i thought i bricked my iphone.

it was touch and go for a while. i installed a few jailbreak applications one after another without exiting the installer and shortly after the iphone application launcher kept rebooting itself every 10 seconds. an infinite loop of rebooting and no way out i could think of. this meant i couldn’t uninstall anything or reset anything and neither itunes nor ziphone was registering a connected iphone… big uh oh.restarting the iphone by holding both home and hold didn’t help either. every time the home page came up it popped up the

Edit Home Screen. To rearrange icons, touch and hold any icon until it starts to wiggle, then drag icons to desired locations. Drag an icon to the far right to create additional Home screens. Press the Home button when done. DismissĀ 

it was only a matter of seconds after pressing dismiss that it restarted the home screen and popped up again. i did manage to become quite the whizz and even once managed to get as far as choosing

Erase All Content and SettingsĀ 

from the reset menu in the general menu of settings (if you think about how much time i had between reboots you might find the speed of that menu traversal mildly impressive). however, the erase was cut short by YAB (yet another reboot).my guess is that the addition of new applications messed with the first home page, somehow overloading it with more than the maximum 16 apps. even if i edited the home screen in the few seconds i had, none of the icons gave the option to delete and none would move to the second page. eek.google told me that some other people had the same problem: http://www.iphonealley.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4701 and all hope was not lost since some people had managed to get out of it. somehow. they didn’t provide much detail. typical.then (hallelujah!) i found this: http://www.haklabs.com/2008/jailbreak-update-to-iphone-113/#comment-22996to break the loop and restore your iphone you need to do the following:

  1. turn off your iphone by holding down the home and hold buttons for about 10-15 seconds. make sure it’s off and not rebooting.
  2. plug your usb lead into your iphone but not your computer.
  3. hold down the home button.
  4. still holding down home, plug the usb lead into the computer.
  5. fire up itunes and restore iphone to original settings.
  6. breathe.

i’m sure this will be the solution to other iphone jailbreak/crashing/unresponsive/weird problems. hopefully someone out there who gets themselves into a tricky spot like i did will find this useful.

  1. Colm – you are a life save! Just spent about 3 hours trying to get out of the Home Screen Loop, and finally found your post via Google.. Thanks for the timely post, all is working fine now.

  2. Jim C

    Thanks so much for publishing this — got me out of a bit of a jam! :-)

  3. andrei

    Thank you so much man!
    You really saved me!

  4. joe

    Hey…you saved me!..I almost thought I would have to buy a new one. Thanks for posting this!

  5. Nice post.

  6. martums

    You are an officer and a gentleman–Thanks so much!

  7. ok,
    that will return the phone back to apples pref settings. But what if the iphone flippin sucks with apples settings and you want it bricked? Does anyone have a clue how to fix this loop issue and keep the phone bricked?

  8. Thanks for sharing

  9. cwood

    thank you so much. thought i had a $300 paper weight

  10. bbunit

    You sir, are a steely eyed missile man!

    This worked perfectly, and for your reference, my loop was a long (5 minute) boot loop.

    Apple logo, then Apple with spinning flower thing , flower things stops, reboot, repeat forever…

    Here is what I did to get into this problem (i think) … I did change my partition size when I PWN’d, I went to Erase All Content and Settings, it recovered into the reboot boot described.

  11. worried

    hey thankz soo much!!.. u really helped me.. i was struggling alllllllllllllllllllll night to fix my iphone.. aftr an hour of research i came across ur post and this one is wrking out for me.. your a lifesaver.. actually a phone saver.. thanks

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