iPhone Won't Turn On
iPhone Won't Turn On

iPhone Isn’t Charging or Turning On

When your iPhone won’t charge or turn on, it can be a source of significant inconvenience. Understanding the potential causes and solutions is key to resolving this issue.

Step-by-Step Troubleshooting Guide:

  1. Check the Charging Cable and Adapter:
    • Ensure they are working properly by trying different cables and adapters. If the issue persists, the problem may be with the iPhone itself.
  2. Force Restart Your iPhone:
    • This can resolve issues if the iPhone is frozen or unresponsive. The method varies depending on the iPhone model:
      • For iPhones with Face ID, iPhone 8, and iPhone SE (2nd Gen): Press and release the Volume Up button, press and release the Volume Down button, then press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears​​​​​​​​.
      • For iPhone 7: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the volume down button until the Apple logo appears​​.
  3. Let Your iPhone Charge:
    • If the iPhone shows a black screen and is unresponsive, let it charge for at least 30 minutes. Try a different cable or charger if necessary, and consider wireless charging if supported​​.
  4. Clean the Charging Port or Cable:
    • Dirt or debris in the charging port or on the cable contacts can prevent charging. Clean the port carefully and try a different charging cable​​.
  5. Check for a Faulty Battery or Charging Port:
    • If the iPhone still doesn’t turn on, consider replacing the battery or the charging port. This can resolve issues if the iPhone indicates it is charging but still won’t turn on​​.
  6. Examine the Power Button:
    • A non-functional power button can prevent the iPhone from turning on. Test the power button and consider replacing it if necessary​​.
  7. Inspect the Display:
    • If the iPhone makes sounds or vibrates but the screen is black, the display may be faulty. Consider replacing the display if this is the case​​.
  8. Logic Board Issues:
    • If all other solutions fail, the problem could be with the logic board, which might need replacement or microsoldering repair​​.


If your iPhone won’t charge or turn on, follow these troubleshooting steps to identify and resolve the issue. If the problem persists after trying these solutions, you may need to seek professional help, possibly at an Apple Store.


  1. What if my iPhone still won’t charge?
    • If your iPhone won’t charge after trying these steps, it might have a faulty battery or charging port, or there could be an issue with the power adapter or cable.
  2. How can I prevent charging issues in the future?
    • Regularly clean your charging port, use only certified charging accessories, and avoid exposing your iPhone to extreme temperatures.
  3. What if my iPhone doesn’t turn on after charging?
    • If your iPhone doesn’t turn on after charging, try a force restart, check the power button, and ensure the display is functioning. If these steps don’t work, the issue might be more serious, like a logic board problem.
Eric Chan

Hi! I’m Eric and I work on the knowledge base at GadgetMates.com.  You can see some of my writings about technology, cellphone repair, and computer repair here.

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