The favorite color choice for most Apple enthusiasts is the sleek white color. Unfortunately, when you see your SCREEN turn white with the Apple logo in plain sight – you’re in trouble. Your iPhone 5 is frozen on the Home Screen. Typically this happens when your battery level dips below 30% and is dubbed The White Screen of Death. Lucky for you our crack team of Apple trolls have a few fixes up their sleeve for when the iPhone 5 White Screen of Death appears.
Fix iPhone 5 White Screen of Death
1. Hold Several Buttons Down
Press and hold down these buttons at the same time: Home, Volume Up, and Sleep / Wake. Then wait as it may take the white screen to go away. As soon as the White Screen of Death disappears – release the buttons. Wait a minute or so, and the Apple logo should appear and the iPhone 5 will reboot.
2. Take Out The Battery
If your screen is frozen, quickly open the iPhone 5, remove the battery, put it back and boot your phone.
3. iTunes Recovery
Open iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone to said computer using a USB. Then follow these steps:
- Press and Hold the Home button while pressing the Sleep / Wake button. Wait a few seconds.
- While continuing to hold the Home button let go of the Sleep / Wake button.
- Keep holding the Home button until you see this message, “iTunes has discovered an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes.”
- Your iPhone will now be in DFU mode.
4. Three Finger Trick
As dirty as this sounds – it’s really quite simple, and could be the trick you need to alleviate the White Screen of Death. Take 3-fingers (any will do – we prefer the index, middle and ring finger) and double tap the screen at the same time with all 3-fingers.
5. Light Sensor
The iPhone 5 light sensor could be at the core of the problem. To see if this is the case go to Settings and turn off the Auto Brightness Option. The White Screen of Death should be gone.
If none of the tips fix your iPhone 5 White Screen of Death then a trip to the Genius Bar may be in order.