iTunes bricked iPhone 4 - any ideas?

mdude85

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Hi all --

I plugged in my iPhone 4 tonight to download the new software update but when I checked on the status, my phone went into recovery mode and has to be restored. It has no function right now.

A few weeks ago I was selling my 3GS and downgraded to 3.1.2 with 9.1 (I had previously jailbroken but was reverting to stock). Could this be related to that? I have no idea. What should I do? Upgrade iTunes and restore? Have I lost everything? Is my data at least saved from the last backup I did? If so, is there a backup file on my system that has my stuff so I can have a copy in case it gets over-written? Is there some way I can get out of recovery mode? I posted in this forum because it may have something to do with the jailbreaking I did a while ago, but that was with my 3GS....

Thanks ...
 

mdude85

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Oh I should mention that this iPhone 4 is not jailbroken, it's stock ...
 

mdude85

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if I restore, will it still be able to load an old backup of all my stuff? I don't mind restoring, as long as I can get the stuff back.
 

mdude85

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thanks, I used tinyumbrella to kick out of recovery mode, all my stuff is still there, but now I am afraid to reconnect to itunes ... what could be the problem here? Should I upgrade to new iTunes first and see what happens?

It's just so confusing, is it possible that iTunes is trying to load one of the IPSWs left over from when I reverted back to 3.1.2 from iOS4 on my 3GS? I definitely selected to install the newest iOS4 update.
 

Dice101

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I don't know why it does that but mine would do it every time I attempted to restore or update. I just got it replaced yesterday but have not tried a restore or update on the new one.
 

andybno1

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it is VERY unlikely iTunes was trying to install the wrong ipsw... failing which you can always delete any iPhone 2,1 ipsw file but since the phone is out of recovery u should be fine plugging it in to itunes again
 

thelatinist

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First of all, since your phone is stock, this is not the correct subforum for this question. Second, your phone is not bricked, it is in recovery mode. Third, this is easily corrected: restore to the latest firmware.
 

Kayan

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He said "recovery" in every instance except the title. We know what you mean anyways
 

arkitect

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Easy. Nowhere did he or anyone responding to his comments say that his iPhone was "bricked"...I was impressed that he used the correct terminology of "recovery" everytime. In any case, we know what he means.
Actually the title of this thread is:
iTunes bricked iPhone 4 - any ideas?
So… yes, he did, actually.

*cough* I see you've done some damage control editing… ;)
 

Kayan

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*cough* I see you've done some damage control editing… ;)
lol, got me:D. Didn't realize till afterwards, but still we got the point. Just trying to bring the spirit of longofest's new "It's getting hot in here" announcement" into the thread.