How to Fix the iPhone White Screen Issue a.k.a White Screen of Death

By Nathan E. Malpass, Last updated: November 30, 2019

What is iPhone white screen issue and white screen of death and how to fix it?

So here you are happily using your iPhone or iOS device while walking down through the park. Suddenly, you bump into someone or something and drop your device. This may have been your fifth time having it fall, and while you were lucky before, this time you are not. You turn on your iPhone and notice something way different, the screen is completely white. You desperately try to press buttons to save it but to no avail.

Does this sound familiar to you?
Well, it probably would not have happened exactly this way, but it is one likely scenario where the infamous White Screen of Death would occur. Among Apple iOS device users alike, it may have happened at least once for those who were not careful. As you are here reading this, you too are probably undergoing the same situation or something similar.
So what do you do?
Well, you would not need to worry about that at all readers because we here at FoneDog have just the solutions to get your iOS device up and running once again.
Before we start, let us take a look at what exactly this error is all about.

Part 1. What is the White Screen Error?Part 2. Common Methods for Settling iPhone White Screen Death IssuePart 3. The Easiest and Ultimate Solution: Using FoneDog Toolkit - iOS System RecoveryPart 4. How to Avoid Getting a White Screen of Death Again on Your iOS DevicesPart 5. Video Guide: How to Fix the White Screen Death Issue of iPhone Devices?Part 6. Conclusion and Recommendation

Part 1. What is the White Screen Error?

The white screen error or also known by others as the White Screen of Death is exactly what it sounds like. Your screen turns completely white - almost blindingly white - and whatever you do, nothing will work. This may happen to any iOS device such as the iPhone, iPod, or the iPad. Basically, your iOS device became a bright paperweight or flashlight - until the battery dies out.
What Would Cause this to Occur?
Of course, this issue does not suddenly come out of nowhere. There are quite a few things that may have caused it to appear and we will now gladly present to you the culprits.

  1. Your iOS Device is Jailbroken: As you may already know, jailbreaking is where certain limitations are removed on your iOS device so that you can access and modify like never before. You will be able to download, install and customize your device to become something Apple would normally not allow. The problem is, is that any incorrect or improper modifications may result in a badly optimized device. It is therefore highly advised to actually be aware of what exactly you are doing when you go for a jailbreak.
  2. Your iOS Device is Suffering from Hardware Malfunctions: This is usually caused by frequent drops of your device. With physical damage, many things can go wrong such as the connector becoming loose where you insert your USB cable to name one. As a result, you will get the white screen of death, but through constant falls it should be the least of your worries as worse things may occur.
  3. Your iOS Device had Experienced a Bad iOS Update: Moving on to a software bug that may occur, this is where an iOS firmware update had been interrupted during the installation process. Your iOS device would then experience a constant reboot loop which will lead you nowhere but frustration.

How to fix the white screen death of iPhone

Tips: It is noted that the white screen may occur when your iOS device drops beneath 30% battery power. It would be a good idea to let the battery drain out to less than 30% when you have experienced a drop. This way you know that you can determine if you really have a White Screen of Death situation in order to address the issue quickly.

Now that we are educated on what this annoying bright light is all about and why it occurs, let us now show you the ways we have available to fix it.
Fixing the iPhone White Screen
We now present to you several ways which you can try in order to eradicate the White Screen of Death. Please keep in mind, that if one method does not work, you can always try the next. Either one of these may be a guaranteed fix, so keep going until you get your desired result!

Part 2. Common Methods for Settling iPhone White Screen Death Issue

Method 1: Using the Three Tap Finger Method

To start you off with an easy method, which may or may not bills that are needed, is the three finger tap method.This quick fix may be useful on the off-chance that you accidentally zoomed in close onto something white or stuck on a screen that is white. While this may not always be the case, and rest assured we are not judging your common sense, it may be all that is needed.
Simply put three fingers together and then tap your screen twice. From there it should be back to normal.
Now of course, if this wasn’t the fix then for sure it is something deeper. Prepare for methods that require a bit more technique and patience.

Method 2: Hard Resetting your iOS Device

This method basically requires a quick hard reset to get things back to normal. What makes a hard reset more effective than a normal reset is because you are not required to manipulate the touch screen. This would make sense because your screen is completely useless at the moment.
To start, follow another one of the set steps depending on your model.

Hard Resetting your iOS Device (Older Models)

  1. Press and hold down the Power Button and Home Button.
  2. Continue to hold until you notice a flash on the screen and the Apple logo appearing.
  3. Release and proceed to use the device as normal.

Another method has been noted to work for many of the steps above did not work. This includes pressing and holding down the Power Button, the Home Button, and the Volume Up button.

Hard Resetting your iOS Device (Newer Models such as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus)

  1. Press and hold down the Power Button and Volume Down button.
  2. Continue to hold until you notice a flash on the screen and the Apple logo appearing.
  3. Release and proceed to use the device as normal.

Tips: After you have completed a hard reset for your iOS device, it is a good idea to turn off the auto brightness right after. To do this, simply go into your ‘Settings’ then tap ‘Display & Brightness’. Proceed to turn the ‘Auto-Brightness’ off.

Hopefully, this method had done the job, but if not, let us move on to the next one.

Method 3: Removing the Battery

This method will require a bit of know-how on hardware. We recommend this solution only if you are confident about taking your iOS device apart or have someone who can do it for you. We will provide the steps needed for an iPhone here only. Remember, if you would rather not tinker with your gadget, it is perhaps best to skip this one.

  1. Open up the iPhone by removing the back cover.
  2. Remove the two screws holding the battery clip down and the two under the screen.
  3. Remove the battery and re-install it.
  4. Put your iPhone back together and restart it.

So, perhaps through a little risk you may have had your iPhone up and running again. Remember that through physical damage, such as dropping the device, the battery or parts inside may have been affected. It is through this method where you can fix and readjust anything that may seem out of place. If this method did not do the trick, let us move back to the software where our computer can help us out.

Method 4. Restoring your iOS Device through iTunes
For this method, we will be using iTunes on our computers to get rid of the white screen issue. Doing this may be quite convenient for those who were not comfortable with opening up their devices.Let us now look into the steps, shall we?

  1. Have iTunes up and running on your Mac or Windows PC.
  2. Press and hold the Home Button and connect your iOS device via USB cable.
  3. In iTunes, click on ‘Restore (iOS Device)’, this may be your iPhone, iPod, etc.
  4. Click on ‘Restore’ when a box pops up and proceed.
  5. iTunes will then proceed to download and update your iOS device followed by a restore.

Hopefully with everything backed up you will be able to retrieve your iOS device to its normal state and most importantly, without a blinding white screen.

If in case this still did not work, we have two more options available, one of which we know is a definite cure.

Tips: Warning: This method will clear all contents and settings on your iOS device so it is advised to back up your device now via iTunes.

Method 5: Using the DFU Mode

We will now move on to a more trickier method, yet it is one that may definitely be the fix you need. This will require us to enter the DFU Mode which was embedded into our iOS devices for the times when it is absolutely necessary, such as this. This one may take some time, so with patience and timing, we can get your device back on its feet.

Before anything else, we need to prepare. Here is how.


  1. Make sure that you have successfully backed up all your data. Doing this via iCloud or iTunes would be optimal.
  2. It is a good practice to charge your iOS device to at least more than 50% battery life. This ensures that the process won’t be interrupted - important if your area suffers from power outages. During these times a laptop may be needed as a desktop will completely be unusable.
  3. Know what all the buttons do - Home Button, Power Button (a.k.a Sleep & Wake Button). For an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, the Home Button is no longer relevant. In this case, the Volume Down button is used in its stead.
  4. Have your iOS device compatible USB cable ready.
  5. Count your seconds properly or use a timer. This is very important.


  1. Completing recovery with the DFU Mode results in loss of data, it is therefore imperative to have your data backed up so it can be easily retrieved later.
  2. Make sure no damages to any components are reported, especially with water - this may abruptly cause ‘premature completions’ or none at all. Please note that while the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are waterproof, any open cracks will still allow water to do damage.

If you tried Method 3 where you removed the battery, ensure everything is in good order.

How to Enter DFU Mode (iPhone 6, iPod or iPad)

  1. Shut off your iOS device. (Hold the Power Button until a red slider appears then slide to the right) (This can also be done by holding both the Power Button and Home Button until it turns off).
  2. >Hold down the Power Button for 3 seconds.
  3. CRUCIAL STEP: While still holding down the Power Button, press and hold the Home Button.
  4. Hold both buttons for exactly 10 seconds and release ONLY the Power Button.
  5. Keep holding on to the Home Button for 5 seconds.
  6. Once you noticed your screen is staying black without seeing the Apple logo, you have successfully entered DFU Mode.
  7. Connect your iOS device to your computer and have iTunes ready.
  8. Go to the ‘Summary’ tab and select ‘Restore’.
  9. Your iOS device will begin to restart.
  10. Follow the steps once it reboots and confirms if the White Screen of Death still exists.
  11. On your Mac or Windows computer, a screen should pop up indicating that it has detected a device in DFU Mode. (It may say “recovery mode” - but as long as the screen is black you are officially in DFU Mode).

Tips: This process may take a few tries to succeed. Timing is important so proper counting or a timer is recommended.

How to Enter DFU Mode (iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus)

  1. Turn off your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus (Hold the Power Button until a red slider appears then slide to the right).
  2. Press and hold the Power Button for 3 seconds (It is on the right side of this model).
  3. Press and hold the Volume Down button (found on the left side of the device) simultaneously with the Power Button.
  4. CRUCIAL STEP: Proceed to hold both buttons for exactly 10 seconds.
  5. Release the Power button but continue to hold down the Volume Down button for 5 seconds.
  6. Once you have noticed the screen stays completely black, you have entered DFU Mode.
  7. Connect your iOS device to your computer and have iTunes ready.
  8. Go to the ‘Summary’ tab and select ‘Restore’9. Your iOS device will begin to restart.
  9. Follow the steps once it reboots and confirms if the White Screen of Death still exists.

Now that you have gone through the whole process, this should have fixed the issue. While DFU Mode is the utmost final option available wouldn’t it be better if there was an easier, hassle-free option? The answer is YES, there is such option that you can definitely take advantage of.

Restore iPhone on iTunes Fix the White Screen

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Part 3. The Easiest and Ultimate Solution: Using FoneDog Toolkit - iOS System Recovery

This is where FoneDog - iOS System Recovery becomes a total no-brainer to use. It is important to also take notice that this method will NOT meddle with your data. A great advantage! Here are the steps for removing the White Screen of Death from your iOS device forever:

Step 1. Download and Launch FoneDog iOS System Recovery

Download, install and launch FoneDog - iOS System Recovery. Once you have launched the program, verify that our easy-to-use interface is visible on your screen.

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Step 2. Connect iOS Device to A Computer

Plug in your iOS device to the computer via USB cable. Confirm that FoneDog toolkit was able to detect your device. Click Start to begin recovering.start-repair-white-screen-issueRelated tutorial:
5 Ways to Fix Blue Screen Of Death in iPhone Device

Step 3. Select the Option of System Recovery

In the main menu, click on ‘System Recovery’. You will now notice several other options such as ‘Data Backup & Restore’, “Viber Backup & Restore” and the like. These are for anything else you need repairs for.’

Step 4. Download Firmware Package

Your iOS device will once again be automatically detected. Its firmware can be updated by clicking on ‘Download’.

Step 5. Repair Beginning and Wait for Ending

Recovery will begin immediately. As you may have noticed, all errors and the White Screen of Death are gone as it undergoes restoration! Be assured that this also means that your corrupted iTunes will have its data all restored to how it should be!

Step 6. Finish Repairing

Finished! As you can see, with FoneDog - iOS System Recovery all the work is done for you. You would not need to go through the long processes anymore.Also Tutorial:
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It does everything from a complete system recovery to getting your precious data back to fixing those annoying restarts. All you need is a computer or a laptop. We also made it easier than previous versions to get everything done faster!

Part 4. How to Avoid Getting a White Screen of Death Again on Your iOS Devices

Now that we have fully recovered and saved our iOS devices from the horrors of the White Screen of Death, we must be aware, prepare and prevent its return. Remember that while our software is guaranteed to save you even in the stickiest situations, you should definitely try not to abuse the advantage. Being a good Apple customer means that you also take care of the technologies they have given you so that they may last longer. Here, we present you tips on how to prevent a possible recurrence of this issue.

  1. Every once in awhile, try to shut down your iOS device and give it time to rest. Turn it back on after awhile. Do this when you know you aren’t expecting calls or anything important.
  2. Update your iOS device to the latest firmware available for always keeping your iTunes ready.
  3. Take care of your iOS device. This means treating it with a good screen protector, a case, etc. You paid a lot for your investment, so make it last!
  4. Even when your iOS device is protected, make sure it is also safe against environmental stresses such as extreme heat. Never leave it out in the sun or on your dashboard covering inside the car. Also, try not to drop it as often anymore.
  5. Consider installing an anti-virus application on your device. This will make sure forceful ‘bugs’ won’t get in to cause unwanted havoc. Problems bigger than the White Screen of Death may occur.
  6. Consider not jailbreaking your iOS device. While you may be able to enjoy all the freedom, it would be a short trip, especially if you do not know what you are doing.
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Part 5. Video Guide: How to Fix the White Screen Death Issue of iPhone Devices?

After using FoneDog - iOS System Recovery your iOS device is ready to go but it does not just end there. And you can refer the video on how to fix the problem of the white screen of death of iPhone.

Part 6. Conclusion and Recommendation

If you have forgotten to back up your data, before using any of our products then please do not worry not because of the FoneDog - iOS Data Recovery has you covered. All of your data that you may have lost, will be fully restored to exactly how you had it. To make sure that all of your data won’t go missing for the next time, you may also opt to use our FoneDog - iOS Apps Backup & Restore module so everything is accessible and safe on your computer. Keep in mind that you never again would have to bring your iOS device to a repair shop where your data may potentially be at risk from prying eyes as well as having to pay huge fees. Your data is only accessible by you and you alone - as it should be.As easy as all of our software, it is always good to have a one stop program that does everything efficiently. In addition, you may have noticed several other different repair modules available - yes we are that thorough in making sure you have everything you need. You are welcome!So give our products as shot with a free trial to start off. With our user-friendly interface, immediately you will see what it is capable of and why it is well loved and received amongst our satisfied customers. We stand proudly by our product and so will you. Go on and give it a try. It is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

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Nathan E. Malpass

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Many people asked me to repair their mobile phones so I have a lot of experience in mobile phone repair, and I know a lot about Android or Apple phones.

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