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iPhone keeps restarting

Recently, many Apple users have been telling us that their iPhone keeps crashing randomly under many specific cases - the iPhone would keep restarting, stop working, get stuck at the Apple logo, apps crash on launch, etc. Today in this post on MiniTool, we will focus on dealing with one of the typical problems - iPhone X/8/7/6 hanging and restarting.

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My iPhone Keeps Restarting

"I got my first iPhone (my first phone in general) for my 15th birthday. 1 month after I got it, my iPhone restarts on itself. I barely unlock it and get to the home screen and it turns off (it goes to the apple logo). Does anyone know what to do please?"source: forums.ea

In fact, the iPhone random rebooting is one of the most common problems you may encounter after the following scenarios: updating to the newest iOS system like iOS 11, charging the iOS device while plugging the device in a headphone, or connecting to a computer.

Moreover, the iPhone might continuously reboot due to four factors - bad update, malware attack, unstable driver and hardware issues.

If you find your iPhone keeps crashing and restarting, what should you do? Here we offer you some basic tips below to fix this problem. All solutions can be applied to all iPhone models including iPhone X/8/7/6s/6/5s.

How to Fix iPhone Keeps Restarting

The iPhone that keeps restarting can do so in two variations: intermittently, for example, every few minutes/seconds, or continuously and stuck in a restart loop (totally unusable). Here, we will show you the solutions for both of these two aspects.

Case 1: iPhone Keeps Rebooting and Can Enter Operation Interface

Solution 1: Update Apps to the Latest Version

When the iPhone keeps crashing and restarting, the apps could be the problem. Hence, updating apps to the latest version might be able to solve it.

1. Open the App Store.

2. Tap Updates section in the bottom left corner of the iPhone.

3. If you want to update all the installed apps, tap Update All. Or choose the ones you want to update one by one.

update Apps

Solution 2: Check and Remove Faulty Apps

If the app update cannot solve the issue - iPhone randomly restarts, what else should be done? Just check and remove the faulty apps. As is well known, app failure can cause the iPhone or iPad to restart and crash frequently.

So, just check whether you have downloaded any third-party app or updated app before iPhone keeps restarting. And then, uninstall the faulty app to see if the issue is repaired.

Solution 3: Update to Latest iOS Version

iPhone can frequently restart/crash every few minutes or seconds after being updated to iOS 11/11.1.2. Fortunately, the new iOS release from Apple comes with a bug fix.

Thus, you should make an iOS update to solve iPhone keeps restarting iOS 12 if the issue isn't fixed by app update/deletion.

To update iPhone iOS, go to Settings > General > Software to check if there is an update available. If yes, please download it first and then complete the installation.

update iOS

Considering that your iPhone keeps rebooting unexpectedly, we suggest updating iOS via the latest iTunes to fix iOS keeps crashing/restarting. For more information, click here.

Solution 4: Reset All Settings

If you have tried the methods above when your iPhone 7/6, etc. keeps restarting itself every few seconds or minutes but still are not able to solve the issue, the next thing you should do is to reset all settings. This is a well-known measure taken in case of system settings malfunction.

Steps to perform the operation:

1. Open Settings > General > Reset.

2. You may be asked to enter the passcode. And then, tap Reset All Settings to restore to factory default.

reset iPhone

All these ways are suitable only when your iPhone restarts constantly but still can turn on. But if iPhone keeps starting and won't turn on, how to fix it? Skip to case 2.

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Case 2: iPhone Stuck in Restart Loop and Cannot Turn on

Solution 1: Hard Reset

To put it simply, a hard reset is an effective way to resolve many problems. To fix iPhone restart loop, you should follow the guide below:

  • For iPhone 6/6s and the earlier models, hold down both Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for at least 10 seconds, then let go the buttons when Apple logo appears.
  • For iPhone 7 or 7 plus, hold down Volume Down and Sleep/Wake buttons at the same time for at least 10 seconds and then release them until you see the Apple logo.
  • For iPhone 8 and X, press and hold Volume Up button for a few seconds and quickly release it. Press and hold the Volume Down button for a few seconds and quickly release it. Finally, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and release it when seeing the Apple logo.

hard reset iPhone

After you force restart iPhone, perhaps the issue - iPhone keeps crashing and restarting can be repaired.

Solution 2: Pull Out Your SIM Card

Sometimes there may be a problem with the iPhone connection to the wireless carrier. As a result, the iPhone is stuck in a restart loop. Your SIM card connects the iPhone to the wireless carrier; hence, the best way to troubleshoot the iPhone keeps restarting issue is removing SIM card. After fixing the issue, remember to put the card back.

Solution 3: Clean iPhone's Charging Port

When charging or plugging in a headphone, the iPhone may keep rebooting. In this case, cleaning the lightning port of your iPhone will be a solution since the lint or dust in the port can result in charging or electrical connection problems. Just do this using a toothpick or small needle.

Solution 4: Check Battery

When the battery is damaged or wears out, iPhone keeps restarting when charging, especially using iPhone 6, 5S or earlier. Thus, please check if your battery can work properly.

Just connect the iPhone via an original cable to the power source. If iPhone doesn't restart over and over, change another cable or charger to try again.

If the issue still exists, it means the battery gets damaged and you must change the battery.

Solution 5: Restore Your iPhone in DFU Mode

As is well known, a backup is essential when something goes wrong. Restoring your iPhone can help restore to its original settings and fix a few software issues simultaneously. When restoring your iPhone, the software issue causing your iPhone to restart randomly may be solved.

Here we suggest performing a special restore that App offers - DFU (Device Firmware Update) restore. It is a condition in which the iPhone can be detected by iTunes but cannot load iOS or bootloader. To restore your iPhone in DFU mode, follow the steps:

1. Install the latest iTunes version on your computer.

2. Connect the iPhone to the computer.

3. Press and hold Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for about 10 seconds, release the Sleep/Wake button and keep holding Home button until iTunes detects the iPhone in recovery mode.

For different iPhone models, the ways to enter DFU are different. Read How to put your iPhone or iPad into DFU mode to learn more.

4. Go to Summary > Restore iPhone.

restore iPhone

If all the above solutions cannot fix the issue - iPhone keeps crashing and restarting, perhaps there is a hardware problem. And you can only contact Apple Support for help.

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Recover Lost Data after Fixing iPhone Restart Loop

In case the iPhone restart loop couldn’t be fixed, you can choose to recover important iPhone data. There are three ways offered.

Restore Data Using iTunes

iTunes can be used not only to restore iPhone X/8/7/6 to its original settings but also restore data from a backup stored on your computer.

Just install the latest iTunes version, go to Summary > Backups > Restore Backup and then choose a backup version according to the date and size to recover data.

restore iphone data with itunes

Tip:
1. This will only restore contacts, calendars, notes, text messages, and settings.
2. Besides, if your iPhone keeps restarting and cannot be fixed, this way is not suitable since you still cannot use the iPhone data. Just ignore this way and skip to next solution.

Recover Files Using MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS

Released by the MiniTool Team, MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS is professional but free iPhone data recovery software. Unlike iTunes backup restoration, this way can help restore some certain types of data to a computer or Mac and the recovered files can be directly viewed.

Also, this software is free and supports various data recovery including photos, videos, messages, contacts, call histories, etc. To restore all the data when the iPhone keeps rebooting, download its Free Edition on your computer or Mac for a try.

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Step 1: Launch MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS and enter its main interface where you can see three features. Here you should click Recover from iTunes Backup.

Tip: Recover from iOS Device  is not available after resetting to factory. And Recover from iCloud Backup File is only suitable for the version before iOS 9.

In this page, all iTunes backup versions that have been saved to the iTunes default storage path will be detected automatically by this freeware. Please choose a backup file based on the backup date and click Scan to next step.

choose recover from iTunes backup

Note: If no iTunes backup file is listed, it is probably that your iOS device hasn't been synchronized with iTunes or the iTunes backup file is stored in another path rather than the default location. Just click the Select button to manually select a backup file on your computer.

Step 2: Then the scan operation is in progress. Note that the scan time is determined by the size of iTunes backup file you have selected, hence, wait patiently.

Step 3: After completing the scan, all the result can be viewed on the left side. Just find out the files you want from the classification list. For instance, to recover photos after fixing iPhone keeps restarting issue, click Photos and App Photos file type, check the items and click the Recover button.

enter scan result interface

During the recovery process, you may find a limitation in MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS Free Edition. Simply put, it can only recover 2 videos/photos/app photos each time, recover 10 contacts/call histories once, etc. Thus, we suggest using its Full Edition so as to recover more data.

Step 4: In the pop-up window, you will see a default path and you can also click Browse to select another location. Finally, recover selected data to the specified path on your computer.

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Recover Lost Data from iCloud Backup

If there is no iTunes backup, what should you do to restore data in the event of iPhone start loop? If you have an iCloud backup, it is easy to recover lost data.

1. Just enter icloud.com, type your Apple ID and password.

2. Then, choose the file types from the following interface. For example, to recover pictures, click Photos to continue.

enter iCloud to restore data

3. Enter the interface with iPhone photos, choose the target items and click the iCloud download button to download them to your computer.

Bottom Line

iPhone keeps restarting & crashing? Now it's the time to fix it by following the above solutions based on actual cases.

If you have any solutions to iPhone keeps crashing and restarting or any questions regarding data recovery with MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS, please send your email to [email protected] or leave a comment in the following section.

iPhone Keeps Restarting FAQ

Why does my phone keep restarting by itself?
In most cases, random iPhone restarts can be triggered by a bad app, device overheating, loose battery, defective hardware, unstable driver, corrupted system software, etc.
How do I fix my iPhone restart loop?

It is easy to troubleshoot your issue when your iPhone keeps restarting. Just try these methods below:

  1. Update apps to the latest version
  2. Check and remove faulty apps
  3. Update to latest iOS version
  4. Reset all settings
  5. Hard reset
  6. Pull out your SIM card
  7. Clean iPhone's charging port
  8. Check battery
  9. Restore your iPhone in DFU Mode
How do I clear my iPhone cache?
  1. Go to Settings of your iPhone.
  2. Swipe down, find and tap Safari.
  3. Tap the Clear History and Website Data option.
  4. Confirm the operation by tapping it once again.
Why is my app crashing?
When upgrading your device software but forget to download app updates from the Play Store, the apps keeps crashing. Additionally, your apps may not function properly when your WiFi or cellular data is unstable or slow. Besides, if your phone lacks storage space, apps may also crash.
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