iPhone Bricked after Update? 6 Real Fixes

  1. Published on Jul 19, 2021
  2. Updated on Sep 8, 2021
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It may happen sometimes that soon after an iOS device, the device gets stuck or bricked.

For most people, this is a very frustrating situation because the device is completely unresponsive and it may seem like every solution you try is completely useless.

While this situation is indeed serious, there are steps that you can take to get your device working normally again.

Why iPhone Gets Bricked after an Update

The term “Bricked” is used to describe a device that is completely unresponsive to everything, meaning that you cannot operate it in any way.

There are various reasons why your iPhone can get bricked soon after or during an update. The most common however, is because the update process was not completed properly.

This is one of the reasons why it is often not a good idea to update the device on the same day the iOS update is released.

You risk failing to complete the update when Apple Servers become overwhelmed by too many requests and fail to communicate effectively with your device.

The following solutions will be very helpful to you as you try to fix your device;

Charge Your iPhone Up

First, you need to make sure that the device has adequate battery power. You can do that by connecting to a wall outlet rather than by using a USB connection.

Once the device is connected, allow it to charge uninterrupted for at least 30 minutes before trying to turn it on.

If the device doesn’t seem to be charging, check the charger and cables that you are using to make sure they are not faulty or try a different charger or cable.

Charge Your iPhone Up

Restart Your iPhone

Follow these steps to attempt to restart your device;

iPhone X: Press and hold the Side/Top (Power) button and one of the volume buttons until the slider appears

iPhones with a Home Button: Press and hold the Power button until the slider appears

Drag the slider to power off the device. When the device shuts down completely, press and hold the Power button again until the Apple Logo appears.

Restart Your iPhone

Perform a Forced Restart on iPhone

If a simple restart doesn’t work, try performing a forced restart. Here’s how;

On iPhone 6s and below: Press and hold both the Home and the Power buttons until you see the Apple Logo.

Force Restart iPhone 6S

On iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Press and Hold both the Side and the Volume Down buttons for at least 10 seconds or until the Apple Logo appears.

Force Restart iPhone 7

On iPhone 8 and later: Press and release the Volume Up button. Press and release the Volume Dow button and then press and hold the Side button until the Apple Logo appears.

Force Restart iPhone 12

Fix iPhone/iPad bricked without data loss

You might able to fix a bricked device by restoring it in iTunes, but there is a very high chance that you will lose all your data in the process.

If you want to repair the device successfully without losing data, we recommend trying TinyFix iOS System Repair tool.

This is an iOS system repair tool that is designed to help fix the most common iOS issues very quickly.

The whole repair process can be completed in a matter of minutes. Just follow these simple steps;

Step 1: Download and install the TinyFix on to your computer.

Step 2: Launch it and then select “iOS System Repair” in the main window.

 main screen of TinyFix

Step 3: Then connect the iPhone to the PC using the lighting cable and wait for the program to detect the device. Select “Standard Repair Mode” to attempt to repair the device without causing data loss.

Standard Repair Mode

Step 4: If your device is undetected by the program. it will ask you to put the device in Recovery mode. Just follow the on-screen instructions to put the iPhone in Recovery Mode.

Plug in Your iOS Device

Step 5: Verify the required details about the device in the next window and click on “Download” to begin downloading the firmware needed. Keep the device connected to the computer until the firmware download is complete.

get the appropriate firmware

Step 6: Once the download is complete the program will begin fixing the device. When the repair is complete, your iPhone will restart in normal mode.

repairing the device

Restore Your iPhone with iTunes

Restoring the device in iTunes is also a good way to fix a device that is bricked. Here’s how to do it;

Step 1: Connect your device to a computer with iTunes installed on it. Take a moment to make sure that you are running the latest version of iTunes

Step 2: iTunes will automatically detect the device and a message will appear suggesting that you restore the device to its factory settings.

Step 3: Click on “Restore” and iTunes will erase the device and update to the latest version of iOS.

 Restore Your iPhone in iTunes

When the process is complete, you can restore your data back on to the device, by signing in to iCloud or connecting the device to the computer to restore an iTunes or Finder backup.

restore an iTunes backup

This process may take quite some time, you may wany to be patient. The time it takes will depend on the amount of data on the backup.

If you don’t have a backup, it is probably not a good idea to restore the device via iTunes or Finder. Instead, try the updating the device again to see if it will work.

Restoring the device via iTunes will lead to data loss, meaning that if you don’t have a backup, you will lose all the data on your device.

DFU Restore Your iPhone

If an error message pops up while you are trying to restore the device in iTunes, the only solution left is to attempt to restore the device in DFU mode.

A DFU restore is a deeper type of restore that will wipe both the hardware and software settings, giving you a clean slate.

Note however that a DFU restore like a normal restore will cause total data loss and if you don’t have a backup of all the data on your device, you may end up losing everything.

But a DFU restore is sometimes the only solution that can fix a bricked device.

DFU Restore Your iPhone

Bring Your iPhone to the Apple Store

If even after trying a DFU restore the device will still not work, then the bricking issue could be caused by a problem with the hardware components.

The only way to get a hardware problem repaired is to bring the iPhone to an Apple Store and let the technicians take a look at the device.

They will recommend any repairs that need to be made and if the device is under warranty, you may even get it fixed for free.

Bring the iPhone to an Apple Store

Conclusion

A bricked iPhone is perhaps one of the most debilitating problems that can affect the iOS device.

Most people are unsure of what to do when faced with a bricked device because it is completely unresponsive.

But now you have a number of effective solutions that you can try to fix a bricked device.

Let us know if you have been successful in repairing the device.

Aaron Roussey

Aaron is tech-savvy and enjoys writing technical articles about phones, computers, games, and the internet!
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