White Screen of Death

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What Does White Screen of Death Mean?

The phrase “white screen of death” (WSoD) in IT refers to a particular error that occurs in Apple operating systems and other technologies wherein the user screen suddenly goes white. It is analogous to the “blue screen of death” error in Microsoft Windows.

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Techopedia Explains White Screen of Death

The WSoD error can have various causes. An Apple device may display this white screen because of the impact of a drop, failure of some hardware components, operating system problems or various types of freezing up. In some cases, instead of a simple white screen, the user might see a white screen with an Apple logo.

Some solutions to this error include reinstalling the operating system, rebooting and fully charging the device. However, many users recommend taking the device to an Apple Store for analysis and/or repairs.

Other technologies where the WSoD error may occur include the WordPress platform, where, in some cases, users may see a white screen owing to problems with WordPress operations.

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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.