Iphone 3G Won't Turn On

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Dana1393, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. Dana1393 macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2009
    Okay so my iPhone 3G won't turn on. It was working perfectly fine until it just shut off when I was using it. Now it won't turn on. If i press the lock button to power it back up, it powers up as usual, showing the apple logo. Then, a few seconds later, the apple logo disappears and the screen goes black and it shuts off again. I tried charging it but it didn't help. It was on full battery before it shut off on me. I don't know what to do. I can't use my phone and I need it!
  2. Dana1393 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2009
    Any help please?! I really need my phone to work ASAP. I can't even get to the Apple store until Friday because all appointments are booked until then. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  3. Xtgirl macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2007
    Did you try holding the power button and the home button down at the same time....till the apple logo shows up....this might work....

    This happened to me when I first bought my 3G..it took a lot of work for AT+T to get it to power back up.....

    The only other thing is to do a restore from your computer and get it to start working again....
  4. Dana1393 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2009
    Yes I did that. I held down the home and power button the same time but all it does is show the apple logo and then it disappears again and the screen is black. I tried plugging it into my computer to do a restore on iTunes but it doesn't even recognize my iPhone.
  5. sk2sep2304 macrumors regular


    Jun 18, 2009
  6. Alphaspida macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2009
    Connect to iTunes and hold power button for 10 sec then hold home and power button for 10 sec then let go of power button and continue holding the home button until a white screen appears and let go. Restore
  7. razafraz macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2010
    Me too!

    Mine is doing the SAME THING!!! :confused:

    I tried all of the suggestions but nothing has worked...HELP!
  8. jommyb macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2010
    thanks Alphaspida

    thanks bud, worked like a charm. i was having the same issue, and after following alpha's directions, got the computer to recognize the phone. i lost the pics and stuff since the last time i backed-up my iphone, but happy to have it working again. what a life saver.
  9. mackjazz macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2011
    I just had the very same issue with my phone. I had tried everything I could think of..... and searched online for solutions. Found many but none worked until..............I just tried yours. YOU are the man!! Thanks so much. It worked like a charm.

  10. SixMom macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2011
    Simplest solution worked for me.

    Holding down the power and home button for longer than 10 sec got me the apple screen which then seemed to take forever, but then booted up like normal. Everything was intact, pictures, files, etc. Today was a lucky day!:D
  11. tarns macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2011

    Thank you so much Alpha for sharing the tip on how to turn on your Iphone - what a life saver.:):)
  12. rdfroggy macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2011
    it worked

    alphaspida, you're heaven sent it worked on my iphone3g i thought i'd lose all my files since its not turning on... bless you dear soul
  13. 2Tattyteds macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2011
    Mine is a brick

    I have tried all variations of plugging, charging, home/off button, etc. and nothing will get the phone to wake up. Am I dealing with an instant battery death? It was working fine yesterday. I even installed a new app on it yesterday morning. My wife used it later last night. This morning: brick.

    Any other ideas or tips? Is this a subtle sign to buy a new phone?


  14. scottjua macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2011
    Try DFU restore:

    Plug into computer with iTunes open > hold sleep/wake button and home button for 8 seconds > then release sleep/wake button (still holding home button) > wait for iTunes to recognize phone in restore mode... restore.

    If that doesn't work... Have you dropped it recently? There could be a cable loose... What kind of shape is the phone in?
  15. Zac cronin macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2012
    My iphone 3gs

    My iphone 3gs did the same thing last night, i pulled it out of my pocket and it was just black! like it had turned off, so i have done everything i can think of to get it to work, and it just wont, and i need my Phone!! can anyone help?
  16. Zac cronin macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2012
  17. seanpercival01 macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2012
    Last month, I also faced same problem At that time, my cousin suggested to contact with Apple app store.

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