The iPhone black screen of death is just as infamous as the Windows blue screen of death or the Xbox ring of death. This is a huge problem since it doesn’t allow users to interact with their phones at all. This is a common issue and if you’re one of the many users experiencing this issue, then you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, we are going to take a look at what causes the iPhone black screen of death. We will also give you a list of several methods you can try before taking your device to the Genius Bar. Let’s get started.
What is The iPhone Black Screen of Death?
For our readers who are unaware, this issue causes an iPhone to become unresponsive and show only a black screen. It has been reported by iOS users all over the world and it can be caused by multiple different things.
The iPhone black screen of death issue is a result of either hardware or software failures. Software failures are caused by a bug, an unoptimized app or an improper update. Hardware failures include breaking the screen, dislodging the display cable, malfunctioning logic board or an unhealthy battery. Software issues can be fixed by the user but if your iPhone’s hardware isn’t working properly, you will have to take it to the professionals.
If your iPhone shows a black screen while opening apps or does not turn on at all, then it’s quite possible that this is a software issue and the next section will help you fix it.
If you’ve recently dropped your iPhone on the floor or in water, and the screen doesn’t turn on, then it’s probably time to take it to a Genius Bar. It’s also considered a hardware issue if you can only see a brightly colored (usually red) line on the black screen.
How to Fix iPhone Black Screen Issue?
Here are a few things you can try to fix your iPhone screen. These are ranked from the simplest to the hardest, so we recommend that you try these methods one by one.
Method 1: Force Restart
A normal iPhone reboot won’t fix this issue. Apple recommends that you do a force restart whenever your iPhone becomes unresponsive. A force restart goes deeper than a normal restart and it will help you get rid of minor bugs. The steps involved in a force restart is different for different generations of iPhones.
Force restart for iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and newer models: Press and release the Volume Up button. Then press and release the Volume Down button. Then, quickly press the side button until the Apple logo appears.
Force restart for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus only: Press and hold the Side button and the Volume Down button simultaneously. Keep holding them until you see the Apple logo.
Force restart for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and older models: Press and hold the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button simultaneously and wait until you see the Apple logo.
If this method does not work, try charging it for about an hour and check again.
Method 2: Manage Apps
If a certain app is making the iPhone screen go black, then you should probably update that app to it’s latest version. Some apps can malfunction if they are outdated. To update an app, just follow these steps.
- Open up the App Store on your iPhone.
- Go to Profile (top of the screen).
- Scroll down to see the pending app updates. You can update the specific app that’s causing you issues or you can hit Update All.
If the app is still causing problems, then the best course of action would be to just uninstall it. To do that, just long-press on the app icon until they start jiggling. Hit the app you want to delete and then confirm.
Method 3: Update Using Recovery Mode
Recovery mode was created by Apple to help users fix software issues themselves. You’re going to need a computer and a fast Internet connection for this method. It’s simple and will fix almost any software issues you might be facing and you won’t lose your data either.
- Open up iTunes or Finder ( Catalina or newer) on your Computer.
- Connect your iPhone via the lightning cable and force restart the device ( check method 1). However, do not let go of the buttons even if you see the Apple logo. Only let go after the recovery screen appears.
- Your Computer will notify you when your device gets connected.
- You will a dialog box that says “There is a problem with your iPhone that requires it to be updated or restored”. Click on Update and your iPhone will reinstall iOS without deleting your data.
Method 4: Hand it Over to a Professional
If you’ve tried all of the above methods and you’re still seeing the black screen of death, then it’s time to visit the nearest Apple Store. The device is probably suffering from a display issue or a logic board issue and that cannot be fixed at home.
Check out our article How to Make Genius Bar Appointment in 2 Minutes to book a visit.
That’s all you need to know about the iPhone black screen of death. This is an annoying problem and we do hope that our article managed to help you out. If you have any doubts or suggestions on this issue, please let us know in the comment section down below and we will get back to you shortly.