Multiple reports are flooding the internet that after trying to update iPhone and iPad over the air, users are finding their devices bricked rendering the totally unusable. Apple was quick to acknowledge and respond to the issue, just a few hours after reports of bricked iOS devices started surfacing, the Capurtino giant released an official statement saying, “We experienced a brief issue with the software update process, affecting a small number of users during the first hour of availability. The problem was quickly resolved and we apologize to those customers. Anyone who was affected should connect to iTunes to complete the update or contact AppleCare for help.” Here we have explained in a simple step-by-step guide how to restore bricked iPhone or iPad after it got frozen by the iOS 10 update.
Apple has also shared its own set of instructions for users who are on the receiving end of this unfortunate iOS 10 update glitch. We have also provided a simple guide below to help you fix bricked iOS device error, it should turn the bricked iPhone back into a working condition.
Users have reported that their devices got bricked when a Connect to iTunes screen appears during the update process. By the looks of it, the only way to fix the problem is to connect the device with iTunes. Those who have gotten their devices bricked due to iOS 10 OTA update, can restore their devices using iTunes.
According to Apple, customers should begin by putting their devices in recovery mode and setup them anew as if its a new device out of the box.
You will need latest iTunes version installed on your PC for this recovery process to work.
How to Fix/Restore Bricked iPhone or iPad after iOS 10 OTA update
Here is the official fix provided by Apple to restore bricked iOS devices back to normal if they were bricked by faulty iOS 10 update yesterday.
1 – Make sure you have latest iTunes version installed on your PC. If you don’t have a computer, borrow on from friend or go to Apple Retail store or Apple authorized service provider for help.
2 – Connect your device to a computer.
3 – Restart your device by pressing and holding both the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons simultaneously for about 10 seconds. Release the buttons when you see recovery mode is displayed on the screen.
4 – On the iTunes, you should see ‘Restore’ or ‘Update’ option, click on the ‘Update’ button.’ iTunes will now attempt to reinstall iOS without erasing your device data.
5 – If recovery mode screen keep showing even after 15 minutes, repeat the above steps and this time select ‘Restore’ instead of the ‘Update’ button. iTunes will now start downloading the firmware file of iOS 10 but will wipe out current device data.
6 – After restoring/updating your device, set it up again.
If you keep on receiving error during the above process, give it a few more tries because server traffic can also sometimes cause update errors. If you still can’t fix bricked iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch – contact Apple support.