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How to Unbrick an iPhone (Confirmed: Apps Are Back and Phones Can Call With One Exception)

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Click to viewOnly three days after Apple killed it, the JesusPhone walks again, but it doesn't talk again [UPDATE: actually it talks, see our breaking news]: By downgrading your firmware from 1.1.1 to 1.0.2 using the method below, all iPhones can get use of third party apps, but If you have an unlocked iPhone, there's still no way to dial. [Original article Saturday September 29 09:37PM EDT. Updated Sunday September 30 1:19AM EDT: Check our demo video.]

• Make sure you have a copy of the 1.0.2 firmware


stored in:

youruser/library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates

• Reboot iPhone holding the top button (power) and the home buttons.

• Release the top button 10 seconds after that, right after the screen goes dark. But keep the home (bottom) pressed for a while.

• The iPhone screen will appear to be off. Now start iTunes manually.

• iTunes will tell you it has found an iPhone in "restore mode."

• Press option key and then click the restore button.

• Select the 1.0.2 firmware .ipsw file from here:

youruser/library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates

• The phone will restart and there will be an error out at the end. Don't worry. It was bound to happen (if the iPhone returns to Restore Mode instead of Activation Mode, then you may have to restore the 1.1.1 firmware, wipe all information in the iPhone and then repeat from above. But first, try to restart the iPhone.)

• Shutdown iTunes.

• Launch the latest iNDpendence (Mac-only for now.)

• Activate the phone using a expanded 1.0.2 file (to do that, make a copy of the 1.0.2 ipsw file, then select "Open with..." from the Finder's action menu and use (it will appear in the menu.) The ipsw are really .zip files.

• It will flash all sorts of errors, but don't worry.

• Activate the phone.

• It will show the SIM error but now the iPhone will work again with your Wi-Fi and your apps.


No, the unlock won't work and you won't be able to call, but all the rest will work again. [Hacint0sh]