The iPhone black screen of death issue is not really that common but it occurs every now and then. Owners will naturally think the battery is just drained only to find out that their iPhone won’t respond when connected to its charger.
Consequently, they will think that it’s a hardware issue because their iPhones no longer powers on no matter what they do. They’re not wrong to think like that but it could be anything else but a hardware-related problem.
There are a few procedures you can try to fix the iPhone black screen problem. So continue reading as this article may be able to help you.
Troubleshooting iPhone 13 Black Screen of Death
A black screen after iOS update might be just due to a minor firmware issue. Most of the time, it’s fixable and you only need to do one or a couple of procedures.
A black screen issue associated with physical or liquid damage is a bit serious because it’s often caused by a component or hardware problem.
Nevertheless, you still need to do some basic troubleshooting procedures to try and fix the problem. Here are the things you can do:
First solution: Force restart your iPhone 13
When it comes to fixing a black iPhone screen that won’t respond or power on, your first option will be to do the Forced Restart. It is a simulated battery removal that forces your phone to shut down (if it’s not powered down yet) and power back up.
It is the most effective solution in fixing black screen of death issues or iPhones that won’t turn on.
Follow the steps below to learn how to do the procedure. Please bear in mind that the steps 1 through 3 are done in quick succession:
Step 1: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
Step 2: Press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
Step 3: Immediately after releasing the Volume Down button, press and hold the Power key for 8 seconds.
This will trigger your iPhone to power up.
Step 4: Once the Apple logo appears on the screen, release the Power button and allow the device to continue the boot process.
The moment the Apple logo shows on the screen is a sign that the problem is already fixed.
However, if your iPhone 13 stays stuck on a black screen, then try doing the same procedure a few more times before moving on to the next solution.
Second solution: Charge your iPhone & do the Forced Restart
After doing the Forced restart and your iPhone is still not responding or still stuck on the black screen, the next thing you need to do is to rule out the possibility that it’s just due to a drained battery.
Having a drained battery isn’t really a problem because most of the time, an iOS device will immediately respond to the charger once it’s connected.
However, there are instances wherein the firmware will crash just before the battery runs out. This happens if you allow your iPhone to run out of battery completely.
As a result, you will be dealing with a couple of pretty minor issues that leave your device unresponsive. If this is the case with your iPhone 13, then try doing the following procedure to see if it works for you:
Step 1: Plug the power adapter to a working wall outlet.
Step 2: Connect your iPhone to the charger using the original lightning or USB cable.
Step 3: Regardless of whether your iPhone shows the charging sign or not, leave it connected to the charger for at least 10 minutes.
Step 4: After such time and while your iPhone 13 is still connected to the charger, quickly press and release the Volume Up button.
Step 5: Press and release the Volume Down button.
Step 6: Immediately after releasing the Volume Down, press and hold the Power button for 10 seconds or more.
Step 7: When the Apple logo appears, release the Power key and allow the iPhone to continue the boot process.
Again, if you’re able to make the Apple logo show on the screen, then it’s a sign that the problem is already fixed and it might have been due to a drained battery associated with a firmware crash.
However, if the iPhone black screen issue persists, then you have no other choice but to do the DFU mode restore.
Third solution: Recovery Mode Restore your iPhone
If your iPhone screen stays black even after doing the first and second solutions, then you have to do the Device Firmware Update (DFU) restore. For such a procedure, you’re gonna need a Mac or Windows computer as you will be connecting your iPhone to it.
The DFU mode restore can often fix iPhone stuck on a black screen that won’t respond to the previous solutions. The entire restore process may take several minutes to complete.
Here’s how it’s done:
Step 1: Connect your iPhone 13 to your Mac or Windows PC.
Step 2: If you’re using a Windows computer, launch iTunes.
Mac users don’t have to do this as iTunes is already embedded in the Finder.
Step 3: Now quickly press and release the Volume Up button.
Step 4: Press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
Step 5: Immediately after releasing the Volume Down, press and hold the Power key.
Step 6: When the Apple logo shows, continue holding the Power key until the Recovery Mode screen appears.
Step 7: Now follow on-screen instructions on your computer to finish the restore process.
Take note that you might lose some of your files and data, especially if you haven’t backed up your iPhone recently.
But after doing the previous procedures and your device is still not fixed, then you have no other choice but to make a compromise.
Once the restore is completed, your iPhone will exit DFU mode and reboot normally. The black screen of death issue on your iPhone has already been fixed when your device entered the DFU mode.
However, if for some reason, your iPhone 13 is still stuck on the blank or black screen even after doing this procedure, then you have no other choice but to employ Apple support’s help. Which means you need to bring your iPhone to the Apple Store or Genius Bar.
We hope that this troubleshooting guide can help you.