- You are attempting to downgrade an iPhone from iOS 5 to iOS 4.x. To resolve, use either custom firmware created by PwnageTool/sn0wbreeze or use notcom's FixRecovery utility available on his site [Archived 2011-08-30 at the Wayback Machine].
- On an iPhone 4 downgrading from iOS 5, use the option in TinyUmbrella to allow a baseband "upgrade" to bypass the error and go back to basband 4.10.1.
- Unable to downgrade. Try changing the USB port (if on a tower, use ports on the back) and restart computer.
- The installed version of iTunes may also be too old. Update iTunes.
- You are trying to downgrade an iPhone 4 to an earlier version of iOS 5, using redsn0w. To resolve, stitch your blobs to a "No_BB" ipsw of the firmware you are trying to downgrade to.
- ASR does not exist on ramdisk or is corrupt/not signed.
- sn0wbreeze 1.6 Custom Firmware has a ASR patch problem. Use sn0wbreeze 1.7+ or PwnageTool. Device isn't bootable.
- The device did not enter Restore Mode, change USB port if on a tower, use ports on the back) and restart computer.
- Unable to resize partition due to storage being full at final stage of updating firmware. The error may be bypassed (restart and do exit recovery) but you probably need to re-update it one more time.
- Due to asr being patched, the SHA signature is automatically changed and after being resigned the kernel will refuse to use it. Therefore proper kernel patches are required. If necessary kernel patches are not applied, it will fail to load asr and error 9 would occur during restore.
- Connection with the device was lost. Check USB connections and try again.
- Rebooting your Mac or PC may resolve this issue.
- Can be a NAND issue as well, which requires a logic board swap.
- Removed BBFW file in the firmware folder of an unzipped IPSW. Can also be used to prevent a baseband update. The device is bootable if you set the auto-boot to true or use TinyUmbrella and use "Kick Device out of Recovery".
- You are trying to update to a custom firmware from PwnageTool 4.1+. You always have to go into DFU mode and restore from there.
- Occurs when attempting to restore a signed custom firmware on the iPhone 4 using iTunes 11.1 or newer. Downgrade to an earlier iTunes to fix.
- Installed version of iTunes is too old to recognize your device, update iTunes and try again.
- Occurs when you want to install an iOS 4.1 beta firmware with iTunes for Windows (actively blocked by Apple; beta users are developers and therefore must have a Mac).
- USB problem. Check the USB connection and try other direct ports or maybe the USB cable is an older one. Device isn't bootable.
- The installed version of iTunes may also be too old. For firmwares 4.0 and higher you need iTunes 9.2 or higher. Update iTunes.
- Custom firmware update fail (PwnageTool until 4.0.1). You have to restore the device with a custom firmware. Update to a custom firmware isn't working. Device isn't bootable. 2
- USB Problem. Check the USB connection and try other direct ports or maybe the USB cable is an older one. Device isn't bootable.
- You're trying to 'update' to a beta firmware instead of performing a restore. Device is still bootable if you kick it out of recovery mode.
- Rebooting your Mac or PC may resolve this issue.
- Root file-system partition size was set too small in the ramdisk's options plist, or the root filesystem size somehow exceeds the storage capacity of the device ("not enough space in /dev/disk0s1 to restore" according to ASR)
- Root filesystem dmg is corrupted or ASR has not been correctly patched. Re-download your IPSW or correctly patch ASR (see Making PwnageTool Bundles - ASR).
- Potential symptom of NAND failure, restoring a few times in succession can sometimes bypass this but beware that it may not be a permanent fix.
- Storage may be full while updating, try restoring.
- Device failed to display the applelogo img3 which results in this error.
- One or more of the nand0/nor0 flash images were missing from the IPSW.
This occurs when the media library on the device is corrupt and cannot be modified or updated.
Updating to the latest version of iTunes and then restoring should resolve this issue
Reportedly happens during failed downgrade attempts (iPhone OS 2.0 to 1.1.1, iOS 5 beta to 4.3.3).
Some have seen success afterwards by doing the downgrade from DFU mode instead of recovery mode.
- Custom firmware restore fail (PwnageTool since 4.1). You have to put your device into the DFU mode and not into recovery mode. Device won't boot correctly an stuck at the Apple logo after the error. Press and hold power and home button until it reboots.
- Error when using Saurik's server for a restore with iOS 5.x in the recovery mode, usually with A5 devices.
- This error can also happen when you try to restore an iPod with hardware dfu. Use iREB r5 to solve this.
- You are trying to update to a beta firmware without UDID activation.
Cannot restore or update due to hardware problems.
- In software you have to set default web browser.
- In hardware, it's a communication problem. Check all connections, also try to change battery.
- Faulty baseband flash or processor
- Happens frequently after water damage. Clean or replace the logic board.
- Values or variables in the options property list within the ramdisk are incorrect.
- False version of the NOR flash firmware. Use the correct sn0wbreeze version.
- Trying to flash iOS 5 from an iPhone 3GS on a 3G Phone. Modify the restore.plist so it would flash and also exchanged RestoreRamDisk and kernelcache.
- Failed attempt of upgrading an iPod touch (5th generation) from an older iOS to iOS 9.0 beta. Can be resolved by restoring to the latest public version and trying the upgrade again.
- Hardware error, usually a bad dock connector.
- If you have tried almost everything, reset the logic board (leave uncharged for five days or remove battery for half an hour), then pwn and restore. If this doesn't work, the memory of your device is damaged.
- Hardware is incompatible with iOS Version. Typically seen with iPhone 4 GSM models trying to be restore to iOS 4.0. Can also be seen when trying to restore any geekgrade iOS 4 IPSW on an 8GB iPhone 4 (iPhone3,1).
- The device has a non-original display, some don't work when restoring to iOS 5.
This error is common on iPhone 4S devices with low quality aftermarket batteries.
There is not enough space on your computer to download the IPSW
Either a USB communication Failure or NAND Failure. If changing USB port and/or cable doesn't work, repair or replace your logic board.
- iPod touch (2nd generation) LLB patched with the 0x24000 Segment Overflow was used on an iPhone 3GS custom firmware. Known on damaged bundles from unofficial PwnageTool distributions or bundles.
- sn0wbreeze 2.0.1 bug, which was fixed in 2.0.2.
- Recent sn0wbreeze can cause this issue. Deselect all custom boot logos, recreate IPSW. If received on an iPhone 3GS, select "new boot-rom" and deselect all custom boot logos, then recreate the IPSW.
- Attempting restore with an IPSW that was stiched with blobs not for your device (Usually a good thing if restoreing with a geekgrade beta IPSW or with your own creation). To boot, simply open redsn0w. Do fix recovery and tether boot after. Do not lock or device's LCD will fail.
- Hacktivation bug in sn0wbreeze 2.0.1, which was fixed in sn0wbreeze 2.0.2.
- NAND chip is most likely dead (confirm with ASR output from restore log).
- Same with Error 6, in terms of resizing partition issue. But this may occur at the very beginning of restore process.
- Dead/malfunctioning baseband chip during restore/update, try again and if it doesn't work, repair or replace your logic board
- Happens on devices with damaged Touch ID, cause is most likely water damage, replaced sensor, or a broken cable. DFU restoring to iOS 9.2.1 (13D20) or later will let the device boot but Touch ID will fail to work. Bring the device to Apple if possible, as Touch ID can only be repaired by Apple.
- Can be an error with iTunes. In this case, change your DNS to 220.127.116.11 and try again.
- Most likely a dead/glitched Touch ID sensor. If seen on iPads, try restoring to latest firmware in DFU mode. If error still occurs, bring your device to Apple. On iPhones, take out the SIM card and try restoring in DFU mode. If it still occurs, bring the device to Apple for repair.
- So far seen when attempting to downgrade iOS 17 or later to another signed version of iOS when using Update mode to preserve data. This is not possible and Erase (Restore) Mode should be used instead.
- Disconnect all cables except for the battery, screen, and charging port and try updating again.