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Fix 16xx Errors During iOS 4 Custom FW Restore Using iReb

I just managed to jailbreak iOS 4.0 on iPhone 3G. I have both Windows and Mac, so i created two custom IPSW files by using Sn0wbreeze 1.6 and PwnageTool 4.0. As soon as i tried to restore the IPSW file through iTunes to my iPhone 3G i got number of 16xx (1600, 1601, 1602, 1603, 1604) errors. Below is a solution that worked for me!

16xx Error Windows

First i tried to restore the IPSW file which i created with Sn0wbreeze 1.6, each time i tried to restore it via iTunes i was hit by an random 16xx error. So i download iReb v3.1.2 for Windows but still after running iTunes through iReb, i was still facing the same errors. So the Sn0wbreeze 1.6 and iReb combination failed. Then i moved to my Mac and tried to restore the IPSW file i created with PwnageTool 4.0. Surprisingly i faced same errors in Mac too :( So i tried to download iReb for Mac from iH8sn0w's website but got the message "Mac version is almost complete!" :S

16xx Error Mac

The only way i was managed to restore the iOS 4.0 custom IPSW file on my iPhone 3G is by importing the iOS custom IPSW file created via PwnageTool in Mac to Windows and then restored it using iReb v3.1.2. If you have both Mac and a PC then follow the steps below:

Steps to Fix 16xx Error During iOS 4 Custom FW Restore Using iReb

*Look for download links at the end of post!

  1. Copy the IPSW file you created with PwngaeTool in Mac to a flash drive.
  2. Plug the flash drive in your PC and copy the IPSW file to your desktop.
  3. *Download and install iReb v3.1.2 for Windows.
  4. *Download and install LibUSB for Windows.
  5. Connect your iPhone to PC and put it into Recovery Mode.
  6. Close all instances of iTunes.
  7. Double click on the iReb.exe and click on the name of your iPhone / iPod Touch. Click on "Open iTunes" button and thats it. Minimize the iReb app.
  8. iReb v3.1.2
    Upto this point, all i did is first i selected the model of my iPhone through iReb and then i launched iTunes through iReb.

  9. As soon as iTunes will load, it will detect your iPhone in Recovery Mode.
  10. Hold the "Shift" key on your keyboard and click on "Restore" button.
  11. Browse for the IPSW file and iTunes will start to extract the firmware files. (STEP 1: Extracting Software)
  12. As soon as iTunes moves to STEP 2 (Preparing iTunes for restore), open the minimized iReb window and again click on your device model. You will notice that your iPhone screen will do a white-blink for a second and then your screen will go blank for sometime.
  13. Thats it! Now you have actually bypassed these 16xx errors by using this old version of iReb :D
  14. Let the iTunes do rest of the steps itself. You won't see any error if you will perform the above steps in the given order.

Well i just shared this FIX because it worked for me! Many blogs have purposed an other solution to these errors by clearing the files in directory located at C:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates but it didn't work for me!

Update1: Download iREB 4.0.x / 4.1 for Windows to Fix 16xx, 1015, 29 & 21 iTunes Errors
Update2: How to Use iREB 4.0.x / 4.1 to Bypass 16xx, 1015, 29 and 21 iTunes Restore Error?

Download Links

Download iReb v3.1.2 for Windows.
Download LibUSB for Windows
Guide to jailbreak iOS 4.0 on Mac via PwnageTool 4.01
Guide to jailbreak iOS 4.0 on Windows via Sn0wbreeze 1.61

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    Joey11 years, 3 months ago

    I’m not completely sure what you are saying. Run the application twice??

      Wolverine11 years, 3 months ago

      Hi Joey, can you please mention the step(s) in which you are feeling problem?

    bago10111 years, 3 months ago

    you save my life, at the first try!!!!

    Great11 years, 3 months ago

    Heeehaaaa. It worked on 2nd try! Thankyou very much.

      Joey11 years, 3 months ago

      Can you tell im how you did it please–ive been without a phone for 3 days now =(

    Yash11 years, 3 months ago

    how do we do it in a 3GS . . u dont have a 3GS option !! . .

      Wolverine11 years, 3 months ago

      iReb only supports iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G & iPod Touch 1G.

    blahh11 years, 4 months ago

    still getting a 1600 error. iphone 3g on itunes 9.2. any suggestions?

      Wolverine11 years, 3 months ago

      Please use IPSW file created by PwnageTool

    Ferdi11 years, 4 months ago

    yo man!
    1000 thx
    it worked out at the first try (:
    but before i downgraded to 3.1.2
    1000 thx
    great solution!

    Gatien11 years, 4 months ago

    The easier way is to use recboot which put your iphone on recovery mode or to put you iphone on recovery mode then you recover with your custom ipsw ;)

    Andre11 years, 4 months ago

    Forget about those things… If u have a windows vista 64, go to this folder:

    C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\Device

    cut both files and backup them, just for safety

    take the recently snowbreeze for iphone os 4 create file, paste it on this folder and rename it to “x12220000_5_Recovery.ipsw”.

    Then, go back to itunes, dfu mode….restore…holding shift…select the file, on the folder C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\Device and it will work out.