If you’re an iPhone user, you’re bound to be aware of one thing; the iPhone is most definitely a very durable smartphone. If you buy an iPhone once, it’ll definitely last you in the years to come making it in all honesty, a worthwhile investment.
However, even if the iPhone is a durable device in itself, longevity lies in good maintenance of the device. You can stretch out the functional duration of the phone if you actually look after it with care. This doesn’t mean in any way that taking care of your device will result in life-lasting performance of the phone. Eventually, most smartphones end up with one issue or the other due to the wear and tear that comes from its usage.
One such issue that sometimes springs up is the iPhone Black Screen of Death, where the phone’s screen is black but the iPhone still works. Sometimes, the screen might be off too and regardless of trying, the screen remains off. From what we’ve seen, this issue is not too uncommon and it can happen due to multiple reasons. A few of these reasons include:
- Hardware issues
- Software Issues
- Issue with a particular app
- Low battery
Luckily, there’s no need to panic. At least not yet.
Before you start losing your mind and stressing out, there’s a number of things you can do to try and resolve the issue while sitting at home. Even though there’s a probability that there’s a hardware issue at play here, we recommend you to try some troubleshooting first. If nothing else, you’ll have a fairly better idea of why you’ve been cursed with the iPhone Black Screen of Death.
Some things that you can do to get the phone working again, are discussed below:
1. A Drained Battery
This is probably the first and the most obvious thing that came to your mind and you did it already. Regardless, it’s still important for us to mention this. This is usually the case, if not just the screen but the phone is off altogether. For this problem, as simple as it seems, just plug your iPhone into a charger and press the home button. If the apple logo appears, you’re safe and have just averted a rather uncomfortable experience.
2. Software issues
If you’re experiencing the situation where your iPhone’s screen is black but the iPhone still works, there’s still something you can do. You’ll know your iPhone is turned on because you’ll be able to hear notifications from text messages or calls, but the screen will be pitch black with darkness and also be unresponsive. This is not an uncommon problem and has been reported by many iPhone X users in particular. The problem has been experienced in other iPhone models as well.
If you’re stuck where the screen is black but the iPhone still works, a potential reason for this to be happening could be because of a software issue. This problem usually suggests that the iPhone is frozen or is crashing. Luckily what you can do here is reboot your device. What’s even better is that rebooting an iPhone is a very simple task with almost non-existent difficulty. Restarting you iPhone will depend on the model you have. Methods for force restarting all models have been explained below:
- If you have an iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus or an iPhone 8, restart your device by pressing the Volume up button first. Right after, press the Volume Down button followed by pressing and holding the power button. This process can take up to a few seconds so be patient and keep holding the power button till the Apple logo appears on the screen.
- If you have an iPhone 7 or an iPhone 7 Plus, you can force restart it by pressing and holding the power and volume down button together, at the same time. Hold the buttons till the Apple logo appears.
- For an iPad, iPhone 6S and all other previous models, press and hold the power and home buttons together, at the same time. Hold the buttons till the Apple logo appears on the screen
If this tactic works, then congratulations! You’ve just solved the problem.
3. Issues with an App
If you’re experiencing the screen going pitch black then there’s a high probability that this is an isolated software issue with the app you are using. The other possibility is that the app could be loading something. This happens many times with streaming apps like Netflix or YouTube, particularly if you have a slow internet connection. In such a situation, the best thing to do would be the following:
- Exit the app, close it and go to the home screen.
- Open the App Store and tap on the Updates section. If there are any available updates specifically for the app that is crashing on you, install them.
- Restart your iPhone.
In most cases, doing this will fix the issue. If the problem persists, we advise you to contact the developer of that app or uninstall the app to maintain your device’s health.
4. Repair the iPhone
If you’ve tried all of the above and it hasn’t helped, then we suggest you contact an expert to handle the problem. In this case, the most probable cause for the iPhone Black Screen of Death could be a hardware issue on the inside. It could be a result of wreckage in case you dropped your phone. There’s a chance the LCD cable has been dislodged due to the physical impact. If that is the case, you don’t need to worry because the repair procedure is fairly simple. However, if the damage is more extensive such as the LCD breaking, it could take a heavy toll on your wallet. Sometimes, both these situations can occur from water damage as well.
Under no circumstances, do we advise you to try and repair your iPhone by yourself. We don’t advise it because you’ll probably end up doing more harm than good without the proper tools or knowledge. Don’t make things worse by attempting self-repair just so you can save money on repairs by an expert. However, if you’re a rebel and wish to challenge the system, we recommend you to use a repair guide. You can find a lot of those online. Most of them being excellent too.
We still, recommend you to reach out to an expert. If you’re worried about the costs, you don’t have to be too worried. Luckily, there are many experts out there in the market who can repair your iPhone for considerably lesser costs. Regardless of what issue it is, they’ll deliver quality work and it won’t be too heavy on your wallet either. These days, there are some repair companies who’ll come to your doorstep within an hour or two after you call them and repair the phone right there and then. That way, you won’t be too worried about privacy concerns either!
We acknowledge that reading this article may not have magically worked in fixing your iPhone’s black screen because the issue is in most cases, driven by a hardware fault. We still hope that you found this article helpful.