How to fix iPhone stuck on white screen?

What to do if your iPhone screen goes completely white, shows no app icons, and no longer responds to your requests? And what is the reason? Here we will see how to restore iPhone to working condition and restore your data ideally as it was…

Do you turn on your iPhone and it gives you a white screen? Don’t panic, it is possible to troubleshoot the device. Depending on whether this failure is “software” or “hardware” in nature, the operation will be more or less easy. Here we will see what can be done to restore the iPhone system to normal.

What can cause a white screen?

In very rare cases, the problem can be caused by the white part of the image being enlarged too much. Then it is enough to enlarge the image with three fingers.

Often the cause of the white screen is an incomplete or illegal (according to Apple) system update.

  • The most common reason is this: the iOS update failed to complete as expected due to a premature shutdown of the device.
  • You tried to install a “jailbroken” version of iOS and it was detected as such and rejected. “Jailbreak” versions are created by developers who overcome certain limitations of iOS. It may be that the jailbroken version is not installed properly or Apple has blocked it.

In these two cases, you need to force restart.

Forced restart

The way to force a restart varies between models.

iPhone 8 Plus, X and later models

1. Short press the volume up button;

2. Press the volume down button for a short time;

3. Press and hold the side button (right);

4. When the Apple logo appears, usually after 10 seconds, release the side button.

iPhone 8 / iPhone SE / 6S and earlier

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button (below the screen) at the same time. Release them when the Apple logo appears.

iPhone 7/7 Plus

Press and hold the volume down button and the power button at the same time. Release them when the Apple logo appears.

When the iPhone restarts, it may return to its “normal” state. You find your configuration as it is: your app icons, data (photos, videos, music, etc.) and settings. In this case, it is not necessary to go further. However, in most cases, the iPhone starts the “Recovery / DFU” mode.

Recovery / DFU mode

“Recovery / DFU” mode provides a reset of the smartphone. Found as in factory condition. stands for DFU Device Firmware Update, therefore Updating the device software.

Recovery mode:

  • deletes data from the device;
  • Download the latest version of iOS;
  • Reinstall iOS.

iPhone data recovery

If recovery mode is enabled, you will then need to restore your iPhone to its previous state with your apps, photos, videos, notes… For this, the device will use your iCloud account or the last backup you made on your iCloud account. computer. This obviously assumes that such backups have occurred.

Once Recovery if implemented, several options are possible.

  • If you have backed up your data in iCloud and you have a new iPhone, then iPhone offers to restore iPhone data from your iCloud account.
  • Otherwise, you need to pair your iPhone through USB/lightning cable to Mac, find iPhone listed in Finder and open it. You will then have the option to recover iPhone data.
  • If your Mac is running a version of macOS earlier than 10.15 (Catalina), the iPhone entry doesn’t appear in the Finder. In this case (or if you have connected the iPhone to the PC), you need to download iTunes. After that, you will have the option to restore your iPhone data after the last backup, either on iCloud or on the computer in question.

In Windows 11, as of January 2023, Apple no longer manages iTunes and has replaced it with the Apple Devices app for backup/sync/restore operations.

iPhone Physical Repair

If the manipulations shown here do not result in the iPhone working again, the problem is at the hardware level.

In this case, it is entirely possible that the cable connecting the iPhone’s motherboard to the screen has become loose or damaged after one or more drops of the device. After that, the device should be taken to a specialized repairer.

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