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iPhone 12 Black Screen - Here’s how to fix it

What does the article cover?

In this article, you will get multiple methods for diagnosing and rectifying the issue of black iPhone 12 screen. This article contains a step-by-step guide for all six listed methods used to fix this issue. 

Key Takeaways 

  • The black screen on the iPhone 12 is called the iPhone’s black screen of death.
  • It occurs due to hardware, firmware, application, or battery failure. 
  • The six ways to fix the iPhone’s black screen of death are charging the iPhone, force restarting the iPhone, and using iTunes to update the firmware. 

Got a black screen on your iPhone 12? Having a black screen can be very annoying and frustrating. The iPhone 12 black screen can occur due to multiple reasons, but luckily this issue is easily fixable. 

In this article, you will learn why the iPhone screen goes black and how you can fix a black iPhone screen. So, let’s jump right into it. 

iPhone 12 Black Screen

iPhone 12 black screen


The black screen of an iPhone 12 is commonly referred to as the black screen of death in the tech community. It is a state in which the iPhone 12 does not perform any function and has a constant black screen, irrespective of what the user tries to do. 

No application opens, not even the default apps. The iPhone 12 also does not restart despite best efforts. If your iPhone 12 is also displaying similar behavior, it is highly likely that it has a black screen of death. Despite its name, the black screen of death can be dealt with, so don’t worry. Here’s what you need to do if your iPhone 12 screen is black. 

Why does the iPhone 12 Black Screen of Death occur?

To fix the iPhone 12 black screen of death, it is necessary to know why this issue occurs in the first place.

The iPhone 12 black screen of death occurs due to,

  • Hardware issues
  • Firmware failure, 
  • Buggy, not responding or unresponsive applications 
  • Unusual battery drain 
  • Failure due to Low battery health

All these issues can result in the black screen of death on the iPhone 12. Therefore, one cannot disregard any one of these issues. So, it is essential to troubleshoot all of them if you want to fix the black screen of death error on the iPhone 12. 

iPhone 12 black screen but still on

The black screen of the iPhone 12 does not always turn the phone off. Therefore, it is totally normal if your iPhone 12 screen is black, but the phone is on. This situation mostly occurs when the firmware fails. 

When a firmware or application fails, the iPhone 12 becomes unresponsive. However, the hardware keeps running, so the phone does not turn off. 


Here is a simple solution that is known to work for this situation:

  • Try turning the screen off and on again 

Turning the iPhone off and turning it on again can sometimes fix this issue. To turn the iPhone 12 off, simply press the power button. To turn the iPhone 12 back on, press the power button again. 

How to fix iPhone 12 black screen when phone turns off

How to fix iPhone 12 black screen when phone turns off


Method 1: Charge the iPhone 

You should first try charging the iPhone 12 using the original lightning cable supplied in the box. Sometimes, the issue can be as simple as unusual battery drainage. When charging, make sure you are not immediately powering on the iPhone 12. Let the iPhone rest for 10 minutes before powering it on.

Method 2: Try Force Restarting the iPhone 

If you are concerned about data loss, force restarting the iPhone 12 does not harm the physical storage of the phone. All the data, media, music, documents, and other files will be there after the restart. Here’s how you can force restart the iPhone 12. 

  • Press the volume up button.
  • Press the volume down button.
  • Press and keep holding the power button until you see the Apple logo

Method 3: Update all Apps 

Buggy applications can also cause the black screen of death on the iPhone 12. Bugs present in any applications are fixed in the update by the developers. Therefore, it is a good practice to keep all the applications on your iPhone up to date. 

If your iPhone 12 black screen has gone away after a forced restart, you should update all apps to eliminate any chance of receiving a black screen on the iPhone 12 again. To update the applications on the iPhone 12, do the following. 

  • Open the app store on your iPhone 12. 
  • Tap on the account logo. 
  • Scroll down until you see the update all option, and click on it. 

Method 4: Update iOS 

Like the apps, iOS can also have bugs and glitches, which can lead to a black screen on the iPhone 12. Apple iOS is generally quite stable. However, often times bugs can be observed in new versions of iOS. 

For instance, the iOS 13.0 update had quite a lot of bugs, which were fixed in the iOS 13.1 update. So, it is recommended to keep the iOS up to date. Although the iPhone automatically checks for iOS updates, here’s how to do it manually. 

  • Open the settings on your iPhone 12.
  • Scroll down until you see the General option, and open it. 
  • Select Software Update 
  • Let the iPhone check for software updates
  • if any new iOS update is found, download it. 

Method 5: Restore the iPhone 12 using Recovery mode 

The recovery mode on the iPhone allows users to restore the firmware of the iPhone 12. Therefore, if the black screen of the iPhone 12 is due to firmware failure, this method can fix it. Here’s how you can restore the iPhone 12 using recovery mode. 

On Windows 

  • Connect the iPhone 12 to the computer with lightning to USB-A cable.
  • Open the My Computer folder and select the iPhone partition. 
  • Open the iTunes folder. 
  • Force restart the iPhone 12 using the steps mentioned in method 2. 
  • After force restarting the iPhone 12, you will see a recovery mode screen on your phone. 

Restore the iPhone 12 using Recovery mode 


  • Now, go back to the computer, and you will see two options restore and update. Click on update. 

On Mac

  • Connect the iPhone 12 to the Mac
  • On Mac with macOS Mojave or earlier, open iTunes. While on Mac with macOS Catalina or later, open finder. 
  • Select the Your iPhone option from the menu.
  • Force restart the iPhone using method 2.
  • After force restarting the iPhone, select the update option on the Mac. 

Method 6: Perform DFU Restore on the iPhone 12

If everything fails, DFU (Device Firmware Update) is your last resort for fixing the iPhone 12 black screen of death. As the name suggests, DFU can completely restore the original firmware settings of your iPhone 12. Luckily, DFU restore does not erase all data, so don’t hesitate to use this method. 

  • Connect the iPhone 12 to MAC or PC using the lightning cable. 
  • Open the iTunes folder on your MAC or PC. 
  • Next, you need to follow this sequence: press and release the volume up button > press and release the volume down button > press and hold the power button.
  • After this sequence, the iPhone 12 will turn off. As soon as the iPhone 12 turns off, keep holding the volume down and the power button. 
  • Release the power button after five seconds but keep holding the volume down button until the iPhone appears on the iTunes folder in your MAC or PC.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process. 


The black screen of your iPhone 12 should be gone by now. However, if the issue still persists, take your iPhone 12 to an Apple repair center or any certified repair shop to further diagnose the issue.  

It is better to get your iPhone 12 handled by a professional so the issue can be rectified before any further damage occurs to your phone. 



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