If you’re an Apple device user, you’re probably looking forward to trading in your iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, or iPhone 12 Mini for a brand-new iPhone 13 in 2021. But while you wait, you probably noticed that the iPhone black screen and iPhone white screen issues are two of the most common problems on your device. You may have also come across the iPhone stuck in recovery mode problem in one of your older iDevices or the dreaded iPhone stuck on Apple logo problem, especially if you tried to jailbreak it at some point. Whatever the problem, it’s relatively easy to fix iOS system issues; however, you will need to have the right tools at your disposal. That’s what we’re covering here today: how to fix the iPhone black screen, iPhone white screen, and other common iOS errors that users regularly come across.
Different Methods for How to Fix iOS System Problems
In this section, we’ve listed some tried and tested methods to fix iPhone black screen and iPhone white screen errors since these are the easiest to deal with.
Method 1: Simple Force Restart
Apple recommends first trying to force-restart your device, and we’ve shown you how to do that on different models of iPhone.
- iPhone 8 and later models up to iPhone 12 variants: On the latest iPhone models, quickly press the volume up key and the volume down key in succession, then hold down the side button for a few seconds. If you did it right, you should see the Apple logo, after which you can release the side button. The phone will restart and it should be back to normal.
- iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (inc. 7th Gen. iPod Touch): On these slightly older models of iPhone, fix the iPhone black screen or iPhone white screen issue by pressing and holding down the volume down and side (or top) buttons simultaneously until the Apple logo appears, then releasing them at the same time.
- iPhone 6s and all older models: For the oldest group of iPhones, you can press and hold the Home key and the side or top button simultaneously until the Apple logo shows on your screen, then release them at the same time.
Method 2: Fixing App Issues
In some cases, the error is not because of any software issue but rather one of your apps that’s causing the problem. One way to determine the cause is to check and see if this happens with one app regularly or with a different app each time. If it’s just the one app, that’s the culprit. If you get the iPhone black screen of death or the iPhone white screen when using a particular app, you can do the following:
- Restart your device using Method 1 above.
- Make sure the erroneous app is not launching on startup and running in the background; if it is, close the process.
- Launch the App Store app and look for any updates in the relevant section. If you see an update available for the app that seems to be crashing, download and install it right away.
- After the update, restart your phone again and check if the problem has gone away.
Method 3: iTunes Restore
If neither of the methods above applies to your particular problem, you can restore your device to a recent backup that you took the last time you hooked up your iPhone to your computer. However, you should know that any recent data on your iPhone will be deleted and you won’t be able to retrieve it. The reason is that you’ll only be able to restore whatever’s been backed up. If your iTunes backup is not a recent one, we don’t recommend this method. If you still want to restore the most recent backup file, follow these steps:
- First of all, launch iTunes. Please note that this method only works with macOS versions older than 10.15 Catalina, which means Mojave and older versions. In Catalina or Big Sur, launch the Finder app.
- Now hook up your iPhone to the computer using the Lightning USB cable that came with the phone. You may see a security notification asking for a passcode or asking you to Trust This Computer. Enter the code or confirm the alert.
- In iTunes (or Finder), look for your device name and click on it. You should now be able to see a Restore Backup… button in the Backups section of the General tab.
- For the above step, you may get a message saying your software is too old. If you see that message, you will need to completely erase your device and start from scratch. If not, you can proceed to the next step.
- When you see the window containing the backups, click the dropdown menu and select the most recent one. If it’s encrypted, enter the password. Now click Restore and wait for the data to be synced with the computer. After the sync is complete, you can unplug the cable.
Obviously, the viability of using this method to fix the iPhone black screen or iPhone white screen issue depends on how recently you backed up the device. If the backup is old and you’re worried about losing data, opt for the final method.
Method 4: Use a Third-party Application – Wondershare Dr.Fone
Wondershare Dr.Fone is a one-stop solution for nearly every single issue that you could possibly come across with your iPhone. It will save you a ton of money and effort because there’s no need to take your device to the Apple authorized service center or the Genius Bar just for the “specialist” to wipe all your data and restore your iPhone to factory settings. Dr.Fone – System Repair (iOS) can resolve not only the black or white screen iPhone issue but a wide range of other problems.
Why Use Wondershare Dr.Fone – System Repair (iOS)?
- All common iPhone issues are able to fix without any data loss
- Issues that can be easily fixed include:
- iPhone black screen,
- iPhone white screen,
- iPhone stuck in recovery mode,
- boot loop error,
- screen frozen,
- random restarting,
- stuck in DFU mode,
- stuck on Apple logo,
- iPhone error 4013,
- and many others
- Downgrade to a lower iOS version without using iTunes and no jailbreak!
- Standard Mode for most common errors (no data loss) and Advanced Mode for complicated issues (wipes data)
- Works for all models of iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, including those running the latest iOS/iPadOS versions
- Features regularly updated to handle new OS versions
Simple Steps to Solve iPhone Black Screen of Death and Other Errors
- Download and install Dr.Fone – System Repair (iOS System Recovery) on your Mac or PC.
- Launch the Dr.Fone app on your desktop and select System Repair on the home page.
- Using the Lightning USB cable, connect the iPhone to the PC or Mac.
- Dr.Fone – System Repair (iOS System Recovery) will now detect your system and show you two options: Standard Mode and Advanced Mode. This is important: try Standard Mode first because it will retain your data. If it doesn’t work, you can use Advanced Mode, which will fix the problem but wipe your data.
- When you see your device model and system version on the screen, there’s also a Start button. Click that after confirming the details of your iPhone.
- Wait for the software to download the latest iOS version and verify the authenticity of the installer.
- Once it is verified, you’ll see a Fix Now button. Click that to initiate the iOS system recovery process.
- When you see the success message on your screen, you may unhook the device from the computer. Whatever issue you had before should have gone away by now. But even if it persists, you can click Try again and use the Advanced Mode option from the home page to fix the issue. The method for Advanced Mode is identical in all respects, with the exception that you’ll be choosing a different mode on the first page.
Dr.Fone – System Repair (iOS) can even fix your phone if it is not recognized by the software. In such cases, you’ll be shown on-screen how to put your phone into recovery mode or DFU mode so the software can proceed with the fix. That’s why Dr.Fone – System Repair (iOS) is so popular – it works under practically any condition except for major internal hardware failure and other serious problems.