Fix an iPhone Stuck on Apple Logo During Boot
Occasionally through the standard iOS upgrade process, but most commonly when jailbreaking, the iPhone can reboot and get stuck on the Apple logo at boot. This basically looks like the “” against a white or black screen.
Turning the phone on and off generally doesn’t help, as you’ll be continuously stopped at the white Apple logo and the iPhone never boots This is different than being stuck on Recovery Mode, which shows the ‘Connect to iTunes” graphic on the iPhone screen, but can be fixed in a similar manner by using DFU mode and iTunes.
You’ll need a USB cable, iTunes, a computer, and of course the iPhone (or ipad) to complete this job. This requires that the iOS device be restored, so have a backup handy or be ok with installing a new clean iOS.
Fixing iPhone Stuck On Apple Boot Logo
We’re focusing on iPhone here but this works the same on all other iOS devices too, including an iPad or iPod that is staying at the Apple logo during boot.
Before anything else, you should try to forcibly reboot the iPhone. Do this by holding down the Power button and Home button until the device shuts off and turns back on, signified by the Apple logo. That often works to move beyond the stuck Apple logo.
If that does not work, and the iPhone / iPad is completely stuck on the frozen Apple logo, you can restore the iPhone to fix the problem as described in these steps:
- Connect the iPhone by USB to the computer
- Launch iTunes
- Put the iPhone into DFU mode by holding the Power button for 3 seconds, while continuing to hold the Power button also hold the Home button for 10 seconds, now release the Power button but continue to hold the Home button for another 15 seconds
- iTunes will alert you saying an iPhone has been detected in recovery mode, click “OK”
- Now select the iPhone in iTunes and click on the “Restore” button
Restoring the iPhone will bring it back to working order, although if you like to jailbreak you will have to redo that, here’s the latest jailbreak info to help with that.
This can happen with any device, be it an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
So why does this happen, you may be asking. The most likely reason is that something has gotten corrupted or gone wrong during the iOS installation process or the jailbreaking process. Maybe a critical system file was improperly modified, or maybe a data error occurred, or maybe the device was restarted in the middle of installing the crucial system software. You’ll likely never know the exact cause, but the solution is simple enough.
Let us know in the comments if this DFU restore solution worked to get your iPhone unstuck from the the persistent Apple Boot Logo.