How to Fix Endless Reboot Loop Problem on your Jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod touch


Now that the evasi0n jailbreak for devices running iOS 6.1/6.0 is out, a lot of you folks are experimenting with your iOS devices by installing tweaks, changing themes and doing all sorts of tinkering. Unfortunately  due to the lack of a jailbreak since such a long time, developers haven’t got a lot of time to ensure their tweaks work without any glitches on iOS 6.x, which means that installing certain tweaks could result in undesirable behaviour like crashes or even endless reboot cycles.

In this post, we tell you a few ways to solve these problems.

Hard Reboot

If you’re an iOS user since sometime, by now you’d know that most problems (even on non-jailbroken phones) can be solved by a hard reset. Press and hold the Home and Sleep/Wake (or Power) button simultaneously for a few seconds till you see the Apple logo again. This should get you out of any app that’s in an unresponsive state. There are times when my iPhone becomes completely unresponsive to not only touch inputs, but the Sleep/Wake button as well, in such cases the hard reboot comes in handy.


Fix Endless Reboot Loop using Volume Up trick

If your jailbroken iOS device is stuck in an endless reboot loop, it is most likely caused by a broken or incompatible jailbreak tweak that you’ve recently installed. In such situations the hard reboot solution also doesn’t work since the tweak tries to run again when iOS boots up. To solve this, when your iOS device is booting up, simultaneously keep the Volume Up button pressed and you should be able to see your Lock screen again. Now you can open Cydia, and uninstall the tweak that you think is creating problems.


If the Volume up button is not working on your iOS device then use the Clicker (not Volume up) button on your headsets or earphones.


If you’re interested in reading what exactly happens when you hold down the Volume Key, read on.

Most system tweaks depend on a framework called Mobile Substrate. The framework was developed keeping in mind that when you’re messing with system internals, things could go wrong. By pressing the Volume up button, Mobile Substrate gets disabled entirely, and doesn’t let the problematic tweak load, allowing your iOS device to go past the Apple logo. saurik had added this safe mode feature for Mobile Substrate last year to fix horribly broken jailbreak apps and tweaks.

Fix Endless Reboot Loop with Redsn0w:

If the volume up button trick doesn’t work, check out the video below to find out how to fix the endless reboot loop problem using Redsn0w:

Check compatibility before installing tweaks

Many developers are still updating their tweaks to work on iOS 6, so before installing anything from Cydia, ensure that iOS 6.1/6.0 is supported. So it is recommended that you check the compatibility of the jailbreak apps and tweaks before installing. We’re maintaining a list of iOS 6.1 compatible jailbreak tweaks here.

Let us know how it goes in the comments. If you have any other issues, please head over to our forums and let us know about the problem so we can help.

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  • Sas Azimi

    “By pressing volume down, Mobile Substrate gets disabled entirely..” up or down?

    • iPhoneHacks

      It should have read: “by pressing the Volume up button”. It’s now fixed. Thanks for pointing it out.

      • D4

        Be nice to see a vote chart for what devices are suffering from n which ios6.x there running to encounter the problem, could narrow it down to which device/firmware its happening more on and less on?

  • hypno

    This didn’t help me when my phone got stuck in this loop after installing PDAnet tethering tweak. Had to do restore and lost my JB 5.11. Hope somebody finds some better solution for this bad tweaks that ruin phones

    • iPhoneHacks

      That’s strange as PdaNet seems like a jailbreak app that would depend on the Mobile Substrate. It has worked for me every time the problematic tweak is based on Mobile Substrate.

      • Annie

        Planet 6.10 is floating around and works. I found and installed it from their repository but it has been taken down. Others who know more than me may have got a copy and posted it elsewhere though.

      • hypno

        I tried all these pressings of buttons, from hard reboot to volume up and ended up losing few hundreds of very dear pics and many contacts :(

  • Axenory

    Very good post. Didnt know the volume up thingy. I can Only think the many times I restored my iPhone cuz a faulty tweak.

    • iPhoneHacks

      Yeah, it’s a must-know trick for all jailbreakers.

      • Luke Ginchereau

        help, when I do it all my apps r don’t work

    • DrunkMunki

      i got the endless reboot when i first did it with the original JB, what i did was hold power and home button for like 3 seconds, then it should boot fine.

    • Tre

      Agreed excellent post. That’s how I resolved these issues in the past also.

  • Sai Thant

    Oh, very useful post I have ever read. Why do u post this very late, iphonehacks ???

  • j4nuS

    i found about this by accident last night… checked the details of mobile substrate…

  • Karri

    Found planet 6.10 that is working but seems to have disappeared now from their repository..Any idea when they are going to officially release their update?

  • JOHN Q


    • Rounak Jain

      You’ve got it enabled in Settings?

      • john q

        yes it is enabled through imessage

    • derek

      Is your Iphone Unlocked on a network other than verzion, at&t, or sprint? I had the same issue on my iphone with t-mobile. I called t-mobile told them my issue and they walked me through it on the phone. It’s basically a long string of several numbers that you have to put in under your carrier settings. Once i got it all set up it worked fine.

  • Connoissaurus

    I’m getting a reboot loop after installing the evasi0n update in Cydia. Didn’t have any problems before…

  • Brian

    Anybody else having trouble with sound files and winterboard?

    • Suckotash

      I’ve lost sound with the mapping GPS feature, not sure if it’s related though. It did just start doing this after the JB.

  • Saray Mo

    when i install zeppelin on Iphone 4S IOS 6.1, why don’t see list of zeppelin in setting?? What happens???

  • Guest

    When i install Zeppelin on Iphone 4S IOS 6.1, Why don’t i can’t c list of Zeppelin in setting?? What Happend??

  • Slick

    My Ipad 2 on 6.1 went in boot loop after installing a cydia tweak..tried the reboot while holding the volume button but it still goes into the loop. It does not want to restore either on itunes when placed in recovery mode and restore button clicked. Help!!!

    • Zmoneyrecords

      This same thing is happening to me did you ever fix this problem.

      • Slick

        There was no fix for the ipad..I got it to restore bu putting it in dfu mode and restored it in itunes..and then restored from back up. I tried everything else.

  • kay

    love it thanks

  • Stephaughn Alston

    Great article, you guys are getting better at this!

  • Musizthief

    Can any one tell if u can carrier unlock a iphone5 with a jailbreak, and if so what app is used? Cheers

  • Dre

    I tried holding down the volume up button but it didnt help me at all. I downloaded an cydia app that turns your wifi bars into mangekyou sharingan. (I dont know the full name of the app, i just typed in sharigan when i was searching on cydia) Can someone please help

    • iPhoneHacks

      You need to turn off your iOS device (if you are in a reboot loop use the hardware reset option, press the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button simultaneously and when it is booting up again, you need to hold the Volume up button.

      • Lito

        I am experiencing the problem and I did the hardware reset option, pressed the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button simultaneously but it didn’t work.

      • juju

        just the volume up button while release the others right?

  • Dre

    i tried holding down the volume button and it didnt work for me and im pretty sure i downloaded a bad tweak

    • iPhoneHacks

      Then it looks like the tweak is not based on Mobile Substrate. The only option you have is to restore your device. Hopefully you had taken a backup.

  • jaffer atuf

    my ipod 5g is stuck in reboot loop please help nothing ive seen is working

  • Chewdog316

    Comm center patch sent mine into boot loop.

  • Tay

    Help! I tried to install the siri port on my ipod 4g. And when I did, I restarted it. But it got stuck in a boot loop! I tried following the instructions on here but all I could manage to do was shut it off. But when I turn it back on, it gets stuck again… :(

    • Don Reid

      i had that problem too and i am also trying to fix it tell me if you get a fix besides restore

      • eagleman983

        I am currently experiencing this too, any help is appreciated

        • Don Reid

          I just restored it :( couldn’t find a fix

    • Bullyneon

      Well you should not try Siri ports they always crash but not on iPads

  • Gabriel_apple

    you guys can help me shut my iphone when I was wearing and care of so that he’ll call him when I get on the screen so the apple logo and is restarted or direct connect please help me

    how can I solve this?

  • aihc

    I changed a name of something in the sytem folder and nothing works HELP

  • aihc

    I changed a name of something in the sytem folder and nothing works HELP

  • starcow123

    I was messing around with the SystemFirmware.plist in iFile to make my iPad mini think that I was running iOS 5.1.1 to be compatible with a certain jailbreak app. Ihad done this before, but forgot how to do it. I did a little digging and then remembered. The only thing I didn’t remember entirely was what firmware I wanted. It was either 5.0.1 or 5.1.1 I think. Then when the app crashed I decided to do a hard reboot. My iPad mini then got stuck in a boot cycle. And yes I do know about hard reboots and Volume Up to disable MobileSubstrate. Neither worked. I think that I screwed up my iPad’s mind. I have bad internet so I guess I will have to download the ipsw externally and then restore.

  • Rush

    what happens if the reboot isn’t working because the ipad is not charged, and cannot be charged. Is there any solution to this?

  • kk

    Even after I restored. If I turn off my phone it is stuck in recovery loop. Is there a better way to restore then the itunes way???

  • simo007

    thanks, you have saved my life :-)

    • iPhoneHacks

      Awesome, glad it helped.

  • rooboyz

    great tip for the substrate…cheers

    • iPhoneHacks


  • Fuuton

    Hi guys, i have an Iphone 4S running IOS 6.1.2 thats in endless reboot loop after i run Icleaner Pro. I already deleted Icleaner from cydia apps after put my phone in safe mode as said in your post above. What happens now is that after i update any app in cydia and need to respring, my Iphone gets to endless reboot loop again and again… I figured out that if i put in safe mode, open cydia and reinstall mobile substrate, the Iphone gets back to normal, but everytime i need to update any app and respring it, i get to do this all over again. Since i cant update to IOS 6.1.3 cause i lose my Jailbreak and cant restore IOS 6.1.2 from scratch, any help is wellcome to solve this problem.
    Thx in advance

    • iPhoneHacks

      It looks like there is another tweak that’s putting it in Safe mode. Try removing the recently installed tweaks to see if it helps.

      Strongly recommend checking compatibility status of each of the tweaks you’ve installed.

  • lord squishingtons

    do you have to turn it off before you hold the volume up or can you just do it in the middle of the reboot loop?

    • iPhoneHacks

      Use the hard reboot option and when it is restarting keep the volume up button pressed.

  • france

    hi guys !! my ipad3 6.1.1 has jailbreak , but when i make it to restart , it could not turn in jailbreak state , it just get normal , and no section could change the state , pls help me to fix it !! thanks!

  • annonymous

    Guys, awesome – updating to iOS 6.1.3 made my jailbroken iphone nothing more than a brick, using the clicker I could actually escape the reboot loop. Great!!! Thanks

  • Sonny Nguyen

    OMG your a life saver! volume up works!

  • Wp2

    Tnx so much!!! I just fixed my ipad right now. It kept rebooting the whole week. Thank god i didnt lose any of my files. Really helped.

  • Tom

    Im still stuck in the reboot loop, it wont budge past the logo, just restarts :( it also wont start at all unless connected to a power source

  • Indy

    I have this endless reboot problem trying to install ios 6 (no =t sure if 6.0 or 6.1, bit of a technophobe sadly!!) and it has won the battery right down to nothing… So it charges, starts the reboot loop again but after two reboots it is back to being dead, so I don-t have time to do this fix! gah! any advice? :( :(

    • iPhoneHacks

      You should keep the volume up button pressed when your iPhone is charging so that this workaround comes into play when it boots for the first time.

      • Indy

        Ohhhh! So literally while it is charging with no apple logo keep the volume up pressed and continue to do so while the apple logo comes on? When do I let go? When I see the lockscreen?

        • iPhoneHacks

          Yes, you can let go when you see the lock screen.

          • Indy

            Right I have tried this, and it loads with the apple logo for around four seconds, then goes blank and back to charging with empty battery on the screen. Am I doing something wrong? It is a 3GS jailbroken btw, i have no idea how it was jailbroken as bought secondhand. No issues with it until now.

          • iPhoneHacks

            If you don’t care about jailbreaking then the best option would be to connect to your computer and restore it using iTunes.

          • Indy

            I really don’t mind about the jailbreak. I have never used iTunes before, will this matter?

          • iPhoneHacks

            You should get some local help.

          • Indy

            Funnily enough, you posted that probably just as I finished speaking to my works IT guy about it and he was giving me the idiots guide to it all… Now I’m suspicious that you’re the same person! Haha! Thanks for all your advice!

  • cpguy5089


    • iPhoneHacks

      That’s great

      • Nicholas Caferro

        I NEED HELP!

  • Nicholas Caferro

    i have the endless reboot. nothings working): what do i do?

    • iPhoneHacks

      You need to keep the volume up button pressed when it reboots.

  • Nicholas Caferro

    it just loads the apple logo and shuts off

    • Anthony Le

      Exactly! That’s what is happening to my iPad 4 WiFi. (IOS 7)

      Whenever I start it up or charge it, it starts to show the apple logo, then Shows the apple logo with the loading bar when you update for a second and goes then keeps repeating itself. After a while, it shows the loading Ring of Death but freezes and flashes the apple logo with the loading bar after a few seconds and repeats. Email me back if you have a solution,

      • (:

        I fixed mine. put it in DFU and restore with itunes. make sure itunes is open however.

        • faisaljones

          no just do dfu mode turn it on and hold on to the volume up button till it loads the screen that helped me i didnt lose any data!

        • Jake E

          what is DFU?

  • Nicholas Caferro


  • Bdiz

    So I had my iPhone 4S stuck at apple logo even after holding volume button up. So I just fixed it without restore! All I did was have the phone turn on held volume up made sure it got dim and then re jail broke it with envasi0n and it worked

  • eduzero

    Great trick, worked for me, thank you very much!!!

  • tyler

    Ok to tell u exactly what i did. i was using ifile and i went into the media and where u can do the whole (me,world,group) settings where the options are for each group. i went into the world setting and turned off the world execute. and then i left the ifile program and went to the main screen where all my apps are (spring board i think its called that) and then went to the aviator and it partially opened and then didn’t tried it again same thing only partially opened and then didn’t i tried one more time this time it froze and shut down. so i gave it a hard reboot the apple logo shows up like its going to turn on but it dose not it stays on the apple forever (the apple starts out white and then changes color just a little bit and then back to white). i tried to give it a hard reboot while holding all 3 buttons ( home,sleep,volume up) when the apple appears to reboot i let all buttons go except the volume up, the apple just stays. im not sure that im doing it right if i am is there any other option i can do. i do not want to connect to iTunes. i want it to stay jail-broke. i have a iPhone4s it had the latest update before the 6.1.3 i did not update to 6.1.3. please help me im going to smash this F-ing thing. by the way thank u very much

    • iPhoneHacks

      This works when you get into a reboot loop when you install a problematic tweak that is based on the mobile substrate. So it may not work with your situation.

      • tyler

        so can u give me some advice on what to do? i tried to use recboot it didnt work. i tried to use tinyumbrella. it didnt work either.. what are my options

        • tyler

          help me please

          • iPhoneHacks

            Unfortunately, don’t know a solution to your problem.

          • tyler

            well thanx for the great jailbreak. keep them coming before there ready

          • Bob

            I had the same problem because I deleted safe mode accidentally and my device crashed then get stuck , Ive done lot of researches , no solution to that except restoring to ios 6.1.3 so I lost my JB

  • rjfjedi

    Hi, I updated my jailbroken ipad 2 to iOS6 and as soon as the update finished it bricked, nothing but an endless loop of restarting. any help would be great. Thanks

  • Me

    the volume button does’nt work HELP

  • Rifat

    I have a jailbroken Iphone 4 6.1.1. Yesterday all of a sudden I lost almost all my apps.

    When i put my phone on safe mode I can see and use all the apps. once I restart the phone again the apps are all gone.

    Help me please

  • Damien Mcq

    Hi, I tried the volume up button tip but unfortunately it didn’t work for me.
    I don’t want to restore the iPhone as iTunes will automaticly update it to the new OS (which would keep me from jailbreaking my iPhone)

    I need help. I’ll do anything as long as my iPhone can remain jailbroken

    • Trevor Diane Cook

      For anyone using the Evasi0n jailbreak thats stuck in a boot loop and can’t enter safe mode by holding down the volume up button I have a solution.

      Plug your phone into your PC or Mac and open Evasion and re-jailbreak it. It works but one draw back is that all your tweaks will still be installed but not listed in the new installation of cydia but to remedy this download the same tweak AGAIN and then uninstall it.

      email me at if this method works for you and let me know

      • dira

        i have a lockscreen so it wont allow me to re jailbreak

      • Dylan

        you are a life saver! using evasion my iPhone 4S is no longer stuck in an endless boot loop, and I didn’t have to restore. thank you thank you thank you

  • Jake Kamahele

    omg….i love you so much this saved my life !!!!

  • rishabh

    thank u so much!!!!!!

  • MMM

    is still isnt working

  • MMM

    help!! i was trying to install instalous in my iphone 4 and WHen I went to download it it started this endless boot. I tried the volume up and clicker but unfotiantly, it doesnt work is there any other solution? Tweet me: ALLTHATFAN2011

  • ugh

    hi. I used the volume up trick and now I can’t get it back into its previous jailbroken state. i keep trying to use winterboard and nothing applies. Help!

  • Brodie

    good post really helped me!

  • ILan Azoulai

    i tried all these steps but my iphone 4 is still stuck in a loop. any other ideas?

  • krawler

    i need to factory reset my phone after a jailbreak. how long should the reset take? is there a good/better way to do this since i do have to send it back since the lock button broke on my 5

  • Emiltomte

    Thanks! Nice guide!

  • Brad Mullins

    For anyone using the Evasi0n jailbreak thats stuck in a boot loop and can’t enter safe mode by holding down the volume up button I have a solution.

    Plug your phone into your PC or Mac and open Evasion and re-jailbreak it. It works but one draw back is that all your tweaks will still be installed but not listed in the new installation of cydia but to remedy this download the same tweak AGAIN and then uninstall it.

    email me at if this method works for you and let me know

    • Trevor Diane Cook

      OMG! That one DEFINITELY saved my iPhone 5’s ass. It was the ONLY fix I was able to get it back into jailbroken state. Everything else NEVER worked. I refused to accept the fact that restoring and updating the iPhone’s iOS WAS the only fix, but thanks to you – that is not true. Props to you! Not even volume up button helped AT ALL! Again, thanks!

    • Th3rmalice

      the only problem being that i still have a passcode enabled and cant remove it
      and also, will apple factory reset your iphone if it is jailbroken?

  • GaTxGrl

    Hi! Hope you’re well today! I have a question…. hope you can help. I used your method for reversing the boot freeze. Re jailbroke with his new version…. worked perfectly until I just tried to download something. My iPad 2 is coming up saying, “NetBD: Open nodename nor servername provided, or not known” Any idea?? Would greatly appreciate it. I’m pretty sure that it happened during the crash.I’m pretty sure that it happened during the crash. iTunes did something funky when I plugged back in before the 2nd time around, said couldn’t read me. Thanks so much in advance!


    • TechPants270000

      Are you sure that your iDevice is in DFU mode? If DFU doesn’t work, try recovery mode.

  • Aaron

    need more help i have a 3gs on evasion 6.1 jailbreak i got a bad dreamboard theme and now its stuck in the reboot loop i tried the volume up i thought it worked but it just went back to rebooting and i cant restore because i have a passcode what do i do

  • bnojf

    i was in a reboot loop and i held volume up and it didnt work

  • stewartyuen

    thank you very much, luckily i read this otherwise i would have to reset my iphone to factory settings

    • iPhoneHacks

      Glad it helped!

  • Alex

    Hi, man thank you very much! it works to me! you saved my life!

    • omi

      how to restore with itune?? i never used itunes before… plz help me,,

  • christian

    hello. the hard reboot works but i only get about 15 seconds with the phone until it loops again. i’ve tried the up button thing and the clicker thing but everytime it just loops. it dosnt even stay on long enough for itunes to find it, so i cant even restore. PLEASE HELP. i dont care if i have to restore but damn, nothings working.

    • Jailbreaker

      Put it in dfu mode, then restore

    • Jailbreaker

      Put it in dfu mode, then restore

      • Kaulin

        U can’t put it on dfu mode becouse than iTunes won’t detect it. U put it in recovery mode than restore it.

        • meeelol

          it still works if you try to put it into dfu mode my iPhone 4 has the endless loop and i was having the same issue as him but you can still do the steps to go into DFU mode you just need to make sure iTunes is open and your phone is plugged in

          • xXRAV3R5Xx

            wait till it runs out then try it this worked for me just leave it repeating it takes a while but it works

    • fudge

      this is the exact same problem im having

  • C H

    I have a problem that maybe someone here can help. I have an iPhone 4G Jailbroken on 5.1.0 Firmware. I recently decided that I would ugrade the firmware to 6.1.3 and do away with a jailbreak. I was thinking that if I just updated my firmware, it would erase the jailbreak in the process with the firmware upgrade. Well now in stuck in an Infinite loop and I can’t get out of. This Hard reboot with the volume button doesn’t work. When i power on my device it shows the Apple logo for 3-4 seconds and disappears for 3 seconds and reappears again. I figure i try to restore my phone from iTunes. Well it gives me an error message 3194 now. After 3 hours of research and watching about 20 video’s.nothing has worked. I’ve changed host files, ran Tinyumbrella and I’m still at square one. Anyone have any suggestions on where to go from here?

    • Bullyneon

      try pressing shift+up key on iTunes when u hit restore

    • kosij

      same problem here!!!!! how did u fix it


  • tre

    hi i have a jailbroken iphone 5 on 6.1 and i installed a tweak a couple days ago and since then its been in a endless reboot i tried the volume up idea and it showed the apple logo then my boot logo i selected. please help

  • Nicko

    do you need to press the volume button only or doing that with some key

    • iPhoneHacks

      You need to press the volume up button only when your iOS device reboots.

      • Help me

        It still didn’t work

        • romzuke

          man you have to press the three button power home and the volume button when the apple logo appear release the power and home button but keep pressing the volume button until you see your lock screen hope it solved your problem it solve mine’

  • CHathaway42

    do you have any other suggestions of what it might be or what i can do if this isnt the problem? cause ive been holding this volume up for a long time and it still wont reboot. MINE IS ENDLESS.

    • iPhoneHacks

      You need to hold the volume up button when you iPhone reboots.

  • Alex

    Thank you very much!

  • Tre

    please help wont work

  • Aliks

    Wow thank u! My iPhone has that loop problem every time it’s done jail breaking, it’s probably the Siri I installed that made my phone go haywire on my last jailbreak, thank u

  • Prasenjit Podder

    Its not working buddy……… it constantly reboots after every 6 seconds……… please help……..

    • eliv3n

      same problem for me, Did you find how to fix it?

  • brent

    please hep me i had anroid lock xt and then downmloaded atom lockscreen and now i cant un lock my ipod to delete one of them it just stays locked please help i dont wanna reboot it from itunes and rejailbreak it s please help me figur out how to get this fixed i cant do anything on m ipod because i have both lockscreens enabled

    • iPhoneHacks

      Follow the steps mentioned here to disable the substrate based tweaks, which will allow you to delete the problematic tweaks.

      • brent

        where are the steps? i dnt se a link in your reply or do you mean on this page somewhere?

        • iPhoneHacks

          Read the steps under Endless Reboot Loop on this page.

          • brent

            sorry about posting again up there i just now saw your reply. it worked. thak you so much

          • iPhoneHacks

            Cool, remember to remove the one that started the problem using Cydia and reboot again so the tweaks work.

      • brent

        not trying to be rude but i dont understand what you meant in that reply. where are the steps?

  • brent

    i cant figure out how to unlock my ipod i have atom lockscreen and android lock xt and it wont let me unlock t since i have both active. but i cant delete one because i cant get into my ipod to do it it stas locked. please help

    • iPhoneHacks

      Reboot your iPod and when it is rebooting keep volume up button pressed. This should disable the tweaks.

      • brent

        thank you so much it worked does this disabl all my tweaks or just the lockscreen thin? but aain thanks so much.

  • Husnain Mughal

    does it work on iPhone 3gs ??????????? i tried but it does not go into save mode

    • iPhoneHacks

      Yes, it should as long as you had a the latest mobile substrate installed and you messed up your iPhone by installing a tweak and not editing system files.

      • Husnain Mughal

        if latest mobile substrate is not installed then ???????????

  • Major Jim Awesome

    Great article, unfortunately in my situation none of the prior suggestions worked…I have an Ipod Touch 4G, jailbroken with Absinthe and running an old 5.0.1 ios, and attempted to upgrade to ios 6.1.3 and got into the endless loop restart of 4 second of apple logo then 3 seconds off, looping. The hard restart, the clicker on the earphones, the volume up, and a restore in itunes all would not work for me. Itunes wouldn’t even read the device to allow me to restart.

    How I solved my issues was I had my device plugged into my PC, had Itunes open, and then I attempted to enter DFU mode. When the device should have entered DFU mode, Itunes actually began to communicate with the device and I was able to do a restore in itunes(a restore was the only option available in Itunes).

    This was not the ideal solution as I did not really want to fully restore my device, but after hours of trying every other method I found without luck, I was just happy to have a functional device again.

    Thanks for your great work on the post.

  • ahmetcan

    Hi. well thanks a bit but, I still have problem. The sleep button and home button makes the apple logo go, and when I try to open my iPad. It just keeps opening and closing

  • Timo

    Thanx you this post saved my life i thought my ipod will never work again.

  • Jackson

    My phone says it needs to charge and then I goes to the screen with the apple on it and then it goes back to charging screen what can I do

  • tigerm

    thanks it actually worked

  • safar

    i have pressed the volume up button..but still in endless me please

    • eliv3n

      i have the same problem, did you find any fix?



  • beth12345

    hi, I need help I have jail broken my ipad 4th generation but my problems is that it wont turn on it just goes on to the apple logo as if it is turning on then it just goes dull, how could I fix that?

  • alex

    @ anonnymous

    did you mean you restore it using iOS 6.1.3?
    as far as I know, iOS 6.1.3 isn’t jailbroken yet. If you restore it using iTunes, you may not have any cydia files left. isnt it?

  • alec dVille

    I found on youtube a fix for my iphone 4 and it seems that it works for anything else. I was also stuck on the endless on and off apple logo loop and tried everything here that was suggested. Click on the link and just follow the steps. It requires for you to download Redsnow 09.13dev4. Good luck, my works now.

  • Thani

    my ipod touch 4g freezes on the lock screen when i slide the slide this has happened to me since i installed this siri tweak it takes forever to boot on the computer my device is ios 6.1.3 and was jailbroken with redsn0w 0.9.15b3

  • Ciera

    Hello. I’ve been trying to jailbreak my ipod 4th gen with ios 6.1.3, and this is my first time. Everytime i get to the boot part of the process, my ipod turns on out of dfu process. Cydia is on the ipod but i cannot access it. Help?

    • swagg

      you used a tethered download go and do it one more time and it should work

  • Allan

    It won’t work, someone help me please. I installed Suave 4.2.1 on my untethered iPhone 4S iOS 6.0.1, now it keeps respringing and won’t stop!

  • Andres

    Anyone haveing truble eazyist way to fix your recovery problem Download tinyumbrela and fix recovery

  • Skyler

    My iPod is stuck in the boot loop. everything ive tried has failed. please help me!

    • Skyler

      ive tried RecBoot and TinyUmbrella. both of those dont work. Recovery mode doesnt work either.

      • iPhoneHacks

        Please use the forums. It is best way to get a faster response from us or someone from the community:

  • isaiah

    just wait for the battery to die then charge it

  • Marco Belletz

    The Redsn0w method maybe works but not on iPhone 5 (it tells is not supported). Do you know a way to fix it on iPhone 5? I also get a progress bar each 5 times it reboots. It goes to the end, it keep stucked on apple logo for 5 minutes and then starts the endless loop again.
    Any idea?

  • Marco Belletz

    The Redsn0w method maybe works but not on iPhone 5 (it tells is not supported). Do you know a way to fix it on iPhone 5? I also get a progress bar each 5 times it reboots. It goes to the end, it keep stucked on apple logo for 5 minutes and then starts the endless loop again.
    Any idea?

    • ionut

      I put it somehow in recovery mode and I did 3 or 4 restores from Itunes and it finally worked

  • GrimChronos

    after restoring when ever itry to jailbreak again it gets looped again please hepl

  • Zach

    Worked for me! Thanks sooooo much!

  • Ryan

    Same problem, constant reboot. The only thing that worked for me was holding the power button and apple button for about a minute until it finally popped up and itunes read my device so I could restore. Try holding for awhile…

  • Haha idk

    None of them worked. need to reset but iTunes doesn’t recognize.

    • Haha idk

      Its a Iphone 3gs

  • RoxMaster

    ok so i was playing zenonia 5 when my ipod died!! then i plug it back in and it starts up normal, then it goes black for 1 second, then puts apple logo back on and wont turn back off!! HELP!!!

  • Shay Ward

    This work so well it is a life saver and you should continue finding new ways to help Thanks sooo much !!!

  • Edgar Tarin

    i have a flashed iphone 4 6.1.3 when it turned off i tried turning it off and it got stuck on the reboot loop i tried everything nothing worked i took it to the store and they took 5 minutes to fix it what did they do ? plz help thx

    • GabesGraphics

      They had a jailbroken app and put it in recover mode and backed it up thats how they did it

  • guhan

    Thank u so much :) the volume up trick worked :)

  • Aaaterka

    I reset all my contents and settings my jailbroken iphone 4 and now it is stuck on the loading circle,there are no shsh blobs for ios 6.1.3,can i still reset it somehow…(i dont want it jailbroken anymore)

  • Usman

    thanks a lot
    it works for me :D

  • koenomoon

    It doesnt work on my iphone 4. I tried to reboot it and use the volume up button the lock screen came up I open cydia, cydia shut down, a few seconds later the Apple logo come out en then the endless looop, I tried many many times,, it doesnt work! HELP ME PLEAS!?!?

  • Tommy Steibel

    Hey i have been having the same problem as C H has but i can’t restore it because i have a passcode lock on it and i cant even get into the phone please someone help i have been working on this for like 3 months now.

    I have a problem that maybe someone here can help. I have an iPhone 4G Jailbroken on 5.1.0 Firmware. I recently decided that I would ugrade the firmware to 6.1.3 and do away with a jailbreak. I was thinking that if I just updated my firmware, it would erase the jailbreak in the process with the firmware upgrade. Well now in stuck in an Infinite loop and I can’t get out of. This Hard reboot with the volume button doesn’t work. When i power on my device it shows the Apple logo for 3-4 seconds and disappears for 3 seconds and reappears again. I figure i try to restore my phone from iTunes. Well it gives me an error message 3194 now. After 3 hours of research and watching about 20 video’s.nothing has worked. I’ve changed host files, ran Tinyumbrella and I’m still at square one. Anyone have any suggestions on where to go from here?

  • Me

    Umm helpi did just boot with redsnow and it stays on the pineapple and never turns on

  • Alan

    I’m on endless apple logo loop and I have a jail break. Its a 4 with a broken lock button. I couldn’t get the “ipsw dfu” to work when I was trying to re-jailbreak to 6.0.1 from 5.0.1 so I threw it into recovery mode and tried to update to IOS 7, and now I’m here on the loop. Volume up doesn’t work, lock button’s broken, and Any form of IOS update throws an error in my up-to-date itunes. HELP! I’m about to go buy the tool and open up my phone so I an at least throw it into dfu, or buy a new phone, but both of those would be very inconvenient.

  • swagger

    mine just loads a spinning circle it gives me a total of about 5-6 seconds to fix it then it does it again and kicks me to the home screen i dont know how to fix this can you email me at and ttell me how to fix it please




    it just reopens the apple logo after step 2

  • peter

    um… ive done all of these and nothing worked. pplus the restore on itunes always has an error at the like i had 1 minute left and then it said error download timed out

  • violet

    I just jailbroke my iPod 4g and it won’t turn on. I’ve tried everything…

    • UbuntuXP

      will it show the apple logo? if yes, try to boot in safe mode. if not, I don’t know what to say, other than buy another one or repair it.

  • jono

    thankyou heapz it i was trying to fix the endless boot on my ipad 3 due to an unsupported tweak from cydia, hadn’t had any luck for 2 days then i found this site and i did it by holding the volume up button while booting (like it say to on this page) so thx guys

  • Ronan

    a fish stole my iDevice

  • Andre18

    hi.. the thing is that i jailbreaked mine and it was booting… ever since its been stuck on the apple logo it doesnt even shut down or goes onto DFU mode.. i did it with evasi0n 7.. please help!!

  • wri7913

    I just tried to update the iPad2 with iOS7 and eVasion Jailbreak. It got stuck in the endless loop. This current version of jailbreak on iOS7 WIFI **DOES NOT WORK**. We will have to wait for newer version of jailbreak with the fixes.

    Endless Loop Fixes;

    Home + Power – did not work
    Holding the Audio Up button trick – did not work
    Holding the Home + Audio Up button – put device in restore mode. I was able to restore the ipad using the last method.

  • Mallory

    My will not even leave the boot up screen… how do i fix this?


    Thanks, i tried the power+home button thing, and it wasn’t working for me, but the volume button trick fixed it instantly! Thank you very much.

  • Vickie Higgins

    Worked perfectly for me! Thank you very very VERY much! Vickie.

  • Ali

    I am having this problem with my iPhone after jail breaking with evasion. Nothing works. No restore nor this. Help

    • Ali

      iphone 5 on iOS 7.0.4

  • Asds999

    Wow that volume up trick is a life saver! I thought i was screwed to having to put it in recovery mode but i just did a hard reboot and when the apple logo showed up i let go of everything and held down the volume up button and in no time i was back at my homescreen! Didn’t even know this!!

  • brandon

    does this work on ios 7.0.4??????????????????

    • iPhoneHacks

      Yes if you had the latest version of substrate safe mode installed

  • Chris

    My phone kept crashing and I looked at some sites and someone said I should go to SBS settings and disable all tweets and manually turn each on one at a time till I find the tweak that was causing the crash. After I disable all my tweaks, my phone immediately when in the boot recovery loop. I can’t get into safe mode manually and I tried using Ifunbox. Ifunbox recognizes my iphone 5S but i don’t have access to the library file. Also I tried to use SSH terminal but it wont check to my phone.

  • Gabriel Rinaldi

    Thank you so much! The volume up thing saved me hours of work!

  • jo

    okay so i have an ipod touch 4g 6.1.3 and well im stuck on the boot loop and well my problem is is my home button is broken completely and my ipod is tethered so i caint open cydia is there any program on pc i could use to fix it

  • waseem

    working ;) thankx

  • Govii

    Hi Friends,

    My phn was stuck in infinite loop, i restarts as soon lock screen is displayed, i read above and tried volume up trick and click trick it didnt work, But then i tried both of them together, and tadahhhhh it worked….

    But all my tweaks which i installed lately they were not working. So i think i will need to restore and jailbreak again.

    So people stuck in infinite loop problem can give this a try too.

  • noob

    I get to the pineapple (instead of the apple) and then it just stays there

  • zenab

    i have an iPod touch and i just started jail breaking my iPod is messed up and my home and volume up and home button doesn’t work .

  • MelvinYue

    I have a problem with iPhone iOS 7 jailbreak…my phone keep restart when white  logo May someone help me

  • Philip

    i tryed to instal os x lion on my ipad and now its on a endless crashing cycle from the apple logo to the os x lion login screen

  • disqus_miNrGROAYr

    I plugged it in, opened redsnow. it says the phone’s in DFU mode, hit estras, but i cant find the iphone in any

  • jojo

    Thank you soooooo F*cking much that volume trick saved my ipad

  • Terrance Turner

    hey tyler

  • geek

    when i try to justboot it says expliot failed !!!

  • Isaiah Uzumaki

    thank you so much dude i was stuck in the reboot thing and i couldn’t get itout but i tried the volume button trick and it got me out of it

    • Gautam

      That’s great. Glad it helped.

  • MacMac

    would have been awesome if this was linked on the 7.0.6 jailbreak page. I ended up having to restore. and now I don’t know how to get back down to 7.0.6 to try and jailbreak again.

  • jordan

    Help, iphone 3gs did a phone reset without reading up on it and now am stuck in a boot loop. Problem is I cannot get into dfu mode since my home button is broken. I have tried using an apple headphones clicker as a volume up button while it is powering on and to no avail is not working either, I think my headphone jack is going out. I have tried redsnow and to no avail is not working either. . out of ideas… :/

  • ChristianH2000

    Thanks! The volume up trick worked!

  • oliver queen

    this is what happened to my ipad mini (wifi only) ios 7.0.4 after jailbreaking and installing “icaughtyou pro” app, but now using this “Fix Endless Reboot Loop using Volume Up trick” method, it is fine. the method works perfectly. thank you for the technic. i’m very appreciate that. thanks again.

    • Gautam

      Glad to know it helped.

  • Tyler

    none of this worked for my ipod and ive done everthing possible down to everything listed in the comments as well and my ipod still wont fix, i havent seen the lock screen to my ipod in months

  • Guster_

    hey i have just recently tried to jailbreak my iPod 4g with redsn0w and it gets to the point were I’m waiting for the reboot but it just keeps on staying on that screen can i have some help please


  • Katy

    I need help so My iphone 4 went into the boot loop then i connected it to the pc and tried to put it into Dfu mode and now it turned completely black and won’t turn on

  • RadicalHam

    I tried the second option but now my iPod Touch is stuck in the pineapple startup thing…. help?

  • Juan Rodriguez

    My iPod initially had the reboot loop, after I looked at this guide and it told me to hold the volume button down during the auto reboot, my iPod didn’t reboot by itself. Yay for me!

  • Amir Raas

    Carefully, Follow these steps:

    1.Start iTunes.
    2.Connect your iPhone to your computer.
    3.Turn iPhone off.
    4.Just as phone turns off, turn it on again quickly by holding Power and Home buttons together for 10 seconds or so. (It should show connect iTunes icon here and your computer should be able to recognize by now, if not, follow next step).
    5.Release Power button but keep holding the Home button until your computer recognizes a new USB device.
    6.iTunes will now recognize your iPhone.

    • Gautam

      No, that should be used as a last resort. As it forces you to restore your device. The solution explained here helps you to avoid that situation.

  • Smjpo Knfyl

    tired of searching solution to enless boot loop. another problem is my ipad mini went to recovery mode frequently when downloading game on the app store. I have used ReiBoot software , it is not working. Still endless boot loop. I have been charging the iphone for long time. need help!