If you’re seeing a black screen from your iPhone 12 mini and it’s not turning on even after several long presses on the power button, you can suspect that it’s now suffering from the Black Screen of Death issue. Let’s explore the reasons why this has happened and how you can fix such problem.
iOS is the most-used mobile operating system in the mobile world. But not a single iOS Device and are flaws-free. Black Screen Of Death is one of the most faced issues by many iPhone 12 mini users. If you also fall in this group of iOS users facing the iPhone 12 mini Black Screen Of Death problem, read on the below process to fix this issue.
Part 1: Reasons for your iPhone 12 mini Black Screen of Death
If you’re wondering what has happened to your iPhone 12 mini as to why it’s now just showing a black screen, here are the possible reasons for such unfortunate occurrence:
1. Drained battery
A possible cause of the Black Screen of Death issue on iPhone 12 mini is drained battery. Maybe you plugged in your charger but did not switch on the power source when charging, hence, your iPhone does not respond and has a black screen. If your charger or cable is damaged, the phone will not charge. Besides, sometimes if the charger or cable is not the original one, you may also experience black screen issues too.
2. Screen failure
Sometimes black screen happens just because your screen has some issues. For example, the cables that connect the screen to the motherboard may be loose or spoiled. This can happen if your iPhone falls hard, even if your screen is not broken, the connecting cables might be damaged, thus causing the screen to become black.
3. Liquid damage
Liquids are the greatest enemy to electric devices. Once the water gets into contact with the internal hardware parts in an iPhone, it could cause short circuit, causing the electric current to flow in directions that it was not intended to. When the current does not flow through the screen properly, your screen immediately becomes black.
4. Software damage
A software glitch can cause a lot of panic since most iPhone users do not know about them. Glitches can happen at any time and they make your device work in a strange way. If you believe you’re always very careful not to drop your Device on the ground or not even get it wet by water or sweat, then it’s likely that the black screen of death on iPhone 12 mini issue has originated from the software part.
If you did a recent update on your iPhone 12 mini but it failed to get completed, such event could have possibly got The iOS to be corrupted, leading to the black screen issue you’re now encountering.
5. Dirt and Dust
If your iPhone fell in dirt, the dirt may have gone into your device and is blocking essential connections like the connection between the battery and motherboard or screen and motherboard. This also happens if you expose your iPhone to dust. Even though you clean the phone but some dust particles can potentially damage the electric parts inside your iPhone.
Part 2: Solutions To Fix iPhone 12 mini Black Screen Of Death
Follow these steps to fix iPhone 12 mini Black Screen Of Death problem:
1. Allow your iPhone to charge
Make sure that your device battery is not dead. If your phone looks completely dead, the first thing you should do is to charge your device by plugging in your device and wait a few minutes. If nothing happens and if you do not see the charging screen, check your cables etc.
See also: iPhone 12 mini not charging? Fix
2. Force restart your iPhone
The second solution to try is to force restart your iPhone. Forcing your iOS device to restart can help the internal system to terminate all its ongoing processes (including those that might be causing the black screen issue to keep on showing) and re-initiate them correctly.
To do this, . Press and quickly release the volume up button, press and quickly release the volume down button, then press and hold the side button. When the Apple logo appears, release the button.
3. Reinstall iOS using iTunes
To do this, you need to own a computer (PC or Mac). Make sure that your have the latest version of iTunes installed on the computer. Connect your iPhone to your computer. And launch iTunes. Then force restart your iPhone (see the above step) however release the buttons when you see the recovery screen. You will then see two options: Restore and Update. Click Update so that iTunes can reinstall iOS. Do not worry, this will not remove your data.
4. DFU Mode Restore your iPhone
The forced restart procedure described above can help if an iPhone is freezing, throwing up errors, or has stopped responding completely. DFU mode (standing for Device Firmware Update) on the other hand restores an iPhone if a restart or entering standard Recovery Mode doesn’t solve the problem you’re experiencing.
Putting your Device into DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode can be your last, best hope for resolving the black screen issue on your new iPhone 12 mini.
DFU mode can help you get your phone back into working state, putting your iPhone into a state where it can still communicate with iTunes on PC and be restored, but it won’t trip the bootloader or iOS, in case your software has become royally borked. This allows your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to be restored from any state. DFU mode requires a bit of timing and can take practice to get right: If at first you don’t succeed, don’t be afraid to try again.
Before trying to put your iPhone into DFU mode, ensure you are running the latest version of iTunes installed on your windows PC.
- Connect your iPhone to your computer via Lightning to USB cable.
- Open iTunes on your computer, and make sure that your iPhone shows up in the list of devices.
- Quickly press the Volume Up button immediately followed by the Volume Down button.
- Next on, press and hold the Side button (or power button) until your iPhone’s screen goes black.
- Let go off the Side button and then hold down both the Side button and Volume Down button simultaneously for a period of about five seconds.
- Now release the Side button, but keep pressing the Volume Down button.
- Wait for about five seconds for iTunes to recognize DFU recovery mode has been enabled.
- You will see a message dialog indicating “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes”.
- In case the message doesn’t appear, repeat the steps above.
- Once you’ve closed the iTunes recovery prompt you can proceed to restore your iPhone back to initial factory settings by choosing Restore iPhone on the iPhone Recovery Mode screen. Once restored, your iPhone will automatically exit out of DFU mode and boot up to its activation screen.
Still having a Black Screen of Death on iPhone 12 mini?
If nothing helps, contact Apple. If it’s a hardware damage that has caused your iPhone 12 mini to just show a black screen, the only thing you can do is to take it to an authorized Apple service center and have it checked by mobile hardware specialists. By doing so, you can determine how such hardware issue has happened and how your phone can be fixed.