iPhone will not restore and is stuck on low battery screen?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by khenderson, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. khenderson macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2011
    I let my iPhone 3g's battery run flat a few days ago by accident, since then I have not been able to get the phone to recognize it is being charged. I plugged it into my mac and put it in DFU mode (i think), but my iTunes popped up with 'Unknown error, this iPhone can not be restored'. Now when ever I try to get it into DFU or restart it nothing happens except the red flashing no battery sign shows?

    Can someone please help?
  2. Btrthnezr3 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3)

    Have you plugged it into a regular wall outlet and left it plugged in for a while? Say 20-30 minutes?
  3. khenderson thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2011
    yes thats what I tried originally but no luck :(
  4. Poolmyfinger macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2013

    I have never seen this answer before but here's what worked for me and I found it accidentally.
    I have an iPhone and an iPad and I only had 1 charger (my only Apple cord didn't work anymore so I had thrown it out and I thought maybe that was the problem, except my iphone charged fine with my pink cord) by my bedside, so I would just hook up the one that needed it the most before I went to bed.* Well one day I woke up to find that my iPad had a low battery, with the red battery picture. When I plugged it into the charger, it just kept recycling to the Apple logo and then the spinning wheel of death, and back again.
    I did some research and couldn't figure it out. People who thought it was a dead battery still had the same problem after they sent it in and got a new battery* My iPad is not jail broken and half the "solutions" were over my head. I have over 1300 apps on my iPad, not to mention thousands of pictures, that I was just feeling so bereft and sad that I might have lost everything.* So I just let my iPad sit, and drained the whole battery down to the nubbin.* It was 2-3 days without a charger that I just let it sit.
    Then I put it on the charger again and I noticed I still got the red battery symbol, but the red was a thinner slice. I went to work and left it on the charger all day. When I returned, one of my FB notifications came on and bam, there it was, my sign on screen or whatever it's called, where you slide the thingy across. And it was back!!!!!!
    So I was overjoyed.* I'd also had a problem syncing with a warning that it overloaded my USB port. It was a separate problem, but I was able to sync it after that, and my iPhone too, so I was ecstatic.
    Then the battery thing happened again about a week later.* I thought I had been diligent about keeping it charged but it went down after only a day off the charger.* Realized that I had FB and mail notifications notifying me in the startup screen, so that it was constantly turning itself on and off.* I have almost 5000 FB friends and 10 email accounts, so that was a lot of steady activity that I wasn't really aware of.* I have now turned off all notifications to every app, since they also come on my phone AND I bought a 2nd cord, a purple one, so now I'm set and don't expect to ever have that problem again.
    Hope this helps everyone who thought they had a brick.

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