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Beware: iOS 4.3.3 Can Brick Your iPhone 4/3GS For Life

Yep! Its not only me who bricked his iPhone 4 while restoring iOS 4.3.3 CFW but many people in comments (8ardock, NickyS, Komrad) also reported that they are unable to restore stock or custom iOS 4.3.3 IPSW on their iDevice. If you got iTunes error 1611, error 14, error 9 or error 28 while restoring iOS 4.3.3 firmware then it means your iDevice is bricked and you might never be able to use it again.

iPhone Bricked

My Case (Error 14)

My iPhone 4 was fully jailbroken and unlocked on iOS 4.2.1. Last night i tried to restore iOS 4.3.3 custom IPSW made with Sn0wbreeze 2.7 but ended in error 14 :( This is what the official iPhoneWiki page says about error 14:

You have to restore the device with a custom firmware. Update to a custom firmware isn't working. Device isn't bootable.
Yes, i tried to restore iOS 4.3.3 custom IPSW made with PwnageTool and Sn0wbreeze but nothing worked. Still getting error 14.
USB Problem. Check the USB connection and try other direct ports or maybe the USB cable is an older one. Device isn't bootable.
I not only tried to restore by changing USB ports but also tried different PC. Bought new USB cable and then tried on Mac. Still getting error 14.
You're trying to 'update' to a beta firmware instead of performing a restore.
Oh common! I am restoring iOS 4.3.3 final build on my iPhone 4.
Device is still bootable if you kick it out of recovery mode.
Tried Recboot, TinyUmbrella and TU (Fix Recovery) but nothing worked. Restoring iOS 4.3.3 stock or CFW both return error 14.

8ardock (Error 14 & Error 9):

8ardock tried to restore stock iOS 4.3.3 IPSW to un-jailbreak his iPhone 4. When the progress bar reached at 35%, he got error 14. Later he tried to downgrade by restoring iOS 4.1 IPSW but ended up in error 9. Here is what iPhoneWiki page says about error 9:

Seems to be a kernel panic. After patching kernel in PwnageTool with custom patches, restore failed with this. iRecovery then showed increased kernel panic count.

NickyS1290 (Error 1611 & Error 28)

While restoring iOS 4.3.3 custom IPSW on iPhone 3GS (iPad Baseband), Nicky got error 1611. Tried to use Recboot and TinyUmbrella (Fix Recovery) to kick her iPhone 3GS out of recovery mode loop but nothing worked. Tried to restore her iPhone 3GS using iOS 4.3.3 CFW again but ended in error 28. Here is what iPhoneWiki page says about error 28:

Hardware error. Return your device to Apple if possible. The problem is a bad dock connector on the iPhone. Must change the connector. If you have tried almost everything, reset the logic board (leave uncharged for five days or remove battery for half an hour), then pwn and restore. if this doesn't work, the "hard disk" of your iPhone is damaged.

Komrad (Error 1611)

Restoring stock iOS 4.3.3 IPSW on his factory unlocked iPhone 4 resulted in 1611. This is what iPhoneWiki page says about error 1611:

iTunes tried to enter the Restore Mode, but the device turned back to the Recovery Mode.

UPDATE 1: Komrad managed to solve the issue by changing the battery of his iPhone. So if you are getting iTunes error 1611, get your battery replaced.
UPDATE 2: According to Komrad, the root cause of his dead battery was his car-charger. After buying a new battery, he did manage to escape iTunes error 1611 but later found his iPhone dead *once again* when he tried to charge his iPhone using his car-charger.

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    Andrej Efimov4 years, 5 months ago

    Hi all,
    is there anything new on that issue? They same nightmare happened to me yesterday. I tried to upgrade my jailbroken and unlocked iPhone 4 from 4.0.2 to CFW 4.3.3
    I’ve got the error 14 and since then nothing helped. (FixRecovery, iReb, switching from PC to Mac). The only thing I havent tried is to drain the battery but I dont think this would help…

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      Andrej Efimov4 years, 5 months ago

      I removed the battery for an hour but FixRecovery failed again

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        Andrej Efimov4 years, 5 months ago

        I was able to solve this issue, although FixRecovery, iReb and all the other tools failed to kick my iPhone out of the recovery mode.
        After the attempt to upgrade from 4.0.2 to 4.3.3 using SHSH-Blobs and snowbreeze CFW my iPhone 4 stuck in the recovery mode (error 14, 9, sometimes 16** or 10**). I’ve tried almost everything including removing the battery. I also tried to restore to the original iOS 5.1 w/o any modification but the Software update always stuck at approx. 25, 50 or 95% or there was an error message.
        Finally I decided to try to restore to 4.2.1 because I also had the SHSH-blobs for this one. I used PwnageTool to create CFW 4.2.1. And it worked!

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    sam4 years, 7 months ago

    i got error 1611 and i fixed it by getting the latest redsn0w going into extras first try to do the recovery fix and put into dfu mode and if that doesnt work  just boot tethered it

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    kamal4 years, 9 months ago

    iphone 4 error 14 while restoring to ios 5.0.1 all methods i have tried plz help

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    drwaran4 years, 9 months ago

    hi all,
    my iphone4 stuck to “connect to itunes ” logo.
    its unlocked phone.
    i tried both restore mode and DFU mode to restore. itunes gave unknown error 21.
    i tried different machines,different itunes,uninstalled security s/w,off firewall.nothing helped.
    tried ios downloade from itunes and custom downloads. all failed.
    is it a hardware problem?
    PLEASE HELP to restore my iphone .

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      Pramod4 years, 9 months ago

      You need to put your device into a DFU mode first before you attempt any kind of custom restores. Use Redsn0w / iReb to do so & then restore your device via iTunes. Read http://bit.ly/pioV9v.

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    Khalid4 years, 11 months ago

    I had the DFU loop problem. I gave up on my brand new iPhone 3gs running 4.3.3 with the iPad baseband.

    I left the iPhone for a week and did nothing with it. Then came across a post that mention to turn on Tiny and start TSS Server. Then use Ireb and put the iPhone into DFU pawn then open up iTunes and Shift & Restore. Just make sure the # sign is in front of anything in the host file on the bottom. And it worked! I was able to restore it but then it went into DFU loop again! But then I read just use redsnow and you’ll be able to boot tethered and it worked! Now I have a semi functional iPhone. It’s tethered. I’m going to wait until the new iOS is released before attempting anything else.

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      Pramod4 years, 11 months ago

      All you need to do is to restore to a custom iOS 4.1 using Cydia’s server & your good to go. Apple still signs the same for the iP3GS.

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    Mari5 years ago

    I’m getting error 9!!! I don’t know anything about my Iphone 4 but is there anyway I could get it to work again? I wish I had never thought of updating anything, it’s refusing to update or restore my iphone, I don’t even care about the contacts or the memory, I just want it to work. Will draining the battery fix the problem? Please say yes, I just bought my phone this summer!
    I don’t know anything about computers and technology and all that but I really want to fix this. Can anyone help please??

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      Pramod5 years ago

      I suggest you to take it back to the Apple Store & get it fixed as your still under its warranty period. As mentioned here, Error 9 is a kernel patching error. If you receive this error even while restoring / updating to the latest iOS via iTunes, then Apple Stores is your best bet to resolve this issue & get your device replaced.

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    KamleshSV5 years, 1 month ago

    Hi,
    As mentioned in my earlier post I did try to restore it to 4.3.5 before the 5 day wait. But then it was failing there as well. So may be the battery drain or the TU options which you asked me to check/uncheck worked after the wait.

    :)

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      Pramod5 years, 1 month ago

      It should be the TU options set for sure. After all the battery is only hardware & doesn’t really know anything about SHSH blobs/restores. :)

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    KamleshSV5 years, 1 month ago

    Hey. I tried probably everything, TU, FixCovery, Tethered boot with RedSnow, but the phone was just not coming out of the recovery loop.

    So as suggested on few other posts, I left the phone alone for 5 days to let the battery drain out.

    I tried then to restore to 4.3.5 and it worked…!!! :))
    A huge relief that the phone is at least up and running. I am on ATnT so rest is not an issue.

    Thanks for the help.. :)

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      Pramod5 years, 1 month ago

      All you needed to do was to give it a restore to iOS 4.3.5 right away esp when you never relied on an unlock itself. You could have saved the 5 days of agony.

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    armaan5 years, 1 month ago

    hii promod ..already i hve done this method but there is no use getting error 21 ant stucks wit apple logo…plzzzzzzzzzz try to help me …im very thankful to u ..sorry for my english

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      Pramod5 years, 1 month ago

      Still a s/w security issue. Try the same restore procedure that I mentioned earlier on a different computer. Unless your able to resolve what s/w is it that’s interfering, you will not be able to proceed.

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      Pramod5 years, 1 month ago

      Don’t tell me that you have already done all what I have mentioned. If your not willing to follow my instructions as I say right from the beginning & redo the procedures, then don’t ask.

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    armaan5 years, 1 month ago

    hii.. thanxx again i blocked all my firewall but the result is same getting error 14& 21 i cant update to 4.3.5 its in dfu mode and i dint save shsh file …plzzzzzzzzz help me what i have to do….thanxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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      Pramod5 years, 1 month ago

      Try this. Open up TU, set it to these settings first http://bit.ly/mT3R3e & quit it. Do not open it again. Now, try the iOS 4.3.5 restore again from iTunes.

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    Kenzo5 years, 1 month ago

    Today I was going to authorized point, I’ve tried turn on and voilá… its working normally… but my touch sensor dont work, I’m waiting my battery comes to 0, to change the sensor.
    I’ve restore to 4.3.5, losing everything… its a fuuuuuuuuuuu thing, but its still working.

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    armaan5 years, 1 month ago

    thanxx a lot for u reply…but i dint save shsh i restore from itunes then it gets error 14 & 21…plzzzzz help me out im stuck with this…thanxxx

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      Pramod5 years, 1 month ago

      Make sure that you do not have any firewall s/w running on your system that might be blocking your restores with Apple. Disable if any & redo the restore. Try a different computer as well.

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    armaan5 years, 1 month ago

    hii…plzzzzzzz help me out of this error 14 iphone 4 4.3.5….im not able to update custom firmware plzzzzz help me out

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      Pramod5 years, 1 month ago

      Read this first http://bit.ly/oKCpYX & perform the custom restore/update only if you have an SHSH blob saved for your device for that particular iOS.

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    Kenzo5 years, 1 month ago

    Hi, I’m using 4.3.5 w/ JB, but today I’ve one lost call, when I press to call, my phone dies… I cant turnon, dont show nothing, Itunes reconize it, but still giving error 1601.
    Someone know how to fix it ? Thanks.

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      Pramod5 years, 1 month ago

      You should know that in case your iPhone dies/shuts down whenever your on a tethered JB, you will always need the help of your computer to reboot your device using Redsn0w. If you have tried restoring your device w/o rebooting it back, then I’m afraid that you have infact lost all your contents & personal data that you had on your iPhone. Restore back to iOS 4.3.5 by opening up TU first, set these settings http://bit.ly/mT3R3e & quit it. Now Shift+Restore via iTunes to 4.3.5 & let me know how it goes.

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    KamleshSV5 years, 1 month ago

    Hi,
    I just want to go 4.3.5 and forget about jailbreak etc. What should I do

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      Pramod5 years, 1 month ago

      If you do not rely on an unlock, you can go ahead & restore it via iTunes. Make sure that you do not use the edited Hosts files. Open up TU, set these settings http://bit.ly/mT3R3e & quit. Now redo the restore.
      But if you do rely on an unlock, you will end up in a recovery loop which even FixRec will not be able to kick you out of it & you will basically remain stuck.

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    KamleshSV5 years, 1 month ago

    Hi,
    I have an iPhone 3GS with 4.2.1 and jailbroken with Greenpoison.

    I tried to restore it with 4.2.1 stock firmware but it gave me an error 3194.

    So I tried restoring with 4.3.3 and baseband 5.16.02. I again used stock firmware, again it gave me same 3194 error. So used Tiny Umbrella bypass that error. Again I ran into 1600 error. So I used iREB to basspass those errors and the phone was restored. Now here the real problem starts. The phone just didnt come out or DFU mode.

    As suggested by you in few of other posts, I tried to jailbreak it and just tethered boot it. So it finally came to life.

    But after few mins it again went back to DFI now connect iTunes detects it with DFU mode. I tried to boot it with TU-FixRecovery 4.3 as well, first time I did it. the package was executed successfully but the phone still didnt came back to life. I tried it again n this time it failed.

    I tried tethered booting it again, but that also fails, the phone just remains in DFU mode.

    I tried to restore it to 4.3.5 atleast to get it up and forget about the jailbreak etc that fails as well

    I feel I am doomed and the phone is done… :(

    Any help is very much appreciated.

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      Pramod5 years, 1 month ago

      First thing, do not use TU unless you have the SHSH blobs saved locally on your machine. If you don’t have one, do even think about using it.
      To solve the 3194 errors, edit your hosts file like this http://bit.ly/qWKCRX manually.
      Before you start with the restore, you need to put your iPhone into a Pwned DFU mode. Use Redsn0w to achieve that. Read this http://bit.ly/pioV9v. This will solve the 16xx errors.
      Now, you can restore.

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    laserlight5 years, 2 months ago

    I got error 9! How bad is it?

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    Nicole5 years, 2 months ago

    Hey everyone! This is sort of related to the first post… HELP! I tried to upgrade to beta 3 ios 5 by shift click restore and clicking the ipsw file… It extracted the software thru itunes, then said it was restoring and my phone only got to about a quarter of the way and I got error message 14. I tried restarting my comp.. using a different usb cable.. using a different comp altogether! Any suggestions what I can do to get my phone working? It’s stuck in recovery mode.

    thanks!

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      Pramod5 years, 2 months ago

      Well have you checked the version of iTunes that your using to install iOS5b3? You need to use iTunes 10.5 b3 & nothing else.

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    Aatif5 years, 4 months ago

    Thanks a bunch for clearing things up. One more thing, in order to restore with stock 4.3.3, do I need my device in recovery or DFU? Not too sure which would be safer, if at all. Also, I noticed SAM has some effect on FaceTime, since my device prompted a message about it after I had activated through SAM. I’m from Pakistan, is it possible to activate FaceTime for free over here? Or even if there’s a paid method, what is that?

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      Wolverine5 years, 4 months ago

      DFU is for downgrading and recovery is for upgrading. You are upgrading firmware using stock iOS 4.3.3, so use recovery. SAM will activate FaceTime on your iPhone. Make sure your iPhone ActivationState in SAM is WildcardActivated. Once done, go to Settings -> Phone and turn FaceTime ON. Make sure your phone-number is entered under “My Number” field and you are connected to a Wifi with an activate internet connection!

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        Aatif5 years, 4 months ago

        I’m sorry for being such a nag, but I’m still a little confused :( a couple of people on Twitter told me that in order to unjailbreak, I need to simply restore in iTunes without the need for recovery or DFU at all. I’m currently running 4.3.3 with 04.10.01 baseband, and unlocked through Gevey SIM. Would there be the possibility of any harm if I restore the stock IPSW in recovery? I seriously want to do the jailbreak process again because for one, Cydia is still broken and I really don’t fancy the setup the previous owner has done on this device. On the other hand, this device did cost me a fortune, so I am afraid of something messing up as well. One final advice based on my above rant, please?

        Oh and btw, FaceTime did work, and it rocks! loved it! thanks for the tip on that mate!

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          Patrick5 years, 4 months ago

          Yes, to restore stock IPSW, you can do it directly from iTunes. Thats the other way to restore your iPhone. When your restore stock IPSW (SHIFT+Restore), iTunes will automatically put your iPhone in restore mode (Recovery in back-end). Just restore stock iOS 4.3.3 and jailbreak it with Redsn0w 0.9.6RC16 using this guide http://bit.ly/lAi8at

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    Aatif5 years, 4 months ago

    The question is, how can you avoid having these errors?

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      Wolverine5 years, 4 months ago

      This guy http://bit.ly/muBByT fixed error 14 by re-cooking iOS 4.3.3 custom IPSW. Error 1611 can be fixed by replacing the battery of iPhone.

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        Aatif5 years, 4 months ago

        probably not the best place to ask but I’ve asked this question multiple times at multiple other places including your ask a question link for no avail.

        I just got an iPhone 4 in used , running 4.3.3 jailbroken with redsn0w and unlocked with Gevey SIM Interposer (4.10.1 baseband). Since someone was already using this device, I’d like to start afresh with this with a clean install and jailbreak. Besides, for some reason Cydia is already broken on the current installation along with Push notifications.

        I was all set to restore with a stock firmware and then re-jailbreak with redsn0w when I read this post, and now I am confused/scared of whether to attempt it or not. Can you give me a better idea of how I should proceed. I also want to know what difference there is if I use sn0wbreeze instead of redsn0w, in terms of after effects? would activating through SAM result in a better battery life indeed?

        Any help much appreciated.

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          Wolverine5 years, 4 months ago

          Sn0wbreeze will preserve your current baseband while Redsn0w will not. As you can unlock using Gevey, so use Redsn0w. Redsn0w and Sn0wbreeze both have no after effects. Yes SAM will increase the battery life and will fix Push Notifications. Do not worry about these errors as they are very very rare and mostly happen to those who have iP3GS with iPad bb.

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    dio5 years, 4 months ago

    Shit… Guess i’m lucky that mine worked with ios 4.3.3 using snowbreeze 2.7

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    micheldogalo5 years, 4 months ago

    This happened with me too, but I was on ios 4.3.2. Try to restore to ios 4.3.2. It works with me.

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      Wolverine5 years, 4 months ago

      Which error you got while restoring iOS 4.3.2?

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        micheldogalo5 years, 4 months ago

        no error ocurred while restoring

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    Hassan Akkash5 years, 4 months ago

    Hello yesterday I was restored My Iphone 3gs Custome ios 4.3.3 made by PwnageTools And I didn’t see any error and my phone work good than iOS 4.3.2

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    dontknowme5 years, 4 months ago

    Did you guys take off the local host address in your system32/drivers/etc/hosts
    example: 127.apple…. before you try to jailbreak or restore the FW?

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      Wolverine5 years, 4 months ago

      It won’t matter. It can only throw iTunes error 3194 max which means iTunes is unable to find SHSH blobs. To in my opinion, it is either the issue with Sn0wbreeze 2.7 or may be iOS 4.3.3 itself.

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    Andreas5 years, 4 months ago

    What about error 1002? i have the same problem as these guys when trying to restore to custom firmware with Snowbreeze on iphone 3gs new bootrom (iPad baseband)

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      Wolverine5 years, 4 months ago

      Again this is a hardware failure. iPhoneWiki page says Error when restoring. No more info :|

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        Pramod5 years, 4 months ago

        Error 28 & 1611 indicate a hardware issue with the BB chip of your device. meaning iTunes is not able to gather any info from the BB chip of your device due to a missing IMEI/Mac Address. Your chip will no longer function & you’ll loose the functionality of your BT & Wi-FI as they are a part of the BB chip itself. Ultimately you’ll not be able to place any calls anymore. All these options will be totally greyed out on your device.

        Errors 9 & 14 are USB related issues, that is if your device looses its connection with the USB bus. Using a different USB cable/connector/port usually solves this but I don’t know why its not working here.

        Use this document to find what your exact error details are all about. Its from Apple and you’ll be able to gain a much better idea of the errors. iPhoneWiki has very vague & limited information regarding this.

        http://support.apple.com/kb/ts1275 (Choose the Specific Codes & Errors heading).

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    Ice5 years, 4 months ago

    omg, i have error 9 … this SUCKS