Fix for iOS 5 Upgrade Bricking your iPhone or iPad

   Posted October 12, 2011 by David Kirk in Apple iPhone

With the Apple servers getting slammed, many people are having their devices locked with the spinning wheel. Essentially, these devices are bricked because they do not have a working operating system installed. Here is how to revert your device back to the old OS until the servers are running again.

So you tried to update to iOS 5, but now your device does not work at all. Here is how to force your phone (or iPad, etc) to revert to your backup.

1. Start the latest version of iTunes (10.5) on your computer.

2. Hard reset the phone by holding the sleep/wake button and the home button simultaneously until the phone restarts.

3. Then hold the home button down on the device and connect the usb cable to your device and to the computer running iTunes. Continue to hold the home button down through this entire process until the Connect to iTunes message appears.

4. iTunes will ask if you would like to restore the device. Click Restore and then select to Restore from Backup.

5. Now, wait a while before trying to update your system. Apple’s servers cannot keep up with the demand.

 

About David Kirk

David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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  • Liz

    My ipad has been bricked by iOS5. I don’t have the option of “restore from backup”. My only option is “restore and update”, which does not work!!

  • Marco

    I’ve tried this on my bricked iPhone (due to failed iOS5 upgrade), but it does not work…

  • Tealer

    WOW, seems cool!
    And just read the iOS 5 200 new features, the ability to play 1080p vids really makes me exciting! Then maybe I don’t need to do so much converting with iFunia video converter. Maybe could make the Apple TV to be a HTV centre. That’s so great!

  • Marcos

    Doesn’t work either. Still bricked like Liz commented.