Frozen iPhone 8? Not Responding? Here’s an Easy Way to Hard Reset It

Did your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus suddenly freeze and not responding. Don’t worry, here’s an easy way to reset or reboot it without using your computer.

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People from around the world have started to own the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

While the new iOS 11 is a well-built software, there may be instances of the new iPhone 8 may freeze or stop responding for whatever reasons.

If you’ve been using the older iPhones, to reset it is easy – simply by pressing the home and sleep/wake button simultaneously for 10-15 seconds.

However, the new iPhone 8 together with the new iOS 11 have a new way to reset it. This is due to the new SOS feature added to the device.

On an iPhone 7 and iPhone Plus, the way to reset it is by holding the volume down button and sleep/wake button together. Doing this on the latest iPhone will activate the SOS feature.

How to reset iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

1. Quick press and then let go of the Volume Up button.

2. Quick press and then let go of the Volume Down button.

3. Press and keep holding the sleep/wake button.

4. The Apple logo will appear. Resetting is in progress.

The sleep/wake button is now called as Side button by Apple for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X for your information.

The whole procedure is very easy. In any case your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus is having any issue, simply repeat the steps above.

The new iPhone X should have the same procedure as well. We will know for sure when it’s officially available by November 3, 2017!

This EEPROM Chip Programmer Can Fix iTunes Error (-1), 3, 6, 16, 47, 48, 1669

When restoring your iPhone on iTunes and if you’re getting Error (-1), (3), (6), (16), (47), (48), (1669), this chip programmer is able to fix it.

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I hate doing a full restore of any iDevice because it can be unpredictable and you may get one of the following errors which are usually related to hardware issues or specifically the chip(s) on the mainboard (logic board) of the iPhone or iPad:

  • iTunes Error (-1)
  • iTunes Error 3
  • iTunes Error 6
  • iTunes Error 16i
  • iTunes Error 47
  • iTunes Error 48
  • iTunes Error 1669

What Do These iTunes Errors Mean?

All of these errors are related to the the EEPROM chip. EEPROM is short for for electrically erasable programmable read-only memory.

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The contents of the chip are made up of data whereby  they can be erased and reprogrammed using a pulsed voltage.

If for any reason the data is not stored or written properly, it will cause error especially during the process of restore on iTunes.

Another possible reason if the device was accidentally immersed in liquid or water which causes short circuit thus may cause similar errors.

Some people reported that other hardware issue like broken antenna will also contribute to these errors.

How to Fix these iTunes Errors?

As a general rule, some of these errors can be fixed simply by doing a series of steps on your iPhone (or iPad) and iTunes.

Before you begin, do make sure your data has been backed-up and you have a spare phone to use just in case.

  1. Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone
  2. Put your iPhone into DFU mode – press Power and Home Button for 10 seconds, and then release Power Button but keep holding the Home button for 5 seconds.
  3. The screen will stay dark but you will see a message on iTunes that your device is in recovery mode.
  4. Click Restore.
  5. The process to restore will take a while so wait until it completes.

If the restore goes smoothly as planned, that means your device doesn’t have any hardware issue.

How to Fix these iTunes Errors by using a Chip Programmer?

A company in China developed a device that allows qualified technicians to fix these iTunes errors.

They claimed that it will support all models of iPhones from iPhone 4S up until iPhone 6S Plus.

As the logic board of an iPhone is highly delicate and sensitive, removing any chip will cause permanent and irreversible damage.

Therefore this device allows you to fix iTunes error without having to remove any single chip from the logic board.

Technicians only need to connect the logic board to the device, but we didn’t get to see in details on how it’s done.

The chip programmer is also able to erase, read, re-write, check and diagnose EEPROM chips and of course to fix iTunes Error (-1), 3, 6, 16, 47, 48, 1669.

For an advanced repair centre, this is probably a tool technicians need as there are not many repair centres which are specialised in fixing errors like these.

Normally the logic board is replaced right away.

This device sounds very promising and will definitely save a lot of broken iPhones out there.

We hope we can get to try this soon and post the results here.

Do You Know the 4 Types of Carrier Unlock for Sprint iPhones?

There are 4 different types of carrier or IMEI unlocking available for Sprint. Do you know what they are?

All of us want to have options in life. If we get an iPhone locked to a certain carrier, we want to get it unlocked so that we can switch carrier or to be able to use it overseas.

Sprint iPhones and like other iPhones from other US carriers such as AT&T or T-Mobile, are locked when purchased. Verizon devices on the other hand are usually already unlocked for other network.

This article basically explains the 4 types of unlocking services available for Sprint if you’re thinking about getting yours unlocked.

Here are the 4 types of unlocking available for Sprint iPhones:

1. Unlocking for Sprint iPhones with Clean Status

This is the simplest and cheapest available option to unlock your Sprint iPhone. Clean status means the iPhone has clean record or in other words clean ESN. It also means the iPhone has good standing on the Sprint database and not blacklisted.

If you run a check on a clean Sprint iPhone on the Sprint database, it will return the following result:

IMEI: 35328907xxxx103

Model: IPH 6S PLUS ROSE 16GB SGL

Model Number: IP6SP16GBRS1

Manufacturer: APPLE, INC

BLACKLIST STATUS: CLEAN (FAILED DEACTIVATION)

SPCS: YES

If you notice the Blacklist Status shows that it’s clean.

The speed to unlock is also fast by carrier because of its clean status. The unlock for clean Sprint iPhone is available here.

2. Unlocking for Sprint iPhones with Active Line

Active Line means the device is active on another customer’s account. This is not very common but it’s still possible to unlock it without any issue.

The check on Sprint database will show the following:

IMEI: 3533360738xxxxx

Model: IP 6SP GRAY 16 BST SVCSTK

Model Number: IP6SPBT16GY1

Manufacturer: APPLE, INC

BLACKLIST STATUS: ACTIVE LINE

SPCS: NO

The unlocking option for Sprint Active Line iPhone is the same as clean status.

3. Unlocking for Sprint iPhones with Unpaid Bills

This is probably the most common status for Sprint iPhones. Sprint customers didn’t pay the bills after signing up for Sprint’s mobile plans.

IMEI: 3533120740xxxxx

Model: IPHONE 6S SILV 128GB SGL

Model Number: IPH6S128GSV1

Manufacturer: APPLE, INC

BLACKLIST STATUS: UNPAID BILLS

SPCS: YES

Unpaid bills Sprint iPhones can be unlocked relatively easy except the price is slightly higher compared to clean status. The only thing to note is the SPCS status as shown above. If the status is YES, you can use this service to unlock it. If NO, then you will need to see (4) below.

4. Unlocking for Sprint iPhones that’s Fraud, Reported Lost or Stolen 

Thousands of devices are lost or stolen each year in the United States. This status is also quite common. It shows the following result on Sprint database:

IMEI: 3591270776xxxxx

Model: IPHONE 7 ROSE 128GB SGL

Manufacturer: APPLE, INC

BLACKLIST STATUS: LOST OR STOLEN

SPCS: NO

There are also fraud status which usually means people are using some other people’s information or credit card etc. to purchase the phone. If marked lost or stolen, the iPhone is normally marked as blacklisted on all US network or carriers.

It can still be unlocked but only for use outside of USA. This is the premium service you need to unlock it. Any unlock for Sprint that’s lost, stolen or blacklisted is called premium service.

Those are the 4 types of unlocking services available for Sprint iPhones. Besides unlocking, you can also consider to unbar your Sprint iPhone.

Before buying any Sprint iPhone that you plan to unlock, it’s highly recommended that you check the status first by providing the IMEI. The IMEI can be found under Settings, General, About.

How to Clean Bad ESN/IMEI for Lost or Stolen Sprint iPhone

If you mistakenly bought a used Sprint iPhone that’s blacklisted due to lost or stolen, there is a way to fix it remotely.

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One of the risks of buying a used iPhone is that it may have been reported lost or stolen. Especially if you didn’t check the status prior to making the purchase.

The device will be blocked by its network or blacklisted on all network in the country.

Here are some of other reasons why they get blocked:

  • Unpaid bills
  • Insurance claims
  • Fraud

On Sprint’s database, once a device has been blocked, it will show the status like the following:

IMEI: 3591680xxxxx857 Model: IPHONE 7 BLACK 128GB SGL Manufacturer: APPLE, INC BLACKLIST STATUS: LOST OR STOLEN SPCS: NO

SPCS is short for Sprint Personal Communications Service.

What else can you do with a device that’s blocked or blacklisted on the network? Well, here are some possible options:

  • Unlock the device
  • Sell the device

If you choose to unlock the device, as long as it’s not blocked on other network, you can use it on Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile (USA network).

However, if it’s blocked on all network, you can still unlock it but you may not be able to use it in USA.That’s still not the end though, because there are options for you to fix the ESN/IMEI of Sprint remotely.

Fixing the ESN/IMEI remotely would mean “cleaning” it on the network. Once it has been cleaned, other carriers will update their databases as well which makes it possible for you to use on all network for as long as the device is unlocked as mentioned earlier.

If it has unpaid bills status, it can be cleared as well.

If you wish to consider cleaning it, please refer to this service here [Clean/Clear Sprint iPhone, iPad or Android with Bad ESN (MEID)].

Can You Fix the ESN/IMEI of Sprint iPhone with Unpaid Bills?

If you accidentally bought a used Sprint iPhone with unpaid bills, can you change the status from unpaid bills to clean?


The best thing about buying a used device is getting a good price of it. However, it has a lot of drawbacks because potentially the device may be blocked by its network or blacklisted on all network.

Here are some of the reasons why they get blocked:

  • Unpaid bills
  • Lost
  • Stolen
  • Reported missing
  • Insurance claims

On Sprint’s database, once a device has been blocked, it will show the status like the following:

IMEI: 3591680xxxxx857 Model: IPHONE 7 BLACK 128GB SGL Manufacturer: APPLE, INC BLACKLIST STATUS: LOST OR STOLEN SPCS: NO

SPCS is short for Sprint Personal Communications Service.

What else can you do with a device that’s blocked or blacklisted on the network? Well, here are some possible options:

  • Unlock the device
  • Sell the device
If you choose to unlock the device, as long as it’s not blocked on other network, you can use it on Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile (USA network). However, if it’s blocked on all network, you can still unlock it but you may not be able to use it in USA.

That’s still not the end though, because there are options for you to fix the ESN/IMEI of Sprint remotely.

Fixing the ESN/IMEI remotely would mean “cleaning” it on the network. Once it has been cleaned, other carriers will update their databases as well which makes it possible for you to use on all network for as long as the device is unlocked as mentioned earlier.

If you wish to consider cleaning it, please refer to this service here [Clean/Clear Sprint iPhone, iPad or Android with Bad ESN (MEID)].

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