My iPhone 6 Won't Turn On! Here's The Real Fix.

My iPhone 6 Won’t Turn On! Here’s The Real Fix.

In iPhone 6 by David Lynch

Your iPhone 6 won't turn on and you're not sure why. You've tried pressing the power button and plugging in your iPhone, but nothing's happening. In this article, I'll explain why your iPhone 6 is not turning on and show you how to fix the problem for good!

Why Won't My iPhone 6 Turn On?

There are two main reasons why your iPhone 6 won't turn on:

  1. Your iPhone's software has completely crashed.
  2. There's something wrong with your iPhone's charging cable or charger.
  3. A hardware problem is preventing it from turning on.

At this point, we can't be certain which of these three reasons is causing your problem. A lot of the time, a hard reset and DFU restore can fix this problem.

However, since your iPhone is a slightly older model, the chances of it being hardware problem are slightly higher than they would be on a newer model of the iPhone, such as the 8 or X.

If a hard reset and DFU restore don't fix your problem and there's nothing wrong with your charger, your best option is to get your iPhone 6 repaired.

If your iPhone 6 is covered by AppleCare, that's great! Schedule an appointment and take it into your local Apple Store.

If your iPhone 6 isn't covered by AppleCare anymore, we strongly recommend a come-to-you repair company called Puls, who can meet with you and fix your iPhone today.

But before you worry about repairs, follow the steps below to fix your iPhone 6 that's not turning on!

Is It Just Your iPhone's Display?

Before going through our troubleshooting guide, make sure the problem isn't just your iPhone's display. Plug your iPhone into your computer using your Lightning cable.

If iTunes recognizes your iPhone, then there's an issue with your iPhone 6's display and you should back up your iPhone immediately.

Once your iPhone is backed up, we recommend repairing the screen as soon as you. Schedule an appointment at your nearby Apple Store (if your iPhone is covered by AppleCare) or with Puls (if your iPhone isn't covered by AppleCare).

If it isn't recognized by iTunes, follow the step-by-step guide below to diagnose and fix the real reason why your iPhone 6 won't turn on!

How To Fix An iPhone 6 That's Not Turning On

1. Hard Reset Your iPhone

  • Hard Reset Your iPhone
hard reset forces your iPhone to turn off abruptly and turn back on immediately. It's kind of like turning a desktop computer off by pulling the cord out of the wall. Even though it's not always a good idea to do, a hard reset is a go-to move for Apple technicians, especially when an iPhone is unresponsive. It's the iPhone equivalent of the tried and true repair method of "unplug it and plug it back in."

Why Should I Hard Reset My iPhone?

A hard reset is usually a temporary solution to a software problem. It doesn't change anything at all — it just forces your iPhone to start from scratch, and often times the problem comes back.

How Do I Hard Reset My iPhone?

  1. Press and hold the power button and the volume down button together until the screen goes blank and the Apple logo appears on the screen.
  2. When the Apple logo reappears, let go of both buttons.
  3. When your iPhone turns back on, the hard reset is complete.

Hard Reset On iPhone X

Hard reseting an iPhone X is slightly different than other models of the iPhone.

  1. Quickly press the volume up button.
  2. Quickly press the volume down button.
  3. Press and hold down the Side button.
  4. Release the Side button when the Apple logo appears on the center of the screen.

Pro Tips

  • Don't give up too soon if nothing happens! Hold both buttons down for at least 20 seconds before you give up. A few extra seconds here could save you a trip to the Apple Store.
  • You should only do a hard reset when absolutely necessary, because software corruption problems can occur when a hard reset occurs while the iPhone is doing something important, like saving a file.
  • In Apple jargon, the power button is also know as the Sleep / Wake button.
  • Make sure you're holding the volume down button — holding the volume up button won't hard reset your iPhone!

2. Inspect Your iPhone Cable (Lightning Cable)

  • Inspect Your iPhone Cable (Lightning Cable)
Before we begin, I want to make it clear that Apple's name for the iPhone charging cable is a Lightning cable. On one end, the Lightning cable has a Lightning connector that connects to the Lightning port on iPhones, iPads, iPods, and the AirPods Charging Case. On the other end is a USB connector that plugs into wall chargers, computers, and car chargers to charge Apple devices and sync them devices with computers.

Why Should I Inspect My iPhone Cable (Lightning Cable)?

Damaged Lightning cables are a common reason for iPhone problems, especially related to charging and transferring data between iPhones and computers.

Lightning cables can be tricky to diagnose because when they start to go, they usually don't break all at once. Sometimes an iPhone will continue to charge but won't sync data properly, or vice versa, because of the construction of the cable. Make sure to take a close look while you're troubleshooting!

How Do I Inspect My iPhone Cable (Lightning Cable)?

  1. Use a flashlight and look closely at both ends of your Lightning cable. These cables can become worn and tend to fray, especially at the end with the Lightning connector.
  2. If you see no visible signs of damage, try charging your device using both a USB port on a computer and the wall adapter which came with your iPhone. If your Lightning cable works with one, but not the other, then your cable is not the problem.
  3. Try charging your device with a friend's or family member's Lightning cable. If their cable works while yours doesn't, then you've identified that the problem is your Lightning cable.

Pro Tips

  • If your iPhone or other Apple device is still under warranty, your Lightning cable is too! You can make an appointment at the Genius Bar or set up an online repair for a Lightning cable, just like you can with your iPhone.
  • Be very careful about buying low-quality third-party iPhone charging cables, like the ones you find in the gas station. Apple has a special MFi certification that you should look for before you purchase any non-Apple cable.
  • Now that you've been warned about low-quality cables, there are high-quality alternatives to Apple cables. One of my favorites is this MFi-certified, extra durable Lightning cable that's guaranteed to last. It's MFi-certified so you know it's high-quality, and it's backed by a 1 year warranty.

3. Inspect Your iPhone Charger

  • Inspect Your iPhone Charger

There are many different ways to charge your iPhone — plugging it into your laptop, wall adapter, car charger, and more. As a precautionary measure, the software of your iPhone will prevent charging if it detects fluctuations from the power source.

How Do I Inspect My iPhone Charger?

  1. Charge your iPhone with multiple different power sources. If you normally use your wall charger, try using a USB port on your laptop, and vice versa.
  2. If your iPhone charges with one power source but not the other, then you know that the charger is causing your problem.

Pro Tips

  • If you're attempting to charge your iPhone using a USB hub or Apple keyboard, plug your iPhone directly into the USB port on your computer. USB hubs and keyboards only have certain amount of power which has to distributed between any of the devices connected to them. If the other devices connected to your USB hub or keyboard are using up too much power, then there may not be enough left to charge your iPhone.

4. Inspect Your iPhone's Charging Port (Lightning Port)

  • Inspect Your iPhone's Charging Port (Lightning Port)

You should frequently inspect your Lightning port, also known as the charging port, to make sure it is clean. Lint, gunk, and other debris can prevent your Lightning port from making a solid connection with your Lightning cable.

How Do I Inspect My iPhone's Charging Port (Lightning Port)?

  1. Use a flashlight to see if there is lint, gunk, or any other debris in your iPhone's Lightning port.
  2. If you find debris in your iPhone's Lightning port, gently brush it out with a new toothbrush or anti-static brush.

Pro Tips

  • Don't have an anti-static brush? We recommend this two-pack of high-quality anti-static brushes available in the Payette Forward Shop.
  • Do not brush out your device with anything that will conduct an electric charge or damage the electronics in the bottom of your device.
  • The Lightning cable has nine connectors. If any one of those connectors is blocked by debris, your device may not charge at all.
  • Often times, a dirty charging port will cause your iPhone to get stuck in headphones mode. Read our guide to more about this problem and how to clean your charging port.

5. DFU Restore Your iPhone

  • DFU Restore Your iPhone
A DFU (Device Firmware Update) restore is most in-depth reset you can do to an iPhone. A DFU restore uses your computer to erase and reload all the code that controls both the software and hardware on your iPhone.

Why Should I DFU Restore My iPhone?

A DFU restore has the potential to fix software problems by completely erasing the code which may be causing your problem. The code is rewritten as if  your iPhone is brand new, so the software problem may get solved.

Think of it like a house that has cracks in the foundation. Rather than try and fix the cracks, we are building an entirely new foundation.

How Do I DFU Restore My iPhone?

Watch our DFU restore video walkthrough on YouTube, or follow the steps below:

  1. Using a Lightning cable, plug your iPhone into a USB port on your computer.
  2. Open iTunes. It doesn’t matter if your iPhone is on or off.
  3. On an iPhone 7 or newer, press and hold the power and volume down button.  
  4. After 8 seconds, release the Power Button, but continue to hold the volume down button
  5. Let go of the volume down button when iTunes says “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode.”
  6. Your iPhone’s display will be completely black if you’ve successfully entered DFU mode. If it’s not, try again from the beginning.
  7. Restore your iPhone using iTunes.

Pro Tips

  • If you can, back up your iPhone before completing a DFU restore. Any time you do a restore, it erases everything from your iPhone. However, after the restore is completed, you restore all your backed up data back onto your iPhone.
  • Learn more about DFU restores in our article: How To Put An iPhone Into DFU Mode, The Apple Way.
  • A damaged component can prevent your iPhone from fully completing the DFU restore. If your iPhone is damaged in any way, a DFU may break your iPhone.
  • In Apple jargon, the power button is also known as the Sleep / Wake Button.

6. Repair Your iPhone With Puls

  • Repair Your iPhone With Puls

Puls is a “we come to you” iPhone repair service that will meet you at your home, office, or Starbucks to repair your iPhone in as little as 30 minutes. Every Puls repair is backed by a lifetime warranty and their prices tend to be a lot less than Apple's.

Puls repairs broken iPhone screens, batteries, speakers, cameras, charging ports, and more. The only drawback at this point is that Puls isn't available everywhere (they're mostly in major US cities).

How Do I Repair My iPhone With Puls?

  1. Visit Puls.com.
  2. Select iPhone.
  3. Select the model of your iPhone.
  4. Enter your ZIP Code.
  5. Select the color of your iPhone.
  6. Select the repair you need completed and fill out any additional information you want the technician to know.
  7. Schedule a repair time and date.
  8. Enter your address and personal information.
  9. Click “have a coupon code?” right above Submit Repair Request.
  10. Enter the coupon code PF10ND18 to save at least $10 on your repair.
  11. Click the button that says “Submit Repair Request”.

Pro Tips

  • Every certified Puls technician has passed a background check, so you'll know they'll do a great job!

7. Repair Your iPhone With Apple

  • Repair Your iPhone With Apple

Apple repairs iPhones at the Genius Bar in Apple Stores and through their online mail-in repair service. Apple repairs are high-quality, but out-of-warranty repairs can be much more expensive than third-party solutions. If you're looking to save some money you're not covered by Apple's warranty, you may want to check out our other recommendations.

How Do I Repair My iPhone With Apple?

How To Repair Your iPhone With Apple's Mail-In Service

  1. Visit Apple's support website to begin the online mail-in repair process.
  2. Alternatively, call 1-800-MY-APPLE (1-800-692-7753) to set up a repair.

How To Repair Your iPhone At The Genius Bar Inside Your Local Apple Store

  1. Visit Apple's website to make a Genius Bar appointment before you go into the store. Apple Stores are extremely busy, and if you don't have an appointment, you may have to wait for hours or end up being turned away. (Editor's note: I'm a former Apple tech and we're not exaggerating — please, do yourself a favor and make an appointment first!)
  2. When you arrive, go to the Genius Bar to check in for your appointment.
  3. Genius Bar appointments always include free diagnosis. If you're under warranty, many repairs can be done on the spot, but it all depends upon which parts are in stock. If you're not under warranty, the Genius will give you a quote for the cost of a repair.

Pro Tips

  • If you're not sure whether your iPhone is still under warranty, you can find out on Apple's website.
  • Apple repairs are covered by a 90-day AppleCare warranty.
  • If you've ever used a 3rd-party service to repair your iPhone, or if you've ever replaced a part of your iPhone with a non-Apple part, then the Apple Store may not repair your iPhone. (Shhhh!)
  • In some cases, Apple will not repair devices that are older than five years old. These devices are classified as vintage or legacy.

Your iPhone 6 Is Fixed!

Your iPhone 6 is turning on again, or you have a great repair option so you can get it repaired as soon as possible! Next time your iPhone 6 won't turn on, you'll know exactly how to get the problem fixed right away. If you have any other questions about your iPhone 6, leave the iPhone Help Experts a comment down below!

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