I remember the first time my iPhone getting stuck on the Apple logo on the reboot after I did a firmware upgrade. I got a bit worried as the first reaction, but got it fixed in a matter of minutes. So you don’t have to panic if your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch is stuck on the Apple logo when booting up because we are here to help you fix it.

Stuck On Apple Logo

You probably would have done one of the below steps just before your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch got stuck on the Apple logo on the reboot :

1. You tried to upgrade the firmware.

2. You went through the jailbreaking process.

3. You installed something new from Cydia.

In most cases, it is when trying to jailbreak your device or when you are on a tethered jailbreak. We’ll come to that secondly. Now, firstly we’ll deal with the users whose device got stuck when they tried to update their device to a newer firmware.

1. Stuck on Apple logo when trying to upgrade firmware

This doesn’t happen in most upgrades, but some users do come across this issue, mostly when the device don’t have enough battery backup while upgrading. So, here’s how to fix it :

1. Connect your device to the computer and launch iTunes.

2. Now you have to enter DFU mode. Hold the power button for 3 seconds, then without releasing it, hold the home button and hold them both for 10 seconds, then release the power button while holding the home button for another 15 seconds. Now you should be in DFU mode and iTunes will detect your device in recovery mode.

Note about DFU mode : When in DFU mode, your device’s screen will be blank. If something else is shown, like the iTunes logo, you are not in DFU. You will have to repeat the steps then.

3. Finally, select your device and use the ‘Restore’ option to update your device and fix the problem.

2. Stuck on Apple logo after jailbreaking

Now coming to the second situation. Some find their devices to be stuck at the Apple logo after jailbreaking and rebooting their device. This could happen if the jailbreak process encountered some problem or if it was a tethered jailbreak. So, first thing to do is to check is if you did a tethered jailbreak. If it was an untethered jailbreak, then you should run the jailbreak once more. If that doesn’t work, enter DFU mode and restore your device using the above steps.

Now if it was a tethered jailbreak, then you have to boot into tethered mode. Redsn0w usually have the option to boot tethered. You can find it under the ‘Extras’ option. Choose the ‘just boot’ option and follow the on screen instructions to boot into tethered mode to fix the issue.

3. You installed something new from Cydia

NOTE: If you are on a tethered jailbreak, read problem ‘2’ to solve the issue. Else read on.

Some buggy tweaks, themes etc, when installed, could cause problems, especially it isn’t compatible with your device or firmware. Some users even end up in boot loops. In this case, you could try har resetting your device first. Press and hold the power and home buttons together until the device reboots.

If hard resetting didn’t work, but you are able reboot your device (though it get stuck on the logo again), you can try disabling Mobile Substrate. To do this get the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad to boot up again and when booting up, hold the volume up button. If it did the trick, you will be presented with the lock screen. You can then open Cydia and uninstall the tweak or theme that caused the issue.

If both of the above methods failed, you will have to enter DFU mode and do a restore. Refer problem ‘1’ above to do it.

If you are still facing any trouble, let us know in the comments below so that we could try to help.


Bimal Roy is a technology enthusiast and blogger from India. His Blog : Tips Needed.