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Have you ever encountered bricked iPhone issue? Do you want to solve this issue? Do you need to recover data from bricked iPhone? Now, you can read this post to learn how to deal with these problems effectively.

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Those days, we noticed an iPhone issue as follows on Twitter and some other social platforms.

iPhone is bricked

Actually, it is called bricked iPhone issue, which is not an emerging problem.

It can occur to iPad and iPod Touch as well. This issue may even cause iOS data loss in some circumstances. Thus, you must want to know how to unbrick iPhone and how to recover data from bricked iPhone if data loss issue really happens.

However, some of you perhaps don’t know what does bricked iPhone mean and why it happens. So, we think it is necessary to explain this issue first, and then introduce some solutions to retrieve your important bricked iPhone data in this post.

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Part 1: What Is Bricked iPhone and How to Fix It

What is Bricked iPhone

In the field of electronics, Brick means the electronic device can no longer function. When this issue happens to your iPhone, you will discover that the device won’t turn on or just stuck on recovery mode.

But, why this issue happened?

As a matter of fact, the causes are various, and the common situations include power outage during iOS updating process, failure of iPhone iOS reinstallation, abrupt interruption of any software update, and more.

Tip: When a new iOS version is released, many of you will choose to update to the latest one to enjoy its new features. However, you may discover that the iOS update deleted your iPhone data. In this situation, you can refer to this post to get your lost iPhone data back: 3 Useful Ways to Recover Lost Files After iOS Update.

Anyhow, the iPhone stops working now, and your priority is to fix it. So, the following section will introduce some effective solutions to you to resolve this issue.

How to Fix Bricked iPhone

Solution 1: Restart Your iPhone

This solution tells you how to fix a bricked iPhone without restoring, and the steps are very simple: just hold the Power and Home buttons simultaneously for about 5 to 15 seconds until you see the Apple logo. In addition, charge the device to avoid any battery related problems.

But this solution is not almighty all the time. In some cases, the iPhone instantly switches off or stuck on the boot Apple logo after you reset your iPhone, or even the iPhone won’t turn on. Then you may need to restore it to factory settings to make it back to normal state.

Move on and learn how to restore a bricked iPhone

Solution 2: Restore Your iPhone to Factory Setting

Generally speaking, there are two ways to achieve this aim, which are used in different occasions:

Way 1: Using iTunes to factory reset your iPhone

Firstly, you need to make sure that you have installed the iTunes app on the computer you are going to use.

Then, please open the iTunes and connect your iPhone to the computer. Then the software will report that it has detected an iPhone. Next, you need to select the device and click on the Restore button to start factory reset process.

When this procedure is finished, the software will ask whether you would like to restore from a previous iTunes backup. Admit this option or not according to your personal needs.

Way 2: Enter DFU mode to factory reset your iPhone

Please remember that this solution should only be used to restore your iPhone if you are unable to turn it on.

Still you need install the iTunes on your computer.

Then, connect your iPhone to the computer and then open iTunes. Press and hold the Power and Home buttons together for about 8 seconds.

Next, release the Power button but continue to press the Home Button until a pop-out interface says iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes. Release the Home Button after that.

Once enter the DFU mode successfully, your iPhone screen will be black. Click on OK and Restore iPhone successively. And then iTunes will restore your iPhone to factory settings, download and install the latest iOS version to your iPhone. And you can use this iPhone as a new one.

Now, you know how to fix a bricked iPhone. And then the following part will lead you to get some bricked iPhone data recovery skills.

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Part 2: How to Recover Data from a Bricked iPhone

As you know, after the bricked iPhone is fixed, you can choose to restore data from a backup to your device directly.

But do you know, as long as you have a piece of third party iOS data recovery software, you will be able to choose the data type(s) you want to restore and even save them to your computer.

If you want to restore your bricked iPhone data in a safe way, you can choose to use a piece of free iPhone data recovery software. MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS is a good option.

This software offers you three recovery modules: Recover from iOS Device, Recover from iTunes Backup File and Recover from iCloud Backup File.

With these three recovery modules, you can recover iOS data from your iOS devices directly, and you can also restore your lost and deleted iOS files from iTunes and iCloud back up files.

The supported data types are various, such as call history, contacts, notes, messages, photos, reminders, Safari bookmarks, videos, and more from iOS devices, including iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

With the free edition of this software, you can recover some certain types of data for free. Here, you can see the detailed limitation in this previous post: Functional Limitations in MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS.

Thus, just download this freeware to have a try firstly. If you discover that this software can find what you need, you can use a full edition to recover all of them without limitations.

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Now, you obtain a piece of iOS data recovery software. Then, you can learn how to utilize it to solve your problem from the following introduction.

Solution 1. Restore Bricked iPhone from iTunes Backup File

Recover from iTunes Backup File is a highly recommended method among those three recovery modules. But at first, you should make sure that the iTunes backup file you want to restore is saved on the computer you are going to use. If you are ready, just start right now.

Step 1. Left click the desktop shortcut of the software to open the software and enter its main interface.

Choose Recover from iTunes Backup File from the top side of the interface, and then the software will show you the iTunes backup files it can detect with their Name and Latest Backup Date. Select the one you want to restore, and click on the lower side button Scan to continue.

choose the target iTunes backup file to scan

If the iTunes backup file you want to use is stored to another location which is not listed on this interface, you need to make it displayed here manually.

Just click on the lower side blue button Select, pick out that iTunes backup file from other folder which save it and click on Add. Then the target one will be on the list at last.

Step 2. It will take some time to finish the scanning process, and then the scanned iOS data will be displayed on this result interface in category.

enter scan result interface

Then, it’s time for you to choose the files you want to recover. Just choose your needed data type from the left list and check the files you want to recover.

For instance, if you want to recover iPhone photos, you need to click on Photos from the left list and all photos will appear on the middle side of this interface with their names and little thumbnails.

Then, you can choose the ones you want to restore and click on the blue button Recover to continue.

Besides, there is a blue OFF button on the top side of the interface. If you turn it on, the software will just show you the deleted items. This is especially useful when you just want to recover iOS data which are deleted by accident.

Step 3. The following pop-out wizard will lead you to search a proper path to store these selected data. And these recovered data can be viewed directly on the specified location.

See! This solution is very simple: three steps and several clicks can solve your bricked iPhone data loss issue.

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When and how to use Recover from iCloud Backup File module? Please move on to solution 2.

Solution 2. Retrieve Bricked iPhone from iCloud Backup File

If you don’t have an available iTunes backup file, there is still another solution which can help you to restore your bricked iPhone data. It is Recover from iCloud Backup File that can download data from your previous iCloud backup file.

Note: Due to the limitation of iCloud, MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS is unable to get iOS 9 and the latter version iCloud backup files.

Step 1. Choose Recover from iCloud Backup on the main interface, and you will enter a login interface as follows. Input your Apple ID and Password successively, and then click on the blue button Sign In to enter the next interface.

choose Recover from iCloud backup file

Here, you may notice that there is another blue button Load Downloaded Files on the lower side on the interface.

What is it used for?

Actually, if you have used this recovery module to download the iCloud backup file before, the software will keep these downloaded files for you as long as you don’t delete them.

So when you use this recovery module again on the same computer, you are able to skip step 2 and 3, and enter the result interface directly by pressing this button. This design can avoid repetitive work and save a lot of time for you.

Step 2. iCloud backup files will be displayed here, and they are easy to be distinguished by the Name, Latest Backup Date and File Size.

download the target iCloud backup file

Choose the one you want to use and move the cursor to the State bar and there will be an automatically appeared blue button DownLoad. Just click on that button to continue.

Step 3. There will pop out a small interface which enables you to choose the types of files you want to download. For instance, if you just want to retrieve photos from iPhone that won’t turn on, check Photos on this interface only. Then, click on Confirm to continue.

Step 4. When the downloading process is finished, you will enter the result interface. And the next operations are same with step 2 and 3 of solution 1, which will not be repeated here.

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Still, if you need to recover all of your lost and deleted iPhone data without limitations, please choose to use the full edition.

Part 3: What Have You Learnt

Actually, most iPhone data loss issue always happened unexpectedly with various reasons. To avoid the unintended consequences it brings to you, we highly suggest you to backup your iPhone (as well as iPad and iPod Touch) regularly by using iTunes and iCloud simultaneously.

And then, even your iOS device is bricked, or stuck on Apple logo, or broken, or (even worse) lost, you still have the chance to get your lost important iOS data back through your previous backup files.

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Part 4: Bottom Line

After reading this post, you must know how to fix your bricked iPhone now. Besides, you also learn two solutions to recover data from bricked iPhone. Please just choose one way according to your own situation.

If you have any other questions and suggestions when you are using this MiniTool software, leave them on the following comment bar, or send emails to [email protected].

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