How To: Fix a Bricked iPhone or iPod Touch After a Failed Jailbreak

Fix a Bricked iPhone or iPod Touch After a Failed Jailbreak

I can't believe it, but I've actually read about dozens of people getting their iTouch, iPhone, or iPad stuck in a bricked recovery loop and then going out to buy a new one. This is overly unnecessary. When it gets stuck in the recovery loop, some people mistake themselves by thinking that it is impossible to get the device back into DFU (Device Firmware Upgrade) mode. Getting the device back into DFU mode would at least allow us to jailbreak the device, essentially bringing it back from its bricked state.

I've seen people getting stuck in recovery loops and be able to fix it just fine. This covers people who have bricked their devices, in which that method will not work. Bricked means the device's firmware is corrupt and is incapable of operation of any form due to a bad write to the NAND flash on the device's PCB (Printed Circuit Board).

Requirements

Step 1 Get the Device Out of the Loop

In order to break the recovery loop, we need to force it to shutdown and then immediately activate DFU mode. Here's what to do:

1. Click the button on top and the home button in the middle of the device face:

How to Fix a Bricked iPhone or iPod Touch After a Failed Jailbreak

2. ...and the home button:

How to Fix a Bricked iPhone or iPod Touch After a Failed Jailbreak

3. Plug the device into your computer.4. Hold the buttons down until the device shuts off.

5. Immediately click the top button after it shuts off. Hold it until it turns on.

6. When the screen lights up, hold both of the buttons again without letting go of the top button. Hold it for two seconds longer after it shuts off.

7. Release the top button, but keep pushing the bottom one for another 15 seconds. Count, because the screen will still be black and not notify you that it is in DFU mode.

Step 2 Jailbreak

1. Run Redsn0w.

2. Pick the firmware that you downloaded when it asks.

3. Just boot it tethered.

After that, feel free to update to an official iOS to avoid complications in the future. If you have any tutorial requests, leave them in the forums!

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20 Comments

Some times you can convince the "apple geniuses" to give you a new iphone if yours is bricked. I do not own one and never will but a lot of my friends have done it and say all you need to do is act calmly and lie.

That's a cool trick :). I personally would rather fix it at home and not be without my device during shipping for a new one. That's still a sweet deal though :).

I have actually done this a few times with a Nintendo Wii, I accedntly messed up when soft hacking it and it got bricked with an expired warranty, the next day I called them and then I sent it out and they fixed it and put in a new disk drive and something else completely free and put a 1 year warranty on it and I didn't even have to pay shipping.

i bricked my wii 2 years ago during a soft mod, but they wouldn't fix mine :( i ended up buying a new one, and don't want to risk trying again. i still have the old one, just in case i somehow find a way to fix it...

All you have to do is say the right things at the right time, social engineering

Sounds like a sweet deal :).

I have a question about bricking, does it happen after you install the jailbreak software app (Absinthe app) or after you get cydia? if the first one i guess i'm ok, when i used redsn0w it didnt come out of recovery mode then I found how to do it manually

Bricking only happens if an error occurs while the device is being jail broken. If the device still works normally after you jailbroke it you are fine.

Thankyou....was having so much trouble beforehand....lifesaver

Download newest version of itunes and restore :)

That will work for some people but I my self have a jailbroken iPod touch 6.1.2 and say I weren't jailbroken and I was on 6.1.3 and there ain't a jailbreak for that on some devices I could try download the latest firmware and restore but if you trY this it comes up with an error, apple put it in place to stop us doing this so it isn't always possible you can't do it if your trying to downgrade from a 6.x.x

OMG u rock this worked straight away and i had been tryin everything for 3 hours
cheers
:):):):):):):):):):):)

ily ....... i just got an iphone at xmas and attempted to jailbreak and failed i thought my parents would kill me<then i foundd you before they known> thanks

Aidan

thx i thought my ipod was broken thx very much

i have a ipod touch,is it possible if i update it ang jailbreak it again might it brick

i didnt use redsnow but instead i used evasion for jailbreaking my ipod

My phone has a white screen then goes to brown with gold stripes HELP please :(

Ok,I tried to unlock an old iPhone, 1st gen I think and I didn't put in the right firmware (I just clicked restore in iTunes so I guess I have the official firm ware) so then redsn0w wouldn't completely work. I was able to get the phone out of DFU mode to try restart the process but now I tunes won't let me restor"e the phone The SIM card inserted in this iPhone does not appear to be supported" anyone know how I can re-restore the phone to put the correct firmware onto it?

i have an ipod 4th generation and my home button doesnt work i tried doing this for my friend and this happens if i cant fix this i have to buy him a new ipod someone help please

how can you find out what ios was used?

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