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How to fix iPhone black screen of death

Today, many of us rely on our smartphones to communicate, work, and play. Therefore, it can be quite alarming when they begin to act strangely – especially if you can’t get your phone to turn on at all.

One of the most concerning issues to plague smartphone users is a black screen, often referred to as the “black screen of death.” However, despite the harsh name, this issue can be remedied in several ways.

So, if your phone’s screen has suddenly turned off for no reason, don’t panic – simply follow these four tips.

1. Try a Hard Reset

iPhone (Version 8 and Later)

– Press and release the volume up button. – Press and release the volume down button. – Press and hold the side button (also known as the sleep/wake button) until the Apple logo appears.

iPhone (Version 7)

– Press and hold the side button and the volume down button simultaneously until the Apple logo appears.

iPhone (Version 6s and Earlier)

– Press and hold the side button and the home button simultaneously until the Apple logo appears.

2. Check the LCD Cable

If you’re still staring at a blank screen, it’s possible that the cable connecting the logic board to the LCD screen has become disconnected. This can occur if you accidentally drop your phone a few times. In order to regain your screen’s functionality, the cable will need to be plugged back in.

3. Perform a Factory Reset

When your phone screen goes black randomly, it may be an indication that something is wrong with your operating system. In that case, a factory reset is often beneficial. During a factory reset, your device’s data and settings are completely wiped, returning the phone to its original state (i.e., the state it was in when you first purchased it).

Factory Reset an iPhone or iPad

– Back up your device to iCloud or your computer. This ensures you don’t lose any important data during the reset. – Open the settings – Select general from the menu. – Click the reset button at the bottom of the page. – Click erase all content and settings. A window will pop up, allowing you to confirm your decision.

Keep in mind that this process takes longer than a simple hard reset – you may have to wait several minutes for your phone to restart. Once the process is complete, check to make sure the device has been restored to its factory settings. If you’re presented with the iOS Setup Assistant upon startup, you’ll know the reset was successful. From there, you can choose to restore your backed-up data.

4. Repair your iPhone using Dr.Fone – Repair

Perhaps a lesser known solution to fixing a whole array of common iOS system errors is to use a PC software application called Dr.Fone – Repair. The application can be downloaded to your personal or work computer and in just a couple of clicks, it can diagnose and fix a whole list of common iOS issues, not limited to:

Stuck in Recovery Mode
Stuck in DFU mode
White Screen of Death
iPhone Black Screen
iPhone Boot Loop
iPhone Frozen
iPhone Keeps Restarting
More iOS Problems

The software comes at a small cost compared to paying a repair centre or buying a new phone, and from our experience, it has a very high success rate for running firmware and restoring your phone to full functionality.

Here we’ll run through the steps for restoring your phone with Dr.Fone – Repair.

Firstly, you’ll need the following four components:

1. Your current phone
2. A laptop, PC or MAC
3. A USB to smartphone cable
4. You’ll need to download Dr.Fone – Repair and install it on your PC.

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Step 1. Launch System Repair Software

Launch Dr.Fone and choose “System Repair” from the main window.

Then connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your computer with its lightning cable. When Dr.Fone detects your iOS device, you can find two options: Standard Mode and Advanced Mode. Note: The standard mode fixes most iOS system issues by retaining device data. The advanced mode fixes even more iOS system issues but erases the device data. We suggest that you go to the advanced mode only if the standard mode fails.

The tool automatically detects the model type of your iDevice and displays available iOS system versions. Select a version and click on “Start” to continue.

Then the iOS firmware will be downloaded. Since the firmware we need to download is large, it will take some time to complete the download. Make sure your network is stable during the process. If the firmware is not downloaded successfully, you can also click on “Download” to download the firmware using your browser, and click on “Select” to restore the downloaded firmware.

After the download, the tool starts to verify the downloaded iOS firmware.

You can see this screen when the iOS firmware is verified. Click on “Fix Now” to start repairing your iOS and to get your iOS device to work normally again. In a couple of minutes, your iOS device will be repaired successfully. Just grab your device and wait for it to start up. You can find all iOS system issues are gone.

Et Voila, your previously misfiring iOS device is back to normal! Feel free to let us know how you got on in the comments and if there is anything you’d like to share with us or other visitors to

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