4 Ways to Fix iPhone Stuck on Black Screen with Spinning Wheel

iPhone stuck on a black screen with a spinning wheel is not a rare problem. Many iPhone users find their iPhone just spinning when they are trying to restore iPhone to factory settings, when they update an iPhone since there is a new iOS (for example iOS 13/12.1) released, or when they want to restore an old backup to their new iPhone such as iPhone XR, iPhone XS (Max), iPhone 11 and so on. Besides, sometimes iPhone may be stuck on the black loading screen when you are trying to reboot your iPhone. Sometimes, this problem just happens suddenly without any sign.

You must be thinking about 'how shall I fix my iPhone that has a black screen with a loading sign'. Before you turn to the Apple Store for help, we have gathered some solutions that you can have a try to fix iPhone black screen spinning wheel problem on your own.

iPhone stuck on black screen with spinning wheel

Here is the comparison of all the above 4 methods in fixing iPhone stuck on a black screen with a spinning wheel.

Success Rate
Data Loss
Ease of Use
Time Needed
100% - works for iOS issues
No data loss
Force Restart
30% - may happen again
No data loss
via Recovery Mode
70% - sometimes successful
Wipes everything
via DFU Mode
70% - sometimes successful
Wipes everything

Option 1. Fix iPhone Black Screen with Spinning Wheel (Keep Data)

When your iPhone gets stuck on the black loading wheel, you need to look for a solution that can not only fix your iOS issues but also avoid data loss during the process. iMyFone Fixppo is the best tool that you can use to achieve this purpose. It guarantees no data will be erased or affected under Standard Mode.

  • Fixppo is released by iMyFone team which is frequently recommended by famous sites like Macworld, Makeuseof and so on.
  • It offers a 100% success rate for repairing iOS system issues.
  • Fixppo fixes not only iPhone stuck on spinning wheel issue, but also many other iOS problems like iPhone stuck on Apple logo, white screen of death, iPhone freezing issues and so on, even you use iOS 13/12.
  • Fixppo applies new innovative technology to fix iOS, which makes it the best iOS repair tool in the market.

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Guide to Fix iPhone Stuck on Black Screen with Spinning Wheel with Fixppo

Step 1: First and foremost, you need to install and launch iMyFone Fixppo on your computer. On the home page, choose Standard Mode from the 3 options. Then connect your device to the computer and click the "Next" button.

choose Standard Mode

Step 2: If your device can be recognized, you will be led to the next step. If not, you need to put your iPhone into DFU or Recovery Mode in order to allow the program to recognize the device model.

 enter DFU Mode under Standard Mode

Step 3: At this step, you need to download firmware to fix your device. All the firmware versions that you can use for your iPhone will be offered by the program. Choose the version you like and click 'Download'. You can now leave the rest to the program and wait for a short while.

download firmware under Standard Mode

Step 4: Tap 'Start' once the firmware has been downloaded and verified. This will initiate the automatic fixing. Any kind of iOS issue of your iPhone can be fixed and no data will be affected during the process. Once the process is successfully accomplished, your iPhone will restart normally. It won't be stuck on a black screen with a spinning wheel now.

finished fixing your device

Look, it is very easy, right? iMyFone Fixppo always provides positive results and win good feedbacks from users when it comes to fixing iOS related problems. Don't hesitate to download the free trial to have an experience of the free features.

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Option 2. Force Restart iPhone

You can force restart your iPhone to fix iPhone stuck on black screen with spinning wheel issue.

For iPhone 6s, SE or older models –

  1. Tap and hold the 'Home' and 'Sleep/Wake' buttons simultaneously as long as the Apple logo begins to appear.
  2. Release the buttons and let your iPhone start properly.

hard reboot iPhone 6

For iPhone 7/7 Plus –

  1. Push the 'Power/Lock' button along with the 'Volume Down' key until you see the Apple logo on the screen.
  2. Allow your iPhone to restart. It will not be stuck on black screen with spinning wheel anymore.

force restart iPhone 7

For iPhone 8/X/XR/XS (Max)

  1. Click on the 'Volume Up' key and let it go instantly, and repeat the same with the 'Volume Down' key.
  2. Hold down the 'Power' key and wait for the Apple logo to appear. Enter your password to start your iPhone.

force restart iPhone X

Option 3. Restore iPhone with iTunes using Recovery Mode

If you are opting to fix iPhone stuck on spinning wheel/loading circle by restoring it with iTunes through recovery mode, keep in mind that all the data on your device will be erased. Here are the steps to resolve the issue.

  1. You need to connect your iPhone to the computer prior to launching iTunes. Note: Make sure that the iTunes has been updated to the latest version and close it if it's open.
  2. Force restart your iPhone following the steps mentioned in 'Force restart iPhone' section but this time don't let go the buttons until your iPhone establish a connection with iTunes in recovery mode.
  3. Tap the 'Restore iPhone' button afterward and allow iTunes to wipe all data on your device, reinstall the firmware of your iPhone and restore your device to factory settings.
  4. Once the 'Restore' process is accomplished, set up your iPhone from scratch.

restore iPhone using iTunes

Option 4. If This Problem Randomly Happens - Fix via DFU Mode

If black screen with spinning wheel randomly happens to your iPhone, go back up your iPhone and then restore your iPhone using DFU mode. Generally, restoring the iPhone can fix lots of iPhone issues after update to iOS 13/12/11/10.

Here is the step-by-step guide to fix iPhone stuck on black loading screen/ loading circle problem under DFU mode.

      1. Get your iPhone and computer connected through a lightning cable and then launch iTunes when your iPhone is working normally. Now, make a backup of your iPhone prior to restoring it in DFU mode.
      2. Next, hold down the 'Sleep/Wake' and 'Home' buttons (iPhone 6S and older)/ 'Sleep/Wake' and 'Volume Down' buttons (iPhone 7 and latest) simultaneously for about 10 seconds. After releasing only the 'Sleep/Wake' button, wait for the 'iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode' notification. Leave the 'Home' (iPhone 6S and older)/'Volume Down' (iPhone 7 and latest) button afterward.
      3. If you are using iPhone 8 or iPhone X, press 'Volume Up' button, 'Volume Down' button and then Side button. Don't release the Side button when the screen turns black. Press 'Volume Down' button with Side button together for 5 seconds. After that, release the Side button, and keep holding the 'Volume Down' button for another 5 seconds.
      4. You have successfully entered DFU mode as your iPhone screen turns black. Tap the 'Restore iPhone' button and confirm your action by tapping 'Restore' to get your iPhone restored back to normal.

restore iPhone with iTunes

Note: After setting your iPhone as a new iPhone, you can restore your iPhone from the backup you've just made before restoring it to factory settings.

After checking all details about each method, we think you can make your final decision. Do not hesitate to try the one you prefer.

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