How to Fix iPod Touch Stuck at White Screen of Death

By Carrie Murray, Monday, October 09, 2017

iPod Touch's screen is all white and shows no icons or anything else. You keep pressing its Power button or Home button but it still shows the white screen.

If your iPod Touch 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th generation shows white screen like this, the iPod Touch is stuck at white screen of death. The name sounds scary, but your iPod Touch actually still works and the white screen is fixable. 

Why Does My iPod Touch Have White Screen of Death?

There are two possible reasons for white screen of death on iPod Touch: 

  • iOS update/jailbreak failed. White screen of death often happens when you failed to update or jailbreak your iPod Touch.

  • iPod Touch has been dropped. After being dropped, the connection between the iPod Touch's motherboard and the screen becomes loose.

iPod Touch in White Screen of Death

1. Charge Your iPod Touch

The first thing that you should try is to plug your iPod Touch into a charger. If the iPod Touch shows low-battery screen after plugging in, let the device charge for at least 10 minutes. 

If the iPod Touch doesn't respond to a wall charger, try to plug the iPod into a computer with USB cable. If the white screen still remains, move on to the next step.

2. Force Restart iPod Touch

Keep your iPod Touch plugged in. And press and hold its Power + Home buttons for about 30 seconds. The iPod Touch should boot up and get out of white screen of death. 

Force Restart iPod Touch

If the home button on your iPod Touch does not work or nothing happens after you force restarting the iPod, try next method.

3. Restore iPod Touch with iTunes

Restoring iPod Touch with iTunes will erase all contents on your iPod Touch. If you have an iTunes or iCloud backup, you can get back your songs and everything by restoring from the backup. However, if you have no backup and doesn't want to lose data, jump to Step 4. 

To restore iPod Touch with iTunes, 

Step 1. Launch the latest iTunes on your computer; 

Step 2. Connect the iPod Touch in white screen to iTunes; 

Step 3When the iPod Touch is detected, choose the device on iTunes;

Step 4. Click on Summary > Restore and wait for the restoring to complete. 

Restore iPod Touch with iTunes

However, some users reported that their iPods in white screen won't recognized by iTunes. To fix iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad stuck at white screen of death, these users turn to FonePaw iOS System Recovery, a program that can fix white screen problem on iOS devices without data loss.

4. Restore Doesn't Work? Fix White Screen Without Data Loss

FonePaw iOS System Recovery is made to fix system problems on iOS devices including iPod Touch. It can: 

  • Fix iPod Touch in white screen of death, Apple logo, black screen or other abnormal statuses;

  • Restart iPod Touch from white screen without erasing any of your data;

  • Offer two modes to fix abnormal iPod Touch: standard mode and advanced mode;

  • Work with Windows and Mac computer.

The program provides detailed instruction for you to fix iPod Touch in white screen with these easy steps. 

Step 1. Download iOS System Recovery on your computer. 

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Step 2. Launch the program and plug the white-screen iPod Touch into the computer. Click Start to begin. 

iOS System Recovery Startup

Step 3. The program should detect that your iPod Touch is in white screen of death. Click Confirm to continue. 

Step 4. With the instruction of the program, get your iPod Touch in Recovery mode. 

Step 5. Once the iPod is in Recovery mode, the program should show its information. Check if the information is right about your device. If it is, choose Repair. 

Check iPod Touch Info

Step 6. The program will begin to get your iPod Touch out of white screen of death. Once it is done, the iPod will restart. And everything will remain where they were on your iPod. 

If your iPod Touch doesn't respond to the above steps, you can try the advanced mode of the program. 

Important: Your iPod Touch will be updated to latest iOS version after being fixed with iOS System Recovery.

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