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Published on: 08.06.2023, Updated on: 09.22.2023

iPhone 14 Won't Turn On. Explore 4 Reasons and Solutions

It's increasingly hard to get around without a working smartphone, so if your iPhone won't turn on, you might be scrambling for solutions. While Apple is recognized for making sturdy devices, things can go wrong sometimes, be it on the hardware or on the software side.

Good news: chances are that your iPhone 14 can be fixed if you follow a few simple steps. Your first goal is to diagnose where the issue lies. It could be something as simple as a problem with your charger, but it could be something more severe along the lines of physical damage to the phone.

We'll take you through the whole process and offer you a comprehensive list of fixes for your iPhone 14. Let's get your phone up and running!

Key Takeaways 

  • The iPhone 14 may sometimes fail to turn back on after running out of battery, restarting, transferring data, or even just randomly turning itself off. 
  • While the cause usually lies in software, external factors might also damage your phone, such as overheating, water, or a fall.
  • A lot of problems can be fixed with a force restart—we will show you how to do it in our comprehensive guide.
  • If that method doesn’t help, it’s important to rule out potential charging issues before moving on to things like a factory reset.

Why Won't My iPhone 14 Turn On?

If your iPhone 14 turned off and won't turn back on, it's certainly a stressful situation, and you might not know what happened—there could be a number of reasons behind it. Most of the time, the issue is simple enough to fix on your own and it shouldn't stem from a previous hardware problem, but of course, that can sometimes happen too.

  • Reason 1.Your phone might simply be out of battery. There could also be a problem with the charger or the battery itself.
  • Reason 2. The cause could also lie in software, be it a glitch caused by a newly-downloaded app or a problem following a recent iOS update.
  • Reason 3. The phone turns on, but your connection is too unstable for it to launch properly, or a part of the activation process is not working as intended. It could even just be set to the wrong time zone.
  • Reason 4. Your iPhone 14 may have sustained physical damage, be it a drop or being left out in the heat for too long.

If none of this applies to your situation, don't worry—we'll cover even more of the possible reasons, along with handy solutions, down below.

How Do I Force My iPhone 14 to Turn On?

In many cases, you can make your iPhone 14 turn on if you charge it to full. If the battery is completely depleted, the phone may not even have enough gas in the tank to alert you that it's time for a charge. However, the exact fix will depend on the root cause of the problem.

Make sure that you are holding down the power button for a sufficient amount of time (up to 5 seconds) to turn it back on.

Forcing a restart can be a good option if your iPhone appears to be frozen and won't power back on. On the iPhone 14, you can do this by pressing and quickly releasing the volume up button, then the volume down button, and lastly, pressing and holding the side button until the Apple logo appears. Do these actions in succession, not at the same time.

What to Do If Your iPhone 14 Won't Turn On At All?

Let's assume your iPhone 14 shuts off and won't turn back on, or it just refuses to come back to life after you tried to restart it. The problem could be something as simple as a faulty charger or an app that ate through your phone's battery life a lot quicker than you may have expected. Using GPS tends to do that.

Here are a few things you should try:

  • Charge the phone for up to an hour, and try a different charger if your usual one doesn't seem to work.
  • Force restart the phone (Press volume up, then press volume down, then hold the side button).
  • Factory reset the phone.
  • Inspect the phone for damage.
  • If you were trying to transfer data to the phone, it may have been corrupted, so unplug it and see if it works again.

Whether you've got an iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, or iPhone 14 Pro Max, you'll find that problems with the actual hardware are fairly rare unless the phone suffered some kind of damage. This is good news, because it means following the steps below is likely to help you fix your phone.

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iPhone 14/Plus/Pro/Pro Max Won't Turn On

You've just tried to turn on your iPhone, but it's a lifeless husk and it fails to respond? Or perhaps it died on you and won't power back on? It could also be that it's working in theory, but in practice, it's frozen or the screen went black. 

In this section, we'll go over the most common problems and then show you how to fix them.

Why Won't My iPhone 14/Plus/Pro/Pro Max Turn On?

The most common causes of an iPhone 14 not turning on include a depleted battery, letting go of the Power button too soon, or a glitch. Software problems are possible too, including firmware updates, bugged apps, or a faulty connection that means your iPhone can't sign you in.

Hardware issues can happen, too. This includes water damage, overheating, a broken screen, problems with the charging port or the power button, or even issues with the insides of your iPhone 14, meaning the chip that powers it.

How to Fix an iPhone 14/Plus/Pro/Pro Max That Won't Turn On

If your iPhone is experiencing a software glitch, the best way to get rid of such problems is to force a restart. This can even work if your iPhone 14 is dead and won't turn on.

  • Plug in your phone to let it charge—this often helps, and it certainly won't hurt.
  • Press the volume up button and quickly release it.
  • Next, press and release the volume down button.
  • Hold the side button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
  • Note that you may have to repeat this sequence multiple times, so don't give up and keep trying, as this works for the majority of software-related iPhone 14 glitches.

iPhone 14 won't turn on


If your iPhone 14 Pro Max is dead and won't turn on, and the force restart didn't help, your next option is recovery mode. This applies to the rest of the iPhone 14 lineup and it's also useful if the phone freezes during startup or displays a red or blue screen when it restarts.

  • Start by connecting your iPhone to a Mac or PC. Before you do that, make sure that your Mac has all the latest updates, and if you're using iTunes, download the latest version.
  • If prompted, select "Trust" on your iPhone screen to allow it to connect to your computer.
  • On your Mac, open up Finder (applies to macOS Catalina and later), or iTunes (applies to PCs or macOS Mojave and earlier).
  • Perform the same sequence as you did for the force restart, meaning: a quick press of volume up, then volume down, then press and hold the side button until the recovery mode screen appears.
  • Swap back to Finder or iTunes and select your iPhone once the connection has been established.
  • You can now choose to Update your iPhone 14, which will attempt to reinstall iOS without erasing your data, or you can Restore your iPhone 14, which will, unfortunately, perform a clean install and delete all your data. 

As a last resort, you can perform a device firmware upgrade (DFU). This will often be done for you at a reputable repair shop, but you can try to do it yourself too. Keep in mind that this, like the Restore option, erases all user data.

  • Repeat steps 1 to 3 from the previous solution, including connecting your iPhone to a computer, allowing the connection, and opening up Finder or iTunes.
  • Next, perform a modified hard restart sequence. Press and quickly let go of the volume up button, then volume down. Hold the side button for 10 seconds, and while you're doing that, press and hold the volume down button for 5 seconds. Release the side button and continue holding the volume button for 10 more seconds.
  • The screen will remain black if you do this correctly, so if the Apple logo appears, you need to repeat the above steps.
  • Switch to your computer and follow the required prompts—the Mac or PC will notify you that it found an iPhone in recovery mode and let you choose what to do with it. At this point, choose Device Firmware Update.
  • Finish off with a force restart.

iPhone 14 Won't Turn On After Fall or Damage

If your phone sustained some damage, is overheating, or you dropped it into a deep body of water, you should leave it alone for a little bit and let it recover.

  • Assuming it's too warm, set it down in a cool, shaded place and let it rest for at least 30 minutes. 
  • If it fell into water, dry the exterior with a lint-free cloth and allow it to air dry for at least a day. 
  • After a fall, there might not be much you can do to restore your iPhone. It's probably best to seek professional assistance from a repair service. Since Apple charges more for repair services if you don't have a warranty, it's better to find another repair store charging you less for iPhone repair.

iPhone 14 Won't Turn On After Transfer

If you just transferred some data to your iPhone 14 Pro or another iPhone 14, but now it refuses to cooperate, the fix is usually fairly simple.

  • Wait it out. The phone may need up to 15 minutes depending on the amount of data you transferred—give it a little rest and then try it again.
  • Break the connection to the other device and then force restart your iPhone.

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iPhone 14 Won't Turn On or Charge

Your first step should be to attempt to charge the phone. If the Apple logo appears on the screen, you're most likely just dealing with a lack of battery life. Leave the phone to charge for up to an hour.

  • If the phone doesn't respond to the charger, make sure it's plugged in, and try a different charger or Lightning cable if you can, as well as a different wall socket.
  • Inspect the charging port on your phone and make sure it's free of dust. Do not try to jam anything into the port to clear it out.
  • If that doesn't help, you may have to use a professional repair service to inspect the battery condition and get it repaired if needed. However, you can first try our other suggestions.

iPhone 14 Won't Turn On After Charging

Some users run into a problem with their iPhones where, if the device is left to charge overnight, it refuses to turn on in the morning. The fix is pretty easy.

  • Try not to leave your iPhone 14 to charge for longer than necessary, as this can cause problems.
  • If the damage is already done, don't worry—simply perform a force restart (press volume up, then volume down, then press and hold the side bar). You may need to repeat this several times.

New iPhone 14 Won't Turn On

You just picked up your shiny new iPhone 14 Plus, but it won't turn on? That's a highly unpleasant situation, but fortunately, your iPhone is still very much under warranty—after all, you'd only just bought it.

Your best bet at this point is to contact Apple or the store you bought it from and report this problem. You can always try a force restart as mentioned in the steps above, but generally, a new iPhone shouldn't have any problems, so you're better off returning it and having it replaced.


The iPhone 14 is a pretty sturdy phone, so if things go wrong, don’t panic. If your phone is frozen, won’t turn on, or refuses to charge, the solution is often as simple as a forced restart. Remember that sometimes, you may need to repeat the required steps multiple times for it to work, so don’t be discouraged if it’s still unresponsive after a few attempts.

If the steps outlined in our guide didn’t help, you might need to contact a repair service for help. It’s always better to consult a professional than to risk damaging your phone or losing your data.


Author: Monica J. White

Linkedin: Monica J.White

Expertise: Technology, PC Hardware, Software, Gaming 

Monica is a journalist with a lifelong interest in technology. Monica attended King's College London and obtained her bachelor's degree in English Language and Linguistics. She then went on to get a master's at that same university, this time focusing on Global Media Industries. She first started writing over ten years ago and has made a career out of it, with a special focus on PCs and mobile devices. She enjoys the challenge of explaining complex topics to a broader audience, whether it's how semiconductors work or how to troubleshoot a tablet. Her work has previously appeared in Digital Trends, Tom's Hardware,, SlashGear, Forbes, Springboard, Looper, Money, WePC, and more.



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