stuck in reboot cycle

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by sooze, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. sooze macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2012
    Any tips for iPhone 4 stuck in 2 minute reboot cycle...
    tried restoring by following instructions to get to DFU and seemed to be doing fine- the phone seemd to stop rebooting during the restoration.

    got to the point of configuring the phone - and it is still stuck in a reboot cycle just restarting the configuration process over and over. ( at least previously i could send a few texts and read half an email with my 2 minutes!) now i get to the point of signing in with my apple ID and the phone reboots...

    so what do i do now???
    any ideas
  2. normanbates macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2011
    Any history into how this started? Or did it just happen from nowhere?
  3. sooze, Feb 9, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2012

    sooze thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2012
    ah yes- that'd be dropping my phone down the toilet... i know- not recommended!! its been in rice for 5 days, no obvious water damage to screen etc. phone seemed to be working fine when i turned it back on - had 50% battery showing and all was well in the world until i decided to charge it when i got the low battery warning. Since then it just got stuck inthe reboot cycle when charging.

  4. normanbates macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2011
    Sounds like the water has damaged the dock connector and shorted it out. The 'rice trick' probable did nothing other than soak up the excess water and nothing more.

    Probably need a new phone mate
  5. sooze thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2012
    thanks- i'm still living in hope ( although that may be in denial!!) after some changes to the phone status..

    weirdly ive managed to get it to work sometimes and othertimes it gets stuck in the reboot cycle.

    sometimes if i power off- it automatically reboots and continues in the 2 minute loop- i seemed to get it to power off (not quite sure how) and managed to charge it over night- getting a full battery sign in the morning when i powered it up again.

    after turning back on - it got stuck in the reboot cycle a few times and I did a couple of resets and then the phone seemed to be working fine- I managed to synch to itunes and the phone seemed to be working normally whether plugged into the charger or not- woo hoo...

    then in the evening it went a bit bonkers again and stuck in thr reboot cycle, not powering down corectly- and then eventually i seemed to manage to power off with it plugged into charge- again left over night and seemed to be working again in the day-

    So after another full night of charging whilst powered off and full battery signal again in the morning it has been rebooting again - and i'm waiting to see if i can fiddle around enough to get it to work normally again. you reckon i'm flogging a dead horse - or are there signs that i may be able to recover this phone?
  6. sooze thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2012
    and now in the day time it is working again as normal??

    I've got no i dea how i got it to do this- I left the phone powered off and not charging - went out for an hour came home and clicked the home button to find it on and workign ok. Im finding it hard to figure out the pattern or the triggers for any of the behaviour!
  7. normanbates macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2011
    Have a look at the bottom of the phone, by the dock connector.

    Depending on the age of the iPhone it should either have cross head screws or star shaped ones.

    If its the cross head ones just take them out and the back casing can then be slid up slightly and popped off, if that's the case have a look near the bottom inside and see if the is any corrosion
  8. sooze thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2012
    hi, already did this a few days ago - there seemed to be a little discolouration on the battery connection - but cleaned this up - nothing else noticeable anywhere else.


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