iPhone being stuck on a black screen with a spinning wheel (a loading screen) is not a rare problem. For people who have updated their iPhone to iOS 14/13, they get a different screen which is an Apple logo with a spinning wheel. You can check the screens below. If you have one of the screens on your device, then you are in the right place. In this article, we will introduce 4 solutions that work for all these problems. Most importantly, you can fix your iPhone on your own during the outbreak of Coronavirus.

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Why Is My iPhone Having a Black Screen with a Loading Symbol on It?

Many iPhone users聽find their聽iPhone stuck on spinning wheel or loading screen when they reboot iPhone as usual, try to restore iPhone to factory settings, update iPhone to a new iOS version, or restore an old backup to their new iPhone such as iPhone 12. Sometimes, this problem just happens suddenly without any sign. In a word, this problem usually happens for software glitches. At least 90% cases are resulted from that. Therefore the solutions below are all about fixing software problems and you can follow the steps at home.

Here is the comparison of all the above 4 methods in fixing the iPhone stuck on an Apple logo or a black screen with a spinning wheel.

Data Loss
Ease of Use
Time Needed
Force Restart
No data loss
No data loss
Restore from a Backup
Overwrites everything
via Recovery Mode
Wipes everything

Part 1. Fix iPhone Stuck on Spinning Wheel/Loading Screen With No Data Loss

We will introduce the two methods which can keep the data on your device. Both methods are easy to operate.

Way 1. Use a Basic Way - Force Restart iPhone

You can force restart your iPhone to fix iPhone stuck on black screen with spinning wheel issue.

For iPhone 6s, SE or older models 鈥

  1. Tap and hold the 'Home' and 'Sleep/Wake' buttons simultaneously as long as the Apple logo begins to appear.
  2. Release the buttons and let your iPhone start properly. Now thespinning circle has gone.

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For iPhone 7/7 Plus 鈥

  1. Push the 'Power/Lock' button along with the 'Volume Down' key until you see the Apple logo on the screen.
  2. Allow your iPhone to restart. It will not be stuck on black screen with spinning wheel anymore.

force restart iPhone 7

For iPhone 8/X/XR/XS (Max)/11 (Pro)/12 (Pro/mini) 鈥

  1. Click on the 'Volume Up' key and let it go instantly, and repeat the same with the 'Volume Down' key.
  2. Hold down the 'Power' key and wait for the Apple logo to appear. Enter your password to start your iPhone.

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This method works for many people who want to stop the聽loading circle (or rotating circle) on their iPhone according to readers' feedback.

Way 2. Use an Advanced Tool - Fixppo

If a force restart doesn't work and your device is still stuck on black screen with spinning wheel, you can try the second method which will also protect the data on your device. That is iMyFone Fixppo which is the best tool that you can use to fix iOS problems. It guarantees no data will be erased or affected under Standard Mode. Fixppo is released by the iMyFone team which is frequently recommended by famous sites like Macworld, Makeuseof and so on.

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  • The Highest Success Rate: It offers a 100% success rate for repairing iOS system issues.
  • Cover All iOS Issues: Fixppo fixes not only iPhone stuck on spinning wheel issue, but also many other iOS problems like iPhone stuck on Apple logo (with progress bar), white screen of death, iPhone freezing issues and so on, no matter you are using iOS 14 or previous versions like iOS 13/12.
  • The Best Compatibility: All iOS/iPadOS/tvOS are well supported, including the latest iPhone 12/12 Pro/12 mini.
  • The Most Advanced Tech: Fixppo applies new innovative technology to fix iOS, which makes it the best iOS repair tool in the market.

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Guide to Fix iPhone Stuck on Apple Logo/Black Screen with Spinning Wheel with Fixppo

Step 1: First and foremost, you need to install and launch iMyFone Fixppo on your computer. On the home page, choose Standard Mode from the 3 options.聽Then connect your device to the computer and click the "Next" button.

choose Standard Mode

If your device can be recognized, you will be led to the next step. If not, you need to put your iPhone into DFU or Recovery Mode in order to allow the program to recognize the device model. This will not affect the data on your device.

Step 2: At this step, you need to download firmware to fix your device. All the firmware versions that you can use for your iPhone will be offered by the program. Choose the version you like and click 'Download'. You can now leave the rest to the program and wait for a short while.

download firmware under Standard Mode

Step 3: Tap 'Start' once the firmware has been downloaded and verified. This will initiate the automatic fixing. Any kind of iOS issue of your iPhone can be fixed and no data will be affected during the process. Once the process is successfully accomplished, your iPhone will restart normally. It won't be stuck on an Apple logo or a black screen with a spinning wheel now.

finished fixing your device

Look, it is very easy, right? iMyFone Fixppo always provides positive results and win good feedbacks from users when it comes to fixing iOS-related problems. Don't hesitate to download the free trial to have an experience with the free features.

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Part 2. Fix iPhone Stuck on Black Screen/Apple Logo with Spinning Wheel with Data Lost

To some degree, iTunes also can help you fix the problem that iPhone keeps spinning, but you need to know that all the data on your device will be erased.

Way 3. Restore iPhone from a Backup

If the black screen with a spinning wheel randomly happens to your iPhone, you can fix the problem by restoring your iPhone from an old backup. Make sure that you already have a backup which was made recently. Otherwise, you will lose too much data. Here is the step-by-step guide.

  1. Get your iPhone and computer connected through a lightning cable and then launch iTunes when your iPhone is working normally.
  2. Once your iPhone is detected, you will see the screen below.
  3. Click the button Restore Backup and choose the backup that you want to restore. Confirm that and wait for the process to finish.


After you successfully restore your iPhone from the backup, the system and data will go back to the state where there is no system error, so it is very likely you will no longer see loading screen or spinning circle on your device.

Way 4. Restore iPhone using Recovery Mode

Generally, restoring the iPhone can fix lots of iPhone issues. If you are opting to fix iPhone stuck on spinning wheel/loading circle by restoring it with iTunes through recovery mode, keep in mind that all the data on your device will be erased. Here are the steps to resolve the issue.

  • You need to connect your iPhone to the computer prior to launching iTunes. Make sure that iTunes has been updated to the latest version and close it if it's open.
  • Force restart your iPhone following the steps mentioned in the 'Force restart iPhone' section but this time don't let go of the buttons until your iPhone establishes a connection with iTunes in recovery mode.


  • Tap the 'Restore iPhone' button afterward and allow iTunes to wipe all data on your device, reinstall the firmware of your iPhone and restore your device to factory settings.
  • Once the 'Restore' process is accomplished, set up your iPhone from scratch and your iPhone won't be stuck on black screen or loading screen with a spinning wheel.

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After checking all the details about each method, we think you can make your final decision. Do not hesitate to leave a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions. Your opinions will help many other readers.