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Solutions for When Your iPhone Encounters A Red Screen Death

By Nathan E. Malpass, Last updated: December 17, 2019

Let’s face it, we all encountered errors here and there with our Apple devices. While Apple is a reputable company, if not one of the most well-known electronics manufacturers out there, their products also suffer from the occasional error. It is a fact, that any device is prone to problems either via hardware malfunctions, software issues or consumer misuse - this is established. Yet it is also a fact that to counteract these problems, technical support companies and teams exist to help you pull through. This is also why we at FoneDog exist - to bring you the support and information you need to combat any errors that may occur.

Today we will be looking at a fairly common and dreaded error to happen to the iPhone, the red screen error or also infamously known as the Red Screen of Death. Indeed the name itself sounds menacing, but we will prove that it is all bark than bite. In order to find out its true nature, let us first start you off with information on what the error curtails to. Getting to know what we are dealing with makes fixing the problem that much more easier - so let’s get right into it!

Part 1. What is the Red Screen of Death and What Caused itPart 2. Common Methods for Fixing the Red Screen of DeathPart 3. Method of Entering DFU Mode (Hard Difficulty) and How to Exit DFU ModePart 4. The Easiest, Most Efficient, and Time-saving Solution: Using FoneDog - iOS System RecoveryPart 5. Video Guide: How to Fix the Red Screen Death Issue of iPhone?Part 6. Conclusion and Recommendations

Part 1. What is the Red Screen of Death and What Caused it

What is the Red Screen of Death?

As previously mentioned, this red screen issue has been generously dubbed as the Red Screen of Death - and perhaps for a good reason. Much like the Blue Screen of Death that may appear on computers, both incite panic as if something grave had happened. Fortunately, the truth is the total opposite for the iPhone compared to the computer since it is an easy to fix the situation - most of the time.

Red Screen of Death is a common issue that happens quite often among iOS device users. It could occur either a few months in or new out of the box from purchase. What happens is quite obvious, the screen turns completely red and is then followed by random reboots.

What Caused the Red Screen to Occur?

So now that we know about the error, what exactly caused it to even occur? The answer is found in several instances which we will enumerate here. Note that it could be due to either a software or hardware issue.

  1. A faulty or misaligned SIM tray or antenna may be causing the Red Screen of Death to appear.
  2. A software related problem has occurred (from any source) in which an iOS update is required.
  3. The iPhone’s battery might be faulty or corrupted.

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Part 2. Common Methods for Fixing the Red Screen of Death

Now that we know the most important points of the issue and why it appears, the only thing left is to fix it. Take note that any of these methods are a possible fix, but in case one did not work, do not give up as there are more available. Towards the end, we will present our in-house fix which, if needed, will save you a headache and time. So, with our newly acquired knowledge, let us now move forward to eradicating this Red Screen of Death forever shall we?

Method 1: Hard Resetting Your iPhone (Easy Difficulty)
First, we will start you off with a fairly easy to do method which may be all that is ever needed. This is basically the need to hard reset your iPhone. To do this, follow these instructions.

For iPhone Version 6 and Older:

  1. Press and hold the ‘Power Button’ and the ‘Home Button’ of your iPhone simultaneously for about 10 seconds.
  2. Once you noticed the screen go black, release both buttons.
  3. Then press the ‘Power Button’ and hold until the Apple logo comes up then release.
  4. Your iPhone now will restart. After the restart, you should notice that the iPhone is now working normally.

For iPhone Version 7 and 7 Plus:

  1. Press and hold the ‘Power Button’ and the ‘Volume Down’ button of your iPhone simultaneously for about 10 seconds.
  2. Once you noticed the screen go black, release both buttons.
  3. Then press the ‘Power Button’ and hold until the Apple logo comes up then release.
  4. Your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus will now restart. After the restart, you should notice that the iPhone is now working normally.

Method 2: Removing and Reinserting the SIM Tray (Easy Difficulty)

This method here is testing if the Red Screen of Death is connected with a hardware issue. Sometimes a fix like this is all that is required and if it is, then you are quite fortunate. Without further ado, this is what you should do.

  1. Simply use a needle, a paper clip or a tray removal tool which Apple approved to remove the SIM tray.
  2. Clean the SIM tray and make sure it is free from any dirt or gunk.
  3. Reinsert the SIM tray and test your iPhone.

Hopefully, if you were one of the fortunate ones, this would have solved everything and you can continue using your iPhone with peace of mind.

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Part 3. Method of Entering DFU Mode (Hard Difficulty) and How to Exit DFU Mode

Method 3: Entering DFU Mode (Hard Difficulty) and How to Exit DFU Mode

For this second to the last method, we will go into the deepest parts of our iOS device - DFU Mode. This is considered the most difficult method since it requires good timing as well as preparation. If you would rather not bother with the long procedure, you are welcome to skip. If you are confident, then you allow us to guide you through the process.

  1. It is imperative that you have backed up all your data. We cannot stress it enough since some users may have forgotten it and ended up losing all their precious contacts and memories. Alternatively, there is a solution for that, but we can discuss this further later.
  2. Make sure that you are ready to start the process. This means a clear, mind and that you are doing this repair through a stable area where the internet or your computer won’t be affected by power outages and the like.
  3. Get familiar with the buttons on your iPhone if you haven’t already.
  4. Prepare your Apple USB lightning cable or any Apple approved USD cable.
  5. To get into DFU Mode, you need to count your seconds properly. You can use a timer to help you do this.

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

  1. Get iTunes on your computer and make sure it is updated.
  2. Plug in your iPhone or iOS device and make sure it is securely connected.
  3. Turn off your iPhone or iOS device. Since we cannot see the screen, use the Power and Home button. Press and hold until it shuts off.
  4. Hold down the Power Button for 3 seconds. Remember it must be exact.
  5. Keep your finger held on the Power Button and press and hold the Home Button.
  6. Hold both buttons for exactly 10 seconds. At that moment release only the Power Button.
  7. Hold the Home Button for 5 more seconds.
  8. You will now notice that your screen is completely black. This is the cue that you have entered DFU Mode<

An additional indicator is that you have received a message via iTunes on your computer saying that you have entered ‘Recovery Mode’. Since the screen is black, this is actually DFU Mode.

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

  1. Launch iTunes and have it open on your computer.
  2. Connect your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus with the Apple USB cable, provider or an Apple approved cable.
  3. Turn off your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus. We are required to do this by pressing and holding the Power and Volume Down buttons until it completely shuts off.
  4. Once the phone is off, press and hold the Power Button for 3 seconds.
  5. Press and hold the Volume Down button simultaneously with the Power Button.
  6. IMPORTANT: Proceed to hold both buttons for exactly 10 seconds. Remember to be right on the dot.
  7. Release the Power button only and keep your finger on the Volume Down button for another 5 seconds on the dot.
  8. You will notice now that the screen is staying black. You are now in DFU Mode.

Tips1:If you are not able to enter DFU Mode for the first time, do not worry, keep trying!Tips2:

Once You Are In DFU Mode

Now that you are in DFU Mode, all that is left to do is go to your iTunes and select ‘Restore iPhone’. Allow the process to complete and the iOS device should be properly working now.

Alternative Method to Enter DFU Mode (All iOS devices)

Sometimes an alternative method is needed since the buttons may be damaged or in this case, we cannot see the screen due to it being red. If the above has not worked, we will provide the alternative method here.Please follow these steps.

  1. Create a folder, either on your desktop or anywhere available, and name it Redsn0w.
  2. Find and download the latest version of Redsn0w. Usually found in the Downloads folder after it has completed downloading.
  3. Find and download the latest iOS firmware for your iOS device. Put it someplace where it can be easily found.
  4. Run and extract the Redsn0w zip file into the Redsn0w folder you have created.
  5. Launch the application (.exe). You may need to click on ‘Run as an Administrator’ to confirm.
  6. On the interface, click on the ‘Extras’ button.
  7. Next, click on the ‘DFU IPSW’ button.
  8. The program will ask you to select an IPSW file - this is the firmware you downloaded awhile ago.
  9. Allow the process to run and confirm with the ‘OK’ button once it has finished. The result of the created file should start with ENTER_DFU_.
  10. Launch iTunes. Be aware that the version should also be up-to-date.
  11. Select your iOS device when it appears under the Device tab.
  12. Click on the Summary tab.
  13. For Mac: Hold down the Option key and click on Restore.For Windows: Hold down the Alt key or Shift key and click on Restore.
  14. Select the IPSW file that was created. It should start with ENTER_DFU_.

Allow the process to run. The result will be a black screen on your iOS device. You have now successfully entered the DFU Mode!

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*Note that firmware can vary between iOS devices so download the one appropriate to what you have and the desired version (if you are downgrading or staying updated). Take note that the file extension is (.ipsw).*Note that this would be a good time to back up your files with the iTunes interface open.

How to Exit DFU Mode

In contrast to getting into the DFU Mode, exiting is quite easy.

All you need to do is to first disconnect your iOS device then press and hold down the Power Button and Home Button for 10 seconds.

Alternatively, for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus it would be the Volume Down button instead of the Home Button. The same thing applies for an iOS device which entered DFU Mode through the alternative method.

The Apple logo should appear as an indicator that it is booting up again and successfully exiting out of DFU Mode.

Hopefully, the time it took was worth it as you device should be now ready to go. However, if you still would not bother using this method, our final method is the best we have available. It is fast, easy and meticulous in getting all errors and problems fixed - perfect for those on the go!

Part 4. The Easiest, Most Efficient, and Time-saving Solution: Using FoneDog - 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 getting your iPhone out of the Red Screen of Death and back into working condition:

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Step 1. Download, Install and Launch FoneDog Toolkit

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.

Choose iOS System Recovery

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Step 2. Connect the Device and Computer

Plug in your iOS device to the computer via USB cable. Confirm that FoneDog toolkit was able to detect your device and choose iOS System Recovery and click ‘Start’.


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Step 3. Download Firmware Package

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


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Step 4. Starting Repair the Red Screen Death Issue of iPhone

Recovery will begin immediately. As you may have noticed, your iPhone has begun working as it should be and free from the bright red color. Allow FoneDog - iOS System Recovery to finish the process.


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Step 5. Finished Repairing the Issue

Finished! You are now ready to use your iOS device like normal.As you can see, with FoneDog all the work is done for you. You would not need to go through the long processes anymore.
It does everything from a complete system recovery to getting your precious data back to fixing those annoying restarts and errors. All you need is a computer or a laptop. We also made it easier than previous versions to get everything done faster! FoneDog iOS System Recovery is the best choice for you to fix the red screen death of iPhone issue.
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Part 5. Video Guide: How to Fix the Red Screen Death Issue of iPhone?

Now that you have experienced using the in-house FoneDog - iOS System Recovery software, you may have thought that things could never be that easy. Well, it actually is! And this goes for every aspect of every software we have available for you.

Part 6. Conclusion and Recommendations

As stated before, if you have forgotten to backup your data via iTunes or even iCloud then you do not have to worry! FoneDog provides another solution just for that case in which we can recover all lost data through the simple application called FoneDog - iOS Data Recovery.

Yes, we do have everything you need to ensure your iOS device is always performing at its peak and keeping your data to yourself. With this said about the data, be informed that you would not have to ever visit a cell phone repair shop ever again, especially if you are looking for a cheap alternative other than Apple.

Your data would be at risk, but using this program solves all of that hassle and security threats. Remember that all of our products follow the same scheme, they are easy to use and numerous in providing any kind of fix or repair possible. One can fathom at all the possibilities and support received when using any FoneDog product. With that said, we encourage you to use our product.

You can start with a trial period to check and fix your immediate errors to see how effective our software is. You will also see why it is loved by all of our customers due to its easy-to-use user interface and functions. So why don’t you give us a try today, we promise that you won’t regret it!

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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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