ive bricked my iphone :(

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by raverminx, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. raverminx macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2009
    its stuck at the bootup mode, just keeps vibrating then tuning of breifly then back on to bootup and vibrating again.
    itunes does reconise it and syncs the phone, however if i try to restore i get an error saying
    "software for this iphone is not currently available. make sure you have the lastest version of itunes and try again'

    please help

    edit.. once in recovery mode itunes does not reconise the iphone at all
  2. DPA macrumors 65816


    Is the Restore button greyed out? You can try Recovery Mode. I had the same problem when I was jailbreaking. I was at the reboot stage and it was stuck there with the same symptoms as yours. Here are the instructions:

    Hard Reset:
    1) Power iPhone on.
    2) Hold the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons for about 7 seconds, or until the screen turns black.
    3) Your iPhone should reboot. If it doesn't don't worry, just hold the Sleep/Wake button for about 2 seconds.

    Forced Restore:
    1) Turn iPhone off by holding down the Sleep/Wake Button for about 5 seconds or until the Slide to Power Off slider appears.
    2) Slide Power Off slider. If iPhone is unresponsive, follow the Hard Reset instructions up to Step 3.
    3) Open iTunes on your computer (Mac or PC).
    4) Hold the Home Button down while you connect your iPhone to your computer via a USB cable.
    5) iTunes should prompt you with a message saying an iPhone has been detected in Recovery Mode and that you must Restore it to before it can be used with iTunes.
    6) Click Ok.
    7) Click Restore a message should appear confirming that you want to Restore and Update.
    8) Click Restore and Update. The restore has been initiated. Leave your iPhone connected until you iPhone reboots and syncs with iTunes.


    In response to your edit, I think you may have been describing something different because this forces a restore. I think you may have been describing DFU Mode, or Device Firmware Update Mode.
  3. daflake macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2008
    Are you using a Mac? If so, try plugging the phone into a USB hub rather than direct. If you have updated there is an issue with USB and going through a hub seems to solve the issue.
  4. DPA macrumors 65816


    This is why I thought he was talking about DFU mode. Recovery Mode and DFU Mode are two TOTALLY DIFFERENT things!
  5. raverminx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2009
    thanks for your help, still not working tho. its now indicating that i connect to itunes but it just wont reconise
  6. raverminx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2009
    by the look of things its in DFU mode, but itunes just wont reconize!

    going mad here, dunno what to do!!
  7. DPA macrumors 65816


    Well, since you are in DFU Mode you will have to try using a USB hub, is you are running Mac OS X 10.5.6, because 10.5.6 doesn't recognize devices in DFU Mode. It is not known if this was an attempt to stop jailbreaking or accidental. I'm going with an attempt to stop jailbreaking.:rolleyes:

  8. chicken13noodle macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2008
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  10. raverminx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2009
  11. DPA macrumors 65816


    I don't think so. One time mine actually didn't respond from any of this. I downloaded ZiPhone and turned it on. I kept my iPhone connected and iTunes running and then iTunes poped up saying an iPhone is in Recovery Mode and needs to be restored. I did this without a USB hub too.

  12. raverminx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2009
    i think *think* i have cracked it!! had to reinstore itunes and now its letting me restore!!! yay
  13. DPA macrumors 65816


    Glad to hear that you have fixed your iPhone. I think you meant you had to reinstall iTunes, correct?


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