There is nothing more chilling than a dead phone screen. No, not a skeleton typing on the computer. Netflix is not without captions. It’s trivial inconveniences compared to having your bright attention devoid of life, information, activity, and content.
So, you’ll understand the cold I got when I found my iPhone 14 Pro unaffected by a night of charging. Instead of the new always-on display that greeted me, there was a strangely blank and unresponsive screen.
My first thought was that the phone had just not been charged. Sometimes this happens with iPhones. It’s usually the operator’s fault – you haven’t connected the lightning cable to the phone or wall charger correctly. Alternatively, when enough dust and debris accumulate in the light port, it can prevent charging.
Despite this, I connected the phone correctly, and it’s a pretty new device to not have the port wreck issue; And no, I didn’t drop it and hadn’t had any other kind of trauma to it.
However, as I stared at the inert glass, metal, and silicon pane, I thought of all these possibilities and pressed and held the power button hoping to turn the phone back on.
I thought “okay”. “The phone is not charging.” I found a different charger and socket, and put the phone aside while I got ready for work.
Fifteen minutes later, the iPhone 14 Pro remained stubbornly dead. I wondered if it was a problem with the charging port, and decided to try the MagSafe Wireless Charger.
Ten minutes later, there was still nothing.
By the way, the phone was not secretly working behind a dead screen. I knew this because the iPhone 14 Pro was cold. Usually the phone is turned on or recently charged at least slightly warm.
It shouldn’t be a big deal – I have other phones. But what I don’t have are other phones with my number.
It occurred to me that I’ve found a major downside to eSIM technology. If that phone was really dead, or clogged, or whatever, he took my cell phone number – which I had had for over 20 years – with him. I’m sure with enough work I can get Verizon to help me transfer it back (a few weeks ago I ported the number from my iPhone 13 Pro to this new phone without Verizon’s help), but without a SIM card to pull it off the renegade phone, I wondered how they’d do it .
The other issue was that my monthly digital travel ticket was also stuck in the Apple Wallet on this useless phone. It seems my problems are escalating.
stumble into a solution
I tried holding the volume up and power buttons for 30 seconds. Then I pressed the power button for about a long time.
I searched online for instructions on turning on an unresponsive iPhone. Apple recommended pressing the Volume Down button once, then the Volume Up button once, then pressing and holding the Power button. I tried this routine four or five times before giving up.
Unable to revive the iPhone 14 Pro, I got a spare phone (a feature to review the entire iPhone 14 lineup), found a way to transfer my train ticket, and headed to work.
Once I got to the office, I kept trying to wake the phone up. I also reached out to my best contacts at Apple. They recommended all the things I did.
I went back through all my steps again, first trying to charge the phone with the USB-C-to-Lightning cable that came with the phone, then trying a wireless charger, and finally trying the button combination again.
I completely lost hope when I pressed the volume up and volume down and then the power buttons again. Miraculously, the Apple logo suddenly appeared on the iPhone 14 Pro screen.
I almost shouted out loud, “You succeeded!”
Within a moment, the phone booted up and then acted as if nothing had happened at all. The bright screen seemed to say, “What? Why are you looking at me like that? It’s that tears? “
I have noticed that the phone is fully charged which means that it was not a problem with the charging cable or port. There was something else holding the phone back.
I have, on Apple’s recommendation, updated from iOS 16.0.1 (I believe) to 16.0.3, but I don’t think this has anything to do with the iPhone 14 Pro startup issue. It has been problem free ever since.
However, your takeaway should be this: If your iPhone goes dark and stops responding, try the three button trick. It just might work.
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