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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  • ineedhelpnow

    Ok so I don’t understand most of the steps and it says im missing “keys.plist data for this build”. What do I do? :(:(:( I really don’t want to lose my ipod touch to this jailbreak glitch.

  • austin

    hey so I have my friends iPhone 5 and he used his mothers itunes acct who recently passed on his phone and he doesn’t have her computer and so I’m trying to help him out but none of these things are working. stuck in constant reboot loop and sometimes shows the lock screen then fades dark and reboots. jailbroken but he doesnt know what he jailbroke it with. any new suggestions? iPhone 5 on ios 7.


    Thanks the volume up trick worked like a charm. Is there any way to know which tweak is causing endless reboots??

  • James

    OMG holding the volume up button worked – I held it down for 3 mins. iPad 4, iOS 8.1, PanGu 8

  • James

    Get iTunes ready. Take cable out of iPad but leave in PC. Turn off your iPad the normal way, or if it is not responding, hold the power button for about 30 seconds until the screen goes off. Get your cable ready. Hold Power button and the Home button untill the Apple logo appears. Release the power button but keep holding the Home button. Plug in cable while holding the Home button. Keep holding the Home button and wait untill you see the cable sign towards the itunes logo on the screen.

  • James Elliot

    Use restore mode/recovery mode (same thing).

  • James Elliot

    I shall tell my friends.

  • James Elliot

    You have stopped them working by doing the trick. Take off the package you think caused the crash and restart your iDevice. Apps should work when u restart.

  • James Elliot

    My jailbreak apps don’t work when I restart holding the volume button! How do i get them to work after i have restarted?

    • Gautam

      That’s expected behavior. The volume up trick disables the tweaks that use mobile substrate and gives you an option to uninstall the problematic jailbreak tweak. After uninstall the tweak or tweaks, you need to reboot your device again to get the jailbreak tweaks working again.

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  • Betty

    anyone have the problem of a blue box scrolling on the screen while trying to look at stuff. I is a blue outline on different items on the screen and keeps moving around. Any ideas how to fix this

  • Saeed

    thank you so much it worked for me.i thought it wont work but it took a little long time to go to safe mode on my ipod touch 3g 😀

  • GalacticPotato

    I’d love to try the volume up trick but the volume up button on my ipod is broken and I don’t have any headphones with the clicker on them… does anyone know any other tricks?

  • Oj-the Gucci-Man Olumese

    I used the cabe connecting to iPad on my iPad 3 and iTunes ask me to restore it /download new update after click restore; a message pop up on iTunes that iTunes can’t restore or download the new update . I need help on what to do next .

  • Filip

    Help i have a jailbroken iphone 6 i clicked erase iphone now its stuck on a progress bar and now it wont detect in itunes or in device manager PLZ HELP ME :(((

  • sarth

    press volume up+home+power on till ur phone completely turns off, and keep on holding home for 6 to 7 sec, phone will enter into dfu from boot loop

  • Lee Park

    iPhone 6 when restore it has error 9, what happen? anybody can help?

  • Ice Jim

    Thank you the volume up button worked for me! made an account just to say thanks.

  • babau