5 Minute iPhone 3GS Boot Time

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by BoulderBum, Mar 13, 2010.

  1. BoulderBum macrumors 6502a

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    I have an iPhone 3GS, not jailbroken, which takes literally 5 minutes or so to boot. I experienced a similar behavior with my old iPhone 3G, so it must be something I installed or configured. The problem goes away with a software restore till I start adding my email accounts/installing apps, etc.. Does anyone have any idea what it could be?

    Has anyone narrowed down what causes boot time problems?
     
  2. Gathomblipoob macrumors 68040

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    I don't have an answer for you, but my girlfriend's 3GS takes at least five minutes to cold boot where my 3GS takes about three.
     
  3. stridemat Moderator

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    My iPhone takes a good few mins to load. I think it might just be iPhones in general.
     
  4. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Apple obviously hasn't optimized mobile OS X for fast boot times. It's not recommended by Apple that you shut off your iPhone regularly but instead leave it in standby.
     
  5. bjb.butler macrumors 6502a

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    It's probably just an iPhone thing... Just try not to let your phone die, and don't turn it completely off, just leave it in standby.
     
  6. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Mine takes a few minutes as well. I'm always hoping that it's going to actually boot fine, since it sits there for so long and some have had issues where it never boots.
     
  7. ngenerator macrumors 68000

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    I just timed mine out, 50 seconds to turn on. I have no idea why they could possibly take so long to boot, unless they're just 100% full of movies, music, etc.
     
  8. YasminTiara macrumors newbie

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    So last night I was charging my iPhone 3GS via USB connected to my desktop PC. I was reading a book, and suddenly heard that noise that Windows makes when you disconnect a USB drive. I was curious what could have caused that noise, so I went over and saw that my iPhone had rebooted. However, it was stuck on the boot screen with the white Apple logo. I let it go for awhile (about 20 minutes), and nothing happened, so I hard reset it by holding the power/sleep button and the home button simultaneously. I then tried to boot it multiple times, but it never gets past the Apple logo.

    I've searched for answers and have tried everything I've found, including holding the home button while plugging in via USB to put the iPhone into "restore" mode, but it just doesn't go into restore mode, and iTunes does not recognize it one way or the other.

    Does anyone have any other suggestions I should try before I schedule an appointment at the Apple store?
     
  9. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    Since 3.1 I've been tremendously pleased with boot time. My 3GS only requires 28 seconds. I reboot several times a week.

    I would check how many pages you keep open in Safari, the reception in your area, and numbers of third-party apps.
     
  10. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    I would hold both buttons for upwards of 45 seconds (two cycles of Apple logo) then hold power for 10 seconds then perform DFU reset both buttons 10 sec just home 10 sec while attached to USB.
     
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    My 3GS on 3.1.2 takes 29 secs.
    If your 3GS takes that long on every restart I would recomment doing a restore.
    I know the 3G models take longer to boot than the 3GS.
     
  12. Tu13es macrumors regular

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    My 3GS (JB'd) takes anywhere between 1-10 minutes to boot. I guess it averages about 3-5 minutes, but it seems pretty random.
     
  13. MattZani macrumors 68030

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    My 3G S probably takes about 3 mins to boot, but its got less than 1Gb Free, on the 32Gb model :p
     
  14. Rangeshooter macrumors newbie

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    power off vs hard reset

    I think people are confusing a power off with a hard reset. When you hold down the home button and the top button until you see power off and then slide the red arrow to the right you are powering off the iphone. When you keep holding the home button and the power button and the iphone shuts off that is a hard reset. There are different load times from a power off than a hard reset. It only takes about 30 seconds to turn on my iphone from a power off state. When I do a hard reset it takes 6 minutes to boot.
     
  15. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    The way it was explained to me by a Genius, a hard reset on the iPhone is like walking up to someones Mac and pressing the power key until it powers off.

    It's not a clean shut-down, therefore the next start-up takes longer while the system does maintenance that it wouldn't normally have to do, had the shut-down been done properly. :confused:
     
  16. ngenerator macrumors 68000

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    Ahh, that could be it. I always make sure to hold the power button until the "Slide to shut off" or whatever it says comes up. I like doing it a few times a week. Keeps the Ram fresh. That, and I love seeing the pwnapple every time I turn it on, it's liberating, lol
     
  17. ArtursBoy macrumors member

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    I have a 32GB 3GS, almost completely full (only 1.5GB of free memory left), I've noticed that the more music (or videos, pictures, etc) I put on it, the longer it takes to boot up. Initially I was thinking that there might be something wrong with my phone so I restored it a couple times, and each time the initial boot up time was under a minute when completely empty, but once I started adding to it, the times just got longer.

    It now takes about 4 minutes to boot up.
     
  18. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Wonder if it's doing a file-system check after a hard-reset? The more data on the device, the longer it'd take?
     
  19. TomGolden macrumors member

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    My wife's 3GS did exactly this same thing a few nights ago, we tried power cycling it about 6 times, and it finally did boot up. We got her iPhone in January, my 3GS immediately after they came out last July. Mine has never done this.

    Both our phones usually take ,1 minute to boot up, they are both 32GB models and mine has ~2 GB available memory.
     
  20. BoulderBum thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I do think it has something to do with what's on the phone.

    I have about 4 1/2 pages of apps, and a 32 GB phone filled to the brim with mostly video.

    I was hoping there was one offending app or something, because keeping my phone empty, while it certainly helps the boot time, isn't a real viable solution for me.
     

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