Fixed: Dropped iPhone Won't Turn On


Dec 24, 2021 (Updated: May 16, 2022) • Filed to: Fix iPhone

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I dropped my phone yesterday and it now refuses to turn on at all. The screen is completely intact. When it occurred, the screen remained lit, but the phone died shortly afterward. I haven’t been able to turn on the screen since.

Several things might go wrong when you drop your iPhone on the ground or in water and one of the most bothersome is that the device won't switch on when it falls.

No matter how hard you pressed and held the sleep/wake button, you may still get a black screen if you try to power on your phone. What could be the reasons behind your "dropped iPhone won't turn on" Issue? There are several explanations for this:

  • Possibly your battery has been "consumed" or is no longer charging.

  • Motherboard damage.

  • Software crash.

  • Corrupted firmware.

  • Hardware problem.

  • Water damage.

Numerous iPhone users have encountered the same problem and there are steps you can follow to try and resolve the issue.

What to Do If Your iPhone Fell and Won't Turn on?

1Charge Your Dropped iPhone

As we mentioned before, your dropped iPhone not turning on is owing to the consumed battery. In this case, you have to charge it by plugging it to a wall charger. After 30 minutes or an hour, see if your iPhone turns on. If your iPhone won't charge, please check the cable.

charge iPhone

2Force Restart the iPhone

If this is simply a firmware crash-related issue, then a forced restart will undoubtedly resolve it. As if your battery were removed, the forced restart erases the memory and reloads your device's applications and services. This has historically been the most effective method so far.

You can do this for iPhone 8/X/XR/11/12/13 by pressing and releasing the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons one after another. Then press and hold the Side or Power button for 15 seconds or until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

For iPhone 7/7 Plus, press and hold the Volume Down button and the Power button until the Apple logo shows up.

For other iPhones, press and hold the Home button and the Power button. Release them once the Apple logo pops up on the screen.

force restart iPhone

3Fix Damaged iPhone Software with WooTechy iPhixer

If your device's buttons are not working or the force restarting iPhone fails, the best choice for you is to seek help from professional iPhone repair software. Usually, a simple fall won't lead to iPhone not turning on for good. It's the possibility that the system breaks down. WooTechy iPhixer will re-download the firmware of your dropped iPhone and make it work again. During the whole process, your any data on the device will be not affected.

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  • Fix all iPhone issues including "iPhone fell and won't turn on" and iPhone won't charge without any data loss.

  • Repair iPhone system with the fastest speed and the highest success rate.

  • Support all iPhone and iOS versions, the latest ones included.

  • Unlike using iTunes to restore iPhone, iPhixer won’t cause data loss and iTunes errors.

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Connect your device to the PC and open iPhixer on your Windows or Mac computer. To continue, select Standard Mode.

choose repair mode

Follow the on-screen directions to enter Recovery or DFU Mode.

put iPhone into recovery mode

Hit the Download option to get the firmware for your iOS device.

download firmware

After successfully downloading the firmware, click the Start button to initiate the device’s repair. When the process is complete, your iPhone will turn on automatically with no other issues.

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4Restore iPhone with Recovery Mode

You can also try to restore your dropped iPhone to factory settings via iTunes. But keep in mind that the following steps will remove all data after the restoration.

Connect your iPhone to the computer and start up iTunes with the latest version.

Repeat the steps of force restarting iPhone to enter recovery mode so that iTunes can recognize your device.

Remember keep pressing the buttons even after you see the Apple logo. Releasing buttons when the Recovery Mode screen displays.

iPhone in recovery mode

Choose Restore option and confirm your action to initiate the restoration process.

restore iPhone via iTunes

5DFU Restore iPhone

DFU mode is useful for resolving a variety of issues with your iPhone, including the "iPhone fell and won't turn on" issue. However, this method is a little complex and similarly, all information and settings will be erased after the procedures below.

Connect your iPhone to your PC using a USB; boot up the iTunes.

Put iPhone into DFU mode through the following procedures.

For iPhone 8/X/XR/11/12/13: quickly press down and let go of the Volume Up and the Volume Down buttons in sequence, then hold the Side button. When the screen gets black, press the Volume Down button together with the Side button for 5 seconds, then release the Side button while keep your finger on the Volume Down button for another 5 seconds.

For iPhone 7: hold down the Volume Down button and the Side button concurrently for 8 seconds, then only hold the Volume Down button for another 5 seconds.

For iPhone 6s and older: press down the Home button and the Side button concurrently for 8 seconds, then only hold the Home button for another 5 seconds.

If you've entered DFU mode successfully, your iPhone's screen should be completely blank and without any logos.

At this time, iTunes displays a message saying "iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode". Click OK and Restore iPhone options to restore the device.

DFU restore iPhone

6Check Hardware Damage

If the dropped phone won't turn on after the above software-repairing methods, it could be a hardware issue especially due to water damage. Check whether the screen or other internal parts are damaged. You can also send it to a repair shop or the official Apple store.

If your iPhone or iPad is accidentally submerged in water, the last thing you should do is attempt to turn it on. You should delay turning on your iPhone for at least 24 hours to avoid irreversible harm. You must first dry out the phone before attempting to switch it on.


When your dropped iPhone refuse to switch on, it is due to either the software or the hardware problems. If it is the former case, you are strongly recommended to fix it via the iOS repair software -- WooTechy iPhixer. While for the latter case, you may want to consider visiting your local Apple service center.

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