Why is my iPhone 4 stuck at boot mode and how can I fix it?

XiaoBoy March 5, 2011
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My iPhone 4.1 is stuck at the boot logo. I tried many ways and means, but to no avail. Even tried to connect to iTunes, but to my dismay I can’t do backup or restore because iTunes can’t even read the contents on my iPhone. I hope anyone can help me in this state. Anyways, my phone is jailbroken.

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  1. ritesh
    May 6, 2012 at 3:51 am

    hey guyz...
    i was jus trying to jailbreak my iphone 4 and now its just stuck on apple loho plzz...help my big bro willl kill me
    ios4.2.1

  2. idgaf
    April 27, 2012 at 2:59 am

    my phone is jailbroken and i wont to take it off because my phone keeps turning off and loosing service and all these kind of things. sometimes it wont turn on after turning ff and right now i tried ti reset it and its still loading idk what to do.....help?

    • ha14
      April 28, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Try restoring and, very important, set it up as new. Then jailbreak
      http://www.iphone4jailbreak.org/jailbreak-ios-5-0-1-iphone-4.html

    • susendeep dutta
      April 28, 2012 at 11:51 am

      One user faced similar problem the method mentioned in the link below by -

      http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/5614/iPhone+3G+keeps+turning+off+randomly,+even+with+full+charge...

      layfield2 : -

      "

      i am unsure of your problem but my iphone used to shut off all the time on me until i did this fix which btw i am running IOS5.0.1 firmware on my iphone so the fix may or may not be for all the firmwares but give it a go any way :) here was my solution:

      hello i believe I have finally found a solution to our problem guys and girls so here i will tell you exactly what to do step by step

      Step 1. Shut off IPhone Or if your phone Just randomly shut off it may even work both ways i am unsure but try it both ways so if when you see this message your phone has not randomly shut off on its own try shutting it off manually first then if it still has the problem then when it does randomly shut off do as i say.

      Step 2. make sure your vibrate switch is set as ring first before you do anything else. once that is done with you are going to do this sequence: switch the vibrate switch in this patter: start off at ring->Vibrate->ring->vibrate... pause for millisecond->Ring-> vibrate then hold the power button and the round button (homebutton) as if you were going to hard reboot the iphone for about 6-8 seconds now my device when i did this part it started up with out me having to let go but for others it should start up as soon as you let go but it seemed to work the way it happened for me although my iphone rebooted after holding those buttons for 3-4 seconds and then imediatly turned off again then i tried it AGAIn and it worked that time and ever since i did this "fix" it has been working fine minus the actual battery drainage software bug for IOS 5.0.1 but it hasnt shutoff on me randomly yet and i have gotten my iphone to finally go down further then 50% so it went to about 45% before i said i needed to charge it so i could use it the next day Hope i helped "

  3. Gooch
    April 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks mate solved my problem.

  4. Ghayas007
    April 14, 2012 at 4:32 am

    my JB Iphone is stuck i use ur method but it does not work  last time i use (sib setting ) after that my i phone is stuck what i can do it can not connect to itunes

    • susendeep dutta
      April 28, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Hold the power button and home button for 10 seconds while keeping it connected to iTunes and the release the power button and keep holding home button for 5 seconds and then iTunes will detect your phone.

  5. Austinkeigley
    April 6, 2012 at 1:25 am

    this is the same thing going on with me when i jailbroke my 4

  6. Simon
    April 5, 2012 at 1:31 am

    YES!!! It worked... Thanks a lot.

  7. Ace
    April 1, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    god bless u mike thnx this iphone really got me mad

  8. Dorulala18
    March 27, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Help please my dads iPhone froze I was loding mywi on demand then it turn off and a loading simbol is on screen please help me how I turn it off please

  9. Alexander the Grate
    March 22, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Did u tried to restore ur phone from  back up ..I tune would restore it . if not re broke the dam thing if u have a friend with iphone ..hook it up and trick itune into restoring it from ur fiend iphone ..got nothing to lose ..in fact ur friend chicks # will end up @ ur phone list ..how cool it dat ..huh ...why apple make such nauseating device i wonder ..Love to hate it ...god luck champ 

  10. Aman
    March 15, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    its stck like that and wont go into recovery or dfu mode. please help!!

    • Mike
      March 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Usually when stuck there are two options:

      (1) connect to USB, press and hold the Sleep/Wake + Home button until "something" happens (may take up to 15-30 seconds)

      (2) wait until the battery runs out and the phone goes dark then connect it to USB using one of the previously mentioned methods (Recovery, DFU) ... ~ it may take some charging time before you will be able to get into either mode

      A third one would be visiting an official support (Apple Store, Apple Service Provider, phone provider) however given that those things usually involve a jailbreak gone wrong you may not get the support you are looking for.

    • Chekwongwong
      April 10, 2012 at 11:39 am

      hi mike,

              how are you , my  JB iphone 4 install pdanet then struck in after apple logo and i just format my pc didt do any backup , any possible get back my photo before restore it? i try force restart and JB again also hang on same stage . it cant detect via itunes and other thid party software, but it can go in recovery mode, so please advice me how get back the photo, thank you

    • Mike
      April 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Personally, I have never attempted to recover data from an iPhone in recovery mode.

      Since you tried to jailbreak it again I'm actually not sure there is any data left on the phone in the first place. 
      If your jailbreak requires a firmware to be loaded onto the phone chances are the data is gone. If your jailbreak uses some exploit to "inject" itself into the boot process things shouldn't have changed.

      Since I don't jailbreak iOS devices that's pretty much all I know.

      MUO Thread about recovering photos from "recovery mode".
      http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/recover-photos-iphone-stuck-recovery-mode/

      ZiPhone apparently has an option to "kick it out of recovery mode".
      http://download.ziphone.org/

      Since your device is technically jailbroken you might be able to open an SSH connection and backup the photos this way.
      http://msftguy.blogspot.com/2012/01/automatic-ssh-ramdisk-creation-and.html

  11. Aman
    March 15, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    mine is stuck like this and wont go into recovery or dfu mode

    • susendeep dutta
      April 28, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Try the method mentioned by user " layfield2 " from the forum link below -

      http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/5614/iPhone+3G+keeps+turning+off+randomly,+even+with+full+charge...

      " i am unsure of your problem but my iphone used to shut off all the time on me until i did this fix which btw i am running IOS5.0.1 firmware on my iphone so the fix may or may not be for all the firmwares but give it a go any way :) here was my solution:

      hello i believe I have finally found a solution to our problem guys and girls so here i will tell you exactly what to do step by step

      Step 1. Shut off IPhone Or if your phone Just randomly shut off it may even work both ways i am unsure but try it both ways so if when you see this message your phone has not randomly shut off on its own try shutting it off manually first then if it still has the problem then when it does randomly shut off do as i say.

      Step 2. make sure your vibrate switch is set as ring first before you do anything else. once that is done with you are going to do this sequence: switch the vibrate switch in this patter: start off at ring->Vibrate->ring->vibrate... pause for millisecond->Ring-> vibrate then hold the power button and the round button (homebutton) as if you were going to hard reboot the iphone for about 6-8 seconds now my device when i did this part it started up with out me having to let go but for others it should start up as soon as you let go but it seemed to work the way it happened for me although my iphone rebooted after holding those buttons for 3-4 seconds and then imediatly turned off again then i tried it AGAIn and it worked that time and ever since i did this "fix" it has been working fine minus the actual battery drainage software bug for IOS 5.0.1 but it hasnt shutoff on me randomly yet and i have gotten my iphone to finally go down further then 50% so it went to about 45% before i said i needed to charge it so i could use it the next day Hope i helped "

  12. Josueartiaga
    March 13, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    thanks man it worked i already got it now to use it. (THANK YOU SO MUCH):)

  13. Shawntick
    March 13, 2012 at 12:46 am

    my iphone is blank screen and the power button doesnt work and it was stuck in recovery when it suddenly turned off and when i connect it to itunes nothing happens

    • Mike
      March 18, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      One possibility is that your battery died and it takes awful long to charge via USB [maybe duo to limited power output].

      Personally I would try the wall charger for a few hours and see if anything happens.

  14. Omar-m1900
    March 12, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    please helppppppppppppppppppppppp

  15. Omar-m1900
    March 12, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    i tried to put my iphone in dfu mode ad it gives me a usb and itunes and itunes cant recognize my phone  then how am i able to put dfu mode if itunes cant recongize the phone

    • Shawntick
      March 13, 2012 at 12:56 am

      take it out of recovery mode

    • Mike
      March 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      You could try a different USB port and another docking cable. If neither helps try the wall charger to see if the connector is working at all.

      If it does charge via the outlet I suggest to remove and re-install iTunes and all previously detected iOS or Apple devices within the device manager.

      See "Reinstall the Apple Mobile Device Driver" in section "4. Verify that the Apple Mobile Device USB Driver is installed" 
      http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1538 

  16. Tariqmohammed
    March 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    omg thank you very mauch man your realy gunies sweet heart

  17. AB
    March 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks man....It works perfectly....I was bit worried....but thanks again for your suggentions.

  18. Ilvia722002
    February 26, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Thanks so much, you solved my problem right way. Have a great day...

  19. Sameer Usmani
    February 25, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Thank You, my iphone ws stuck at apple logo, tried what Mike said, and the problem resolved. God Bless You brother.

  20. Ing Juancarloscardona
    February 16, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    heroe*

  21. juancarlos123
    February 16, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    wow it worked!!! I was freaking out for real!! thank you you are my hereo

  22. Bytediss1
    January 22, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Download tiny umbrella an remove cydia blobs sh's and then use iTunes restore

    • laraj
      January 23, 2012 at 3:35 am

      how do you do this? ive tried everything and still no luck and now its constantly restarting....

    • Rudraprasad05
      March 5, 2012 at 8:57 am

      Hi, my iPhone 4 version is 5.0.1 & it is untethered jailbreak. But I cann't restart or reboot my phone. If I turn off my phone it wouldn't turn on. After that I have to jailbreak again. Bytediss1 is your suggestion can solve my problem

  23. Lomonica_cultura
    January 15, 2012 at 1:51 am

    thank you so much. It worked :)

  24. jimmy
    January 8, 2012 at 5:10 am

    mike im having the same fproblem and ive tried those steps but what am i supposed to do once i restore it????

  25. Seth_quimzon
    December 20, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Nicolas Selendy
    December 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Thank you soooooo much you saved my thirteenth birthday!!! 

  27. Navidh Cis
    December 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I reset my Iphone 4s to factory settings at start. Turns out now its telling me I need a sim which is not pinlocked =/ and.. I can't do anything on it now :(. Any software to help me bypass this? I do not have any sim from any service provider.

  28. Tjlqk3
    October 17, 2011 at 2:00 am

    you are a life saver!!

  29. Ralfx4
    October 15, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    thank you man this is really helpfull!!

  30. Cypruspic
    September 7, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Is it possible to restore without the SHSH of the version I want?? cause accidentaly iTunes started the upgrade to 4.3.5 and I want to mantain 4.3.1 but no SHSH saved, I'm looking foruns for a week now and not even one clue...can u help me???

    thx in advance

  31. Baz671
    August 22, 2011 at 1:48 am

    my iphone is stuck on recovery mode .
    i've try restore it but it swich off and on and make this step imposible to complete
    itunes end up with a little windows saying that the divice has some kind of error like 1604 or 1613.
    i tried tinyumbrella , recoberyfix.exe, recbook, libusb, and many more ...
    but still , it wont restore ,
    one more thing, the phone wont know its imei numbre.
    i checked in lots of webs trying every single tip,
    i don't know what can i do to make this phone to restore to latest firmware ,
    any suggestions ???? any body could tell me if that phone is fixable or not???
    thanks guys..
    best regards

    • Tina
      August 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      Baz,

      we had a similar question recently, maybe you can find a solution there: http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/pwned-dfu-mode-iphone-4/

      Otherwise, please ask a new question. Thank you!

  32. Sachin
    May 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    MY iphone4 is blank it didn't start after jailbreak....

    • Tina
      May 23, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      Sachin,

      I recommend that you ask a new question.

    • susendeep dutta
      April 28, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      Have you tried holding the power button and home button for 15 seconds and holding only home button for 5 seconds while keeping it connected to iTunes which might detect your phone and start restoration process.

  33. raj
    May 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    My i phone was too stuck thinks for the. it work when i connected to i tune and with usb cable and press hold sleep and home button till i saw apple logo. thanks

  34. Tina
    March 7, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Xiao,

    did you follow the advice above and did it fix your iPhone? Please give us some feedback, so we know whether you're ok or whether need more help. Thank you!

    • Xiao
      March 9, 2011 at 1:09 am

      Hi Tina,yes i am able to restore my IPhone but im truly disappointed that i have lost all my datas,contacts,photos(memorable ones),work notes,and many more.It would be a pleasure if theres any software that could retrieve those lost data from the IPhone itself.Tnx so much for the help u guys have given me :)

    • Tina
      March 9, 2011 at 2:24 am

      Xiao,

      glad to hear you could fix your iPhone. There may be a way to recover your data, but you better ask a new question in case Mike doesn't know the answer. :)

    • Mike
      March 9, 2011 at 7:24 am

      Normally, when you restored your iPhone via iTunes it will ask you whether you want to Set up as a new iPhone or Restore from the backup of.

      Restoring your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
      http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1414

      If you skipped this step or selected "Set up as new iPhone" those restore points are overwritten. Probably the only way to get them back is to look into an recent User or System backup [in case you did one]. They use the extension .mdbackup. The files are stored in one of the following directories:

      On a Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

      On Windows XP: Documents and Settings(username)Application DataApple ComputerMobileSyncBackup

      On Windows Vista and Windows 7: Users(username)AppDataRoamingApple ComputerMobileSyncBackup

      And then there are options to do an iPhone Recovery using Software (or a local Recovery Service):
      http://www.formatted-recovery.com/
      http://www.iphonedatarecovery.org/

      I have no experience with iPhone Recovery but it is reported to be very effective as long as you haven't synchronized hundreds of files back to the iPhone in the meantime.

    • Mike
      March 9, 2011 at 7:34 am

      One thing I missed:
      If you restored your iPhone on a different System (not the one you usually synchronize with) those iPhone backups should still be in place!

      In that case you can either copy the files from this system or directly connect the iPhone to it. Then restore the Firmware again and this time wait for it to finish and select Restore iPhone from the Backup

      For everything else you should open a new question as Tina suggested. Other people might have other or better ideas to restore or recover your old data.

    • Dreiversosa
      April 12, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      thank you mike.... 

  35. Mike
    March 5, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Why your iPhone is stuck in the boot is something you have to answer yourself.
    What did you last do before it got stuck? Maybe a failed Firmware upgrade, maybe a failed attempt to jailbreak it. Maybe it is plain broken...

    As for solutions you can try to get into Recovery Mode:
    1. connect your iPhone to the USB cable
    2. hold Sleep/Power and Home button until the iPhone reboots
    3. when the screen turns black release Sleep/Power but keep holding the Home button
    4. when you see the iTunes Logo on the iPhone Screen you can release Home
    5. open iTunes and use the Restore option for the iPhone

    Try the same in DFU Mode:
    1. connect the iPhone to the USB Cable and open iTunes
    2. turn off the iPhone
    3. press and hold Sleep/Power and Home button for 10 seconds
    4. release the Sleep/Power button but keep Home pressed
    5. iTunes should recognize an iPhone in recovery mode
    the iPhones screen should be black this time

    • Eric the Viking
      May 19, 2011 at 9:04 am

      The DFU mode worked for me thanks very much. I have an iPhone 4 that was jailbroken and it stopped connecting to itunes and was eventually jammed at the startup screen. But the DFU mode worked fine. I have now taken it back to standard. 

    • arpan
      August 28, 2011 at 7:40 am

      Thanx a lot mate. U just solved my big problem.
      I appreciate u a lot.
      May GOD bless u

    • Vip
      September 2, 2011 at 4:58 am

      i love u man   it was a big big hint  wow  thanks a lot  
      now my phone is back online and working  u the best man 

      thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

    • Mikesilva188
      October 11, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      It freaking worked!!!! Thank you so much!!!

    • Tina
      October 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      Thanks for the feedback!

    • PRINCESSLICOS
      November 23, 2011 at 5:53 am

      THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK!!!!
      YOURE SUCH AN ANGEL

    • Nik
      February 11, 2012 at 6:03 am

      YOU. ARE. A GENIUS!!  I never knew about DFU mode!! You saved my Dad's phone LITERALLY the day before he was leaving the country!!!!  THANK YOU!!!!!!

    • Adrian Boshnjaku
      March 2, 2012 at 9:41 am

       Thanks man you saved me.

    • Yousef_hatim
      March 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Thank u solo much!!!!

    • Herman
      April 5, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Hey mike, both of your solution doesn't works on my iphone 4. It stated error 3014 and i'm still stuck on apple logo, any other solutions?

    • Mike
      April 5, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      Error 3014 usually means that iTunes couldn't contact the Apple server at gs.apple.com

      Maybe some firewall or so blocked iTunes out of contacting the Apple server.

      If you have been using TinyUmbrella or something similar (jailbreak) make sure that there are no left-over entries in your hosts file.

    • Goofy502
      April 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      hey mike both solution didnt work for my iphone 3g it gives me error 1015

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