When your iPhone crashes, it feels that the whole world came crashing down on you. Don’t worry, these tips may save your iPhone.
Let’s face it, iPhones are made by humans and just like any man-made things in this world, they can break or something can go wrong with it. There are plenty of reasons your iPhone would fail to boot up properly such as corrupted iOS, failed jailbreak, hardware problems and more.
When this happens, you don’t usually have a choice but to do a full restore on the iPhone. A full restore basically means reinstalling the iOS on your iPhone. The process is fairly straight forward as Apple has engineered the steps and process to make it as painless possible for their customers. Despite all that, it can still become a challenge if something goes wrong when you’re trying to restore your iPhone.
Before you begin, if you’ve jailbroken your iPhone before, it may be useful for you to know that you can boot your iPhone into safe mode by pressing the ‘volume up’ button. Please note that this is only applicable if you have the latest jailbreak applied on the iPhone. This method of booting into safe mode was developed by Saurik (the man behind Cydia; who visited our website a few weeks ago) when he added this feature on the mobile substrate files about a year ago. Just in case this doesn’t work, then a full iOS restore might be the most ideal for you.
You also need to take note of the following because it may or may not affect your iPhone. If you’re not sure, consult a tech geek or your friends, or leave your comments below.
- Is your iPhone already factory unlocked? If so, then it’s safe to update the iOS.
- If you rely on an unlocking method such as ultrasn0w or Gevey SIM, restoring the iOS using original firmware will update the baseband or modem firmware that will prevent you from unlocking your iPhone. Tired of of this? Make if officially unlocked.
- Do you have the SHSH blobs for the iOS version you wish to restore? Otherwise, you can only install the latest iOS available.
How to Restore iPhone that’s Stuck in Boot Loop, Apple Logo or Won’t Turn On
The following fix is applicable when you have one of scenarios below. It is also meant for those who don’t mind to install the latest iOS and updating the baseband.
- iPhone continually restarts but never displays the Home screen.
- An update or restore did not complete and your iPhone is no longer recognized in iTunes.
- Your iPhone stops responding, showing the Apple logo with no progress bar or a stopped progress bar, for over ten minutes.
The trick is to place your iPhone into recovery mode (connect to iTunes screen) or DFU (device firmware update – black/blank screen) mode first before doing any full iPhone restore. I prefer to do it in DFU mode, because it takes away all the potential errors during restore. However, let’s do it based on Apple’s recommendation:
1. Disconnect the USB cable from the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, but leave the other end of the cable connected to your computer’s USB port.
7. Proceed with restore.
If all goes well, your iPhone will restore successfully. If you see error in iTunes, please check this compilation of iTunes error messages and what they mean. If you need help, leave your comments below and we’ll try to help!