6 Solutions to Fix iPhone Stuck in Boot Loop (iOS 12 Supported)

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You may be suffering from restarting loops with your iPhone or iPad now when you find this article. Your device might get stuck in a boot loop when you turn on your iPhone after iOS 12/11.4 update, restoring iPhone from a previous backup, or even try to call a friend. You must have tried to switch on the device again, but as soon as the device opens, it starts to boot again.

This problem is common and can happen to any iPhone at any time for a variety of reasons, especially when upgrading to the latest iOS (iOS 12/11.4 for now). In this article, we are going to address this problem, showing you a few ways to fix it. Note that the methods work with almost all iOS devices including iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

iPhone Gets Stuck In The Boot Loop

Why Does iPhone Get Stuck in Boot Loop?

There are a lot of reasons why your device can be stuck in a boot loop. The following are just some of the most common reasons.

  • Malfunctioning Battery Connector

The battery connector can malfunction sometimes especially on the old devices. That means your device is not getting enough power, which causing the boot loop.

  • Software Update

Upgrading to the new iOS, for example iOS 12/11.4, can cause this as well. Your iPhone can get stuck in the middle of the update for any unknown reason, such as unstable connection between your device and your computer if you use iTunes to update your device, bad network connection if you update through OTA, which cause these anomalies.

  • Jailbreaking iOS

Jailbreaking can cause serious problems. If not done perfectly, your iPhone can break down and may not be able to perform even the simplest tasks.

6 Solutions To Fix iPhone Stuck in Boot Loop

1 Check the Battery Connector

Begin by checking the battery connector. If it is malfunctioning, the problem could be easily fixed by fixing the battery connector. If you are not very good at such stuff, we recommend that you fix it at an Apple store since any improper hardware changes will cause the device to malfunction. Once it's fixed, the device should be able to get adequate power. You can then just reboot the system and it should be back to normal.

Check the Battery Connector

2 Force Restart iPhone to Fix iPhone Reboot Loop

Another troubleshooting step to fix iPhone reboot loop is to force restart your device. To perform this, go around with the steps given below.

  • Get your iPhone and start pressing 'Power' button along with the 'Home' button when you have iPhone 6 and earlier models and if you have iPhone 7/7 Plus, press 'Volume Down' button instead of 'Home' button. While doing this, wait for the Apple logo to come on the screen. When you see the logo, release the buttons.
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  • If you have an iPhone 8, 8 and X, you need to press the 'Volume Up' button and release it immediately. Subsequently press the 'Volume Down' button and release it. Lastly, start pressing the 'Power' button until Apple logo comes into sight.
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3 Update iTunes to the Latest Version

When iPhone is stuck in boot loop after restoring iPhone or updating iOS using iTunes, the problem can be the result of an older version of iTunes. Therefore, if you tried the above methods and either of them didn't work, check your iTunes and see if it needs to be updated. To do this, proceed with the following steps.


  • Launch iTunes and click on the menu bar at the top.
  • From the menu, pick out 'Help' option followed by 'Check for Updates'.
  • Start following the instructions and get the new version installed.

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  • Click on the Apple menu and go to App Store.
  • Click on 'Updates' now and install the new version if there is any update available.

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4 Fix iPhone Stuck in a Boot Loop via 3rd-Party Tool without Data Loss

iMyFone D-Back for Win or iMyFone D-Back for Mac is basically a professional iPhone data recovery tool, which comes with a special feature--fixing iOS without data loss. It helps you fix your iPhone system to normal if your iPhone get the common problems such as stuck or frozen issues, iPhone boot loop, iPhone errors (unknown error 4013, 21, 9, etc), and other problems. Here are some of its features you would like.

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Steps to Fix an iPhone Stuck in a Boot Loop

Step 1: Download, install iMyFone D-Back on your computer. Run iMyFone D-Back on your computer after installation. Click on "Fix iOS System" option. Choose Standard mode from the 3 options offered

Choose  fix ios system

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to your computer and follow the instruction to enter DFU mode in order to allow iMyFone D-Back to recognize it.

Connect your device to your computer

Step 3: The program will find the corresponding firmware package for your iPhone. Click Download button and it will take several minutes to download the firmware. download  latest firmware

Step 4: After downloading and verifying firmware package, the program will start the repair process, which only takes a few minutes. Now, your iPhone will be back to the normal mode, and the boot loop must have gone.

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5 Restore iPhone from a Previous Backup to Get iPhone out of a Reboot Loop

To make your iPhone out of the boot loop, here is the another resolution that you can give a try. It is to restore your device with the previous backup you made. Please note that this method is not applicable for every iPhone that is stuck in reboot loop, because some devices may not recognized by iTunes. Although this is a great way to fix iPhone boot loop, it will overwrite your existing data in the device, so think twice before your do that. You can also backup your iPhone before performing this method. Since new iTunes backup may overwrite the old iTunes backup, we recommend that you use this free iPhone backup tool - iMyFone iTransor (renamed from D-Port Pro) which allows you to selectively backup your iPhone without overwrite any previous backup.

Anyway, the steps of restoring a backup to device are as follows:

  • Firstly, connect your iPhone to computer and open iTunes.
  • Click on the device icon. If your iPhone cannot be recognized, there will be no that icon.
  • Lastly, hit on the 'Restore backup' button from the main screen and select the preferred backup from the pop-up window. Hit 'Restore' you will be done.
  • restore iTunes backup to iPhone

6 Put iPhone into Recovery Mode to Fix iPhone Boot Loop (Data Loss)

In most cases, you can fix these issues by putting your iPhone into Recovery Mode and then restore iPhone via iTunes. To do that, follow these steps:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes.

Step 2. Keep pressing and holding the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for at least ten seconds, and don't release when you see the Apple logo. Keep holding until the iTunes logo appears on the screen.

Step 3. You'll know the phone is now in Recovery Mode because iTunes will pop up a window to tell you.

Step 4. Click Restore iPhone. iTunes will try to reinstall iOS without wiping your data. Wait for the update progress. If the progress takes more than 15 minutes and your iPhone exits recovery mode, check the instuction in this article to put your device into DFU mode and then try again. This will erase the content and settings on your device.

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If all the above methods don't fix the iPhone boot loop problem, your iPhone must get a serious hardware problem. Maybe it is a problem with motherboard. You might need to change a new iPhone. Contact Apple store to confirm that.