Fixing A Flashing Apple Logo On An IPhone, IPad Or Apple Watch

Whether it’s your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, one of the most frustrating problems you can encounter is a flashing Apple logo that will not let your mobile device boot up like normal. You’ll know you have this problem if the Apple logo repeatedly blinks in two-second intervals and never loads to the main screen.

Find your iPhone model and follow the directions in this guide to get rid of the blinking Apple logo once and for all!


For some reason, a large number of consumers seem to get the blinking Apple logo when their device is still plugged in and charging. Other common causes of the blinking Apple logo include:



Update Errors – A flashing Apple logo can display if an update file gets interrupted (corrupted).


Jailbreaking – Directly modifying the operating system of your mobile device can cause software compliance issues that lead to the flashing Apple logo.


External Devices – Advanced security settings can falsely detect a coupled device as a threat. (Example: an antivirus program goes off after connecting an iPhone to a computer.)


Hardware Malfunction – Any damage to the hardware can affect the software within and cause the screen to show a blinking Apple logo.


iPhone 6 with a Flashing Apple Logo Fix


Solution #1: Hard Restart


While turned off, hold the Power and Home buttons.

Let go when the Apple logo appears.

Note: This is usually a temporary fix for the blinking Apple logo on iPhone 6 that lasts for an hour.



Solution #2: iTunes


To solve the blinking Apple logo on iPhone 6 using a Mac or PC that has the latest version of iTunes:


Connect the iPhone and computer with USB cable.

Select the iPhone 6 when prompted.

Select “Restore Backup”.

Select a recent backup file.

Select “Restore”.

The computer will detect your iPhone 6 again.

Remove USB cable.


Solution #3: Recovery Mode


Connect iPhone and computer via USB cable.

Select iPhone 6 when prompted.

Hold the Power and Home buttons.

At iTunes screen, select “Update” (“Restore” erases personal data).

Download software update.


Solution #4: DFU Mode


Device Firmware Update (DFU) Mode bypasses the operating system to successfully restore software.


Connect devices via USB cable.

Select iPhone 6.

Hold Power and Home buttons

Release both buttons after 10 seconds.

Select “Restore” on iTunes.



iPhone 7 with a Flashing Apple Logo Fix


If your iPhone 7 Apple logo is flashing on and off upon startup, waiting for the problem to resolve itself won’t solve anything. Sometimes – specifically with the iPhone 7 – the Apple-logo-flashing-on-and-off persists for hours, seemingly fixes itself, then happens again soon after.



Solution #1: Hard Restart


While turned off, hold down the Power button and both Volume buttons.

Release when the logo appears.


Solution #2: iTunes


A PC or Mac with the latest version of iTunes can stop the iPhone 7 Apple logo from flashing on and off.


Connect the iPhone and computer via USB cable.

Hold the Power button and both Volume buttons until you see a recovery mode screen.

Choose “Update”.

Wait for file to download.

Remove USB cable.


Solution #3: DFU Mode


DFU Mode updates the iPhone 7 without using the operating system.


Connect iPhone and computer via USB cable.

Hold the Power button for three seconds (do not release).

Hold the Power button and Volume Down button for 10 seconds.

Let go of the Power button while holding Volume Down button for 5 more seconds).

Select “Restore” or “Backup”.

iPhone 8, iPhone 8 plus or iPhone X with a Flashing Apple Logo Fix

If your iPhone 8, iPhone X or iPhone 8 Plus is stuck on the Apple logo, there are three possible solutions. Try these proven methods to resolve any iPhone 8, iPhone X or iPhone 8 Plus stuck on the Apple logo:



Solution #1: Hard Restart


Tap the Volume Up button.

Tap the Volume Down button.

Hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears.


Solution #2: iTunes


Here’s how to use iTunes to fix an iPhone 8, iPhone X or iPhone 8 Plus stuck on the Apple logo.


Connect iPhone and computer via USB cable.

Select the iPhone 8 on iTunes.

Choose “Restore”.

Confirm restoration.

After restoration, choose a backup file or stay in default factory settings.


Solution #3: DFU Mode


DFU Mode also restores the iPhone 8 using iTunes.


Connect iPhone and computer via USB cable.

Hold the Power button for three seconds.

Still holding the Power button, hold Volume Down button for 10 seconds.

Release Power button; continue holding Volume Down button.

Select “Restore” or “Backup” when prompted.

iPad Apple Logo Flashing Fix

An iPad stuck on the Apple logo can be fixed by doing a hard restart or, failing that, a system update.



Solution #1: Hard Restart


Hold the Power button and Volume Down button until the Apple logo appears.

Any other connected mobile devices

Note: For step one, older iPads require holding the Power button and Home button.



Solution #2: System Update


If the iPad is stuck on the Apple logo still, use iTunes to perform a system update.


Connect iPad and computer via USB cable.

Open iTunes on computer.

Hold the Power button and Volume Down button until recovery screen appears.

iTunes will ask if you want to perform an “Update” or a “Restore”.

Select “Update”. “Restore” also works but will erase personal files.

Note: Older iPads require holding the Power button and Home button for step three.



Other Mobile Devices Connected to iPad


If your iPad is stuck on the Apple logo, other connected device may need to be reset as well. A hard reset is usually enough to resolve any associated issues with mobile devices that are connected to an iPad stuck on the Apple logo.


Apple watch Flashing Apple Logo Fix

An Apple Watch stuck on the Apple logo is a bit different to fix than other mobile devices due to its unique design, but the general principles of fixing an Apple Watch stuck on the Apple logo remain the same.



Solution #1: Hard Restart


Hold the digital crown and the side button for 10 seconds.

Release when the Apple logo appears.


Solution #2: Chiming


If your Apple Watch is stuck on the Apple logo after trying a hard restart, use your iPhone to fix it.


Select “Watch App” from iPhone Home screen.

Select “Find My Watch”.

Select your Apple Watch.

Select “Actions”.

Select “Play Sound”.

Note: You might have to select “Play Sound” three times before the Apple Watch logo is no longer stuck.



Solution #3: System Restoration


If the Apple Watch is stuck on the Apple logo after chiming, then it’s probably a software issue that needs to be restored to factory default settings.


Open the “Watch App” from iPhone Home screen.

Select “General”.

Select “Reset”.

Select “Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings”.

Confirm decision to restore default settings when prompted.