Why Won’t My iPhone Turn On? Here’s How to Solve It

why won't my iphone turn on

It’s a nightmare when your iPhone seemingly dead. After every method you tried, your iPhone isn’t going to turn on. Complicated hardware problems are hard to solve, but there are still some ways to solve your iPhone that won’t turn on.

There are some things that might cause your iPhone won’t turn on:

  • A software issue. This problem doesn’t really require you to be an engineer to solve your iPhone that won’t turn on. Your iPhone is probably turned on and only the screen that isn’t. Try restarting your iPhone to fix this.
  • An electrical issue. This problem might cause your iPhone to die, and required to charge but can’t be charged due to charging problems like the cable or the iPhone charger itself.
  • A hardware issue. This is a little complex and required service.

Force restart your iPhone

Regardless of which iPhone model you use, trying to make sure you can restart your iPhone is important as you don’t know whether your iPhone is really dead or only get stucks on a black screen, especially if you know your iPhone is fully charged.

Before force-restart your iPhone, you probably need to make sure whether you can restart through the screen:

  • iPhone 8 and previous models: Press-long the power button, drag the shutdown slider when you finally see it on your screen, wait until it’s completely turned off, then turn it on again.
  • iPhone X and next models: Press-long the power button first, and press-long the one of the volume buttons together while you keep pressing the power button, drag the shutdown slider, wait for it to be turned off, then turn it on.

If the above methods don’t work, try forcing-restart:

  • iPhone 8 and next models: Press the volume up button for one second, press the volume down button for one second, press-long the power button, and stop pressing until you see the Apple logo. Your iPhone will then restart itself.
  • iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus models: Press-long the power button, then press-long the volume down button together while you keep pressing the power button until you see the Apple logo.
  • iPhone 6s and previous models: Press-long the power button, then press-long the Home button together while you keep pressing the power button until you see the Apple logo.

Your iPhone may have a dead battery

If the above methods don’t work, you can try charging your iPhone, wait for a few hours until it turns itself on. You should see your iPhone turns on if your battery is completely drained.

Is your iPhone still turned off? You probably charge your iPhone the wrong way. Make sure your charging cable, the charger itself, and the lightning port is free from dust and are working properly.

You can find out which stuff that doesn’t work and which does by switching things and use them to another iPhone (if you have one).

Try not to charge from the computer, but directly from the AC outlet. Your computer’s port might not work properly thus failed to charge your iPhone.

If none of the above methods work, there’s nothing you can do other than bringing your iPhone to the Apple Store for service.


Dead iPhone is terrifying. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it. Before bringing it to the Apple Store for service to save more time (and money), the above things can be done to help solve your problem.

image: by Mia Baker

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