How to Fix an iPhone that Keeps Restarting

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iPhones are one of the most celebrated smartphones, and chances are, you’ve come to rely on yours on a daily basis. Like other iPhone users, you enjoy the easy dependability you almost always get. The ‘almost’ part comes in when your iPhone keeps restarting. As it turns out, that unbearable moment you find your iPhone restarting and getting stuck on that Apple screen is actually one of the most common issues with iPhones. If you find yourself trying to fix an iPhone restart issue to no avail, this guide will walk you through the process.

Before you actually get to fixing your iPhone’s restart issue, you should backup your data. If your iPhone keeps rebooting, but will allow you to operate it, go to Settings. From there, click your Apple ID, then iCloud, and then select iCloud Backup.

Another thing to look at, no matter what iPhone you have, is the physical phone itself. Cleaning out your charge port or removing your SIM card can be the solution you’re looking for. Your iPhone may have an issue with an aging battery, so try different chargers to see if it’s a cable issue, or a battery that needs replacement.

Then, make sure that you have the latest updates on your apps. Sometimes apps have bugs that an update will fix, but if you find certain apps still causing issues, it’s time to delete them. After that, make sure your iOS is updated to the latest version. Now, nobody is excited when they have to factory restore an iPhone, although it can be an effective fix. That said, it’s better to leave a complete reset as a last resort. However if you still can’t solve your restart problem, try these solutions: 

iPhone 6 Restarting Fix

When your iPhone 6 keeps restarting, there are a few main fixes you should try before taking it into the Apple store. Before you try doing anything like resetting your phone, make sure you backup your data.

  1. Eliminate Battery Drains:

Apps that suck up a lot of battery can make your iPhone heat up over time. This leads to excess stress on the battery, and your iPhone. GPS is a good example: if you don’t really need your location on, turn it off and preserve your battery.  Avoid allowing apps to run in the background, and force close them when you’re not using them.

  1. Restart Your iPhone:

If you have an iPhone 6, you’ll hold down the Power button and the Home button at the same time. Do this for 10 seconds, and your iPhone will restart. If your iPhone is stuck in a restart loop, this should break the cycle.

  1. Backup Data with iTunes

If your iPhone 6 is still acting up, you may have to factory reset it. Unfortunately, that will wipe all your data from the phone. If the reboot cycle is still going on, it’s going to be more difficult to backup your iPhone. Use a cable to connect your iPhone to your computer and open the iTunes store. Simply select Restore iPhone, and you should be able to get your iPhone back in shape from a previous backup.

iPhone 7 Restarting Fix

If your iPhone 7 keeps restarting, take these steps to fix it: 

Option 1: Force a Restart

Sometimes doing a ‘hard reboot’ will stop the cycle of restarting. To force restart your iPhone 7, hold down the On button and the Volume Down button at the same time. Hold the two buttons down for 10 seconds.

Option 2: Check for Updates

First, check that your iOS is updated to the latest version. Go to Settings again, and select General, then Software. If there’s an update available, download it. Then go into your app store and update all your apps. You can also choose to restore your iPhone 7 to a previous update, which may take care of any issues resulting from a newer update.

Option 3: Clean up Apps

If your iPhone 7 still won’t stop restarting, you’ll need to clean up your apps. Sometimes simply clearing the cache of your apps is enough; in other cases you’ll need to delete unused apps, or ones with frequent issues. If you can’t remember whether you downloaded a new app before the restarting issue, you can check the analytics in your iPhone 7. 

iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus Restarting Fix

If your iPhone 8 Plus keeps restarting, make sure you backup your data and check for updates. Then, if your iPhone 8 is still rebooting, try these things to fix it: 

  1. Force Restart

Like other iPhone models, the best thing to try first is forcing it to restart. To restart your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, first press the Volume Up button and release. Repeat immediately after with the Volume Down button. Then press down on the Power button until the Apple logo appears.

  1. Look for Apps with Issues

If you haven’t chosen the option to automatically delete unused apps from your iPhone 8, you go through and uninstall them manually. Certain apps use a lot of battery and frequently use location services, so try disabling the app, or location when you’re not using it. You don’t have to go to Settings to do this, just tap your Home button twice, and you’ll see your open apps. Then just swipe up, which will close the app, and prevent it from running in the background.

  1. Work with Updates

If you’ve already followed the previously mentioned steps and updated your apps and iOS, there’s another way ‘updates’ can help. If you connect your iPhone to your iTunes store, you can choose to restore your iPhone 8 Plus to an older update. If the new updates didn’t fix your restart issue, going to an older update may fix it. 

iPhone X, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Restarting Fix

If your iPhone X keeps restarting, don’t panic, there’s a likely solution. Take these steps first to fix the restart cycle:

  1. Force Restart First

The first thing to do when your iPhone X keeps restarting is to force a ‘hard reboot’. If your iPhone X is stuck on a restart loop, this is the best chance to get it to stop. For this model, quickly press the Volume Up button, and then the Volume down button (release immediately with both). Then hold down the side Power button until the Apple logo comes up.

  1. Update to Newer Software, Then Older

Much like the other iPhone models, updating the apps and iOS on your iPhone often fixes a restart problem. That said, if the problem happens to be with a more recent update, hook up to your iTunes store and restore your iPhone to a previous backup.

  1. Optimize Your iPhone X’s Performance

Sometimes iPhones can get weighed down by a bunch of little extras. Running background apps, keeping GPS on, and neglecting ‘clutter files’ can add up to a bigger problem. They all drain your battery, and make it difficult for your iPhone to achieve peak performance. Get rid of old apps, turn off apps and GPS when you’re not using them, and get rid of digital clutter. Clear the caches of your apps and browser to get up to speed, and delete unnecessary files

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