How to fix iPhone XS Max that keeps restarting by itself after iOS 13.2

Apple’s iOS 13.2 is an immense breakthrough release that offers bug fixes for iOS 13 issues and offers wonderful features to iPhone devices. Indeed, some iPhone users have been so contented with the end result after upgrading to iOS 13.2. 

While the iOS 13.2 update eradicates some severe issues, problems on the latest iOS release are also tormenting. One of these very frustrating post-update errors is the iPhone that keeps restarting by itself after iOS 13.2. In line with this, we have gathered potential solutions iPhone XS Max users can refer to. Read on and learn how to fix your iPhone XS Max that keeps restarting by itself after iOS 13.2 update.

Before we start, feel free to visit our iPhone XS Max Help Guides page if you are having other issues on your device. If your phone is in the list of our supported devices, then go to the troubleshooting page and look for similar problems. Don’t hesitate to use our solutions and workarounds.

Troubleshooting iPhone XS Max that keeps restarting by itself after iOS 13.2

When iPhone keeps restarting by itself, this can be a symptom often attributed to hardware failure. But if the phone was working fine until after installing an iOS update, iOS bugs may have triggered the phone to restart automatically after the new system implementation. If you run into trouble after upgrading your iOS to the latest version, listed below are some resources that can help you clear out iOS bugs and random software glitches that prompted your iOS device to keep restarting by itself after iOS 13.2. 

First solution: Hard reset your iPhone XS Max. (force restart)

Minor software glitches and cache files from corrupted apps are the common triggers for the phone to restart by itself. Apps that were left running in the background prior to the iOS update may have gone corrupt and thereby affect the phone’s system. To eliminate these glitches, forced reset your iPhone XS Max using these steps:

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

If your phone is allowing you to navigate the screen after the hard reset, try to check for and install pending apps updates. Those apps that possibly become corrupted after the iOS update may need to be updated so they can cope up with the current system settings. Here is how:

  1. From Home, launch the App Store.
  2. Select your profile icon.
  3. Scroll to the Updates section to see the list of available pending apps updates. Otherwise, drag the screen downward to refresh the page and show available apps updates.
  4. Tap Update All to download and install all pending apps updates at once.

After installing all the pending apps updates, reboot (soft reset) your iPhone XS Max to ensure that the apps updates will be properly applied.

Second solution: Drain your battery and then recharge to fix iPhone XS Max that keeps restarting by itself after iOS 13.2

The problem might be attributed to the shrinking battery life of your device. If this is the case, you need to completely drain your phone’s battery before recharging. This trick is proven effective to resolve phone screen issues like lagging, freezing, and automatically rebooting, so might as well give it a try. Here’s how:

  1. Drain the battery on your iPhone XS Max device.
  2. Once the iPhone’s battery is empty, connect your iOS device to the supplied Apple charger and then plug it into the power outlet.

Wait until your battery becomes full and then turn on your iPhone to see if the problem is already fixed.

Third solution: Restore your iPhone XS Max in recovery mode via iTunes.

If your iPhone XS Max still keeps restarting by itself, perform a recovery mode restore to eliminate fatal bugs affecting your phone’s booting system. Your device will be put in recovery mode while repairing the system errors via iTunes. So before you proceed, make sure that you’ve already installed the latest iTunes software on your Mac or Windows computer. Then follow these steps to carry out recovery mode restore:

  1. Using the supplied USB cable, connect your iPhone to the computer.
  2. While connected, press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  3. Then press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  4. Press and hold the Side/Power button and keep on holding down while the Apple logo appears. Make sure not to release the Side/Power button while the phone is restarting to put your device in recovery mode.
  5. Once the Connect to iTunes logo appears on the screen, release the Side/Power button.
  6. iTunes on your computer will then show a message that your iPhone is in recovery mode and prompts you with the option to Update or Restore.
  7. Tap Restore to wipe everything from your phone’s memory and restore iOS via iTunes.

Give iTunes time to finish restoring the iOS as this process may take a couple of minutes to complete. When it’s done, check your iPhone and see if it no longer reboots by itself.

Fourth solution: Restore in DFU mode to fix iPhone XS Max that keeps restarting by itself after iOS 13.2.

DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode restore is deemed to be your last resort when dealing with boot up errors inflicted by tough and complex iOS bugs. You will also need a Mac or Windows computer with the latest iTunes version installed to carry out the DFU mode restore. Here are the steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone device to the computer using the supplied USB or lightning cable.
  2. Then press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  3. Next, press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  4. Then press and hold the Side/Power button until the screen turns black.
  5. Right after your phone screen becomes black, press and hold the Volume Down button and continue to hold down the Side/Power button for at least 5 seconds.
  6. After the elapsed time, release the Side/Power button but continue holding the Volume Down button until iTunes recognizes your phone.
  7. Release the Volume Down button as soon as it shows up iTunes as the phone is already in DFU mode.
  8. By then, follow the onscreen prompts to the system restore in iTunes.

Your phone will automatically exit from DFU mode once the process has been done. Otherwise, forced restart your iPhone XS Max to exit from DFU mode.

What to do if your iPhone XS Max continues to reboot automatically?

If your iPhone XS Max still keeps restarting by itself after exhausting all the given resources, it is possible that your phone is inflicted by major software bugs or worse, it is experiencing a hardware failure. You can either visit your nearest local office or contact Apple Support to seek further assistance and recommendations.

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