How To Fix iPhone 12 Won’t Turn On

iPhone 12 won’t turn on? Power issues on smartphones such as won’t turn on is inevitably becoming a headache these days. Even with the newest devices that are being released on the market lately, just like the iPhone 12, is not exempted with this issue. Before you rush to a service center and have your phone checked by a tech, you may read further and see how you can fix an iPhone 12 won’t turn on problems. 

As long as the phone did not experience any physical trauma or stress, you should be able to rule out software-related problems by following the procedures below. Let’s dig deeper and see what we can do to open an iPhone 12 that is not turning on. 

First solution: Force Restart your iPhone

It may be a simple solution, but performing a force restart could do wonders on issues like these. If the phone has been frozen and that’s the reason why it won’t turn on, this process may do the trick. It works like a simulated battery calibration that could activate a sleeping system. 

  1. Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. 
  2. Then press and quickly release the Volume Down button. 
  3. Lastly, press and hold the Side button until you see the Apple logo.

Let’s assume that your phone is able to start up after performing the procedure. Don’t forget to update the apps and its software. Doing so allows the system to be more calibrated and may remove bugs and glitches that may have been affecting the phone’s performance. 

To update the apps:

  1. From the Home screen, tap on App Store to open it. 
  2. Tap on Today tab at the bottom-left corner. 
  3. Then tap on the user profile icon on the top right corner of the screen. 
  4. You should see the account details. 
  5. Scroll down to the Available Updates section. 
  6. Tap on Update next to the app to update individual apps.
  7. Tap on Update All to update all apps simultaneously. 

To check for software updates:

  1. From the Home screen, open Settings app. 
  2. Tap on General
  3. Tap on Software Update
  4. Wait for the “Checking for Update” to finish. 
  5. Tap on Download and Install if available. If there is no software update available, that means your phone is up-to-date. 

Second Solution: Charge your iPhone and Force Restart

One part that we may miss is the phone’s battery percentage. Your iPhone may not be able to power up if the battery has been totally drained. For this matter, connect your phone to a wall charger and wait for at least 15 minutes. Make sure to use an original Apple-supplied cable and power brick.

If there’s no sign of battery charging, attempt to do a force restart while it is connected to the charger. Just follow the steps provided on the first solution.

Third Solution: Perform a Recovery Mode Restore on your iPhone

If the phone is still not turning on after performing the procedures above, this process may rectify the issue. It is one of the most advanced solutions for Apple devices that is having a dreaded issue caused by malignant bugs and software errors that may have been causing your iPhone 12 won’t turn on. 

To carry out this process, you’ll need to prepare a Mac or Windows computer with the latest iTunes installed. Also ensure that your computer runs on the latest operating system that is compatible with your iPhone 12. If all requirements are met, connect your device to the computer using the Apple-supplied USB/lightning cable. Then allow iTunes to sync with your iPhone and backup files, if possible. Once the backup is secured, follow these steps to put your iPhone 12 in recovery mode and then restore iOS in iTunes:

  1. Press and release the Volume Up button quickly.
  2. Press and release the Volume Down button quickly.
  3. Then press and hold the Power/Side button once prompted with Connect to iTunes screen. Do not release the button when the Apple logo appears as you will need to enter recovery mode state.
  4. Once you enter the recovery mode, you’ll see either Update or Restore option.
  5. Select Restore if you want to reinstall and download iOS on your device without erasing data. 

Do not disconnect your phone and keep it connected until the entire restore process is finished. Your phone will exit recovery mode if the download takes more than 15 minutes. If that happens, just repeat the steps to enter recovery mode again. 

Fourth Solution: iPhone 12 DFU Mode Restore

The most in-depth type of restore that you can do to your iPhone 12 is a Device Firmware Update (DFU) mode restore. This is a state where it allows your device to communicate with iTunes even when the bootloader is not sync or activated. This is only advisable to follow given that the phone has not incurred any physical or water damage. 

Performing a DFU mode restore with a physically damaged iPhone may result in a permanently damaged device. If you are not confident with the device state, we would suggest you skip this process and proceed in visiting a local Apple service center for further assistance. 

But if you would like to give this a shot, here’s how:

  1. Connect your iPhone 12 to the computer using the supplied USB/Lightning cable. Once connected, open iTunes on your computer. 
  2. Press and quickly release the Volume up button.
  3. Press and quickly release the Volume down button.
  4. Press and hold the Side/Power button until the screen goes black.
  5. After the screen turns black, press and hold the Volume down button while keep holding down the Power/Side button. 
  6. Wait for 5 seconds then release the Power/Side button but keep holding the Volume down button until your iPhone 12 shows up in iTunes. 
  7. Release the Volume down button once you see your iPhone in iTunes then follow the rest of the on-screen instructions to start restoring your iPhone through iTunes.

If the Plug into iTunes appears on your phone’s screen, it means you have not entered DFU mode successfully. Repeat the process and make sure to follow it carefully. 

Why Does My iPhone 12 still Won’t Turn On

You might ask this question after performing the procedures above and your iPhone is still not powering on. Phone problems such as not turning are usually attributed to major system problems or worse, hardware damage. Well, it may seem odd for a freshly released high-end smartphone to encounter such problems, but we can’t set aside the factory defect related issues.

That is the reason why smartphones have their warranty services for a certain period to cover any defect. Visiting an Apple service center is already recommended so that they can run some tests on your iPhone. If it will come out as a defective unit, they might replace it with a new one. 

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