What is a bricked iPhone? A bricked iPhone is a corrupted software installed on the device, which does not enable the user to update, gives an error message on iTunes. You need not worry as it is inconceivable to fully brick an iPhone. Hence, in this guide, we will show you steps to fix a bricked iPhone easily.

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How to Fix a Bricked iPhone

3 Fixes for a bricked iPhone: hard resetting your iPhone, restoring your iPhone, or DFU restoring your iPhone. Please read the following each fix and see which one works for you. We suggest try them in the order listed to minimize the damage to your storage. Please, if you are able to, backup your data before using any of the steps because there is a likely chance of losing your data while restoring the iPhone.

1. Hard Reset Your iPhone

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Fix a bricked iPhone Without Restoring using Hard reboot

First fix to hard reset your iPhone, hold down the power button and the home button till the iPhone reboots. Once it reboots and you see the Apple logo screen, it might boot to iOS or will prompt to ‘plug into iTunes’ screen. If the connect to iTunes appears – follow the next step:

2. Restore Your iPhone with iTunes iOS 10 update bricked iPhone

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Restore your bricked iPhone with iTunes

Once the ‘plug into iTunes’ screen appears on your iPhone, it means that the iPhone is in the recovery mode. Now, connect your iPhone to a Mac or PC, wherever you have installed iTunes. Once, iPhone is plugged, begin the restore process.

Let’s start:

Caution: Once you have started this process be warned that if you don’t have a backup, you will lose your data.

To restore your iPhone:

  1. Launch iTunes on your Mac or PC and click the iPhone icon at the top center of the iTunes screen.
  2. Select the restore button from the right-hand menu and click it.
  3. Select confirm on the pop-screen, to start the restore.
  4. Now stay-put for a while an estimated of 15 minutes for the iPhone to restore to the factory settings.

3. DFU Restore Your Bricked iPhone

Now, this step comes to play when you receive an error message on the screen while restoring your iPhone through iTunes, the step is DFU restore the iPhone. What is a DFU restore? Well, this restore is an ultimatum factory settings wipeout, which means that the iPhone software and hardware settings will be wiped clean, and your iPhone will revert back to its original settings; like, you just got the iPhone from the store and opening it for the first time.

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Fix a bricked iPhone – restore it via iTunes

Note: a DFU restore will erase and wipe clean all the content and settings from your iPhone.

  1. Plug your iPhone into your computer and launch iTunes.
  2. Press and hold the power button and home button together for 8 seconds.
  3. After 8 seconds, release the power button but remain to hold the home button till iTunes says ‘iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode.’
  4. Release the home button. Your iPhone’s display will be completely black if you’ve successfully entered DFU mode. If it’s not, try again from the beginning.
  5. Restore your iPhone using iTunes.

If the problem still persist than it might be an iPhone hardware issue, please look for the nearest Apple store or an authorized store for repair.

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Stephan Popov
When iDevice users experience problems with the iOS software or unlocking, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. My passion is providing answers to your problems. I help iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users by recommending fixes for common iOS bugs and tools that improves your experience. I conduct in-depth research for every topic i cover on this blog, to ensure that I cover everything Apple users need to troubleshoot their issues. When not writing for UnlockBoot, i enjoy swimming in my backyard pool. P.S. i prefers the Maldives for holidays. Connect with me on Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter.