after we’ve dropped or spilled something on our iPhone that it has caused a certain degree of damage.

So in order to check if you’re iPhone has suffered from a water or a drop damage, just give your iPhone a good visual inspection of the outside of your iPhone and go through this list below and check off the ones as you inspect:

Are there any cracks on the screen? 

Is the charging port clean?  (it helps grabbing a soft brush to clean it) 

Are there any liquid stuck between the layers of your iPhone’s screen? 

Do all the buttons work? 

Check the speaker grills both at the top and below of the iPhone. Are there any water stuck in it?


Now if the damage is minor, Apple may ignore it and will probably replace your iPhone if it’s under warranty.

But if there’s significant liquid damage, then your iPhone’s warranty won’t cover for liquid damage unless if you have AppleCare+ which even then the service fee is only deducted and you’re still expected to pay quiet a lot. 🙁

If you find your iPhone is in great condition but it’s still not turning on, then there’s still one final solution that should fix it.



7.  The DFU Restore.

This is the deepest type of restore that you can do on an iPhone.

When you DFU restore your iPhone, there’s always the potential for something to go wrong because it is not like your regular restore method where you just tap one button to have it reset back to how it was when you first got it. 

It restores the very code that makes up the software of your iPhone. It’s complicated to explain but that’s the most simplest way to put it.



If your iPhone is damaged in any way, especially if it is water-damaged, then a DFU restore may break your iPhone.


Here’s how you can DFU restore your iPhone.

Step 1:  Go ahead plug your iPhone into your computer and open your iTunes. (it doesn’t matter whether your iPhone is on or off).


Step 2:  Now press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and your Home button (iPhone 6S and below) or the Sleep/Wake button and your Volume Down button (iPhone 7) together for around 8 seconds.


How do I DFU restore on my iPhone X, or iPhone 8 (or 8 Plus)?

I’m currently finishing up the guide for this, but in the mean time you can follow through with this great guide by Gadgethacks. 🙂



Step 3:  After 8 seconds, release the Sleep/Wake button but make sure to keep holding down the Home button (iPhone 6S and below) or your Volume Down button (iPhone 7 or 7 Plus) until you find it says “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode“.


Step 4:  Now you can let go of your Home button or the Volume Down button as your iPhone’s screen will be completely black which means it will has entered DFU mode. If you find it’s not, try again from Step 1.


Step 5:  Finally restore your iPhone using your iTunes (where you have your backup stored).


Done! Try turning on your iPhone and check if the restore has fixed it.



8. Call the Geeks.

If worse comes to worst, and if you still find that the iPhone wont turn on then what you can try to do is head over to your nearest Apple Store and talk with the Genius Bar.



Share this monster guide with anyone, your friends or your family and help them if their iPhone wont turn on.
They’ll appreciate it. 🙂



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