[ Fixed ] Apple iPhone 3g, 2g, 3gs Hanged On Reboot | iPhone Stuck At Apple Logo On Reboot | iPhone Hanged At Apple Logo After Installing WinterBoard or Intelliscreen – Solved By Restoring iPhone With iTunes

by Rohit Khurana on August 28, 2009



Recently I purchased apple iPhone 3GS here in US, and got it jail-broken and unlocked with the help of abhishek, after jail-breaking my new iPhone 3gs was open to a great free world of some innovative applications on cydia repository.


Abhishek started suggesting some of the cool applications like SBsettings and Winterboard for my iphone 3gs with which I can customize my phone for better experience. After Installing Winterboard, it asked me to restart the device, but when I started it goes in into hanged state of showing the apple logo again and again.


As winterboard tweaked the springboard of my device which was not able to load after restart so it shows the apple logo while rebooting. This thing again happened due to my mistake as I did not read the requirements before installing winterboard as it require the latest version of mobile substrate.


After some searching on forums I come to know that the only option to fix this trouble was to put the phone in recovery mode and connect with iTunes and restore the phone and jailbreak and unlock again, here is how you can do the same if you are facing the same or similar issue with iPhone 3gs.


I was almost stunned after seeing my new iphone 3gs in dead state, but after I fixed it with iTunes I was happy as it is not serious and I can do it anytime like this if in future I run into any problem on my iphone.



Follow the procedure to below to fix your hanged iPhone 3GS, 3G, 2G as this method works on all these generations of iPhones. Firstly make sure that your iphone is NOT connected to computer via USB data cable and iTunes is running.


Now you will need to switch off your iphone if it is not off or showing the apple logo.

Power Off Your iPhone

Note: If your iphone is powered on or showing the apple logo on the iphone screen go to

Step 1

1. Hold the Power / Sleep / Wake button + Home button to power off and release both the button before it boots again and shows the iphone logo

Note: If your iphone if already powered off skip the step 1

Connect To iTunes In Recovery Mode

2. Now iTunes must be running and now hold down the home button and connect your iphone to your computer with USB data cable, iTunes will detect your iphone your iphone in the recovery mode to restore the phone with the original firmware you will need to download.


Just restore the phone with the iphone firmware you downloaded from apple, and you iphone is now fixed and working again :)

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{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

Pratik Shah September 11, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Thanks bro…You saved my @ss….I literally had a heart attack when my iphone was rebooting continuously…

Thanks a lot…JAI HIND !!! ;-P


melissa November 4, 2009 at 8:24 am

hi, wen i turn my iphone on it just goes to the apple icon and then after 10-15 secs turns off again. I tried to start the recovery mode but its not working???? any help?

Nick November 13, 2009 at 7:28 am

thanks alot mate though i was in the shit

GizMoCuz January 17, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Thanks!! i was going nuts!


Remember to follow the instructions:
1. Make sure cable is disconnected
2. Power off
3. Start itunes
4. press the Home button (keep it pressed)
5. put in the cable
6. follow instruction from itunes!

OSS March 20, 2010 at 3:57 am

by doing this wont it install latest firmware which wont let you jailbrak it?

Natalie April 24, 2010 at 10:47 am

Well a new trick to fix this phone if you have some patience and don’t want to lose your battery is to have your iTunes open and keep unplugging and plugging the iPhone into your computer and after 15 minutes the phone will book back to normal. I’ve tried it recently on my iPhone and my friend has tried it too and it worked great.

Anthony April 24, 2010 at 2:01 pm


Follow The Instructions ! It Worked Perfectly :)

dah May 16, 2010 at 9:43 am

WOW!! Thanks so much. Was going to mental from all the restarting & hanging on the “apple logo” without progression.
Awesome. =)

jigcy July 3, 2010 at 5:55 pm

@anthony and dah – which of the process works?

@ natalie – do i need to turn off and turn on my phone every time i unplugged my phone?

Nikunj July 20, 2010 at 2:25 am

hi, i got a new iphone 3gs from US to india with a jail break done, i think it was unlocked cause my indian simcard was working in it… my friend wanted to delete his contacts which he had stored by mistake.. so he reset the phone… now it is stuck on the main screen with the apple logo n loading sign.. now i have kept it on restore n update as mentioned up.. but will it get locked again.. as it is updating since there is no other choice.. and my phone was totally updated whn i got it yesterday.. please temme i m too tensed…

Rohit July 20, 2010 at 4:34 pm


If the phone software crashes, it may take upto 10 minutes to restart and will keep showing the apple logo at the startup screen for sometime.

The below method may work for you, it did when my phone crashed few days back :

connect the iPhone to the wall-charger, when it is still connected to charger, press home and lock button together, apple logo will show up, leave both the buttons and keep the phone in this state while it takes its time to start, if all goes well, it will restart in 10 to 15 minutes itself.

this may or may not work for your phone, it worked with my phone, which is also an iPhone 3GS from US, working fine in India.

Ambidextrous September 8, 2010 at 9:56 am

Natalie ur the best! did it and it went to sad iPhone, but then i deleted the cydia app that caused this, (well actually the upgrade) and it worked like a charm! thx alot!

abraham September 25, 2010 at 2:37 am

i just did a reset on my 3g and now its stuck on the pineapple logo. it was unlocked before i did the reset and ive tried everything and i cant get this thing to work. any tips?

sexy November 12, 2010 at 5:00 pm

my iphone 3gs hanged while shutting down… what will i do???

ghanshyam November 21, 2010 at 12:01 pm

many many thanks WORKED ON 3GS

popsicletoes November 21, 2010 at 6:05 pm

thank you so much for the advice! it worked like a charm.

i had previously installed the Spirit JB as well as the Winterboard and Cydia app – and when I did a restart to factory settings, all i got was the apple logo and the ‘thinking circle’ that lasted for over 6 hours. think it was the above apps that prevented it from rebooting/restarting.

just to add, that if you have installed the jailbreak apps and are trying to restore using the steps above and itunes still doesn’t let you, you must make sure that your itunes is the latest version and that you have the latest iphone OS uploaded – it should then allow you to do the full restore.

Grayce November 24, 2010 at 9:49 am

Hi Natalie, could you please show us the full instruction as in do we need to turn on the iphone and other details? Thanks!

sahila January 11, 2011 at 10:15 pm

hey, i was unlocking my 3gs 4.2.1 version by convertin it to baseband 6:15 it succesfully gt converted bt later wen i was suppose to install ultra snow n wen i completely did it asked me to reboot my device n i did so… bt nw its hanged on apple logo n after ever 5 mins screen go blank n apple logo comes bak…. can any1 plz help me???plzzzzzzzzz

vesh March 25, 2011 at 6:02 pm

i accidently delete the winter board application from my iphone 3gs now my iphone stuck in apple logo. i cannot access anything ..please help me if you have any solution for it. and other thing even the itunes doesnot recognize my iphone.

Ross March 28, 2011 at 2:16 am

Hey I have an iphone 3g and it is stuck on the apple logo after i jailbroke it by jailbreak me.
I then had to restore it and now ots stuck on the apple logo. Does anybody know how to fix it without holding the sleep button as mine is broke many thanks… ??? PLLLLllllllzzzzz help

pal March 29, 2011 at 11:04 pm

hey guys I have a solution without having your iphone restored.

–> First download ifunbox and launch it.
–> connect the phone
–> go to /Library/MobileSubstrate/DynamicLibraries and delete the rotate files (if you know the file name because of which this problem occur, just delete those files otherwise delete all)
–> Now restart your phone and DONE !

Thunder boy August 18, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Yo.. Guys.. I’m using iphone 2G… When i clearing all data, it struck and showing apple logo with circle for 2 days.. How could i resolve this problem.. I’m fainted.. Please help me soon.. Thanks

azucena varela August 30, 2011 at 2:57 am

hi guys… for some weird reason when i try to turn off the apple logo comes on and then i cant complete the steps on itunes help

missy August 31, 2011 at 6:22 am

i have the same problem its stuck on apple logo i restore my fone three times still wont work and when i plug my fone into i tunes and try to access my apps from there it freezes my itunes my fone has turn on twice in the past week and froze everytime i need help i cant afford my fone being broken its not jail broken all i did when it froze was answer my fone when i was playing a game on the fone and when i hung up it just froze so i shut it off and what do u know the apple of dooom

nikhil September 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm

hey guys, actually my iphone is wrkin good when not locked BUT whenever i lock my iphone after 5 min it goes on in the dead mode. ANY SUGGESTIONS

Christina October 4, 2011 at 10:52 pm

What if u put it on itunes in recovery mode u do the entire download and at the very end of the download u get an error message and it didnt help ur phone at all is there any other way 2 get ur phone 2 work again without goin 2 the apple store??

Sj October 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I have the same problem but my iphone wont bloody turn off at all its just there with the logo :( pleaseee pleaseee help… when i put i take it off the charger or whatever it has the logo or drained battery the logo will just stay there until the battery is drained :( please help

irinitazz October 18, 2011 at 9:01 am

I have excatly the same problem as you SJ did you find a solution?? thaks

Suraj October 22, 2011 at 12:22 am

I guess the only solution to all the above problem is…..Buy a different brand!

Jxma November 17, 2011 at 6:38 am

Thanks a lot doing it right now working so far soon as the software is updated. I don’t think ill jailbreak again something like this happened last time i jailbreaked. Thanks again

intrepidfox December 3, 2011 at 10:15 pm

hey frenz please help…
i am having pretty much similar problem.my phone shows apple logo when it is connected to wall socket charge.and when i pressed sllep/wake button+home key …it showed connect to itune logo. but as soon as i talke it out from the socket charger..every thing goes blank. it wont connect to pc either…
please help….

Awais December 22, 2011 at 12:22 am

Hello Every One….
i made some downloads via cydia….it asked me to restart my phone…when i restarted it, it got stuck on the apple logo with white circle…i searched through various solutions….but the real problem is that i cannot restore it because the phone is not detected by itunes….moreover, when i connect the phone with usb cable, computer wont recognize it, rather it said the device is malfunctioned and something like that…please help me…what should i do :-(

Cassity December 30, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Deleting the files in Dynamic Libraries worked instantly. Thank you very much.

Ashish January 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Hi Guys,

I am using 3g , when i follow the above steps i get an error saying iphone could not be restored with error code 1015 , has that got to do something with my phone jailbroken ?

If anyone has a solution please suggest.

mariaf January 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Hi, I have an iPhone 3g that kept restarting itself and read in a different forum to take the SIM card off (with iPhone on), turn the network options OFF (or ON) – 3G Cellular data, etc,- and then back ON (or OFF) put SIm card back, turn network options OFF (or ON) and back ON (or OFF) again, problem fixed! Like magic! without restoring and/or losing andy data. Highly recommend it!
hope it helps!

Mau February 25, 2012 at 10:35 am


cruz March 14, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Is there any way to restore iPhone in iOS 5.0.1 (which is my current iOS in my phone) and not 5.1? Because while following the steps above, iTunes prompted to automatically restore my phone with iOS 5.1 and I have heard that it is not recommendable to upgrade to iOS 5.1 up to now because they said it is not stable yet. Please respond. Thanks

Salman Ali March 15, 2012 at 11:09 pm

thanks for the info. I got my Iphone back on work.

shalu April 12, 2012 at 11:58 pm

thanx bro i had fixed my problem

Salehmuhammad April 23, 2012 at 10:29 pm

@Awais open your itunes and plug your iphone to your pc then press the home button for 10 seconds it should get the recovery mode so now click on restore and thats it, it worked for me.

karthik May 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm

i have an iphone 2g with ios 3.1.3 when i coonect it to my pc while the phone is switched on automatically it reeboots itself!

FLU May 20, 2012 at 5:24 am

I have the same problem with my 3gs, it is stuck on the apple logo over and over again, I`ve updated some applications on Cydia and restart. I want to know if I restore it with itunes I will loose my contacts?

MacheTTe. June 20, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Hi , I am worried that all my contents will be deleted like my contacts or messages and i wanna make sure that they dont delete. Anyone please tell me, does it erase all your memory

Thanks in advance

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