How to Fix an iPhone XR That’s Stuck on the Apple Logo

iPhone XR

We’ve all been there. While using your iPhone, you find your devices get stuck on the Apple logo. Worse, you just can’t get past it, and the normally pleasing image of the Apple logo quickly becomes a frustrating sight.

From there, nothing seems to work. You cannot use any of your device’s functions. You cannot even press the Home button. You can switch off your iPhone by pressing the Power button, but it doesn’t resolve your problem. Now, you’re probably panicking.

We understand how you feel, but know that you’re in the right place to learn how to fix your iPhone XR stuck on the Apple logo.

Solution 1: Force-Restart Your Device.

The first thing that most people do to fix the problem is to force-restart their iPhones that are stuck on the Apple logo. This usually works, especially when there are no other issues in the first place. And even if it does not work, it’s still worth trying, as it won’t do any damage to your device.

Here’s how to force-restart your iPhone:

iPhone 5, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, and SE

  1. Press the Home and Power buttons together for a few seconds.
  2. Once the screen goes black, release the buttons.
  3. Next, switch on your iPhone by pressing the Power button again until you see the Apple logo.
  4. Your iPhone should restart normally.

iPhone 7 and 7s

  1. Press the Volume and Power buttons together for a few seconds.
  2. Once the screen goes black, release the buttons.
  3. Switch on your iPhone again by pressing the Power button.
  4. Hopefully, your iPhone has restarted normally.

iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, and XS

  1. Press the Volume Up button.
  2. Press the Volume Down button.
  3. Press and hold the button on the side for 15 seconds.
  4. Make sure you perform the first three steps in a quick succession. Once your iPhone restarts, release the Side button.

Solution 2: Restore Your iPhone in Recovery Mode.

If your iPhone XR is frozen on the Apple logo, then one possible solution is to restore your device in Recovery Mode. Take note that if you do this, all data you have on your device will be erased, so make sure you have a backup handy.

For this solution, you’ll be using your Mac to troubleshoot the problem. That is why we suggest you download and install Outbyte MacRepair. This software will ensure your Mac can keep up with what you are doing without any speed issues or problems.

Here’s how to restore your iPhone in Recovery Mode:

iPhone 6s and Older Models

  1. Connect your iPhone to a Mac.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. On your iPhone, press and hold the Home and Power buttons together. Wait until the Apple logo appears.
  4. Keep holding the buttons until you get connected to the iTunes screen.

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

  1. Connect your iPhone to a Mac.
  2. Launch iTunes.
  3. Hold the Volume Down and Power buttons.
  4. The Apple logo should appear. Keep holding the buttons until you are connected to the iTunes screen.

iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, and XS

  1. Connect your iPhone to a Mac.
  2. Launch iTunes.
  3. Hold the Volume Up button and let it go quickly. Do the same with the Volume Up button.
  4. Press and hold the Side button until you are connected to the iTunes screen.

From the iTunes screen, you can enter Recovery Mode. Simply click Restore in the pop-up box and follow the on-screen instructions provided.

Solution 3: Restore Your iPhone in DFU Mode.

If force-restarting and restoring your iPhone in Recovery Mode did not work, you might want to attempt a Default Firmware Update (DFU) restore. Since this solution is quite serious and technical, we suggest you consider this your last resort. Failure to do it correctly will result in an irreversible data loss.

Here is how you restore your iPhone in DFU Mode:

iPhone 6s

  1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac using a lightning cable.
  2. Launch iTunes.
  3. On your iPhone, press and hold the Power and Home buttons for 10 seconds.
  4. Release the Power button first, but hold the Home button. If you release the Home button, your iPhone will go completely black.
  5. A notification will then show telling you, “iTunes has detected an iPhone in Recovery Mode.”
  6. Now, click on OK and select Restore iPhone.

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

  1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac with a lightning cable.
  2. Launch iTunes.
  3. Press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time for 10 seconds.
  4. Release the Power button first, but continue pressing the Volume Down button. A message should pop up saying that iTunes has detected an iPhone in Recovery Mode.
  5. Click OK to restore your iPhone in DFU Mode.

iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, and XS

  1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac using a lightning cable.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. Press and release the Volume Down button. Do the same with the Volume Up button.
  4. Hold the Side or Power button until the screen becomes completely black.
  5. Press the Volume Down button while still holding the Side button.
  6. Release the Side button after five seconds, but continue holding the Volume Down button.
  7. You will now be notified that iTunes has detected an iPhone in Recovery Mode.
  8. Click OK to restore your iPhone in DFU Mode.

Solution 4: Seek Help from Apple Experts.

If none of the first three solutions worked, then it is possible that the problem is associated with your hardware. If that is the case, you have these options:

  1. Set a troubleshooting appointment with Apple Support.
  2. Visit the nearest Apple Store and ask if an Apple genius can help diagnose your problem.

In Conclusion

We understand how frustrating it is to stare at your iPhone that’s stuck on the Apple logo, but we’re hoping that one of the solutions we presented above helped you with your problem. Just follow the solutions above, step by step, and your iPhone should be up and running normally in no time.

Let us know which solution worked for you! Comment it down below.

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