One of the main selling points of Apple’s devices is how reliable they are. However, this doesn’t make them perfect.
iOS, however better than the competition it might be, can sometimes suffer from flaws and glitches that prevent your device from working properly. The scariest of them all is probably repeated restarts.
In most cases, you’re able to use your device for some time between restarts. In a more severe case, your iPhone may get stuck in a boot loop and you might not be able to make it snap out of it. Luckily, there are some things that you can do to get out of either scenario.
Update Your iPhone’s iOS to the Latest Version
It’s not uncommon for someone to keep using an old iOS version. This is especially the case if you’re running out of storage or if you believe that new iOS will slow down your older phone.
However, you shouldn’t let this happen. Each new iOS version comes with patches and minor fixes that keep your iPhone running smoothly. If you skip a few updates, software glitches might become common, and this could be why your iPhone keeps restarting.
Go to Settings > Software Update to see whether you’re using the latest version. If not, you’ll see the latest available version, so just tap Install Now to get it.
Remove SIM Card
This can work for both an occasional restart and a boot loop. Restarts are common if there’s an issue with the connection to your carrier, so removing it can be a way of solving this problem.
If you can, power off your iPhone and remove the SIM card. If your iPhone is in a boot loop, the best thing to do would be to wait for it to shut down on its own.
Clean the SIM tray, then place the SIM card back in and turn on your iPhone. If the issue is network-related, this should prevent your phone from further restarts.
Restore Your Device Using iTunes
When all else fails, there’s always the option to erase your entire phone via iTunes. This deletes all files and settings, but it’s also known to fix a majority of software-related issues. Here’s how to do it:
Open iTunes on your computer and plug in your iPhone.
As soon as it recognizes your phone, you’ll see the Restore iPhone… Click on it to erase all your data.
Once this is complete, you’ll see the Welcome screen and you can set up your iPhone again. You can download your data from the backup, but it might still contain apps and setting that were causing the issue, so you’ll be back to square one. A safer option would be to start from scratch.
The Final Word
One of the above methods should be enough to ensure your iPhone stops restarting. If none of this works, there might be something wrong with the hardware. In this case, there’s not much you can do on your own, so contacting Apple support is your safest bet.
Have you ever run into frequent restarts? If so, don’t forget to share your experience in the comments below.