iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 5 & 6 Display Problems – Screen Blank – Faulty?

I had my first iPhone “fault” today – at least I thought it was a fault. A blank, totally black or intermittently “white” screen (it’s actually just blank). Quite frightening!

The display screen wouldn’t activate and stayed blank even when I pressed the sleep/wake button on the front of the phone. With a blank / black screen your iPhone is completely useless. You can still hear text messages, music and calls coming in, but there’s no way you can do anything.

How to fix your blank iPhone screen

The blank screen on your iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4 iPhone 5s and 6 can be fixed, easily!

Fortunately, I worked out that you can fix this problem by resetting your phone.

Here’s how to fix your blank iPhone screen:

  1. Press and hold down the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button simultaneously.
  2. Hold for at least 10 seconds.
  3. The screen will clear and the Apple Logo will appear.
  4. When the logo appears it means that the reset is done.
  5. iPhone black blank screen

Afterwards you’ll see your screen light up and you’ll be able to breath a sigh of relief!

If the fix doesn’t work

This works almost all of the time, but if you’re stuck, you might want to consider ordering a new one. Here’s the best deal I could find on Amazon for the iPhone 4 and here’s another for the iPhone 5s

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102 thoughts on “iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 5 & 6 Display Problems – Screen Blank – Faulty?

  1. margaret says:

    Thank you thank you!! It worked!

  2. Anne says:

    This saved my life! Thank you so much!!

  3. Anne says:

    got the black screen on my iPhone 6 tonight – it’s only 3 months old- this worked for me , Thank you – BUT WHY does it happen ….??????

  4. Mithra says:

    Goodness!!! You just saved my life! Thank you so much!!!

  5. jatin says:

    yes it worked…………..
    Thanks alot………..

  6. Akasha says:

    It worked!! I thought I would have had to take it to the phone store, thank you so much! :D

  7. suzanne says:

    saved my life

  8. Rion Sookram says:

    thanks worked right away , almost had a panic attack lol

  9. Brian says:

    Thank you so much! Worked instantly!

  10. tamya says:


  11. Tagel says:

    It worked for me and you saved me 150.00 ETB which I paid the first time when the same thing happened.

  12. jay says:

    It worked, ios9 messed up my phone… i swear. This fixed the black screen issue.

  13. james says:

    omg thank you so much

  14. Elijah KAvuta says:

    It worked for me!!! thank you uh!!!!!

  15. Joana says:


  16. Jillian says:

    I am so thankful for you you literally saved my life god bless you

  17. Sarthak chauhan says:

    Will all the data be lost? I dont want that to happen.

  18. Harry says:

    Wow…. Worked really well. !!!!! Thank You!!

  19. Waseem says:

    Aahh…. Finally i had some relief. it worked. whole night i had bad dreams about my iphone. :D

  20. Waseem says:

    aah,,finally i have some relief. Thanks. Whole Night I had bad dreams about my iPhone :D

  21. Nora says:

    This tip helped! I thought that I’d have to take my phone to the store or get a new one. This quickly worked!

  22. helen says:

    this fully saved me time, $$$, & loss of hair! thank you!!!!

  23. Dominic Costa says:


  24. Hailey Flud says:

    literally saved my life!!! Thank you so much I would have been crying myself too sleep

  25. Kosgey Maswai says:

    OMG was so scared of losing all my data, did and IT WORKED! Thank you so much!

  26. Iphone 5s, screen just blank – Thanks a million!!! Didn’t know what to do… and couldn’t restore from Itunes either because i couldn’t see any buttons on phone… Googled and found this – Great job!!!

  27. AmyJo says:

    Thank you so much!!!!

  28. Nishan says:

    Thanks a lot!!!

  29. David says:

    Thank you very much!!

  30. Elisa Andrews says:

    Thank you for your knowledge! It saved my 13 yr old daughter from a major teenage melt down.

  31. Lynea says:

    it worked!! Thank you , I am leaving town today out of state & with no phone that would have been a nightmare!

  32. Afzal says:

    You really saved me! Thank you soooo much

  33. Terry says:

    another happy camper! thank you.

  34. Trinidad Lady says:

    Thank you it worked. I almost died, sigh.

  35. Shreeya says:

    Worked for me too!!! Thank you so much

  36. A says:

    Thanks! Worked on my iPhone 6 of less than a month!

  37. marjo s. bordado says:

    Worked for me, too. Thank a lot!!!

  38. Ravi says:

    thanks, im alive again :D

  39. Hayley says:

    Thank you .

  40. Stacey says:

    I never comment on these things but that was magical thanks so much for the solution to my problem

  41. Manoj says:

    I almost got heart attack..My iphone6 is just 4 months old…Thank you for the instant fix…

  42. dipannita says:

    Thank you team, it actually worked out,i am so much thank ful to you ,

  43. tandokazi says:

    Thankx a lot

  44. Shakeer says:

    Yes A big Sigh , It Worked Thanks alot

  45. Nawaz says:

    Thank you guys
    You saved me from heart-attack :D

  46. Amrita says:

    Thank You so much ;)
    I was so panicked :0 Mine is like just 7 days old :0
    thanks :D

  47. David Gale says:

    Thanks it worked saved my day

  48. Kath says:

    Many thanks to you! Your explanation was easy to apply and WORKED?

  49. Pony lover says:

    Thank you sooo much! I literally love you! You saved my life? you actually saved me spending £100’s trying to fix my phone and back it up. Thanks so much- you’re awesome!!

  50. Amy says:

    You have just saved me a trip to claim on my insurance and a trip to town! Thank you so much guys, really helpful info!

  51. Issa says:

    Thanks this works on my iphone5

    Many thanks,

  52. Shelly says:

    Thanks man. I’m still using my iPhone 4.

  53. DAYO says:

    Thank you! This worked. You have no idea how thankful I am.

  54. Dave says:

    It worked! Thank you so much! Big sigh of relief!

  55. bhavyageethika says:

    omg it worked! u r awesome

  56. Vaibhav says:

    It worked

  57. Jane Clark says:

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU , THANK YOU!!! I had a panic attack. I live by my phone because of my job. Bless you!

  58. shrihari A N says:

    Thanks for the suggestion. It worked and my iPhone5 is saved.

  59. Melinda says:

    I have an iPhone 4s, and after 3 years, I just experienced this. Unfortunately, my sleep button hasn’t worked for a long time, so I have been working with the on screen controls. Do you know what I should do now?

  60. Chantal says:

    I almost just cried but this worked I literally tried everything else possible …. Thank u sooooo much !!!!!!! Life saver

  61. Dilligaff says:

    As An Old iPhone Tech I Forgot about That !!!!!!! WORKED !!!!! Thank You For Jogging An Old Mind !!!!! LOL

  62. I traveled abroad and was enjoying my holiday only to wake up one morning to check the time and indeed, my iphone screen had gone black! Shock, disbelief – being in a foreign country with no contacts. I didn’t want to have it tampered with in case my provider (its a contract ) blamed the fault on me.. i bought myself a £10 samsung handset and started contacting people by email to get their numbers.

    I have always valued and relied on information and advice offered by many selfless generous individuals online, who don’t ask for anything and the knowledge and self-advancement you can obtain from such people, in a world full of self-obsession, meanness and greed, amazes me.

    And so online I tapped in ‘my iphone has gone blank’. It took only a few seconds and my life was back to normal.

    Let me take this opportunity to thank all those kind and generous people around the world who share their knowledge and ‘knowhow’ unreservedly.


  63. Brandon Johnson says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!

  64. Leda says:

    I’m Leda, it worked!!! Thank you!!!!

  65. Amoy says:

    Thank you. It worked. Phone is up and running again.

  66. Elle says:

    Amazing worked straight away!!!

  67. Thanks soo much mate! Great help!

  68. Jordan says:

    Thank you so much, it scared me for a long time!

  69. Del Dilaurentis says:

    Bless it works!!! Xx ty

  70. sony says:

    Thnx its really working

  71. batuhan oztuna says:

    Life saver thanks

  72. Jae says:

    OMG lol it worked. I was about to freak out and cry. I need my phone for work so when it went black I was about to crawl under my desk at work and just check out of reality lol omg.

  73. Lely says:

    Omg thanks so much it worked right away ? I was in such panic I almost cried lol this was very helpful

  74. Krishna says:

    thanks bro..it worked for me….

  75. Aila says:

    thy very much you saved my life.

  76. Aila says:

    thy very much, you saved my life.

  77. Dee says:

    Oh my Gosh! You just saved me a trip to the Apple store (1.5 hours away) and my phone is back working! I was stunned to see it go black suddenly and nothing I did brought it back to life. I am so happy for the helpful post. Really appreciate it.

  78. Ishwar joshi says:

    It worked..
    Thank you so so much.

  79. Lilly says:

    My iphone 5s screeb has just turned black but I cant reset it because my home button has recsntly stopped working. Im not sure what to do !!

  80. CL says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU !!!!!! Totally worked :-)

  81. Devon kennedy jr says:

    Thanks you so much Sir
    I had lost all hope

  82. Melissa Mishler says:

    Thank you so much!!!! Worked for my iPhone 6 after worrying about it for a couple hours and trying to connect to iTunes. A hard reset was all that was needed. I’ve done this for other issues and recommend it to others, but didn’t think of it when my screen was black, only held down the power button by itself to no avail. THANKS AGAIN!!! I’m so glad for these forums, especially when the device is out of warranty.

  83. Barath Cena says:

    OMG!!!!! You Save mah Life…… <3

  84. YODHA says:

    Thats amazing
    i had almost freaked out
    thank you very much

  85. saurabh says:

    i worked…thanx :)
    thanks alot

  86. Narin says:


  87. Kathy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. It worked, yay!!!

  88. Kimberley says:

    Omg thank you I had contacted apple support so much and they didn’t know what to do so thank you x

  89. Murali says:

    It worked. Thanks a lot.

  90. Cicie says:

    Thank you so much! It actually worked for my iphone 6. ^^

  91. Betty says:

    It worked saved me time and money😊

  92. Dharmesh says:

    I can finally breathe.. It Worked . Thanks

  93. Anwesh says:

    Richard you really saved me it works perfectly

  94. Sammy says:

    Thank you so much!!!! Worked like a treat.

  95. Juan says:

    I never comment on any thing, but I had to on this one I truly thought my iPhone was finished and your solution worked like a charm. Thanks so much!

  96. tamara stoddard says:

    thank you it really worked iwas beyond nervous

  97. MARGARIDA says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!

  98. MARGARIDA says:

    thank you so much, you just saved my life

  99. Lauren says:

    This worked! It took 8 seconds for the apple to pop up
    Thank you!
    iphone 6

  100. Mandy says:

    Excellent worked first time , mines an old phone and thought it wouldn’t 👍

  101. Claire says:

    What can I say that the others haven’t! – It worked and am so grateful! x

  102. Taufik Shaikh says:

    Thank you very much buddy.

    Its really works

    Thanks a lot. I was really scared.

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