iPhone Stuck on Searching? 8 Tips to Try

Nicole Campbell
November 23, 2020
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    Sometimes it can happen that the signal bars at the upper-left-hand corner of your iPhone are replaced by “Searching…” This can mean that you are unable to use your device to access any features that need a connection which is probably everything. For this reason, the issue can be particularly debilitating for most people.

    Here, we will show you what you can do when your iPhone is stuck on searching.

    1. Turn the iPhone Off and On Again

    This may seem like a simple solution, but it is a tried and tested way to fix some of the most basic iPhone problems. As you use your device, you open and close so many apps that many of them can continue to run in the background unbeknownst to you.

    These apps can affect the device in all sorts of ways even causing the “stuck on searching” issue. Turning off the iPhone shuts off these background programs and forces them to start afresh.

    To turn off the device, press and hold the Power button until you see the “Slide to Power off” slider appears on the screen.

    If you have an iPhone X or newer model, press the Side button and one of the Volume Down buttons until “Slide to Power Off” appears on the screen. Slide it to the right to turn off the device.

    Wait at least 20 seconds for the iPhone to turn off completely and then press the Power/Side button again until the Apple Logo appears.

    Turn the iPhone Off and On Again

    2. Update Your Carrier Settings

    Your carrier may release new updates from time to time and these updates can affect how your device interacts with cell towers. Updating your carrier settings can therefore be a great way to fix an iPhone stuck on searching. Follow these simple steps to update the carrier settings:

    Step 1: Connect the iPhone to a stable Wi-Fi network.

    Step 2: Then go to Settings > General > About.

    Step 3: Wait 10 seconds and if an update is available, a popup will appear asking if you would like to update the carrier settings. Tap “Update” to install the update.

    Update Your Carrier Settings

    3. Check Your SIM Card

    Your SIM card allows you to use your carrier’s network to communicate with others. Since your SIM card is the connector, problems with the SIM card can cause this problem. It may therefore be necessary to check out some of the ways you can diagnose problems with the SIM cards and how to fix them.

    Check Your SIM Card

    4. Reset the Network Settings

    Resetting your network settings is one of the best ways to essentially restore the iPhone’s cellular network to its factory defaults. Please note that doing this may cause you to lose all your saved Wi-Fi networks and their passwords along with all your other network settings.

    To reset the network settings, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. Enter the passcode when prompted and then tap “Reset Network Settings.” The device will restart. If the problem is not resolved, try the next solution.

    Reset Network Settings

    5. Update the iPhone

    Updating your iPhone to the latest version of iOS is another great way to fix this problem. This is because an update will come with bug fixes that can easily eliminate some of these issues.

    To update your iPhone to the latest version, go to Settings > General > Software Update. If an update is available, tap “Download and Install.”

    Update the iPhone

    6. Use FixGo to System Update the iPhone

    FixGo is a third-party iOS system repair tool that may be instrumental in helping you fix this problem. Designed to fix all iOS stuck issues, FixGo can help you prevent data loss when the device’s function is impaired. Rather than restore the device like iTunes would, FixGo attempts to fix the problem without affecting the data on the device.

    Before we take a look at how you can use FixGo to fix this problem, lets take a look at its most notable features:

    • It is one of the best ways to prevent data loss on a device that is not working properly.
    • It can easily fix more than the 200 different iOS issues that can affect iOS devices such as device that is stuck on the Apple Logo, recovery mode loop or a device that simply will not charge properly.
    • It is compatible with all iOS devices and all versions of the iOS device.

    Download and install FixGo on to your computer and then follow these simple steps to use it to fix the device:

    Step 1: Run FixGo and select “Standard Mode.” Use a lightning cable to connect the device to the computer.

    select Standard Mode

    Step 2: When the program detects the device, click “Fix Now” to begin the process.

    fix your device

    Step 3: To update the iPhone’s system, the program will need to download the latest firmware. Click “Download” to begin downloading the necessary firmware.

    Download Firmware

    Step 4: Once the firmware has been downloaded, click “Repair Now” and the program will start to fix the device.

     repairing the device

    7. Contact the Carrier Provider

    You can also try to contact your carrier service provider to see if there is a problem with the network on their end. Ask them if there any service outages in your area or if your device is blocked to receive the cellular network in any way. You can find your carrier’s contact information on their website.

    Contact the Carrier Provider

    8. DFU Restore Your iPhone

    The firmware on your device controls the hardware on your iPhone including the antenna. The firmware doesn’t chance but like the software, it can become corrupted and when it does, it can cause problems with the device. The way to fix it is to put the device in DFU mode and then restore it.

    Restoring the device in DFU mode will be able to fix the device if the problem is not hardware related. A DFU restore can be difficult, but it is worth a try if you have tried all the solutions above and you’re still unable to fix the device. This guide will walk you through putting your device in DFU mode and how to restore it.

    DFU Restore Your iPhone

    Nicole Campbell
    Nicole is the chief editor of itoolab.com. She has been writing about Apple, software, and computer for over 10 years.

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