Phones are essential for everyone now, and it enables you to do a lot of things just through your fingertips and with this Apple has been on a roll and has now become the primary premium option for many people. The features and security it provides have made it very popular, and with this locked-down interface comes the problem of not being the most repairable.
We have all seen the issues faced by the people and the Apple stores denying requests or asking an absurd amount of money for a quick fix, leading to devastating choices. So what can you do if your phone crashes or hangs? Should you get it straight to an Apple store? Should you try fixing it yourself?
Well, all your questions will be answered here. Please stick with us to get through your iPhone and fix all issues that it is facing. But before heading straight in, let’s take a look at a few things that you should know about.
Why does an iPhone crash?
Multiple reasons can lead your iPhone to crash or hang, and all of these may have various solutions. Let us take a look at some of the few reasons that can lead your iPhone to crash:
Filled Storage – Your iPhone has a limited amount of storage, and filling it to the brim can bring in multiple compatibility issues as apps require some storage to store cache data. If that isn’t available, your iPhone can easily hang or stop working and crash.
Performance issues – If you’re still using an older iPhone, such as the iPhone 5 or 6. You will be facing performance issues as newer operating systems and apps require a lot more RAM and processing power to keep on functioning, which can leave your device with little to no headroom to keep the OS stable.
Buggy Apps – There are multiple apps on the App Store that can provide compatibility issues and become a reoccurring problem that can leave your phone with no way to recover from a crash.
Is your iPhone disabled? Steps to take first
Now, if your iPhone is already disabled and you don’t know how to proceed, then follow the steps below to find an easy fix.
Restart your iPhone – Restarting an electronic device has been the bread and butter from the beginning of electronic devices. If you had a problem with a TV, restarting it fixed it most of the time, and iPhones are no different. More minor issues can quickly be resolved with just a simple restart as it clears all things from memory and lets the OS start anew. Hold the power button for 5-10 seconds, and you’ll see the Apple logo indicating a restart is in process.
Close all apps – If your iPhone is still operable and is just lagging, having stutters, or crashing, then try clearing all apps from memory and see if that fixes the problems. Open the app switcher by either double-press the home button or swiping up straight from the bottom right to the middle of the screen to close all apps.
Delete unnecessary apps – If you don’t have enough storage left and have some apps on your device that you never use, deleting them might provide a better experience, leading to better stability and performance gains. An excellent spot to be is to have a minimum of 10 GB of available storage space.
Backup your iPhone – Always keep a backup handy so that you can be on the safe side. You can face any issue with the safety that all your data is secure on a separate drive.
Update phone software – Keep your phone updated with the latest version of the operating system and apps as they bring bug fixes, resulting in better stability and performance. Go to Settings and look for any updates available.
Reset all settings – Reset all your settings to stock so that you can keep your phone as good as new, and you have to sort out your locations all over. Doing this is easy, open Settings, tap on General, and then on “Reset”. However, before completing this action, you must enter your password to grant access.
Put your phone in DFU mode – This step functions as a last resort because it erases everything on your device and resets it entirely with a brand new install of the OS. However, do make a backup before attempting this.
Take to the Apple Store – Now, if nothing else works, try figuring out what kind of a problem your phone is facing. If it’s a hardware problem, then taking it to the Apple Store and getting it fixed should be your primary option, and if it’s a software problem, get started with the apps recommended below.
Still stuck, try 3rd-party repair tools
Tenorshare ReiBoot is probably one of the best third-party options available to download and use to repair your iPhone. The UI is simple and straightforward and provides a clean seamless repairing experience.
Steps for repairing your iPhone
Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the PC, and Reiboot will instantly detect the device and bring up the repair options. This makes the process more much simpler and straightforward than some other apps that we tested.
Step 2: Select the “Enter Recovery Mode” option, and your iPhone will quickly boot into the recovery mode screen.
Step 3: Now select the “Repairing Operating Software (Fix all iOS problems)” option, which led us to a new screen with a list of repair options from “iOS Stuck Mode” to “Device Bugs”. Select the “iOS Stuck Mode” option if you’re unsure what problem your iPhone is facing.
Step 4: Now, you will be directed to a new page with the ‘Download Firmware’ option. The entire firmware download will take around 15 minutes to get the latest iOS version to be downloaded, and now select the ‘Fix Now’ button, and the repair should start and take around 5 minutes for your phone to exit the recovery mode.
- Fast repairing process with an easy way to get into the recovery mode.
- Provides a one-click solution with the free version.
- User-friendly interface with a clean design profile.
- Budget-friendly and also includes a Pro version.
- The free version is limited
- Only offer system repair options
Availability and pricing
Tenorshare ReiBoot can be downloaded for free from the official website and supports both the macOS and Windows platforms. However, the free version does come with some restrictions and offers only a means to enter and exit the recovery mode with a firmware flash. If you need the whole experience, you would need to buy the Pro version, which costs around $39.95 for a year-long subscription.
Conclusion: Tenorshare Reiboot sells itself as an iPhone System Repair Tool and it just does that. The simplicity in design, ease of use and realistic price makes it our top pick.
AnyFix (also great)
AnyFix by iMobie is a tool that can handle almost any issue your iPhone must be facing, and it does that quickly with a straightforward process. Whether you have an iPhone stuck on the logo or one which is lagging every time, these can all be fixed using AnyFix.
Steps for repairing your iPhone
Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the PC and start AnyFix so that it can recognize your device.
Step 2: Now select “System Repair” from the list of available options on the home screen.
Step 3: In the next screen, select the “50+ iPhone Problems” option and then click on “Start Now” to start the repair process.
Step 4: Now select “Standard Repair” and continue and start downloading the firmware, which can take up to 20 mins depending on your internet connection.
Step 5: Once the download is completed, click on “Fix Now”, which will reboot your iPhone into recovery mode and flash the latest firmware. This will result in a complete wipe and factory reset of your phone, making it essentially brand new on the software side. Then that’s done!
- It has a great free version
- It works fast and has a lightweight build
- It has a clean and simple UI
- The pro version is expensive
- Selecting the repair options can feel a little confusing
Availability and pricing
The AnyFix app is available for free and can be downloaded through the website, and it also has a one-time purchase option for the pro version, which will cost you $59.99.
Conclusion: If you’re looking for a decent iPhone repair tool with a free version, then AnyFix is the way to go, and this will provide you with a clean, fast repairing experience.
Upgrade Pick: Dr.Fone – System Repair
Initially designed as a recovery software, Dr. Fone is a critical player in the recovery department. With the new inclusion of system repair functionality, you can restore lost data from your iPhone and reset your device, removing any problems such as the white screen of death, the Apple boot loop problem, and the black screen issue.
Steps for repairing your iPhone
Step 1: Start the app and connect your iPhone. As soon as the phone is recognized, click on “System Repair” and let the downloading process for the system repair kit start. We know it’s a chore to do so, but you would have to do so to start the repair process.
Step 2: Now, let the system repair kit be downloaded and click on “Standard Mode” to start the repairing process.
Step 3: Put your iPhone on recovery mode and start the firmware downloading process. As soon as it finishes downloading, click on “Fix Now” to flash the firmware and complete the repairing process.
Note: Apart from system recovery, you also have the option of transferring data between devices such as from iPhone to Android, Android to Mac etc. As the iPhone is known for its restrictive nature when it comes to sending data over bluetooth and wifi, copying data from one device to another was a lot easier than expected.
There were no restrictions on the file types that we could move as we were able to move documents, photos and music. It is even possible to delete unwanted data and merge duplicates where necessary. It also allows you to restore data from social media apps like Whatsapp, Viber, and WeChat. This feature is not offered by Tenorshare.
- Provides recovery and repair tools.
- It has a clean UI that functions flawlessly
- Can backup apps and user data
- Has encryption and security features built-in.
- The advanced mode doesn’t guarantee any fixes
- It has an expensive price tag
- It needs extra toolkits to be downloaded
Availability and pricing
The Dr.Fone System Repair Tool is available on both Windows and Mac. When compared to Tenorshare Reiboot, the pricing of Dr.Fone is on the expensive side. This is because each feature is sold as a standalone app unless you opt to purchase the ‘Toolkit’. So, unless you intend to use the repair tool long term, the price might not be worth it.
- Repair iOS issues – $59.95
- Recover lost data – $59.95
- Backup and Restore – $19.99
- iTunes Repair – $19.95
- Unlock your phone – $59.95
- Switch data between devices – $29.95
- Erase your device securely – $19.95
The Toolkit contains all these functionalities and you can purchase it for:
- iOS Toolkit – $99.95
- Android Toolkit – $139.95
Conclusion: The Dr.Fone repair tool sells itself as a ‘fix-all’ app from repairing system issues to data recovery. However, the pricing affects its ranking in our roundup as other repair tools offer some if not all of Dr.Fone’s capabilities at lower prices. If you’re entirely sure that you need this app, then go with it. Otherwise, there are better options to use that will also probably be free of cost.
Other tools worth mentioning
We also looked at some other tools that had decent reviews and tested them. Hence, they deserve a mention of all the pros and cons that they provide.
iMyFone Fixppo is a suggestion that is very hard to come by. It isn’t just an iPhone crash repair tool, but it also comes with the tools to flash the latest firmware and backup your data too. Hence, making it a complete package.
- One-click access to the recovery mode
- Provides a clean, simple user interface
- Supports iOS devices and versions
- It comes with a limited trial version for a few days
- The advanced mode it provides takes a lot of time to download tools and offer some security flees.
iMyFone Fixppo can be downloaded on both Mac and Windows. The free version is limiting and only allows basic repair tasks, and to fix system issues on your iPhone, you would need to purchase the available licenses. There are three plans for the app, and they include:
- Basic Plan – $39.95 (1 iOS device and a 1-year subscription)
- Family Plan – $49.95 (Lifetime subscription for 2-5 iOS devices)
- Multi-User Plan – $69.95 (Lifetime subscription for 6-10 iOS device
Note: The prices are high but are still better than Dr. Fone. But we can still say that Reiboot and iTunes are still the best budget options.
Fixppo from iMyFone is a decent tool that allows you to repair any iPhone with fast repairing times but is limited by the trial version and some data loss issues.
iMobie PhoneRescue is a data recovery tool for iOS devices and provides a free and premium build. The problem you face will determine the version for you, but generally, the standard version works great for most issues. Like Dr.Fone, this tool offers us mainly the same options for recovering deleted data and making backups. If you are on the free version, these features won’t be available for you, and you need a premium subscription to work perfectly.
- Works fast with easy repairing service
- Can reboot your iPhone to the recovery mode with a single click
- Has data recovery and backup options
- It doesn’t guarantee recovery of files
- It has a limiting free version
iMobie PhoneRescue is available on both Mac and Windows at the cost of $59.99 for a single license or $79.99 for a family pack. It also comes with a free standard version which in our case worked perfectly for any issues.
If you’re facing issues with the recommended tools above, get iMobie PhoneRescue a decent secondary option. However, we would recommend using the other options to provide a little trouble and be expensive for budget-seekers.
MiniCreo Fix My iPhone
MiniCreo is a Mac-only software that can become the best-in-class repair tool, but the operating system holds it back. It doesn’t allow Windows user a solution that takes away from its user base.
However, it is still competent and has some unique features that make it stand out. We liked the diagnostic part that gave us a result of what issues plagued our iPhone and enjoyed all its recommendations. As usual, entering the recovery mode and flashing a new firmware was the primary solution that worked great at solving any issue and upgrading the device to the latest version of iOS.
- Clean and minimal user-friendly interface.
- Diagnostic reports for an overview of problems and solutions
- Budget-Friendly with a tremendous free standard version
- Limited to Macs and can’t be used on Windows
MiniCreo Fix My iPhone is available to all Mac users for free and can also be upgraded to a premium package for $19.99.
If you’re a Mac user who needs a decent iPhone repair service, then MiniCreo Fix My iPhone is the way to go but remember that it is not available for Windows, and the standard version can feel a bit limited.
Puls (iPhone Repair Service)
If nothing works for you, Puls would because it is a repair service that works physically. All you would need to do is fix an appointment on the webpage, and Puls will send a trained technician to your chosen location, and the technician will sort out all the iPhone issues right there if possible. This would be more preferable to users who are not good at technology as there is no trial and error on your part and would be fixed by the involved party.
Puls offers services to specific cities in the United States, and an essential iPhone repair cost starts from $59 and can rise depending on the situation.
- Offline payments and online payment support
- It doesn’t require any of your involvement in the repair process
- Easy to work with
- Limited to specific US cities
- Has been in a bind with the recent pandemic situation
Puls is a decent service that prides itself on delivering an impressive and easy repairing experience to its users. However, it is only limited to certain specific cities, and if you’re a part of it, then take Puls for a spin and use its services.
Enjoy your repaired iPhone
Life can get boring when your iPhone crashes. It means no more work, entertainment, or connection to your friends and loved ones. The repair tools we have discussed above can help you fix your phone easily and quickly.
All the apps above have a user-friendly interface, thereby making it easy for anyone to navigate them. If you’re still unable to get the hang of some of the tools mentioned, you can make use of the final option, Puls.