How to Fix Your Bricked iPhone
Adam Parnala | On 09, Apr 2012
Nowadays many people were eagerly wanting for improvement for their devices as smartphone technology is now on fire and it shows no signs of stopping. Many geeks are trying their luck to upgrade their phone to produce better performance and squeeze in that full potential by doing “rocket science” tweaks to catch up with the latest trends. This causes some unexpected occurrences that somehow turn your lovely iPhone into an almost unusable one.
But what can cause your iPhone to brick? Firmware updates, downgrading and jailbreaking often causes your iPhone to be bricked. In some cases, what really causes a brick is because of not following the process; skipping steps and human error (this is due to lack of comprehension to the instructions given). Additionally, if you try to unlock it to all carriers, this can also make your device damaged if it is not done correctly.
However, whatever your reason is, I will provide you some ways on how to possibly recover your baby back. Be sure to charge your phone (or plug-in your charger) before doing any of the steps because if you lose power at the middle of the process this may cause more problems later on to your device. Here some solutions on how to fix your bricked iPhone.
First, we will try the simplest cure by the use of reset. This method will most likely revive your device if you came from a failed update. To do this, follow the steps below.
- Press and hold the Power button+Home button simultaneously for about 10 seconds until you see the Apple logo and your device would boot normally.
- If the device doesn’t boot up, try to switch it on using the power button.
- If it already booted up, proceed to the next step.
- Perform a restore to using iTunes.
How to restore your iPhone using iTunes:
- Plug-in your device to your computer and launch iTunes.
- Go to the left column corner and select your device. Click the restore button.
- Wait for the downloading and installation of the firmware to finish. (iTunes will automatically download the appropriate firmware for your device as it detects which iDevice you are using.)
- When the installation is finished, you will be prompted if you want to restore your back up. Select yes, if you want to bring back your old settings and preferences.
- Sync your device to iTunes. Don’t worry about the process taking too long to finish as it is normal if you have enormous number of music and movies onboard.
- After the synchronization with iTunes, check if your iPhone is now working normally. Otherwise, proceed to the other method below.
If you still didn’t have your iPhone working properly, we will use another method by using DFU mode. What is DFU mode? DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode allows you to integrate your iPhone to iTunes without loading the iOS operating system which means it is different from the regular recovery mode. This method is used if you cannot restore using iTunes directly using the standard recovery mode. As the name suggests, it is often used in upgrading or downgrading your iPhone firmware (including custom firmware) depending on which version you prefer. If you tried jailbreaking your device, I believe you are familiar with it as it is needed in the jailbreaking process. Let’s get going and follow the steps below carefully.
- First, connect your iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes. (Mac or Windows will do)
- Turn off your phone.
- Press and hold the Power button+Home button simultaneously and release the power button at the 10th second. Don’t release the Home button. Continue holding it until you see a message in iTunes that an iPhone in recovery mode is connected.
- Your screen will go black (unlike the regular recovery mode). Don’t worry, it is normal. If the screen shows anything, it is not in DFU mode so please repeat the steps above until you get an all black screen.
- You will get an iTunes message to restore. (Follow the steps above on how to restore.)
- If the device is working fine after the restore, congratulations.
If your Iphone is still bricked, you can attempt to do the steps above to other computer and try your luck if it will work. If the problem still persist, your last resort would be to take your bricked iPhone to an authorized Apple Service Center (make sure that it is legitimate to prevent further problems) and tell them that your device suddenly stopped working. The Apple personnel that would assist you would probably know that you tried jailbreaking your iDevice (if you did) but don’t say a single word about it because it will void your warranty. Your iPhone should be working fine after a few minutes and this time be sure of what you are trying to do with your phone so as not to brick it again.
I hope one of those methods helped you fix your lovely iPhone. Thank you for reading and good luck!