How to fix an Apple iPhone XS that is stuck on infinite boot loops after an iOS update

Infinite boot loop describes an issue in which a phone suddenly shuts down and reboots by itself and then reiterates. Such before would let people think that the phone probably having some hardware damage but in most cases, infinite boot loop problems are attributed to major system errors and therefore, it’s software-related.

A device usually gets stuck on infinite bootloop after installing new updates either for apps or operating system. And Apple’s iPhones are no exception. In fact, several iPhone owners bumped into this problem after updating. Outlined below are recommended workarounds and potential solutions to a post-update bootloop issue on the new iPhone XS handset. Read on to find out what to do whenever you’d deal with the same issue after installing the latest iOS update on your iPhone XS.

Before we move on to our troubleshooting, if you were looking for a solution to a different problem, then drop in on our iPhone XS Help Guides for we have already addressed some of the most common issues with this device. We may already have articles that could help you fix your problem.

First solution: Force restart your iPhone XS.

For first instances, restarting the phone usually gets the problem fixed. Apps that have gone rogue from the recent update might have triggered the system to continuously crash and eventually gets stuck on a seemingly infinite bootloop. To clear all errant applications and caches, follow these steps to force restart your iPhone XS:

  1. Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  2. Then press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  3. Finally, press and hold the Side/Power button until the Apple logo appears.

Allow your device to boot up and if it managed to stay up for long, install all pending app updates and then reset all settings on your iPhone XS. Updating apps can help fix outdated apps that have gone rogue following the recent iOS update. Resetting all settings on the phone may be necessary to clear out any incorrect settings or invalid customization that might have caused conflict with the recently installed platform.

Second solution: Reset and restore iOS through iTunes.

The next possible solution to try if your iPhone XS is still stuck on infinite bootloop would be system reset. This should clear any system errors and conflicts that were triggered by the recent update. If possible, try creating backups of all your important data before you proceed so you’d still be able to recover them later. Once you’re all set, follow these steps to reset your iPhone system and restore defaults using iTunes on a computer.

  1. Open iTunes on your computer. Be sure to use the latest version of iTunes software.
  2. Connect your iPhone XS to your computer using the supplied USB cable or Lightning cable.
  3. If prompted to Trust this Computer on your phone, follow the onscreen instructions to proceed.
  4. Select your iPhone XS when it shows up in iTunes.
  5. Then, navigate to the Summary section on the left side of the iTunes screen.
  6. Click the Restore [iPhone name] button to instigate iOS reset.
  7. If prompted, click the Restore button again to confirm.

This will then prompt iTunes to erase your device and then install the latest software version available.

Third solution: Restore your iPhone XS in recovery mode.

A more advanced system restore done on an iPhone is a recovery mode restore. This is often done when dealing with fatal system errors that could not be rectified by the standard system reset or restore. It puts your device in a recovery state, for system repair and recovery using iTunes. If you wish to try this, then simply follow these steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone XS to your computer using the Apple-supplied USB/Lightning cable.
  2. While it’s connected, press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  3. Then quick press and release the Volume Down button.
  4. Next, press and hold the Side/Power button and continue to hold as it restarts. Don’t release the Side/Power button when the Apple logo appears as you need to put the device in a recovery state.
  5. Release the Side/Power button when you see the Connect to iTunes logo on the screen.
  6. On your computer, navigate to iTunes then you should see a message saying that your connected iOS device is in recovery mode and prompts options to update or restore.
  7. Select the Restore option to wipe everything from the phone system and then restore iOS through iTunes.

Wait until the restore process is complete and once it’s finished, you can disconnect the phone from the computer and then reboot it.

Fourth solution: Restore your iPhone in DFU mode.

If the problem persists from a recovery mode restore, then you’re most likely dealing with a totally corrupted firmware. In this case, you may opt to troubleshoot further or ask more help. Should you wish to continue troubleshooting, then the last option you have is a DFU mode restore. DFU stands for Device Firmware Update, a state wherein the phone is still able to communicate with iTunes even without activating the boot loader. And here’s how it’s done:

  1. Connect your iPhone XS to the computer using the Apple-supplied Lightning cable or USB cable.
  2. While your device is connected, quickly press and release the Volume Up button, then quickly press and release the Volume Down button.
  3. Then press and hold the Side/Power button until the screen becomes black.
  4. As soon as your iPhone screen turns black, press and hold the Volume Down button while continuing to hold the Side/Power button.
  5. After 5 seconds, let go of the Side/Power button but keep holding down the Volume Down button until your iPhone shows up in iTunes.
  6. Release the Volume Down button as soon as it appears in iTunes. Your device should now enter DFU mode.

Follow the onscreen commands to start restoring and repairing your device software through iTunes. Wait until your iPhone is finished restoring and then perform a soft reset to exit DFU mode and boot up your device to normal mode again.

Similar to the previous iOS restores, performing a DFU mode restore also wipes all data from the phone. So if you can, back up all your critical data beforehand or else, you will lose them permanently.

Other options

  • Use third-party iOS repair tool. There are also a lot of other iOS recovery and repair software you can try using whenever you ran out of options and that your iPhone XS is experiencing the same infinite boot loop symptom. These tools can be downloaded online to your Windows or Mac computer based on the given system requirements. Hence all you have to do is search for a highly trusted and effective software available. Reading prior reviews can help you in making a choice.
  • Service/iPhone repair. If nothing’s really working on your end, then you’ve got no choice but to take your device to an Apple-authorized service center. While your iPhone XS started to encounter infinite boot loops after installing new iOS update, it doesn’t always denote that the new update is at fault. This means that your device might have already obtained any sort of physical or liquid damage and the symptoms coincidentally occurred after updating iOS. To rule this out, you can ask an iPhone technician to examine your device.

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