Wednesday, September 7, 2011

How to Fix a Perpetually Rebooting Hacked iPod Touch


Having trouble with your iPod Touch? Find your device in a state of perpetual rebooting or frozen while starting up? Tried almost everything you can think of and still coming up dry with a broken iPod Touch that keeps rebooting itself? Don't know how to fix it? Well, This post takes one hell of a stab at it!

Now I'm posting this because I just had some trouble with mine. Specifically, here was my situation:

I had a 4th Generation iPod Touch (8GB) that was jailbroken with the "greenpois0n" program, and I got another 4th Generation iPod Touch (64GB), and I decided to give the 8GB to someone else. But before I did that, I wanted to restore it back to its factory condition. One good way to do this is on the iPod Touch itself (Settings  General  scroll down to Reset  Reset All Settings). I tried to do this, but something happened in the process. It might have been a freak accident, it might have been my fault, I'm not exactly sure.

When I tried to restart the device after doing the iPod's reset, it would freeze up. Specifically, I would press and hold the Sleep button on top of the iPod until the Apple logo would appear. Since I jailbroke it with greenp0ison, the Apple logo would rotate and show the other "hacked" logo, and that's what usually happens when it's hacked and powering up again. But it was different this time: it just froze and stayed on that. After freezing on this for a few minutes, the screen just goes white and the entire re-booting starts all over again.

Click here for the solution...

I found a way to end the perpetual booting and bring it back to the starting screen below: during the rebooting, hold both the sleep and home buttons simultaneously until you see this screen...and yes, it does take a very long time.


After this, I tried to plug it into my Windows PC via USB, hoping that I could restore it via iTunes. The good news was that iTunes sort of picked up on the iPod. It recognized that there was one connected. The bad news was that I couldn't do anything else with it. Windows didn't even pick it up as a separate storage drive, as it usually does.

I had a new message from iTunes this time: 
iTunes has detected an iPod in recovery mode. You must restore this iPod before it can be used with iTunes.

I clicked the OK button on this, and I clicked the "Restore" button to try and fix this. It offered to restore and update the iPod, but after downloading the current firmware, nothing happened: no install, nothing.

I looked online, and I read about how to remedy this. I've watched about 20 YouTube videos that all explain the same thing, which amounts to just cavalierly messing with the Sleep and Home buttons, no real method to their madness, and they said "it worked for me, I'm not sure how, see if it works for you."

Well, I found a specific method that worked for me. This is a great method, and I've tried it a few times, and it just works.

I found it OVER HERE, and it explains it very well.

Here's a step-by-step list to help you out.
  1. Plug iPod Touch into Computer
  2. Turn off iPod Touch (If you can't, no worries)
  3. Hold the sleep button for 3 seconds
  4. Without releasing the sleep button, hold the home button for 10 seconds
  5. Release the sleep button but keep holding the home button for 30 seconds.
  6. iPod should show no display on screen but open iTunes.
  7. It should say that its found an iPod Touch in Recovery mode. Press "Restore"
  8. It will start downloading the firmware update (300 - 600MB) and restore your iPod. Do NOT unplug iPod until it is 100% done.

After it finishes, you're done, and everything works just like new!

So there you have it. Have fun fixing your iPod!

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks dude!! my ipod was restarting constantly after installing iFile from cydia..the main thing was putting it in restore mode, which i did it after following your instructions.. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks man, big help!

Anonymous said...

after doing all that a couple of times. i still can't restore my ipod touch. it says error 9.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! Everything worked exactly like you said!

Anonymous said...

Thank you!!! I had to try it a couple of times, but it worked. My ipod touch 4.5 generation is now working!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Boss!!!

Great help. :):)

Anonymous said...

Couldnt thank you enough. Massive help :)

Anonymous said...

Worked like a charm. Thank you. Apple customer service was telling me to go to the Apple store, which is 63 miles away from my house.

Anonymous said...

Awesome!! Back in business!! Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

thank you soooooooooooo much i didnt know how to fix it then you helped me
thanks!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the info, though, i was able to fix my ipod without having to reboot it. I followed all the steps up until the hitting the restore button. making it go to restore mode made the rebooting stop. i didn't want to lose anything, so i unplugged my ipod and was able to get it back to normal by holding home and sleep for 3 seconds.

Anonymous said...

This is just dfu mode... Its not that hard to do.. It looks like you wrote a speech about common sense.. And if u didn't know how to do it just youtube reset your ipod or something... In ur 'paragraphs' you said u got all the info from 20 youtube video that all said the same thing. But good work writing a 'paragraph' about people in this day and age should know how to do.

Anonymous said...

thanks so much this works really well

Anonymous said...

my power buttons broken. what do i do

Anonymous said...

thank you so much this was useful it worked for me and i can use my ipod again

Anonymous said...

thank you so much=)