The whole purpose of a smartphone is to be accessible, the majority of the time, if not all the time. However, there are times when even the most decorated of smartphones fail to fulfill their purpose. One of the major culprits is Apple’s flagship ‘iPhone’, a revolutionary device first released on June 29, 2007. A mere 9 years later, there have been 7 (as of writing date) variations of the smartphone, all having products and bugs associated with each release. Common complaints by iPhone users are problems associated with the booting or starting up phase of the device. A quick search on the web can give you different methods of solving the problem but do they really work? Here we explore the causes, effects, and resolutions to the iPhone starting problem.
Identifying the Cause
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No. I’m not talking about your regular Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat application updates, but more the iOS or i-Device Operating System. Over the years, Apple has released 9 major updates for their operating system, each having problems and concerning features. IPhone users most likely to fall into the category of those affected are the beta testers or users who have accessed and installed the still-developing software update. Other ways people can fall victim to the start-up problem are those who install iOS versions not supported by their iPhone (e.g. iPhone 4/4s users who attempt to install iOS 8.0).
This cause is mainly directed to iPhone users who attempt to access certain features not available in Apple’s main software. Those who wish to or have jailbroken their iPhone, have bypassed the safety features and fail safes implemented by Apple. While Jailbreak can offer many exciting and dazzling customizable options for your iPhone, it does not come without its own problems. One of those bugs is start-up failures.
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Post-Hardware Repairs or Adjustments
Yes. I said it. The tweaks and changes to you iPhone’s hardware can result in problems, and yes, it includes booting issues. While a screen repair is harmless (unless performed poorly), any adjustments to the interior of the iPhone (especially if conducted by an amateur or done incorrectly) can lead to start-up problems.
Fixing the Problem Restoring from a Backup
(This only applies if you have previously backed up your iPhone). The first option to solve the problem (particularly software updates and jailbreak) is the most responsible. If you have a backup of your iPhone’s data, either in iTunes or iCloud, you can restore your phone’s operability and specifics. For a backup off iTunes: access the aforementioned application from your Mac or PC > go to devices (located on the sidebar) > the name of your iPhone > right click [control-click] > ‘Restore from Backup’. If you have backed up to iCloud: erase your iPhone by going to the ‘Settings’ application on your iPhone > General -> Reset > select ‘Erase all content and settings’. After completing your data deletion, go to General -> Apps and Data > select ‘Restore from iCloud Backup’.
Restore your iPhone to Factory Settings
(Only applies if you did not have the sense to backup your iPhone to iTunes or iCloud). This option follows the same steps as ‘Restoring from a Backup’ with the exception that you will not retain your data. To reset your iPhone to its factory settings: erase your content by going to the ‘Settings’ application > General -> Reset > and select ‘Erase all content and settings’. Once again this is not a wise option, as you will lose all data.
Go to the Apple Store or contact Apple online/calling
If all else fails, you may have to gain the help of Apple. Although this may be concerning for those who have jailbroken their iPhone, there are no other options with the same level of expertise. You can contact Apple by either calling or emailing their support group, eponymously named ‘Apple Support’ by going to their main website. If there is a local Apple Store in your area, you can book an appointment at the Genius Bar, taking your iPhone with you.
Be aware that there are varied amounts of causes and solutions to rooting out the booting problem, especially on the web, but listed here are the easiest and most effective ways to fix your iPhone. There you have it, the causes, effects, and resolutions of iPhone start-up and booting issues.