You purchased an iOS device and tried to Jailbreak it or installing the latest firmware, most of the time it goes fine but sometimes it hangs and your device gets bricked. This is due to firmware errors or uncompleted setup. Apple devices, be its the latest iPhone 5 or the older devices can be repaired and revived again without much hassle. A bricked iOS device can be recovered and made functional using the below-detailed tutorial. We have tried to provide every aspect that can help you with fixing your bricked iOS device.

You will need some basic tools that are easily available online. You will need a Mac or Windows PC to setup applications that will help you with flashing firmware to your device.

Update: On 64bit iOS devices, if you set the date “January 1, 1970” and reboot, they get bricked. Developers have reported that neither DFU restore nor recovery can unbrick this.


Software Latest version Date Link
iOS Firmware 9.2.1 19.01.16 download
iTunes Win 32 bit (x86) 12.3.2 12.10.15 download
iTunes Win 64 bit (x64) 12.3.2 12.10.15 download
iTunes Mac OS X 12.3.2 12.10.15 download


This will update a device running a prior version of iOS to lates iOS firmware, as described here it will perform a software update, it does not restore or reset the device. Nonetheless, always backup before beginning a software update.

1.  Download and place the iOS firmware somewhere easy to locate, like the desktop.

2.  Launch iTunes after you have the latest version

3.  Connect the iPhone to the computer with a USB cable

4.  Select the device in iTunes

5.  Under the Backups section, either choose iCloud, or choose “Back up to this computer” and select ‘Encrypt iPhone backup’ , then click “Back Up Now” – don’t skip backing up! When finished backing up, continue.

iTunes option click Update button to update with firmware manually

6.  Now you must choose to use an IPSW file by entering an alternate update method:

  • For Mac: OPTION + Click on the “Update” button
  • For Windows: SHIFT + Click on the ‘Update’ button

7.  Navigate in the file system to the IPSW file you downloaded and select it

Select the IPSW file to update with in iTunes

8.  Confirm that you want to update to iOS latest firmware version by clicking on ‘Update’


9.  Let the process complete, this can take a little while


10.  iTunes will show a progress bar as it extracts the software from the IPSW file, updates the iPhone, and then reboots. DO NOT INTERFERE with the device when it is being updated, doing so may mess up the update.

iOS 9

When finished, the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will reboot itself automatically and enter the iOS 9 setup screens. You’ll be prompted to pick a six digit passcode, setup Hey Siri, and asked a few other questions. Run through the simple setup, and you’ll be presented with your device that is freshly updated to iOS 9. Enjoy!

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