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Fix iTunes Error 29 When Restoring Custom IPSW File on iPhone 4

Can anyone help me? Please… I am trying to restore my iPhone 4 on custom iOS 4.3.3 IPSW file using iTunes (latest version installed) which was created using PwnageTool version on my Mac. However, iTunes won’t allow me to restore the custom firmware and iTunes is throwing an “unknown error 29". And in addition to error 29, my iPhone 4 is stuck in recovery mode and I won’t be able to kick it. I’ve tried to kick my iPhone 4 from recovery mode using iRecovery but I didn’t work. I’ve tried putting my iPhone 4 into DFU mode but it didn’t work as well. Please help, I don’t know what to do. Thanks.

Asked by: Gilbert from Grand Island, Nebraska

Hello Gilbert, putting your iPhone 4 into DFU mode will not resolve iTunes error 29 issue as this is issue is not software related. The problem with "Error 29" is 99.9% battery issue. So, charging iPhone’s battery before jailbreaking or restoring it to pre-jailbroken custom iOS 4.3.3 IPSW file using PwnageTool will definitely prevent iTunes from throwing Error 29. And if you have a busted battery, I would recommend you to get a new one at Apple Store or at any reliable distributor.

Since iRecovery doesn’t work, you can try kicking your iPhone 4 from endless recovery mode using TinyUmbrella (Fix Recovery). Or, you can use a utility called Recboot. To kick your iOS device out of recovery mode loop using Recboot, all you need to do all you need to do is connect your iOS device into your Mac via USB and just simply click on “Exit Recovery” button to kick it your iPhone 4 out of endless recovery mode loop (or click on “Enter Recovery” button to put your iPhone into recovery mode). If you are facing iTunes 1015 restore error, Recboot will also be able to bypass it. You can download Recboot 2.2 for Mac OS X using this download link.
How to fix iTunes Error 29

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    Hich8 years ago

    i have the same prob with my iphone 4S, stuck in recovery mode since i wanted to upgrade to ios 7 and everytime i try to restore Itunes shows error29. I tried tinyunbrella, recboot, the thing with the hostfile etc unfortually. And apple allready closed the firmware 6.1.3

      CrYsTaLpHeR7 years, 11 months ago

      same here