How To Bring Dead iPhone Back The Easy Way: Tips & Tricks

Apple devices is one of the finest and most popular smartphones in the market nowadays. But despite being known for it,  just like with any smartphones, Apple devices can also experience some malfunctions. One of it is a Dead iPhone. It does not necessarily mean a ‘dead’ iPhone per se, it basically means an either won’t turn ON or shuts down completely for no apparent reason but there are ways to try to bring a dead iPhone back to working again. 

A Dead iPhone is quite common and can be caused by a variety of reasons. Before trying to fix a dead iPhone, it is ideal to learn first what have caused the problem to have a better understanding. Learning the caused allows you to decide which appropriate interventions to take to bring back dead iPhone back. You need to determine whether it is caused by a glitch in the software or a hardware problem. In some instances, an iPhone becomes dead if it comes in contact with water. Most of the time, an iPhone becomes dead if its battery needs a replacement. 

Whatever the reason why you are experiencing a dead iPhone, below are potential solutions to try in order to bring it back to function again. Some of the solutions can actually work but do not have high hopes since the success of the solutions solely depends on the cause why an iPhone becomes dead or won’t turn ON.



If you suspect that the battery is the culprit why your iPhone is dead or won’t turn on, you may need to replace it at the local store nearest you. It will be pretty obvious and you will know it for sure if you’re battery needs a replacement since you will be aware of its usage as well as its battery health. You can either buy a new battery and have it installed or if your iPhone is still on warranty you can have it replaced. 

How to check battery health:

  1. Go to Settings from the home screen of your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down from the list of options and tap on Battery
  3. Then tap on Battery Health

The health of your battery will be shown as well as a prompt message if it needs to be replaced. When it needs to be replaced, you may need to replace it. Do not wait to replace at the time the iPhone is dead.


When an iPhone becomes damaged physically such as when it gets wet or submerged into water. Water damage can often lead to damage on your device causing it to be dead. Another cause for a hardware damage on your iPhone is when you use a charger that is not compatible or if you are using a faulty wiring cable. Make sure to use an MFI cable to prevent damage on your iPhone.


This is considered to be one of the simplest and easiest solutions in trying to fix a Dead iPhone or any iOS related problems. Most of the time, force restarting your device resets and refreshes your iPhone in the hope to make it work again. 

The steps on how to force restart an iPhone varies with the different key combinations for different model.

How to force restart:

For iPhone 8 and later model:

  1. `1. Press and then release Volume Up button
  2. 2. Press and then release Volume Down Button
  3. 3. Then, Press and hold Power/SleepWake Button until the Apple logo appears.

For iPhone 7 and 7Plus:

  1. Simultaneously press and hold Power/SleepWake Button and Volume Down Button.
  2. Wait for Apple Logo to appear, then release pressing both buttons.

For iPhone 6s and earlier model:

  1. Press and hold the Power Button and Home button at the same time.
  2. Wait for Apple logo to appear.
  3. When Apple Logo appears, force restart will now begin.
  4. Wait for iPhone device to normally restart.


This is one of the many and perhaps the final step when trying to troubleshoot your device for software related problems. Placing your dead iphone into DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode, might be able to help fix dead iPhone.There are many users who have tried this solution actually helped bring back a dead iPhone to be working again. Although this removes and deletes all its data and contents. If you are the type that back up data once in awhile, lucky for you because you can still restore and retrieve those data later on.

How to put the iPhone in DFU mode: Make sure that iTunes you will be using is also updated. 

For iPhone 8 and later models:

  1. Connect Dead iPhone to iTunes using a lightning cable
  2. Press and release Volume Up button
  3. Then, press and release Volume Down button
  4. Next, press and hold Power/SleepWake button.
  5. iTunes will now put dead iPhone into Recovery Mode
  6. Click on Restore.

For iPhone 7 models:

  1. Connect Dead iPhone to iTunes using a lightning cable
  2. Simultaneously press and hold the Volume Down and Power/Sleep Wake button
  3. After a few seconds, release pressing Sleep/Wake button but continue to hold Volume Down button
  4. Itunes will now put dead iPhone into Recovery mode
  5. Click on Restore and follow the onscreen instructions

For iPhone 6 and earlier models

  1. Connect dead iPhones to iTunes using its USB cable.
  2. Press and hold Home button and Power/SleepWake button at the same time. 
  3. After a few seconds, release pressing Sleep/wake button while continuing to press the Home button. 
  4. iTunes will now detect iPhone into recovery mode.
  5. Click on Restore


Updating to the latest software even if your iPhone is dead can be possible when using iTunes to update it. It is recommended to always keep your iPhone up to date to prevent software related problems and help fix bugs that can cause it to experience issues.

How to update:

  1. Launch iTunes on your computer
  2. Connect your iPhone using a cable, allowing iTunes to detect your iPhone.
  3. Once iPhone is detected by iTunes, select the device name.
  4. Click on the ‘Summary’ page. 
  5. Then, click on the Check for update. Apple servers will now check for available latest iOS version 
  6. If there is an available update for your device, click on Update. But if there are no available update, it means your device is up to date. 

If all of the solutions mentioned above did not resolve problem with a dead iPhone, it is then recommended to bring your device to your nearest Apple store for proper diagnosis and have it replaced if necessary. 

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