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7 Ways to Fix iPhone Stuck on Loading Screen in iOS 16

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“iPhone 13 suddenly stuck on loading screen while I was using it. Everytime I try to force a reboot it vibrates and once set off an alarm when I tried. How do I fix this?”

There are times when you iPhone suddenly gets stuck on the loading screen soon after resetting or restarting the device. The device can be stuck on this black or white loading screen for minutes or even hours and you are unable to use the device. What’s worse, you have no idea how to fix it.

Don’t worry. In this article, we will show you some things you can do when your iPhone is stuck on the loading screen. Before get started, let’s first learn some possible reasons for this iPhone stuck issue.

Why is My iPhone Stuck on the Loading Circle?

While there could be many different reasons why your iPhone is stuck on the loading screen, the following are just some of the most common ones:

  • If your iPhone is update to an unstable iOS version, it might be stuck on the loading screen.
  • Restoring an iPhone can also cause it to get stuck on the white or black loading screen.
  • This problem can also occur when you open too many apps on the device at once and one of the apps freezes.
  • Problem with one or more of the iPhone’s hardware components can also cause this loading screen problem.
  • Malware attack is also a major cause.
  • Software issue or a problem with conflicting settings.

Even if you are unsure of the causes, the following solutions have been proven to be very effective in fixing iPhone stuck on loading screen.

Solutions on iPhone Stuck on Loading Screen

Before that, let's take a look at the basic information of the solutions below:

Hard Reset Your iPhone

A hard reset is one of the easiest ways to remove minor software glitches and conflicting settings that can cause the iPhone to get stuck on the loading screen. The process of hard resetting will however depend on the iPhone model. Here’s how to do it:

  • iPhone 8 and newer: Press and then quickly release the Volume Up button, then press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Press and hold the Side button until the Apple Logo appears.
  • iPhone 7 and 7 plus: Press and hold the Power and the Volume Down buttons at the same time until the screen goes black and you see the Apple Logo.
  • iPhone 6s and earlier: Press and hold the Home and Power buttons at the same time until the screen goes black and the Apple Logo appears on the screen.

hard reboot iphone

Charge Your iPhone

If forcing restart iPhone fails to fix this issue, you can plug in your iPhone to a power source and charge the device before restarting the device. If the battery is low, the device may fail to restart.

Update the iPhone System

The iPhone may not boot up successfully if the iOS system version is out of date. In this situation, updating your iPhone version is a recommended solution to avoid iPhone from being stuck on the loading screen. Here is one way to update iPhone with iTunes:

  • Download the latest version of iTunes on 2 computer and plug in your device.
  • Open iTunes and the iPhone will be detected by iTunes.
  • Click on iPhone icon and the Summary tab.
  • Then click on ‘Check for Updates’ and ‘Download and Install’ to update the iOS version.
  • After the updating process, restart your iPhone again.

check for update

Restore iPhone in Recovery Mode

You can also fix this problem by putting your iPhone in recovery mode and then restoring it in iTunes. Follow these simple steps to do it:

  • Open iTunes or Finder and then connect the iPhone to the computer. Ensure that the device appears in iTunes or Finder.
  • Now press and hold the Volume Down button for a few seconds. For iPhone 6 and older models, you should press the Home button instead of the Volume Down button.

iphone recovery mode

  • Release the button when then iTunes logo appear on the device’s screen. After that, iTunes or Finder will detect the device that in recovery mode. Just click on “OK” and let iTunes to restore the device.

iphone recovery mode detected

Keep the device connected to the computer until the restore process is complete. If it takes more than 15 minutes, the device may exit recovery mode and you will need to repeat the steps.

Restore iPhone in DFU Mode

If the recovery mode doesn’t work, then you can try putting your device in DFU mode. DFU mode is a lot like recovery mode only every line of code is erased and reloaded onto the iPhone before the latest version of iOS is installed.

Be sure to backup your device before putting it in DFU mode as the process will erase all the data and settings on the device.

dfu mode

Fix iPhone Stuck on Loading Screen without Data Loss

If a hard reset doesn’t work, the next most logical step for most people is to restore the device in iTunes. While this may work to solve the problem, however, it will often cause total data loss. Thus, it is not an ideal solution when you don’t have a backup for all the data on your iPhone.

If you don’t want to use iTunes to fix this problem, then the best tool to use is FoneGeek iOS System Recovery. This is an professional iOS system repair tool that is designed to help you fix all iOS-related issues including iPhone stuck on loading screen, iPhone white Apple logo, iPhone is disabled, boot loop, etc. It works for all iPhone models like iPhone 14/13/12/11 and fully compatible with the latest iOS 16.


Here’s how to fix iPhone stuck on black loading screen without data loss:

Step 1: Begin by downloading and installing the program on to your computer. Run it and then connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cable. Click on “Standard Mode” from the options on the screen to begin the process.

choose repair mode

Step 2: If the program successfully detects the device, you need download the matching firmware to begin the repair process. Click on “Download” to start downloading the firmware package.

download firmware

Step 3: Once the firmware package download is complete, click on “Repair Now” and the program will immediately begin fixing the device. In few minutes, your iPhone will be restarted in normal mode without data loss.


Contact Apple

If even DFU mode will not help to fix the device and you still see the loading screen, then the problem may be hardware-related. In this case, the only thing you can do is contact Apple Support to see if they can help. We recommend you making an appointment at your nearest Genius Bar and have them take a look at the device and fix it for you. They will be able to let you know what the problem is and how much it will cost to fix it.

Edwin J. Parke

As a professional writer who is interested in technology, Edwin J. Parke has helped thousands of users by offering various tips to solve their problems.

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