iPhone 3GS Random Reboots: Where Is The Fix?

This past month has probably been the worst month I’ve had with my iPhone 3GS since I got the phone nearly three years ago. The reason for that is pretty simple. My iPhone 3GS has decided to start shutting itself off and turning itself back on.

As someone who covers gadgets for a living, I thought I could troubleshoot and figure out exactly what was wrong with my phone. Especially because I know this phone as well as I know the back of my hand.

Problem is, it has happened multiple times, in different use cases and on different operating systems leaving me completely clueless.

Read: iOS 5.1.1 on iPhone 3GS: Final Impressions and Performance.

The first time it happened, I was on iOS 5.1 and I was sending a text message to a friend. I didn’t have anything new or different open. In fact, I am crazy about keeping applications closed. Typically, I only have one application open at a time. All of a sudden, without warning, my phone decided to shut itself off.


The screen went black for a second and then the familiar Apple logo appeared. I started to panic and thought that this might be the end. That I would be forced into using my Samsung Galaxy Nexus. I waited a minute and it appeared to be stuck on the Apple logo.

So, I did a hard reset where you hold down the power button and home button and sure enough, my phone booted up like nothing happened.

Needless to say, I was not amused and hoped that it was just an isolated event.

Wishful thinking.

Two days later, as I was scrolling through my music, my phone decided to repeat the action it took just a couple of days prior. Shut down, Apple logo, reboot.

And then it happened again, and again, and again, and again. And again, even after I installed the iOS 5.1.1 update a few short days ago.

Thus far, in the past month, my iPhone 3GS has decided to randomly reboot itself 12 times. I kept a tally. I can’t say that I am angry about it, this is a nearly three year old phone, but I will say that I am frustrated and that’s mainly because I have absolutely no idea what is going on. My habits haven’t changed. I haven’t installed anything shady. I have never jailbroken my device.


Basically, I feel like I am living the nightmare that HTC ThunderBolt owners lived through back in 2011 where their device kept rebooting for no apparent reason. They then had to wait several months before Verizon decided to roll out a fix.

But see, that was a new device. The iPhone 3GS is old. And that really has me worried because I doubt that it’s a priority for Apple. I am hopeful that an upcoming update takes care of the issue but I am a pessimist at this point.

And so, in my pessimistic state, I am reaching out to you, the reader.

Has anyone else experienced random reboots on the iPhone 3GS and if so, were you able to fix it? Please let me know, my mental health depends on your responses.