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How to Fix iPhone 5S Blue Screen Issue

A problem with the IPhone 5s that has been popping up on help forums is a problem with it rebooting itself continuously. Just before the iPhone restarts itself, it flashes a blue screen. The iphone 5s blue screen issue can happen after such occurrences as an update, jailbreak, screen replacement, restore and even an upgrade to a previous version. It is referred to as an “Infinite Reboot Loop”, “Blue Screen of Death”, and “Boot Loop”.

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iPhone 5S is shown rebooting itself with a blue screen.

In this tutorial I will guide you through the steps needed to trouble shoot and fix the iPhone 5S Blue screen problem. This tutorial mainly focuses on two main culprits of the blue screen; screen replacement. However if you do not get a blue screen, then there are software problems, which I cover as well.

Getting the iPhone 5S Blue Screen After Screen Replacement

From my research, the iPhone 5s blue screen of death typically occurs when someone tries to replace the screen. Therefore lets begin with some fixes if you have replaced the screen. A wide range of issues can occur when one swaps out the screen on an iPhone. However the main cause is a damaged motherboard from putting in the wrong screws. The iPhone may still work if you fix the issue.

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On the iPhone 5s, make sure your screws are in the right spots. Two of the top philips screws are the same.

First of, make sure that all the screws are in the right place as shown above. This is important! They are different size for a reason. You might have mixed them up, causing a short or bad contact with the motherboard. When you remove the screws, double check that none of the holes look damaged. Mixing up the screws is usually the main culprit of the blue screen of death. These act as contact points. If you need replacement screws, you can buy them here.

Quick note: I have heard people not putting back the 1.2MM Phillips screw to make the loop stop. So this is also worth a try.

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These are the LCD and Digitizer connection ports on the iPhone 5S.

If you are sure the screws are in the right spot, move onto the replacement screen. It is easy to damage the ribbons or the connections on these.  An easy way to tell if you have damaged the new screen is to swap it out with the old one. As long as you are sure the cables are not broken or damaged, you can still test with it.

Since you already have disconnected the cables from the motherboard, it is a good idea to check the connections. Check the connections to ensure none of the gold pins are bent on either the cables nor the motherboard. If the pins are damaged on the cables, then you will need a new screen. If they are damaged on the iPhone 5S motherboard, your iPhone is beyond repair. Fixing anything on the motherboard itself requires someone with experience and knowledge and I would not recommend it. However if you do have some experience, the video below will show you how to do it.

If you have determined that the blue screen is caused by damage to the motherboard, I recommend having a professional fix it. Check this service out.

After that is checked, put the old screen back on and make sure the connections are firmly in. The screws should go into their right place, and DO NOT over tighten as this may be the reason for the blue screen itself.

Power it back up and see if you get the iPhone 5S boot loop. If you do not, then the issue is with the replacement screen. If you get stuck with the blue screen, it is not the screen. Go ahead and swap the screens out again with the replacement and check again. If you have made sure all the connections are firmly in, the connection ports are not damaged, and the screws are in the right place, this might be a software issue.

 

Here is a quick tip: If your original screen is very damaged or does not even display anything, you can still use it to test the blue screen problem! As long as the cables are not damaged you can still use it to trouble shoot. Lets take a screen that shows no display for this example. After you connect everything, power the iPhone 5S back up.  Wait a couple minutes and press the lock button. Did you hear the locking sound (make sure volume is up and not muted)? If you did, the iPhone 5S has booted back up fine! You can also power it on and connect it to your computer. If it connects fine and stays connected to itunes, then it has booted up.

I have seen some people talk about replacing the battery. If you have not messed around with the iPhone battery, then this should really not be the case. Personally, I have never seen a blue screen come up due to a bad battery or a bad replacement job. If you did replace the battery, unsolder it, and plug the phone into a charger. See if it loops around when it is plugged in to determine if the battery is at fault or not.

Another issue that could have occurred during the screen replacement was that you have damaged the camera cable. To troubleshoot this, unplug the camera and start the iPhone without it plugged in.

Software Solutions for the iPhone 5S Boot Loop

If you have not replaced your screen, or the steps above did not work, you might be dealing with a software issue in the iPhone 5S. There are a few thing that you can try to get your phone from looping in circles. A lot of small software changes could have caused the iPhone 5S to malfunction, causing it to have a hard time booting up since the software is no longer stable.

Have you jail broken your iPhone? If so, something might have happen to the operating system. Also any packages you may download may cause a conflict in the iPhone’s start up.

Before you try to restore your iPhone 5S completely, try the following:

  1. Press the home button and the lock button at the same time and hold them until your iPhone 5S shut down.
  2. Power on the iPhone.
  3. When you see the Apple Logo, press the volume up button until it boots up. This might take a few tries. You may have to hold onto the volume button for a few minutes.

Some users have reported this to work, especially if you have jailbroken your iPhone. This fix is more geared for just the iPhone 5S infinite boot loop then the blue screen issue.

If that didn’t work, you may have to reinstall the iOS on the device completely. To do this;

  1. Plug the iPhone into your computer.
  2. Power it down by holding the home and lock buttons.
  3. When you see the Apple logo come up, let go of the lock button but keep holding the home button.
  4. The iTunes logo should come up on the iPhone.
  5. Restore the iOS with a new set up, do not use a backup.
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  • niahhawke

    I don’t know what’s wrong with my iphone 5s. I just bought it 2-3 days ago and I didn’t jailbreak it. My brother was just playing Toram Online then this issue started happening. At first, I pressed the home button and lock button at the same time then it started working. I opened Toram Online again to check if its okay to play but the blue screen issue happened again and this time pressing the home button and lock button at the same time is not working anymore. I tried both of your software solutions and sometimes it works. When it did, I tried to erase and reset my data and settings but as it was resetting, the blue screen issue happened again so I really don’t know what to do anymore. Whenever it works, I try to set up my iphone again but I never finish because this blue issue keeps on occurring. Any tips?

  • Fuct

    This saved my day I took my iphone 5s apart because I had dust inside both my camra lenses so I cleaned both a put the phone back together hit the power button and boom blue screen I freaked took my phone to the apple store and they take it in the back look it over for five min the come out and tell me my phone is dead and will need to be replaced so I go home did a quick google search and read this post about mixing up screws so on a leap of fath I Take my phone back apart put screws in the right way put it back together and boom it boots right up Thant for saving me 200 bucks and fixing what the apple store couldn’t 👍👍👍👍👍

  • Fuct

    This saved my day I took my iphone 5s apart because I had dust inside both my camra lenses so I cleaned both a put the phone back together hit the power button and boom blue screen I freaked took my phone to the apple store and they take it in the back look it over for five min the come out and tell me my phone is dead and will need to be replaced so I go home did a quick google search and read this post about mixing up screws so on a leap of fath I Take my phone back apart put screws in the right way put it back together and boom it boots right up Thant for saving me 200 bucks and fixing what the apple store couldn’t 👍👍👍👍👍

  • Riad

    This article was very helpful to me and it helped me resolved my issue based on hints I got from reading this solution. I am writing to help other people that are experiencing the same issue. After replacing my screen, I notice that it worked fine as long as I did not put the silver plate that secured the ribbons. I could not figure out why this was happening. Thinking that perhaps the ribbons had moved after placing the plate, I kept removing the ribbons and reseating them. So, after doing this for a few times, my screen stopped responding regardless of not installing the plate. The iphone kept rebooting with the blue screen and it was driving me crazy. Finally, I came across this article. I decided to put my old screen back and BAM, it worked.
    So, I thought maybe my new screen had died. I then decided to test my new screen again and BAM!, this time it worked. So something happened in the process of swapping the screens that resolved the issue. While testing the screen, I remember putting the phone on power safe mode. Like the previous poster said, this could have caused the issue. Now that I knew that the screws had different sizes, and this could have also had something to do with the problem, I carefully looked at the size of the screws and placed them in the right locations. This time, I placed the plate and tested the phone and it booted correctly.
    I would have never thought that these screws were different sizes. They all looked exactly the same to me. Apparently putting the screws in the wrong locations may have caused this issue. Or, also, like the previous post said, I had put my phone in power reserved mode at one point, and that also may have had something to do with the problem.
    But there was no way of getting back the screen to work, unless I had the old screen to put back and test.
    Thank You for this article. Hope my feedback helps other folks

  • Dario Costa

    Hey! I know this article is kinda old, I just wanted to tell my story. I had the exact same problem and Apple “repaired” my phone… Now 3 months later the problem started again. What I realized is, that it only reboots when I’m NOT in power reserve mode. When I use my phone in power reserve mode, I never have that problem… What could be the reason for that?

    • Hello Dario,

      I would suggest you try restoring the ios to factory default, without putting any of your data back on. See if you still get the problem. This will help rule out software issues.

      Thanks for commenting!