iPhone Not Responding after iOS 13.3 Update. Here’s the Fix!

Wondering why your iPhone is not responding from an update? If so, then this post is for you. Read on to find out how to fix an iPhone not responding after updating to iOS 13.3.

Although software updates are primarily aim at delivering new system enhancements and fix patches, some iPhone owners still ended up facing various post-update issues. On a positive note, post-update problems are apparently software-related and therefore rectifiable by end-users.

Tackled in this post is a common issue encountered by a number of iPhone users following the recent iOS update version. Read on to find out how to fix an iPhone that’s not responding after iOS 13.3 update.

Why does an iPhone stop responding from an update?

There are many possible reasons as to why an iPhone suddenly stops working after installing new firmware updates. But the most common culprits are apps that are misbehaving or going rogue, following the recent system changes. Apps that are more prone to acting up from a system update are those that were left running in the background during the update download and install. Third-party apps that aren’t up-to-date are also more prone to behaving oddly from an update. 


Aside from rogue apps, some obscured software bugs are also among the underlying causes. What usually happens is that your iPhone’s system functions might have been crippled and thus, the device is no longer able to respond properly. Often times, the transpiring symptoms are just minor and therefore, can easily be rectified by some user-defined tweaks including the ones I’ve demonstrated below.

  1. Force restart your iPhone that’s not responding.


    Your iPhone won’t be able to respond to your input touches and commands because it’s stuck. To deal with these symptoms, a force restart is the first recommended solution.

    A force restart is a simultaneous battery removal procedure to forcibly end stuck apps and services services and triggers system shut down and reboot. It’s an alternative method to restart or soft reset an unfrozen iPhone.

    To force restart an earlier iPhone like the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and iPhone SE, simply press and hold both the Power and Home buttons for a few seconds and then release the buttons when the Apple logo appears.

    To force restart an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, press and hold both the Volume Down button and Power button for a few seconds and then release both buttons when the Apple logo shows up.

    To force restart new iPhones like the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and later models, press and quickly release the Volume Up button, then press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Finally, press and hold the Side or Power button until the Apple logo shows up.
    Wait for your iPhone to finish the boot sequence and then gets back to the Home screen.

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If your iPhone successfully reboots and responds from a force restart, check for any pending app updates to download and install. Doing so will prevent any out-dated apps from acting up and stopping the iPhone system. 

  • To check and download pending app updates on your iPhone, simply open the App Store from the Home screen. Then tap on your Apple ID profile on the top-right of the display. Scroll down to the list of apps then tap the Update All button to install all pending updates for your apps.

Aside from updating apps, resetting all settings is also recommended to clear out any system settings errors including erroneous overrides from the recent update that caused some system conflicts.

  • To reset all settings on your iPhone, simply go to Settings-> General-> Reset menu then select the option to Reset All Settings. If prompted, enter your device passcode to continue then confirm reset.

This reset does not require backup creation because it doesn’t affect the internal data. Having said that, you won’t lose any saved information on your iPhone storage even without backing them up beforehand.

Is your iPhone still not responding?

If the given procedures failed to fix your iPhone and that it remains unresponsive, you can resort to an iOS restore either via recovery mode or DFU mode. These are advanced solutions to deal with major iOS problems inflicted by complex system errors and stubborn system bugs.

In order to proceed, you will need to secure a Windows or Mac computer that has the latest version of iTunes or Finder app. But before you restore your device, back up all important files you’ve got from your iPhone to iCloud or to iTunes to prevent permanent data loss. 

If you don’t wish to proceed with a system restore, then you can seek further aide from an iPhone technician or better yet, contact Apple Support to escalate the problem. Doing so is imperative for Apple to know that such a problem exists from the recent iOS update and thus, consider developing a dedicated fix patch to address it.


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