How to fix infinite boot loops on iPhone XS after iOS 13 update [Troubleshooting Guide] 

Does your iPhone keep restarting on its own after update to iOS 13? If so, then you could also be dealing with the dreaded iOS 13 infinite bootloop bug. Read on to find out how to deal with this post-update problem on your iPhone XS.

Infinite boot loop is a result of a ruined boot system, malfunctioning battery connector, or faulty software updates that prevents the system to complete its launch. Corrupted apps, malware and viruses may also add as triggers of the issue especially if you have not dropped the phone accidentally.

In order to deal with an infinite boot loop on iPhone XS after iOS 13 update, effective procedures are written below. To help you even further, thorough process has been labeled on each step. If you want to know more about the cited solutions, you may continue reading.

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Troubleshooting iPhone XS infinite boot loop problem after iOS 13 update

The following methods are used to eliminate post-update bugs that might have triggered your iPhone XS to encounter infinite boot loops in iOS 13. Try these procedures before rushing to a service center for an iPhone repair.


First solution: Force restart your iPhone XS.

We can start fixing the problem by simply rebooting your device. Performing a force restart has been proven effective when it comes to dealing with software glitches by killing rogue apps and refreshing the system. Device optimization and performance enhancement has been observed right after executing a force restart. This should perfectly handle the case well should the issue be caused by those erratic apps and system malfunctions. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Press and release the Volume Up button quickly.
  2. Press and release the Volume Down button quickly.
  3. Lastly, press and hold the Side button for a few seconds until you see the Apple logo.

If your iPhone XS can complete the boot up process, that means that the infinite boot loop issue has been fixed. To avoid further complications, you may update all apps as a precaution. This should get proper alignment to the new software installed on your device. To do that, simply refer to these steps:

  1. From the Home screen, tap on App Store to open it.
  2. Tap on Today tab at the bottom.
  3. Then tap on the user profile icon on the top right corner of the screen.
  4. You should see the account details.
  5. Scroll down to the Available Updates section.
  6. Tap on Update next to the app to update individual apps.
  7. Tap on Update All to update all apps simultaneously.

Aside from updating apps, you may also reset all settings to remove iOS overrides that may cause relevant symptoms to occur. Here’s how:

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to and then select Reset.
  4. Tap the Reset All Settings option.
  5. Enter your device passcode once prompted.
  6. Then tap to confirm all settings reset.

Your phone will restart automatically after the reset is done. Just wait for the process to be completed.


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Second solution: Restore iOS to factory defaults via iTunes.

If force restart failed in fixing the infinite boot loop on your iPhone XS, your next option is to restore iOS via iTunes. Doing so allows you to restore previous backup that has been created before you update to iOS 13. This will override the current software installed on your phone, removing bugs along the process. If you wish to give this a try, follow the steps below:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer using the Apple-supplied lightning/USB cable.
  2. Wait for the Trust this Computer prompt to appear on your iPhone then follow the on-screen instructions to proceed.
  3. Select your iPhone XS when it shows up in iTunes.
  4. Navigate to the Summary section on the left side of the iTunes screen.
  5. Click the Restore [iPhone’s name] button to start iOS reset.
  6. Click the Restore button again to confirm once prompted.

You can follow the on-screen prompts to complete the process.


Third solution: Perform recovery mode restore on your iPhone XS to fix infinite boot loops.

An advanced solution that deals with complex system error is to perform a recovery mode restore process. Stubborn glitches that causes infinite boot loop should be removed in your system after executing this procedure. In order to carry out this process, you’ll need to prepare a Mac or Windows computer with the latest iTunes installed. Also ensure that your computer runs on the latest operating system that is compatible with your iPhone XS Max. If all requirements are met, connect your device to the computer using the Apple-supplied USB/lightning cable. Then allow iTunes to sync with your iPhone and backup files, if possible. Once the backup is secured, follow these steps to put your iPhone XS Max in recovery mode and then restore iOS in iTunes:

  1. Press and release the Volume Up button quickly.
  2. Press and release the Volume Down button quickly.
  3. Then press and hold the Power/Side button once prompted with Connect to iTunes screen. Do not release the button when Apple logo appears as you will need to enter recovery mode state.
  4. Once you enter the recovery mode, you’ll see either Update or Restore option.
  5. Select Restore if you want to reinstall and download iOS on your device without erasing data.

Do not disconnect your phone and keep it connected until the entire restore process is finished.


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Fourth solution: Perform DFU mode restore on your iPhone XS. 

The most in-depth type of restore that you can do to your iPhone XS is a Device Firmware Update (DFU) mode restore. This is a state where it allows your device to communicate with iTunes even when bootloader is not sync or activated. Be reminded that you can only perform this procedure given that you did not drop the phone accidentally or has not incurred any liquid damage as it might cause a permanently damaged device or brick iPhone. If you’re sure and want to take the risk, here are the steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone XS to the computer using the supplied USB/Lightning cable. Once connected, open iTunes on your computer.
  2. Press and quickly release the Volume up button.
  3. Press and quickly release the Volume down button.
  4. Press and hold the Side/Power button until the screen goes black.
  5. After the screen turns black, press and hold the Volume down button while keep holding down the Power/Side button.
  6. Wait for 5 seconds then release the Power/Side button but keep holding the Volume down button until your iPhone XS shows up in iTunes.
  7. Release the Volume down button once you see your iPhone in iTunes then follow the rest of the on-screen instructions to start restoring your iPhone through iTunes.

To exit DFU mode, just perform a force restart on your iPhone XS.

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What to do if infinite boot loops continue on your iPhone XS in iOS 13?

You can also try using alternative iOS repair and recovery tools to deal with a post-update problem on infinite boot loops, considering that iTunes isn’t able to fix the problem.

If the issue persists after trying all given procedures and not even after using a third-party repair software, then you might need to bring your device in to the nearest service center in your area. There’s a chance that this problem is not caused by software flaws but rather inflicted by some hardware issues. The infinite boot loops on iPhone XS after iOS 13 update might just have happened coincidentally. If it’s not software-related, such symptoms could be triggered by some defective hardware parts like a damaged battery connector. Authorized iPhone technicians should be able to provide you with proper recommendations on how to deal with this problem then.

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