How To Fix Your IPhone Not Starting

Does your iPhone fail to start when you turn it on? Does your iPhone not respond when you are trying to turn it on? Are you worried that this error may affect the important data that you have stored on your phone? This article will explain why this error happens and what you can do to get rid of it. Let’s go.

Why does your iPhone not turn on?

There are some reasons why this occurs:

  1. Your battery cable is not working properly, or your power brick has an issue when plugged in.
  2. You encountered some error while updating your iOS operating software to a newer version.
  3. Your iPhone’s hardware is a malfunction.

The third reason is the most problematic, as the only way to fix it is to bring your phone to an authorized Apple fixing store. With Apple’s new policies on stores and what is considered replaceable, it won’t be easy to find a place to fix and replace your iPhone’s hardware properly. This article will mainly focus on the first 2 problems and some possible workarounds for them.

How to resolve these problems

First, we need to identify which problem your iPhone is encountering to resolve it properly.

Try charging your iPhone with another charger.

Your charger might not work properly, thus not charge your iPhone properly. For that, you can try changing your charger to another one, preferably an authorized Apple charger that is compatible with your iPhone, plug the charger in and wait for 5 to 10 minutes before turning the iPhone back on. If the problem is with your charger, that should resolve it. If not, your iPhone might be affected by another issue. And if that’s the case, try one of these methods.

Resetting your iPhone’s hardware

For iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or iPhone X

  1. Tap the volume up button once
  2. Tap the volume down button once
  3. Press and hold the power button for a couple of seconds until the Apple logo shows up on the screen.

For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

  1. Press and hold the power button
  2. While holding the power button, press and hold the volume down button; hold both for 10 seconds.
  3. Wait until the Apple logo shows up on the screen

For iPhone 6 or older models

  1. Press and hold the power button
  2. While holding the power button, also hold the Home button. Hold both for around 10 seconds.
  3. Wait for the Apple logo to show up on the screen, and you are done

Using Dr.Fone Repair to fix the issue

Dr.Fone Repair is software that supports fixing errors and problems related to iPhones, iPods,… And it is going to be a beneficial tool to help you fix problems with your iPhone.


This software can deal with most problems that your iPhone often encounters. Most importantly, the software is straightforward to use, so easy that your parents can probably navigate it without any significant issue.

What can Dr.Fone Repair do?

  • It can fix common errors that iPhone users may encounter, like iPhone not running properly on start, black screen error, etc.…
  • Fix iTunes related errors, like iTunes 4013
  • Fix your iPhone without affecting your phone’s data
  • Provide support for all iOS devices like iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch
  • Provide support for iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus,…

Downloading Dr.Fone Repair

You can download the software for free on the software’s official website

How to use Dr.Fone Repair to fix your iPhone

Step 1: After downloading the software, proceed to install it and run the software. The UI when you first run Dr.Fone Repair will look something like this.

Choose the Repair tool to start the Repairing process

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to your computer through a cable connection. Then, wait a couple of seconds for the program to recognize your iPhone. After your iPhone is connected, press Start to begin

Step 3:   Now, the program will display your iPhone’s information. You can copy your iPhone’s Serial Number before moving to the next step

Step 4: Now, set your system to DFU Settings (The settings used for software updates on your iPhone). Then, you do as follows:

Step 5: After your system is set to DFU settings, the program will ask you to retype some of your system’s information’s like Serial Number, current iOS version, your type of iPhone…

After that, press Download.

Step 6: Now, the program will proceed to download the compatible updates

Step 7: Right after the firmware finishes downloading, a notification will pop up. Then, choose Fix Now to fix any error that your iPhone currently has.

Note: Make sure you choose to Retain native data to keep the data on your iPhone

Step 8: After that, the UI will look like this, which means the process is complete.

Restore your iPhone using iTunes

Suppose you do not want to use any third-party software to fix your iPhone. However, if you have not saved a copy of your data, this could be quite a hassle.

Note: Resetting your iPhone will change your iPhone back to factory settings, which means all of the data on your phone will be lost. We do this by using iTunes.

If you have decided to use this method, here is how you do it:

  1. Connect your iPhone to a computer with iTunes app downloaded
  2. Choose your iPhone and then move to the Summary tab
  3. Choose Restore iPhone…
  4. Confirm your selection and wait for iTunes to restore your iPhone

Restore the default settings on your iPhone (in DFU mode)

This will probably come as your last resort if all else fails. And unfortunately, this will delete all of your iPhone’s data.

  • Step 1: Connect your iPhone with a computer with iTunes using a cable connection
  • Step 2: Set your iPhone to the DFU settings

For iPhone 6 and older

  1. Press and hold the Power Button
  2. While doing so, also press and hold the Home Button. Hold both for around 8 seconds.
  3. Release the Power Button while still holding the Home Button
  4. Release the Home Button when the phone is set to DFU mode.

For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

  1. Press and hold the Power and the Volume Down button at the same time for around 8 seconds
  2. Release the Power Button while still holding the Volume Down button.
  3. Release the Volume Down Button when the phone enters DFU mode.

For iPhone 8 and newer models

  1. Press the Volume Up Button
  2. Proceed to press the Volume Down Button
  3. Quickly hold the Power Button until the phone turns off
  4. Press and hold the Volume Down Button and the Power Button at the same time for around 5 seconds. Then, release the Power Button while still holding the Volume Down Button.
  5. Release the Volume Down Button when the phone enters DFU mode.

Step 3: Now, iTunes will recognize that your iPhone is in Recovery mode. Confirm and recover your device.

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