iPhone Keeps Restarting or Crashing? How to Fix

Is your iPhone or iPad stuck in a boot loop? To put it into perspective, a boot loop refers to as constant restarting of your system. This is when the iPhone or iPad keeps on resetting or rebooting itself randomly and sometimes constantly. Another common problem is that an iPad or iPhone just shuts down unexpectedly without restarting. You may start experiencing this issue after updating your device to the latest version of iOS or iPadOS. In this article, I’ll explain exactly how you can fix an iPad or iPhone that keeps restarting or crashing.

This problem could be triggered by various factors including: battery problems, software issues, bad apps, and much more. This is a significant problem. When your iPhone restarts unexpectedly, it may cause inconvenience even devastating outcomes. It may cause you to lose essential data or miss important phone calls. So it is really necessary to fix this problem at this point in time to avoid future incidents.

You may be concern about viruses. Some viruses are engineered to reboot or crash your device. But do not worry about this. iPhone or iPad viruses are very rare.

If your iPhone keeps restarting itself, then this article is for you. In this step-by-step guide, I’ll walk you through on how to fix this problem permanently. It is important to follow the steps below in order, therefore, start with the first one, and continue until your problem is fixed.

1. Force restart

This is also known as a hard reset. But do not worry, it does not delete any of your data. Here is how you can force restart your iPhone or iPad:

  • To force restart iPhone with Face ID devices, iPad with Face ID devices, iPhone 8 devices, and second (and later) generation iPhone SE devices, follow these steps:
    • Quickly press and release the volume up button.
    • Quickly press and release the volume down button.
    • Press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears. And release the buttons and your iPhone will restart.
  • To force restart iPhone 7 devices: Press and hold the volume down and the on/off (sleep/wake) buttons together until the Apple logo appears.
  • To force restart other iPhone models (iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, etc) and iPad with Home button devices: Press and hold down the on/off (sleep/wake) and the Home buttons together until the Apple logo appears.

2. Check for software updates

This includes the following:

  1. App updates.
  2. Check for iOS or iPadOS updates.

Check for iOS or iPadOS software updates, and if an update is available, then download and install the updates on your iPhone or iPad. Here is how:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, tap Settings.
  2. Now, tap General.
  3. Next, tap Software Update.
  4. And if you see an update, follow the onscreen prompts

Moreover, ensure that all of your apps are up to date. Here is how to update apps on your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Start the App Store app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Now, tap Today.
  3. Next, tap your profile icon.
  4. Next on, scroll down and find the Available Updates section.
  5. Finally, tap Update All, if updates are available.

A poorly designed app may cause your iPhone to keep restarting randomly. Although installing apps is safe, some, especially apps that haven’t been updated in ages, may cause issues. If you only experience a problem when using a particular app (for instance, when you are playing a game), there is likelihood that app is the culprit. You may want to erase this app or
contact its developer
for more help.

3. Battery health

As your battery gets old, it may cause your iPhone or iPad to start to shut down unexpectedly.

The level of your device’s battery health may cause this problem. If your iPhone shut down unexpectedly due to battery, you may need to have it replaced. On your iPhone or iPad, head over to Settings > Battery > Battery Health. This screen will tell if your battery need to be serviced. So you will know if you need a battery replacement.

Visit this web site
for more help. Your iPhone’s battery can be replaced if your iPhone or iPad is still covered by warranty or AppleCare.
It will cost you the amount of $69 to $49 for an out-of-warranty replacement battery if you choose Apple.

See also:
How to improve iPhone battery life

4. Check storage and free up space

Your iPhone or iPad requires sufficient storage. Low storage or no available storage can cause iPad or iPhone restarting problem. First, check your device storage to establish what’s taking up the most space on your iPhone or iPad. Then you may need to get rid of some apps, photos music etc to create storage space.

Your iPhone or iPad requires adequate storage to function properly. And lack of enough storage space will affect your device performance. For optimal performance, try to maintain no less than 1GB of free space on your iPhone or iPad.

Head over to Settings > General > [Device – iPhone or iPad] Storage to check your device’s storage. You can find out, for instance, which apps are taking the most space. You may also be presented with a list of recommendations that you may need to implement.

See also:

How to delete documents and data on iPhone or iPad

5. Overheating

Overheating can be the cause of iPhone restarting on its own.

This is very rare. If your iPhone or iPad overheats, it’s important to cool it down. Also, your iPhone or iPad should not get excessively hot. If you are experiencing overheating issues, it is a sign of faulty device, faulty hardware, or software. Your best bet is to

contact Apple Support

and have it repaired or replaced by

making a Genius Bar reservation.

6. Reset your device to factory settings and restore

If your problems persist, this is your last resort. It’s worth keeping in mind that this will erase all of your data on iPhone or iPad. Before you restart your device, be sure to back up your iPhone or iPad to prevent any data loss. You can back up your device through iCloud or computer.

  • Use iCloud: head over to Settings > [your name] > iCloud> iCloud Backup > Back Up Now.
  • Use your Mac: Connect your device to your Mac via a USB cord. Launch iTunes (macOS Mojave or older) or Finder (macOS Catalina or higher),
  • Hit General and then click “Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac” then follow the onscreen prompts.
  • Use your PC: Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer via a USB cord. Launch iTunes and head over to Summary and Back Up Now.

After the back up process is complete, it is time to erase your iPhone or iPad. Note, this will wipe everything. Here is how:

  • On your iPhone or iPad, head over to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.
  • When asked, enter your password.
  • Then follow the onscreen prompts. This process may take a few minutes so, be patient.


  • After the reset process is complete, you will see a Hello screen.
  • Just follow the onscreen prompts.
  • When you get to the Apps & Data screen, you will be presented with two options “Restore from iCloud Backup” and “Restore from Mac or PC”, choose one and hit Continue. If you choose the “Restore from Mac or PC option, you will need to connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer via a USB cable.

See also:

How to Fix When your iPhone Won’t Charge or Charges Slowly.

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