iPhone 7 Reboot Randomly? Here are the Workarounds
No one is perfect. That's true of a high-end mobile device like iPhone. Annoying problems related to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Charging and etc. are coupled with the great success of Apple Inc. Even the latest models of iPhone, say, iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus, have been reported to occur unexpected issues, of which one is the random and unexpected reboot of iPhone. There are quite a few iOS users reporting and asking for help on Apple Communities as below.
If you're beset by this issue, please scroll down and try the following free solutions.
- Causes: What Makes iPhone Randomly Restarting?
- Workaround 1: Free up iPhone Storage
- Workaround 2: Uninstall Instagram on iPhone
- Workaround 3: Hard Reboot iPhone
- Workaround 4: Restore iPhone via iTunes
- Workaround 5: Reset iPhone as a New One
Part 1: Causes: What Makes iPhone Randomly Restarting?
Unexpected restarting can be caused by the software, content, or hardware. However, it's hard to directly tell which one is the culprit.
In terms of content problem, perhaps your iPhone is running out of storage, which is common on iPhones with 16G storage. Otherwise, you might delete unnecessary stuff and get your iPhone cleared up.
In terms of software problem, some apps or tweaks might be responsible for the reboot issue. Reportedly, there are some programs making iPhone acting up. If you found iPhone randomly restarting after the installation of a certain app or tweak, please uninstall it at once.
In terms of hardware problem, I'm afraid there is nothing I can do about it. It might be due to a damaged springboard. In this respect, you might have to take it to Apple Store or other authorized stores to get your iPhone checked and repaired.
Workaround 1: Free up iPhone Storage
Though there is no direct proofs proving that scarce memory would result in unexpected rebooting. However, some people did get iPhone back to normal by freeing up iPhone storage, so why not give it a try. Please delete redundant messages, photos or videos currently stored in your iPhone. Moreover, delete apps that you barely utilize. If you worry about mistakenly deleting content from iPhone, please make a full backup via iTunes or iCloud before you proceed.
Workaround 2: Uninstall a Certain Program on iPhone
It's highly possible that this is a software problem caused by a badly-performing app or tweak. If you open an app or a tweak and then iPhone tends to start up somehow, please uninstall that app or tweak at once.
Accordingly, Instagram has been making this issue on some of the iPhones. If you find yourself running into the same situation as the following user did, please try deleting or re-installing Instagram on your iPhone.
Workaround 3: Hard Reboot iPhone
If this issue occurs to you now and then, it might be a small glitch. It's worth trying to hard reboot your iPhone and see whether it helps, which is the easiest and most effective way to address this kind of glitch.
Please press and hold down "Home" and "Wake/Sleep" buttons at the same time until the screen goes black. Then, release the buttons. After a while, hold the "Wake/Sleep" button until the Apple Logo shows.
Workaround 4: Restore iPhone via iTunes
Please go to "Settings" > "Software Update" and check whether there is an iOS update available. If yes, please download and install the latest version of iOS on your iPhone. Most possibly, this is a bug in previous iOS version which is solved on the latest iOS. However, if your iPhone has already upgraded to the latest iOS version, you might need to restore iOS via iTunes. (Perhaps the updating went wrong.)
Connect your iPhone to the latest version of iTunes and get your iPhone into Recovery Mode.
On an iPhone 6s and earlier: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons at the same time. Don't release the buttons when you see the Apple logo. Keep holding both buttons until you see the recovery mode screen.
On an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons at the same time. Don't release the buttons when you see the Apple logo. Keep holding both buttons until you see the recovery mode screen.
Click "Device" icon and go to "Summary" page. Then, click "Restore" on the interface and confirm to proceed. It might take long to restore your iPhone. Please wait until it's done.
Note that you should make a full backup for current content on iPhone for the reason that the restoration will erase all the content.
Workaround 5: Reset iPhone as a New One
If solutions above fail to get you out of trouble, please give it a try on this final bet. You can reset your iPhone as a brand new one. Technically, this workaround works most of the time. However, what if it fails, the only possibility left is that the rebooting issue is caused by a hardware problem. At that time, you might take your iPhone to repair. It's strongly recommended to back up your iPhone before resetting your iDevice.
On your iPhone, tap "Settings" and choose "General" option. Now, scroll down to the bottom and select "Reset". Make sure that you've done a backup and tap "Erase All Content and Settings". After the process completes, your iPhone will become a brand new one.
I hope these five solutions are able to troubleshoot your headache. If you have a better idea, you're welcome to share with us. If you're facing other iPhone issues, please check for the related solutions on iFoneTips.