How to Fix iPhone White Screen of Death

Don’t be scared off when you face the iPhone white screen of death. It is a common error that is often encountered by iPhone users. So keep reading to find why it happens and how to fix it.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jun. 28, 2021

Have you ever heard the iPhone white screen of death and scared by its name? If your iPhone appears white screen and void of all applications and icons, the problem may be the white screen of death. Its name makes it sound scary, but the issue may not be as severe as the words show. The methods introduced in this article can often fix it.

iPhone White Screen of Death

iPhone White Screen of Death

The Common Reasons for iPhone White Screen of Death

Although an iPhone white screen can be caused by many reasons, the most common causes are failed software updates, jailbreaks, and hardware:

  • Failed software updates or jailbreaks: If you try to update the Phone’s operating system and software, but the update fails. You may see the white screen on your iPhone. This situation is also common to see when you try to jailbreak your phone and fail.
  • Hardware problem: If you did not update the operating system or try to jailbreak your phone but you still have this problem. The other most common cause of the white screen of death is connections and contacts of the iPhone motherboard is loose or breaking. This problem appears after the phone has been dropped several times.

Whatever the cause of the iPhone White Screen of Death, try the following methods to fix it.

Way 1. Try to Tap Screen by Three Fingers at the same time

Sometimes, there is a small chance that you don’t have a white screen of death at all. Instead, you may have accidentally turned on screen magnification. In this situation, you may be zoomed super close in on something white which makes it look like a white screen.

If so, what you need to do turn off magnification: to hold three fingers together and then use them to double-tap the screen. If your screen is magnified, this way will bring it back to the normal view.

Or you can turn off magnification in Settings > General > Accessibility > Zoom > Off.

Way 2. Fix iPhone White Screen of Death without data loss

AnyFix – iOS system recovery is a piece of good news for those who are non-tech-savvy iPhone users. Providing with three recovery modes, AnyFix is designed to make ensure you can fix the 130+system problems on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV, like iPhone stuck on Apple LogoiPhone won’t turn on, and the device won’t charge, etc. With a professional team, AnyFix has helped many users solve their problems about the iOS system and received a lot of praise.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Please follow the detailed guide to make good use of AnyFix.

Step 1. You can Free Download AnyFix from our official website on your computer and launch it > Next, you need to connect your iPhone to the computer with USB cables.

Step 2. Then click the “System Repair ”option.

Choose System Repair in the Homepage

Choose System Repair on the Homepage

Step 3. Choose the category of “iPhone Problems”.

Select iPhone Problems

Select iPhone Problems

Step 4. AnyFix provides you three repair modes to ensure that you can fix almost all iPhone problems. Here we take the “Standard Repair” mode for example to show you how AnyFix can solve the problem without any data loss.

Choose Standard Repair Mode

Choose Standard Repair Mode

The Advanced Repair and Ultimate Repair will ease data on your device, please backup your important data before doing that.

Step 5. AnyFix can check your iPhone model > Click the “Download” button to get a matching firmware > To click the “Fix Now” button when download firmware completed > Then put your iPhone in recovery mode to let AnyFix repair.

Firmware Download Completed

Firmware Download Completed

If you think AnyFix is great please do not hesitate to Download the Free Trial to have an experience with the free features. AnyFix provides positive results and wins good feedbacks from users when it comes to fixing iOS-related problems.

Way 3. To Hard Reset the iPhone

Restart the phone may the most common way to help people to fix the iOS system problem. However, for iPhone white screen of death, when a regular restart does not help, the user needs to try a hard reset, which is a more powerful restart.

For iPhone 6 and earlier model:

  1. Push down both the Home button and the sleep/wake button at the same time.
  2. Keep holding them until the screen flashes and the Apple logo appears.
  3. Release the buttons and the iPhone will start up like normal.

For iPhone 7/7 Plus:

Hard Reset an iPhone 7

Hard Reset an iPhone 7

  1. Please hold the volume down and sleep/wake buttons simultaneously.
  2. Keep holding them until the screen flashes and the Apple logo appears.
  3. Release the buttons and the iPhone will start up like normal.

For the iPhone 8 / X / XS, and XR :

How to Hard Reset an iPhone

How to Hard Reset an iPhone

  1. Press the volume up button and let it go.
  2. Press the volume down button and let it go.
  3. Hold down the sleep/wake (aka Side) button until the phone restarts. When the Apple logo appears, let go of the button.

Force reset iPhone may cause data loss, before doing that you should backup your important data on the computer.

Way 4. Combination of Power + Volume Up + Home Buttons

If hard reset instructions do not work, please try this method which is another way to make your iPhone reboot. First, you need to press and hold the power button, volume increase button, and home button at the same time. Then you must keep holding these three buttons until the screen goes dark. A few seconds later the Apple logo should appear. Once you see the Apple logo, you should release all of the buttons and let the phone load.

There is no doubt that this method is only applicable to iPhone models with a “Home” button.

Way 5. Enter Recovery Mode

If the methods mentioned above do not fix your problem of the white screen, you need to put your iPhone into the recovery mode, then use iTunes to restore. But it should be noted that entering the recovery mode will result in the loss of device data, so please make sure that you have backed up the data in the device before starting to enter the recovery mode:

Enter Recovery Mode

Enter Recovery Mode

1.Please turn your iPhone off at first.

2.Open one computer with iTunes and connect one end of the USB cable to the computer. Make sure the iTunes program is not running.

3.The different models iPhone follow different steps:

iPhone 8 and later: Connect the other end of the cable to your iPhone, at the same time hold down the Side button.

iPhone 7 /7Plus: Connect the other end of the cable to your iPhone, at the same time hold down the Volume Down button.

iPhone 6S series and earlier: Connect the other end of the cable to your iPhone, at the same time hold down the Home button.

4.Please keep holding the Side/ Volume Down/ or Home button until the iTunes logo appears. It means that your phone is now in Recovery Mode.

5.Then you will see a window pops up in iTunes offering to let you Update or Restore the phone. Please click Update to resolve the problem.

Also Read: How to Fix: iPhone Won’t Restore from iTunes/iCloud Backup >

Way 6. Using DFU Mode to Restore your iPhone

If your iPhone still has not worked, then we suggest moving on to the DFU mode. This is the last step you can completely exclude a software problem. Here are the specific steps:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to a computer that has already installed with iTunes and open iTunes.

Step 2. Press and hold the “Sleep/Power” button and “Home” button at the same time for about 10 seconds. (Note: Before doing this please sure that your iPhone has already turned off.)

Step 3. After 8 seconds, you can release the “Sleep/Power” button while continue to hold the Home button until you see “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode.”

Step 4. Then release the Home Button and your iPhone screen should be completely black. That means your iPhone entered in DFU mode. If it is not, repeat the process from the beginning. (For iPhone 8/8 Plus, and X, please press and quickly release the volume up button and then press and hold the side button until the screen goes black.)

Step 5. iTunes can recognize your iPhone and restore the iPhone in iTunes.

Way 7. Try Apple Support

If you have tried all these methods but still cannot solve the problem, then your phone may have encountered a hardware problem. We recommend that you contact Apple as soon as possible to make an appointment for support at the local Apple Store.

The Bottom Line

Although this article is about fixing the iPhone white screen of death, iPod touch and iPad may have the same problem. Fortunately, the solution for a blank screen on an iPad or iPod touch is the same. So methods mentioned in this article can also help fix the iPad or iPod touch white screen. Don’t hesitate to download AnyFix and try it! If you encounter any other new issues on the iOS system, you can share it with us in the comments section.

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