Need help with iPhone 4s


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Bear with me. If you know how to fix this, then you should really do pro work my friend. Here i go.

My friend gave me a white iPhone 4s last week. He told me the sleep/power button was broken and when he tried to plug it into his computer the phone would turn on in restore mode (plug sign with itunes logo). Because i had fixed my ipod touch 4 with the same issue, i thought fixing this wouldnt be too tough. But i was waayyyyy wrong. I plugged it into my computer and tried to do a restore (itunes told me it couldnt be updated) but it was stuck on waiting for iphone. I had to stop the restore and try it again. After that it began having some more problems. Every time i plugged the phone in the apple logo would flash for 1 second then turn off for 1 second and repeat until i unplugged it. To make things better, my computer does not recognize the iphone when its doing this. I eventually found out holding the home button just before plugging it in got it back into restore mode where my computer did recognize. Remember that the power button is broken so i dont have many options. I tried using redsn0w 0.9.15b3 to create a dfu version of the ios 6.0 ipsw for iphone 4s then using shift click to select it and restore with itunes 11.0 and even the latest. This time after extracting it said the restore failed for an unknown reason. I was about to try this again or go another route but now when i plug the phone in it does the same flashing routine, but this time i cannot get into recovery mode (the iphone would hold the apple logo when i hold the home button, now it dosent). So first it was stuck in recovery mode, then it got stuck in the flashing apple of death but was still fixable, and now its in the flashing apple logo of death with no power button and no response from the home button or computer....WTF!

If anyone can help me fix this mess you are a god!


Oct 2, 2013
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Welcome to iMore! You're doing all one can do. Keep trying to get it in DFU mode and recovery. If it doesn't work, then there's either damage or wear that would require repair work. Might be better off buying another phone. But keep trying, you might get lucky.

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