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When your iPhone XR stuck on boot loop..

Lucas Seltzer Updated on May 16, 2022 3:10 PM

What scares you more than losing data that's on your iPhone XR? If it's stuck in a boot loop - the device boots over again and again, apple logo flickers on the screen, but the home screen doesn't appear, would you feel sick to your stomach? If the reboot loop issue gets bad enough, it can prevent you from accessing your device.

Sometimes, for unknown reasons that could be related to the battery connection, battery power, newer iOS updates, dirty or broken charging port etc., iPhone XR will just get stuck on endless bootloop and refuse to restart normally. Don't give away your handset, and here're troubleshooting steps you can follow to fix iPhone XR boot loop issue and make it working again.

1. Force Restart

Doing a force restart is one of the most practical methods of getting iPhone XR out of boot loop, in a way to solve the recurring problem. It's just a matter of pressing the Volume Up button, Volume Down button and Side key. Related: Force restart iPhone

  • Press Volume Up button and release it quickly.
  • Press and immediately release Volume Down button.
  • Press and hold on the Side button until the Apple logo appears.

When completes, your iPhone XR should stop rebooting again and again, but start up normally.

iPhone XR Boot Loop Stuck

2. FoneLab - iOS System Repair Tool without Losing Data

If a force of restart cannot fix the iPhone XR stuck at reboot loop problem, and the handset still keeps turning on and off randomly, you have an easy option. Whether it's dropped, wet, cracked, or damaged in any way, or it restarts again and again after a failed iOS software update and faulty battery, iOS System Recovery can take care of things and doesn't require you to reset the device. It's a tiny but powerful utility that can scan, detect, and solve a bunch of iPhone system problems.

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The program is easy to use, and automates the process efficiently. The following guide will trounleshoot the iPhone XR that is stuck on a restart loop and bring your device back to a healthy working state with no data loss.

Step 1: Open the software and connect iPhone XR to computer

With the utility installed on the computer, open it up, and click "More tools" option from the sidebar.

Then plug iPhone XR into the machine with USB cable, and click iOS System Recovery tab.

How to Fix Reboot Loop with iPhone XR

Proceed to click the Start button to get into the next window.

Getting iPhone XR out of Restart Loop

Step 2: Choose repair type

Next up, choose "Standard Mode" option to resolve stuck iPhone XR reboot loop without erasing data, while the "Advanced Mode" will reset the device.

Click Confirm button to move on.

Step 3: Download firmware package

At this point, select an iOS software version that valid for iPhone XR, and click Next button.

Step 4: Initiate the fix for iPhone XR boot loop issue

When the package finishes downloading, you will get into a window indicating "Download complete!".

Finally click Fix button, and it will start resolving iPhone XR stuck in the loop of restarting mode.

Your iPhone XR will be out of the reboot loop and become up and running as usual. Nice work!

3. Update iPhone XR using iTunes or Finder

If iPhone XR ran into the boot loop after a failed iOS update, you could try to use iTunes to perform the software update again. This is not a feasible solution for everyone since the device is unable to be recognized by iTunes sometimes. With it connected to iTunes, you could quickly install the latest iOS version and restore it back to the normal mode.

  • On a Mac with macOS 10.15, open Finder. On a Mac with macOS 10.14 or earlier, or on a PC, open iTunes.
  • Connect iPhone XR with infinite reboot loop to the computer.
  • When iTunes (or Finder) detects your device, click it.
  • When a message pops up, click on Update and wait until the newest iOS is installed.

The process finishes on its own and gets iPhone XR out of reboot loop problem without data loss. If this doesn't work, click on Restore in the pop-up message in an attempt to reset the phone to its factory settings and restore it from a backup that's made before iPhone XR was rebooting constantly. You will lose existing data during the restoration process though.

4. Factory Reset iPhone XR in Recovery Mode

If iPhone XR keeps going back into the bootloop and you can't be able to access to it, your final option is to do a factory reset. This always works for fixing iPhone bugs but it involves completely erasing all files on the internal memory and start over.

  • Attach your phone with the computer (Mac or PC), and launch Finder or iTunes.
  • If the phone cannot be recognized, put it into recovery mode.
  • Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Then press and hold the Side button.
  • Now iTunes or Finder should indicate that your iPhone is detected in recovery mode. Click OK.
  • Click Restore iPhone.

iPhone XR Goes into a Reboot Loop

iTunes will start factory resetting iPhone XR and recovering it from reboot loops problem. If you made a backup copy prior to the handset became disabled, go ahead to click Restore Backup button to get data back, instead of starting everything from the scratch.

5. Remove SIM Card from iPhone XR

Sometimes iPhone XR keeps getting stuck in restarting loop and won't turn on if it fails to connect to the wireless carrier. So taking out of the SIM card then putting it back in the mobile can mostly fix a reboot loop error. Read the article from Apple Support for instructions: Remove or switch the SIM card in your iPhone or iPad

6. Take to a Local Apple Store

If the errors of boot loop on iPhone XR persists, try taking it to local Apple center to repair serious hardware problems (like charging port damaged) and software issues. Make sure to fix the home button if it's unresponsive and broken.

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