iOS5 Update has Bricked My iPhone 4!

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by Christian1979, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. Christian1979 macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    Please read on - a proper bricking, not just a failure to update!

    My iPhone 4 has been bricked after trying to update it. I got the usual failure to upgrade message due to apples servers being overloaded. This happened a couple of times and on the third attempt, it started the restore but stopped midway through. The iPhone won't boot into anything is stuck in a boot loop. The computer doesn't recognise it, all I get is the following sequence - apple logo, power down 'circle', apple logo, power down 'circle'....forever!

    Hard reset does nothing!

    Anybody got any suggestions?
  2. apollo1444 macrumors 65816

    Jul 22, 2011
    Restart the computer, or try it again on a different one...
  3. NorfolkMustard macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2007
  4. brodas macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2010
  5. Christian1979 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    Still no luck - it won't even go into dfu mode. The apple logo appears, iTunes does nothing, and the boot loop starts again!

    Just found out it's warranty period expired a week ago too, so it doesn't look like apple will help me out without payment...even though their update messed it up!

    Any other suggestions?! :confused:
  6. jauhari macrumors regular


    Mar 20, 2007
    Try in DFU and others Mac/PC
  7. Nyholmdk macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    I have the exact same symptoms...

    Hi Christian,

    My experience is just like yours. Right now I'm waiting for the device to run out of battery to see if that makes it act any different. And at the same time I try to find more information on other websites. If I find anything I will post it here for you as well. My iPhone 4 is less than a year old, so I might be lucky to get support by apple...

  8. fr4c macrumors 65816


    Jul 27, 2007
    Hamster wheel
    Try restore mode?

    Hold down Home > Plugin to iTunes > Release Home
  9. rafco macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011

    mine says 'iphone not eligible for upgrade'
  10. Christian1979 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    OK, I managed to get dfu mode to work.

    Plug the iPhone into iTunes and press and hold the home button and the power button. If it doesn't work, just keep trying! Eventually, iTunes or my phone recognised it wanted to go into dfu mode. It then restored ok.

    Hope this helps anyone that might have got into this situation too!
  11. Callum1001 macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    i'm having exactly the same trouble. cant switch it on or off or get any computer to recognise it.

    I've managed to get my pc to see it now, i followed the video tutorial on this site:

    But i'm now getting a different error message every time i try to restore it. sometimes 3200, sometimes 3073, sometimes 1604. All in all VERY frustrating :(
  12. CaptainFred macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    I had exactly the same problem, and managed to force it out of Recovery Mode by using RecBoot, download it from here -

    Once it was downloaded I opened the "RecBoot Exit Only" app that came in the folder, clicked the button and my iPhone straight away booted into normal mode.

    Hope this helps!

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