Nothing hurts "bricked" iPhone owners like seeing their prized iOS handset malfunction. In some cases, this inconveniencing and painful experience starts after an attempt to jailbreak the device or to install a recent upgrade. Sometimes, the iPhone becomes irresponsive due to an incomplete setup process or firmware errors. All Apple products, including the old and new models iPhone and iPad, are susceptible to such problems but the good news is: your bricked iPhone can be repaired and restored without loss of valuable data.
In this post, we will show you 3 best solutions to fix a bricked iPhone without restoring or by restoring. Before that, let's see some symptoms that make you know your iPhone bricked.
Part 1: How to Know If You Have a bricked iPhone
Generally speaking, if your iPhone is not responding, it then can be considered as "bricked". iPhone upgrading for iOS 12, for example, causes different types of stuck problem such as:
1) Unresponsiveness of the Power button;
2) Hanging Apple logo shows up but phone still unable to power on;
3) iPhone totally non-operational with screen showing a shade of blue due to unfinished iOS update;
4) Unresponsive black screen reported for models such as iPhone 6;
5) iPhones (particularly 6S versions) get bricked on iTunes. Image showing "connect to iTunes" appears stuck on the device screen;
6) Red screen displaying expiration or death of iPhone device;
7) Error message requesting owners to restore their phones shows up when connected to iTunes;
8) iPhones downgrade to older software instead;
9) "iTunes error 39" on display screen after an attempted upgrade.
3 Ways to Fix a Bricked iPhone without/with Restoring
When you found your iPhone is in a bricked condition, you can try these three methods to fix it by yourself at home before taking it to the repair store. Most of them are easy to operate, without much technical technology.
Solution 1 Unbrick iPhone without Restoring
If you don't want any data loss, you can go for a professional iOS system recovery program such as Joyoshare UltFix iOS System Recovery, a reputable multimedia software company which guarantees solution to a variety of iOS system problems such as failed updates or iPhone-iTunes connectivity issues. The software developer recently introduced Joyoshare UltFix, an automatic phone repair tool with proven effectiveness in safe fixing of bricked iPhones (without loss of valuable data) through the following 3 steps:
Step 1: Visit Joyoshare website and download the free version of iOS System Recovery for Windows or for Mac.
Step 2: Connect your Apple device to the Windows PC or Mac using a USB cable. Then click on the Joyoshare icon to run the software. It will automatically detect your iPhone;
Step 3: After your device is recognized, press the "Start" button and then choose the "Standard Mode" on the next interface.
Step 4: Now you need to confirm your device info such as device model, iOS version, etc. and manually correct it if there is anything wrong. After that, click the "Download" button on the lower right corner and let Joyoshare UltFix start downloading and verifying firmware package matched with your iPhone model.
Step 5: Once the download completes, click the "Repair" button to fix your bricked iPhone without restoring. Wait a while until the process ends. Your iPhone will work normally again. If not, switch to the "Advanced Mode" to try again.
Solution 2 Restore Bricked iPhone with iTunes
Unbricking your iPhone can be easier depending on how far you've gone with the upgrade before it failed. For example, if you always back up your apps and data in iTunes, there is a great chance that you can revive the bricked iPhone and restore your data and settings through iTunes recovery process outlined below:
Step 1: Gain access to a Windows computer or Mac running the latest version of iTunes, especially those versions supporting recent iOS upgrades.
Step 2: Connect your device USB cable and link it to the Windows PC or Mac.
Step 3: Click on iTunes software and wait until the connection or sync process is complete.
Step 4: Press and hold the Home and Sleep buttons on your device. This action should be performed at the same time until you see the iPhone restarting in recovery mode. You will be prompted to connect to iTunes. You can also use Joyoshare UltFix to put your iPhone into recovery mode in one click with no cost.
Step 5: Check the Windows PC or Mac for the prompt which either asks you to confirm a "Restore" or "Update" process. The restore option reverts back your data and settings to the last known information saved on iTunes whereas an upgrade option continues to the latest iOS version;
Step 6: Select "Restore" to continue; Hold on while your Apple device completes the setup process.
Solution 3 Restore Bricked iPhone with DFU Recovery
If attempts to restore your bricked iPhone fail, your next option is to try DFU restore — also known as system restore — which implies wiping out every data on the Apple device, including software and hardware settings. In this method, you will be able to return your phone settings to its factory mode.
Step 1: Turn on your iPhone;
Step 2: Open your iTunes software and connect the device through a USB cable;
Step 3: Hold down the Home and Power button for few seconds until your device confirms that "iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode;
Step 4: Release your grip and see if the device has successfully entered DFU mode;
Step 5: Click on "Restore" to downgrade your device to its original settings.
Note: Please be noted that both Recovery restore and DFU restore will be erase all the data on your iPhone, you can recover the lost data from iTunes or iCloud backup if you have one. Otherwise we suggest you to adopt the first method (using Joyoshare UltFix), which will help you fix a bricked iPhone without data loss.