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How to Restore a Bricked iPhone

Posted In iPhone Tricks - By admin On Saturday, August 23rd, 2008 With 42 Comments

If you ever wondered how to restore a bricked iPhone then here’s how. It may not be guaranteed but it definitely did work for us.

  1. Plug your iPhone into the computer (mac or windows, whichever you use to sync with your iTune)
  2. Then reset the iPhone by holding the home and power button at the same time
  3. Keep holding them down until you see the reboot screen, but do not let go as yet
  4. Keep holding it down until the next thing you see is the restore screen where you’ll see the iTune logo and the USB cable on your iPhone screen
  5. And at that point you’ll be connected to your iTune and restore to your last backup

Nice and simple! Hopefully it will work for you if you’re trying. So Good Luck.

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  1. Eric says:

    Wow!! What a lifesaver. I had a failed update to the latest system on my iphone and could do nothing with it. It was continually partially rebooting and never connecting to my itunes. I looked everywhere for a solution before finding this post. Don’t usually get this enthusiastic but you saved my night with this info.


  2. admin says:

    Glad we could help Eric.

  3. c says:

    this is called dfu mode, this is nothing special. this is a built in 'hard reset' just like on your mac or pc at home…….

  4. joaquin says:

    Thanks alot !

  5. Steve says:

    Many thanks…………and the wife didn't even guess I had messed phone up !
    (Maybe not a good idea to Jailbreak the 3G)


  6. James says:

    my iphone 3g was jailbroken and unlock. i decided to erase all the contents on the phone. after an hour the phone got brick. it just stays on the apple icon. i did what you said but, i see the itunes, the arrow and the plug but itunes does not pick it up and after a while it turnes off and the apple icon appear. this is the first time i actually plug the phone to itunes i dont know if that is affecting it, but plz help. have a God Bless day

  7. Admin says:

    I would suggest you to restore your iPhone back then see if it comes back to normal…

  8. imat says:

    THANK YOU!!!

  9. vincent says:

    it works even though my iphone was hacked

  10. rob says:

    thank you. i bricked my iphone3g and doing this worked, al though i ost all my pictures even the ones from the concert last night 🙁 but hey at least i got the phone to work thanks to u guys!!!

  11. Yoni says:

    thanks sooo much!

  12. DJ Judd says:

    DUDE!!! That is LEGIT…it totally WORKED!!! Thank You SOOOOO MUCH!!

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  15. thass says:

    Thank you, thank you and thank you……

  16. BrazilBlue says:

    I bought a new (second hand) i-phone 3gs with part number MC637B/A. It had been unlocked so i could use on Vodafone. I have plugged it in to my i-tunes and it is bricked!!*#@!!
    I have looked how to sort this out but i haven’t got a clue what baseline etc means. I have been told it had something called Cydra or something on it, which i now find out is jailbroke or something.
    How can i restore this phone so it works. Please help anyone. Ta

  17. the mac says:

    wow. thank you. 🙂

    iphone 2g restored.

  18. Mieke says:

    Hello, came home to a very upset son last night, he had bricked his iPhone, but all seems fine now with your help — so thank you!!!!!

  19. rura says:

    Glad I found this site and this tip!!! A real help and highly appreciated!!!

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  21. Ed. says:

    Dude tks alottt……. my iphone 3g was locked into dfu/recovery mode and thats the only way i could fix it. TKX

  22. Euan says:

    I have the same problem and I have done all of those steps and it isn’t working at all…

  23. anfieldreds says:

    i tried this but it says network timed out after the download of latest software. so, it couldn’t restore. Any ideas?

  24. newtoiphone says:

    hi! thanks! it did work! 🙂

  25. SomeoneYouKnow says:

    Thank you !!!!!!!!!!!!!! You saved my life :’)

  26. Notworking says:

    Not working after everything it still goes back to being bricked. PLEASE HELP
    Thanks in advance.

  27. Bricked Phone says:

    You’re a star!

  28. Rayza57 says:

    Thank you SO MUCH. I thought I had screwed my old 3gs BIG TIME.

  29. Rahul says:

    thanks for this article !!!!!

  30. josh says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! I was freaking out when I got the logo screen, I didn’t know that, that would work!

  31. Alan says:

    Would this work on an iPhone 4s that was blocked by your supplier ?

  32. Deepak says:

    Thank you so much (really cant thank enough). A life saver. Worked for me.

  33. papermoon says:

    Wow, your suggestion just helped me recover and restore my bricked iPhone 3G, which has been sitting in my drawer for the past 3 – 4 months because I tried to update a jailbroken iPhone and bricked it. I should have known better, but your suggestion just helped me get it back.

    Thanks so much!!!!

  34. diogo says:

    thank you thank you thank you!

  35. kiran says:

    I think my new Iphone 3gs got bricked due to baseband update and I think the update also hasn’t finished and it’s been abandoned and the phone just shows the booting symbol that’s it. Whenever i am trying to restore it with itunes it’s giving me error before it gets restored. Anyone please help me out with this issue.

    Thanks in advance!!

  36. MC says:

    I’ve done this and my iPhone still says that it can’t be activated because there’s no SIM card inserted (obviously there is)…what do you suggest?

  37. Chup says:

    My iTunes still doesn’t recognise it.

  38. Amit says:

    Thanks..My i-phone was not booting after some s/w problem. This post became a life-saver for my i-phone.

    Thanks Again:)

  39. Jeans says:

    What if you accidentally deleted your back up? I cleared my iphone while charging and itunes was still open.

  40. ibrahim says:

    hello guys i have a problem with my iphone 3gs unfortunately i did jailbreak but i lost my wifi imei and also bluetooth i think my iphone has been bricked i duno what to do ?took my iphone to technician but bad luck he refused to repair it im so frustrated duno wat to do ?tried restoring from itunes it goes through but in the end i get an error (-1) please helo if u can ?

  41. daniel says:

    OMG bought a new iphone because of my bricked 3GS now its fixed as simple as that.. you are amazing thankyou for sharing!!!

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