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9 Solutions to Fix iPhone Reboot Loop on iOS 16/15/14/13/12

Feb 22, 2023 • Filed to: Mobile Repair Solutions • Proven solutions


Getting an iPhone reboot loop is one of the most common problems in the iPhone. Especially when the new iOS 16/15/14/13 is launched, more and more users come across iPhone reboot issues after iOS 16 updates.

It has been observed that due to malware or bad update, the iPhone gets stuck in the boot loop. The Apple logo would flash on the screen and instead of booting it, the device will be restarted again. This will keep on repeating time after time to form the iPhone boot loop. If you are also facing the same issue, then don’t worry! We have come up with nine solutions to fix iPhone stuck in a boot loop.

Part 1: Why is the iPhone stuck in a boot loop on iOS 16/15/14/13/12?

There could be plenty of reasons for the iPhone reboot loop to happen. Before we explore different ways to resolve the iPhone boot loop problem, it is important to understand what causes this issue beforehand.

Software Update

Most of the time, a bad update can lead to the occurrence of an iPhone reboot loop or an iPad boot loop. If you are updating your iOS and the process gets halted in between, then it might cause this issue as well. There are times when even after completing the update, your phone might malfunction and have this issue.


If you have a jailbroken device, then chances are that it could have been affected by a malware attack. Try not to download apps from unreliable sources as it can make your iPhone stuck in the boot loop.

Unstable Connection

When updating with iTunes, the bad connection of the iPhone with the computer also will lead the iPhone stuck in the boot loop, where the update gets stuck halfway through and is unable to pick up where it left off.

If you have a jailbroken device, then chances are that it could have been affected by a malware attack. Try not to download apps from unreliable sources as it can make your iPhone stuck in the boot loop.

At times, a malfunction in one of the drivers or bad hardware can also cause this issue. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to overcome it. Let’s uncover them by taking one step at a time.

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Part 2: Backup your iPhone

We recommend you backup all data on your iPhone to avoid data loss before doing troubleshooting. If the iPhone boot loop issue is related to software errors, you may need to restore the iPhone to fix it, which will cause data loss. It is valuable to spend time backing up the iPhone if there are very important data on your device. Look across the simple steps to back up your iPhone:

1. Open iTunes on a Windows computer or Mac with macOS Mojave or earlier, or Finder on a Mac with macOS Catalina or later.

2. Connect your iPhone to a computer with a lighting cable.

3. Follow the steps to enter your device password or click "Trust this PC" on your device.

4. Select your iPhone > click "Back Up Now".

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Part 3: Fix iPhone boot loop with Dr.Fone - System Repair without data loss

Do you think backing up the iPhone is troublesome? Or the backup doesn't work. By following most of the other solutions to break the iPhone boot loop, you might end up losing your data. Therefore, if you wish to recover iPhone stuck in the boot loop without experiencing any data loss, then you can try Dr.Fone - System Repair tool. It is widely known to resolve various iOS-related issues (like black screen, white Apple logo, restart loop, and more). It is a part of the Dr.Fone toolkit and is compatible with all the leading iOS devices and versions.

If you wish to resolve the iPhone reboot loop issue without losing your data, then follow these steps:

    1. Start by downloading Dr.Fone from the download button below. Install it on your system (available for Windows and MAC) and launch it whenever you are ready. Choose “System Repair” to start the process, Out of all the provided options on the home screen,

      drfone toolkit

    2. As you can see there are two optional modes for you, "Android" and "iPhone" , choose "iPhone" to fix the iPhone reboot loop problem after you enter into the System Repair module. Then, Click on the first mode "iOS Repair" > "Standard Repair".

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      connect iphone to computer

    3. As the following window pop up, you need to connect the iPhone to the computer and then enter the Recovery Mode.

      Note: If your iPhone is unresponsive, you need to click "Guide" to put it on the Recovery Mode. If it is unable to enter Recovery Mode, try into DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode as the on-screen instructions show.

      select iphone model

    4. Then, you will see the firmware list, click "Download". Wait for a while as the application will download the firmware for your device. Make sure that your devices are connected to the system during this process and maintain a stable internet connection.

      downloading firmware

    5. After downloading the firmware, click on Repair Now and then the application will start to fix your iPhone system problem.

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    6. Your iPhone will reboot after the process completely and put in a normal mode. After the following screen shows up, you can check if your iPhone has been in a normal state.

      repair iphone system completed

    7. You can simply disconnect your device safely and use it without any trouble. If the issue still exists, then you can click on the “Try again” button to give it another go.

Part 4: Force restart iPhone to fix boot loop issue

This is one of the easiest solutions to break the iPhone reboot loop. Simply force restart your phone and break the ongoing power cycle.

For iPhone 8 and later devices like iPhone 14/13/12/11, press and quickly release the Volume Up key, then do the same on the Volume Down key. Then press the Side key until your iPhone starts again.

For iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, or earlier devices, this can be done by long-pressing the Home and Wake/Sleep buttons at the same time for at least 10 seconds. Your phone will vibrate and break the reboot loop.

If you have an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, then press the Volume Down and the Sleep/Wake button simultaneously to force restart your device.

Note: The iPhone will first shut down before starting again. Don't release the Side key during this process.

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Check out our YouTube video on how to force restart an iPhone (all models included) if you'd like to see it in action.

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If it doesn’t work, just try Dr.Fone System Repair to fix the iPhone stuck in the boot loop without any data loss.

Part 5: Update to the latest version

Sometimes, the iPhone boot loop issue is caused by the old operating system version. For example, if there are some new apps that are not compatible with the old ios version, your iPhone may be stuck on boot loop. So, the latest ios version can fix uncertain system/software bugs that are causing your iPhone to keep restarting.

To check if there is a new ios version available, go to Settings > General > Software Update. If an update is available, tap “Download and Install” to update.

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Part 6: Reset all settings

You can also try to reset the settings to the factory default settings. Because some settings can also cause the boot loop issue.

Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings.

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Part 7: How to fix the iPhone boot loop using iTunes/Finder

By taking the assistance of iTunes/Finder(Mac with macOS Catalina or later), you can break the iPhone boot loop and restore this iPhone as well. Even after putting your device on the recovery or DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode, you can follow this method to restore your device. But first, make sure your iTunes is the latest version. Learn how to break the iPhone stuck in the boot loop using iTunes by following these steps.

1. Connect iPhone 14, iPhone 13, iPhone 12, iPhone 11, or any other iPhone model to your system with a lightning cable and launch iTunes/Finder.

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2. Within a few seconds, iTunes/Finder will detect a problem with your device and display the following pop-up message. All you got to do is click on the “Restore” button to resolve this issue.

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3. If you won’t get the above pop-up, then you can manually restore your phone as well. Click on the "Summary" tab, and then click "Restore iPhone". Wait for a while as iTunes/Finder will restore your device.

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Using iTunes/Finder to restore your iPhone is usually a good way to fix iPhone stuck in a boot loop. But if it still failed, try Dr.Fone System Repair.

Part 8: Factory Reset iPhone to fix boot loop issue

If nothing else works, then you can always choose to factory reset your iPhone to break its reboot loop. Though, while doing so, your phone’s data will be wiped off completely. If you have taken its backup on iTunes/Finder, then it can be restored afterward. To recover from the iPhone reboot loop, follow these steps.

    1. Firstly, take a lightning cable and connect it to your iPhone. Don’t connect its other end anywhere else as of now.
    2. Afterward, long press the home button on your device for a few seconds while connecting it to your system.
    3. Now, launch iTunes on your system to put your phone into recovery mode. It will display the iTunes symbol on your screen. Simply let go of the home button. You have turned on the recovery mode on your device and can restore its backup with iTunes.

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While if don’t try other methods to fix the iPhone stuck in the boot loop, we really don’t suggest you use this way, because it will wipe up your iPhone data.

Part 9: Clean App Data to fix iPhone stuck in a boot loop

Rarely, the unsecured app will cause an iPhone stuck in the boot loop. We advise you not to download an app from unknown companies or not download the apps from the Apple store. It may cause your iPhone behavior.

Check whether the issue of the iPhone boot loop is caused by your app when your phone can enter the Settings. Just go to Settings-> Privacy-> Analytics-> Analytics Data menu.

See if any apps are listed repeatedly. Uninstall it and clean its data to check whether the iPhone reboot loop issue is fixed.

While if you can’t get in the Settings and your iPhone keeps in a reboot loop, try Dr.Fone System Repair.

Part 10: Contact Apple support to check the hardware problems

If all the above fixes don't solve the iPhone boot loop problem, I recommend you contact the official support team to check if the iPhone has the hardware problems if you are not tech-savvy since any improper hardware changes can cause the device to malfunction.

After following the above-stated suggestions, you would certainly be able to overcome the iPhone boot loop mode. Now when you know what to do when your iPhone stuck in a boot loop, you can surely resolve this issue in no time. If you are still facing any problems regarding your iPhone 14/13/12/11/X or any other iPhone model, then feel free to share your concerns with us.

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