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Dead iPhone? I had my iPhone at work today and the battery was dying. I got a red battery icon saying to connect to power, then after hitting the main menu button, it just went blank. I got into the car and put it to the charger, no familiar recharge noise nor the green battery icon. I have it home now on the base charger but still nothing is going on. Maybe let it charge for 8 hours before I touch the thing again? Or is there something more serious going on?

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  • Rindert Dec 11, 2007

    HI guys,

    my iPhone also died, toggling the switch and holding the reset buttons does not work.

    screen is still dead, and nor my computer not car or wall charger are recognised.


  • daithi1101 Jan 22, 2008

    hi mine has just had the same problem phon eis completely dead and the reset does not work any ideas? its an unlocked phon efrom



  • Anonymous Feb 08, 2008

    O-M-G!!!!! I just did this and you're right! My battery came back to life in 5 seconds bc I charged it overnight but it still showed as lifeless. I did what you said and now it's fine. Thanks SO much! ;o) Little Miss S.

  • Nickjsp Feb 09, 2008

    iPhone OTB 1.1.1 (ipsf) upgraded to 1.1.2I too have a red battery icon that never goes green.

    Tried various usb cable, computers and chargers no luck.
    phone never opened so theoretically no loose wires
    iPhone not recognised by iTunes (7.4.2 or 7.5)
    Hardware reset with both buttons doesn't show apple logo just back to dead battery 
    Tried toggling the mute switch too but no luck....
    An suggestions most welcome.....HELP!!!!

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2008

    Hi all, I need help!!!! I unlocked my iphone with the firmware jail break. yesterday i was upgrading my phone to version and it downloaded fine and was working fine. today i woke up and decided to put the phone on the base to download some music and right after that i started seeing a message that said i needed to disconnect the phone because there was a power surge in the usb hub on my computer. i disconnected it and after that i tried to plug it into the wall unit and i didnt charge.

    Everything was working fine still but i could not charge it. it just wouldnt charge. so i had to use it until the power ran out and now its dead and i cant charge it. each time i plug it in i get nothing. can anyone help!!!!! please i love my iphone and i know that apple wont fix or they will charge me. Helllllllp!.

  • redearth74 Mar 27, 2008

    Yeah - same problem - did a ZiPhone unlock, firmware 1.1.4 - everything was working great the first day. Day two, the backlight stopped working, then the iPhone wouldn't charge... I was able to charge it partly using an old firewire iPod charger, but the iPhone (near the sim card/ camera area) got very hot. It charged to about 60%, then lost its charge very rapidly when unplugged. I took it back to Apple but they wouldn't accept it, as I hadn't activated it through AT&T.... I'm out a lot of money, and I've only had this damn thing working for one day! HELP!

  • Anonymous Jun 03, 2008

    I've tried the instructions (if I understood them correctly) and it's not working for me. The phone seems to have gone black out of nowhere. My phone is only a month old; it can't be a dead battery already!

  • gonchmessiah Jun 06, 2008

    I had the same problem, your fix worked. Took about 5 to 6 seconds to come back to life. Thanks very much.

  • jjay1 Jun 08, 2008

    IPhone is dead, screen stays black nothing works when trying to rest it, pluged into the charger does nothing, all this happened from nothing one min it was on next min blackout. If anyone could help that would be great.


  • Anonymous Jun 28, 2008

    same problem nothing is working..this sucks

  • Anonymous Jul 17, 2008

    Any one wanna sell their dead Iphone ? i would offer 100 for it . If agree , payment would be Cash on Delivery , No scam here, if i don't pay ,i can't receive the stuff . Sound good ?

  • Anonymous Jul 31, 2008

    I just had the same problem my phone just went completely dead. I followed the suggestions in the top comment and it worked great. Thanks for your help. Saved me a trip to the store

  • norabell Jul 31, 2008

    I had the same problem, took you suggestions and they worked great. Thanks, it saved me a trip to the apple store.

  • Anonymous Aug 18, 2008

    had the same problem, your solutions really worked thanks

  • paycock Aug 24, 2008

    my iphone is dead ,and won't come on at all

  • digdigdug Sep 05, 2008

    I've done the hard reset as described in the thread and the phone will not charge (it works, but no recharging of the battery either through charger or usb cable in computer). Ideas?

  • suchi123 Sep 16, 2008

    Hey Vear you made my day! I faced the same problem and was almost in tears since nothing was coming on and voila I followed your tips and my phone is working again!

  • Anonymous Oct 12, 2008

    Nothing worked. No response other than a slowly flashing Apple icon when the iPhone is in its charging cradle. No meaningful help on the Apple website. Most devices have a physical reset button -- sure would be nice here ... I guess it's time to restore from the PC :-(

  • Anonymous Oct 19, 2008

    nothing is working only sound

  • Anonymous Oct 22, 2008

    You rock! It worked and I am so stoked.

  • Anonymous Nov 18, 2008

    I had the same problem, phone was dead nothing working, held down the home button and pressed power button at the same time and kept toggling the button above the volume on and off. Took about 10 goes but it worked.


  • Anonymous Nov 24, 2008

    omg, i thought my iphone had died completely! Dead and buried, but u saved it. It owes its first born....

  • Anonymous Dec 03, 2008

    It worked! My iPhone resurrected following your instructions. Kudos! What puzzled me is why did it just went dead for no apparent reason?

  • Anonymous Dec 04, 2008

    Thanks! This fixed my iPhone, too. I thought I was going to have to buy a new one.

  • inforthegame Jan 01, 2009

    hey guys thanks for the advise, my gf got a new iphone, was working fine but the battery died on 31st december overnite i put it on charge and had an alarm on for 1st january at 6am, and the alarm went on and would not stop because the screen just died...was pressing all buttons frantically without any results, so i decided to call apple tech support and THEY WERE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!! wow maybe we should stop using all apple products on holidays, and stop buying apple products on holidays too!!  Called AT and T and they said they were helpless too and only apple could solve the problem and they had no authority to do anything nor could they get access to any Apple technician.  And all this time the ALARM WAS RINGING LIKE CRAZY....and then i found you guys on the net!
    The trick worked like a charm
    Press the top on/off swictch, and press the switch below the touch screen and toggle the button above the volume on and off, while holding the other two ones pressed down, and it took about 10 toggles to start the damn iphone.

  • Anonymous Jan 20, 2009

    My iPhone suddenly showed the extremily low battery indicator on the main screen, and didn't show up on my computer when I plugged in the usb connector to charge the phone. I had tried holding the reset and home buttons for 10 seconds, but it didn't respond, so I googled for help and this page came up. I tried the solution above and it worked great. Thanks for the help.

  • angel786sa Jan 28, 2009

    My iphone just went BLACk screen 
    and im not sure what to do i already tried the PRess home button with the rest btton, and i tried charging it on my mac laptop, but the itunes wont pop up. and now i put it on charge but its still black screen. 

  • Anonymous Feb 04, 2009

    thank u so much

  • hollywood314 Feb 05, 2009

    your fix worked perfectly!

    thanks very much for the help.

  • Anonymous Feb 12, 2009

    thanks awesome advise

  • Anonymous Feb 13, 2009

    same **** as yours

  • Anonymous Feb 23, 2009

    thanks. saved me a trip to the apple store

  • Anonymous Mar 07, 2009

    Your suggestion worked like magic!!!
    Thank you so much Vear!!

  • Anonymous Mar 10, 2009

    thanks a lot! dhecks([philippines)

  • jigar84in Mar 10, 2009

    i was restore factory my iphone then after it is not working now

    only apple logo in centre so plz tell me how i start it

  • Anonymous Mar 11, 2009

    Same thing -- it went dead and wouldn't start up again. So glad to find this simple answer. But it's now stuck on the apple logo, the main screen hasn't returned as yet, but I'll leave it charging for now.

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2009

    I had a the same problem and even tried 4 different power sources, and still nothing. I did what you guys said and still nothing. It kept showing the dead red battery symbol. I decided to use a usb cord for my ipod and for some reason after sitting here reading these suggestions it just came back on. It's three in the am and I feel like dancing a jig. thanks so much.

  • Anonymous Apr 03, 2009

    I had the same problem and I had no clue how to reset/reboot it
    Read the messages and now its working
    Thanks a million

  • Anonymous Apr 11, 2009

    mon iphone demmarre plus du tout jai tout essayer rien a faire pourtan il marchai normalement

    iphone 3g 16gb merci

  • kwinpa Apr 17, 2009

    when i charge it the red battery come up. When its off the charger, the apple sign comes up and wont do anything.

  • Anonymous Apr 19, 2009

    the button above the volume toggle and the reset worked!!! F`n A!!!!

  • Jann Jun 19, 2013

    I recently Updated to IOS7 on my IPHONE 5 worked fine a few days. But the IOS made my phone HOT as hell and some apps not functioning right. This is understood since its BETA. Then one day my battery was dying and didn\'t bother charging it cause I didn\'t have a charger at work. Went home the iphone didn\'t charge and tried all steps!! the hold power and home. DFU MODE anything just to make the screen come on. Now had to bring to a technician and they said my phone is SHUTDOWN OR DEAD...I asked if the IOS7 BRICKED IT! respond was I DONT I\'m waiting for a solution.. Phone is only a month old with no warranty Shhhhhhyyyttt!

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I had a blank screen and couldn\'t do anything. I just held the Home and On/Off button together for about 6-10 seconds and the Apple logo appeared, after that it was all sweet :)
It is a pity this happens. Oh well, at least it was simple to reset the phone and fix my problem. Good job Apple :P

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My first attempt would be to hard reset it (menu button and on/off together for 5sec) while it's plugged into a charger. If that fails you most likely have a broken dock connector or logic board. I found this iPhone Repair Manual that will show you how to fix the screen, glass, headphone jack and menu button on an Apple iPhone 3GDead iPhone? - 2_bing.gif.

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If you don't even get a charging symbol and you checked that your charger is ok, it's probably just a defective dock connector. Bring it to the apple store to see if you get a replacement through them. If you can't, there are third party iPhone repair services, that will fixed it for cheap. Also, I found an DYI iphone repair guide, so you can do it yourself too, not that difficult. Part is available on ebay.

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It is recommended to restore the phone to look at the factory settings can not be resolved.
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My IPhone 5 , shut down this afternoon because de battery was Under 1%, try to charge it about 20 min and nothing appear, it's still just black...

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You must move the mute button on red then press home+shutdown. Then move the silence button to normal and press home+shutdown again. Now the apple logo should appear. It worked for me.

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  • Miss HJ Jun 03, 2011

    Incredible! I'm so glad I googled this, i had almost lost hope. Thank you so much!!

  • rob pierce Sep 21, 2013

    wow just worked for me too happy days many thanks

    CHANDRASHEKHAR Dec 16, 2013

    i tried it but it still show red battery symbol neither charge nor start


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Battery may have gone bad. Try holding home and lock button for a few mins.

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