How do I manage the red screen on my iPhone?

Updated: February 28, 2023
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How do I manage the red screen on my iPhone?
by Rostyslav Vieliiev
Tech Expert & Writer
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A red screen on your iPhone can become really frustrating. What's more, such a failure rarely disappears on its own. But you should try to fix it anyway. The first thing you should do is perform a device reboot.

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However, if the red color of the screen is caused by physical damage, it rebooting won't help. The cause of the malfunction, most likely, will be that the display module cable has come off. In this case, it is better to trust your phone with a certified expert. If the device did not fall and the rebooting does not help, it is worth trying to restore the iPhone with iTunes or one of the special programs for updating iOS.

Steps to restore the phone via iTunes

Steps to restore the phone via iTunes

Before fixing the red screen on your iPhone, install the latest version of iTunes on your computer. The step is necessary because without iTunes, restoring process is likely to fail, and the program will generate an error. So, after installing, take the following steps:

  1. Connect your mobile device to your computer with the USB cable.
  2. Press and hold down the “Home” and “Sleep” buttons simultaneously - an apple logo should light up on the phone display - continue to hold down the buttons.
  3. Once the logo disappears, release the screen lock (“Sleep”) while pressing “Home” - iTunes displays a dialog box on your computer screen.
  4. Follow the prompts of the program to perform a full recovery of the device.

If you regularly back up your iPhone with iTunes, you can restore one without problems. Otherwise, set up your smartphone as new. But remember that this way you will lose all the data on your phone. To prevent this from happening, try other ways of fixing the red iPhone screen.

Restoring an iOS system without losing data

Restoring an iOS system without losing data

You can easily find programs on the web that recover a failed iOS system without losing data on your phone. One of them is Dr.Fone - iOS system recovery. It will help you eliminate the red screen on your iPhone in the shortest possible time. Follow these steps:

  1. Download and install the Dr.Fone program on your computer, launch it.
  2. Connect an iPhone to your computer.
  3. Select the "iOS system restore" option from the "Advanced tools" menu. Click "Start” after the program detects the device.
  4. Enter the series and model of your iPhone to make the program start downloading the appropriate software.

The download will take from 10 to 20 minutes. Afterward, Dr.Fone will automatically start updating your smartphone software, and the red screen on your iPhone will be eliminated. If a failure occurs at any stage of this process and the program generates an error, it's better to address a service center to fix the device.

Why shouldn't you try repairing your device without additional help?

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Repairing iPhone screens with various defects are best handled by a professional with relevant theoretical knowledge and practiced skills, especially when replacing the display, fine work with the sensor, and the touchscreen loop.

If the red screen on your phone is caused by physical damage, try contacting the service center immediately. If the cause of the failure is broken internal contact, it will be noticeable by additional symptoms:

  • The blinking screen;
  • Streaks on the iPhone screen;
  • The touchscreen doesn’t respond.

If reflashing the software did not help you, it's also better to take the phone to the service. You may require more serious work with the frozen hardware.


You can find help for any iPhone failure on the Howly service. The help quality is similar to the iPhone service but will cost you much cheaper. If you turn on your iPhone and see that the display is completely red and then the device turns off, try to restore the phone using the methods described above.

If that doesn't work, start chatting with a professional on Howly. Thus you save time and get answers within minutes. Soon you will be able to turn on your iPhone and use it. Thanks to the Howly specialists, the red screen on your iPhone will remain in the past.

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