iPhone 4 problem: black screen and it doesn’t stop vibrating

I heard a funny sound just now and, as I approached my phone, I noticed that it’s vibrating. I thought that I’m getting a call but when I hit the home button to switch on the screen, nothing happened. The screen stayed black and it kept on vibrating. I tried holding down the lock/power key for a few seconds to turn it off completely, still nothing. I plugged it into the computer, hoping that iTunes will reset it, but iTunes didn’t even recognize that it’s plugged in.

Eventually I held down both the lock/power key and the home key for a few seconds and then the vibrating stopped. After I turned the phone on again, it seems to work fine. For now at least…

It seems that the problem was that I got a phone call 15 minutes ago. My phone is set to silent mode and to vibrate. Even after the caller hung up, the phone kept on vibrating.

So long story short: if your iPhone is continuously vibrating, the screen is black and you can’t turn it on, hold down the lock/power key simoultaneously with the home key for a few seconds. Turn it back on and that’s it. Hopefully it works for you as well.

10 thoughts on “iPhone 4 problem: black screen and it doesn’t stop vibrating

  1. Worked for me as well.
    But first I managed it to stop vibrating – then it didn’t turn on again and I was afraid that I crashed the hardware.
    After reading your post and trying it again everything is fine again – for now…

  2. not working for me…. 😦
    the phone was plugged into my computer and when i unplugged it, the display screen stayed black and has been black ever since. it vibrates when someone calls but once again the display screen stays black. i can’t answer my calls. any ideas?

  3. Hi Anne Marie,

    sorry for replying so late. Hopefully you managed to get your iPhone running by now. Nevertheless the scenario you described is different to what I experienced. In my case it was vibrating continuously, not only when someone called me.

    I wish I could help you but unfortunately the solution I describe in this post is the only one which I found so far and I don’t think it will applies to your case.


  4. Thanks soooo much for this tip. I almost fainted. I got the death vibration on my Iphone just a while back. Only this forum helped me.
    God bless you!


  5. thanx thanx, I also going mad!!! but when I read your tip it works!!!! Thank You so much!!

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