How do I unbrick an iPhone 4?

php111

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How do I unbrick an older iPhone model which is the iPhone 4. Its CDMA so carrier is Verizon. I think it bricked earlier this year or sometime last year and I could not live without a phone so I activated my Galaxy S3 and I miss the iPhone 4 including my favorite which is FLEX. How it happened? Well, I was trying to charge it using broken chargers of Apple chargers and non-Apple chargers. Now, I have a working charger but it will not to this day charge my phone. I know in the past it will not even recognize in iTunes nor TU nor anything else and it will not even turn on. Could anyone please help? Thank you!
 

php111

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Put the phone in DFU mode and restore it.
I just tried that and nothing happens and no messages or nothing and yes, iTunes is open while doing this and the iPhone is connected to my PC via USB cable. I hold home+power for 10 seconds and release power and continue holding home and I held it long enough to see but nothing happens.
 

php111

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It might be a "dead" iPhone where "dead" is its not charged but "bricked" as well. Obviously to enter DFU you need juice in the phone and I recall trying to charge it using broken chargers because it was dying on me and it needed to be charged and the next thing nothing won't turn it back on and it will not even get a signal for charging even using almost a brand new charger that I rarely use.
 

aPple nErd

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It might be a "dead" iPhone where "dead" is its not charged but "bricked" as well. Obviously to enter DFU you need juice in the phone and I recall trying to charge it using broken chargers because it was dying on me and it needed to be charged and the next thing nothing won't turn it back on and it will not even get a signal for charging even using almost a brand new charger that I rarely use.
It's impossible to brick an iPhone unless it's a hardware failure...
 

php111

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It's impossible to brick an iPhone unless it's a hardware failure...
OK, but its not even getting a charge neither connected to wall nor the PC and it will not turn on or anything and trying to enter DFU and nothing happens and iTunes will not recognize it and no messages or anything.
 

aPple nErd

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OK, but its not even getting a charge neither connected to wall nor the PC and it will not turn on or anything and trying to enter DFU and nothing happens and iTunes will not recognize it and no messages or anything.
If it wont charge or anything, either the batter has been drained so much that it cant charge itself or theres a hardware problem. Either way it's hardware.
 

lokster

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you cant put the phone in DFU mode if it wont even charge :confused: duh, it needs power. if you cant even charge the phone then dont bother trying anything else.
 

Intell

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Have you tried letting it sit for 10+ hours connected to a wall power source? That will charge it if it doesn't have a hardware failure.
 

php111

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Have you tried letting it sit for 10+ hours connected to a wall power source? That will charge it if it doesn't have a hardware failure.
No, I have not tried that, well not for 10+ hours. I will try that. Thank you!
 

php111

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The ten hours may be a slight exaggeration. Anything more than 5 should be good.

The iPhone still will not charge and it will not turn on. It was like almost 4am when I seen your reply and I tried it and right now as of replying its closer to 3pm.
 

php111

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Do you think it would be a good idea to call into Verizon Wireless Customer Service and try to switch out my iPhone? Its like 3 years old. I got it in 2011.
 

960design

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Yep, charging circuit destroyed by crappy charger. Your phone is no longer in the brick category, it has moved on to paperweight.
 

php111

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I am not talking or even asking for Apple to repair it. But if I was able to find an iPhone repair shop in my area hopefully for very cheap but would they be able to switch out the charging circuit for me?
 

inselstudent

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I am not talking or even asking for Apple to repair it. But if I was able to find an iPhone repair shop in my area hopefully for very cheap but would they be able to switch out the charging circuit for me?
There's something called Out of Warranty replacements for iPhones, you may be eligible for a new iPhone 4 for a reduced amount, something around $150-200. Might be cheaper than a repair....well, probably not, but that's an option Apple offers to customers.
 

php111

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I currently have the Total Warranty Coverage, and I am going to file a claim with Asurion. However, I need either the ESN/MEID/IMEI. How do I get this with a dead iPhone? I purchased this iPhone from Verizon in July 2011. Since my iPhone was shot and it was my only iPhone so I activated the Galaxy S3 on my account. Even though the iPhone was an activate line once before but it is not at the moment it is not even a line on my account but Verizon could swap it if I call them but I am not doing that because my iPhone is dead.
 

charlituna

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How do I unbrick an older iPhone model which is the iPhone 4. Its CDMA so carrier is Verizon. I think it bricked earlier this year or sometime last year
depends on how it was bricked. If it's the 'connect to iTunes' screen it might be solved by a DFU. UNLESS the phone was unlocked for using with another carrier via a software hack, the firmware could be hosed and non repairable so the restore will likely fail

if it is 'bricked' by activation lock the only solutions are to log into the appropriate iCloud account or using one of those unauthorized services that claims to bypass the iTunes servers (and snag who knows what off your phone)

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OK, but its not even getting a charge neither connected to wall nor the PC and it will not turn on or anything and trying to enter DFU and nothing happens and iTunes will not recognize it and no messages or anything.
sounds like there may be dock connector damage. that was one of the downsides of the 30 pin design. each group of pins handles a certain task, if the pins for charging go bye bye, you are done.
 

php111

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Bricked by using bad chargers to charge the phone. Bad=broke chargers while charging it goes off making those charging noises and the phone was dying and needed a charge. DFU is not doing anything. Nothing at all. Its not a matter getting what is on there but instead of using the phone again.
 

php111

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I was not able to get a new iPhone 4, and tech support could not give me one because the device had physical damage so I had to file a claim with the insurance company and my claim could not be completed because the device is not activate on my account and the timeframe of filing my claim and when the device was activate it was too long. So, instead I ordered the 16GB 4S, its a newer model than the dead phone I was trying to get replaced.
 

zorinlynx

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I was not able to get a new iPhone 4, and tech support could not give me one because the device had physical damage so I had to file a claim with the insurance company and my claim could not be completed because the device is not activate on my account and the timeframe of filing my claim and when the device was activate it was too long. So, instead I ordered the 16GB 4S, its a newer model than the dead phone I was trying to get replaced.
You should probably cancel the order while you still can.

The 4S is probably going to be discontinued in September. You basically have a phone which will lose support very soon; it's a rather bad decision to purchase one now.

Cancel the order if you can and get a 5C. It only costs a little more and will be supported for MUCH longer. Trust me on this one; you're going to regret buying that 4S a year down the road.

Good luck!
 

php111

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yeah, get a 5c. or better yet, get a 5s from walmart for $49 with a 2 year contract. not worth getting a 4s...
I cannot cancel now because it was shipped so I could refuse the package from FedEx.

With my dead iPhone 4, would it work if I buy an official charger from Apple.com instead of buying third party chargers.
 
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