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No power but itunes recognized it as iPhone in recovery mode

So thishappened last year around november, i never had the time to have it fixed since i have a back up phone.

Anyway heres the problem, my iphone4 gsm has never been droped not even a scratch on it never had any water problem. Just one day after charging it overnight the next day the iphone4 gsm just wouldnt start, no power, no screen, no sound. Now if i connect the iphone4 on my pc, itunes recognizes it as a phone in recovery mode, now i tried to restore it ( during the process of restoring it and while the iphone is connected on the pc the iphone 4 still has no power, no screen or any signs of life except that the backlate heats up a little like when your charging it) and itunes says error code 1601 or some code number.

My question now is whats wrong with my iphone4? Is it the battery, the logic board or the lcd? Or my iphone4 is just plain dead? This phone is already out of warranty so its either i could still fix it or i now have a very expensive paper weight?

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Federico, it does sound like battery problems. I would most certainly stat with that. If nothing else, it will give you a clean starting point for further trouble shooting. Here are the guides for your phone and the battery is available right here as well as many other places. Also make sure that you try a different cable and that you clean your dock connector of any lint and corrosion. Hope this helps, good luck.


To long for a comment :-) The Error 1600, 1601, 1602 as defined by Apple :"

Follow the steps listed above for Error 1604. This error may also be resolved by disabling, deactivating, or uninstalling third-party security, antivirus, and firewall software. See steps in this article for details on troubleshooting security software." and here is 1604 "This error is often related to USB timing. Try changing USB ports, using a different dock connector to USB cable, and other available USB troubleshooting steps (troubleshooting USB connections. If you are using a dock, bypass it and connect directly to the white Apple USB dock connector cable. If the issue persists on a known-good computer, the device may need service.

If the issue is not resolved by USB isolation troubleshooting, and another computer is not available, try these steps to resolve the issue:

Connect the device to iTunes, confirm that the device is in Recovery Mode. If it's not in Recovery Mode, put it into Recovery Mode.

Restore and wait for the error.

When prompted, click OK.

Close and reopen iTunes while the device remains connected.

The device should now be recognized in Recovery Mode again.

Try to restore again.

If the steps above do not resolve the issue, try restoring using a known-good USB cable, computer, and network connection." from here. Reason for the battery change is that the iDevices seem to habitually doing weird things when the battery is no longer holding a charge etc. I have got the same error on a few phones with bad batteries, that is why I replace these with some of the more dubious errors. Especially the way yours has been acting reminds me of this. Also, check on Try to restore get a error 29 Try what Majesty is suggesting. This does work for most of the iTunes errors.

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Thanks oldturkey03 i hope its just a battery.. :) ill update this post after i have made a battery replacement maybe in a month or two.. thanks again :)


Just a followup question... How do i know that the problem is with the battery and not with the lcd or logic board?


And what are the signs of a dead battery and what is error 1601 that prevents me from restoring my iphone? Does error 1601 appear in some cases because of a dead battery?


well my new battery from arrived today and replaced the battery... unfortunately the iphone4 still wont boot up nor is there any light or screen its just plainly dead except that itunes recognized it as an iphone under dfu mode which needs to be restored... tried to restore it and still same thing happened during the restore the ihpone shows no life and after trying to restore itunes says error code 1601...


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When you found your iPhone cannot be recognized by iTunes. You can see the following tips:

1. Restart

Turn off your computer and your iOS device, then turn them on again.

Update your computer

Check to make sure that you've installed all required updates for your computer.

2. Update iTunes

Check that you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer.

Make sure your iOS device trusts your computer

If you connect your iOS device to your computer and see "If you have not connected your iOS device to this computer before, unlock the device and tap Trust," make sure that your device trusts the computer.

If you use Windows XP and you see the trust alert on your device repeatedly, make sure that you installed iTunes. Learn how to resolve a repeating trust alert when using Windows XP. You might need to reset the lockdown folder.

3. Check the USB cable

Verify that the 30-pin to USB cable or Lightning Connector to USB cable is free of debris and not damaged. If another cable is available, test with that cable instead.

USB cables that are bundled with third-party products or accessories might work only to charge those products and might not transmit data. Also, if you're using a third-party case or extended battery pack, try removing the case and connecting the Apple-supplied USB cable directly to your device.

4. Verify that Apple Mobile Device Support is installed

iOS devices require Apple Mobile Device Support, which should be automatically installed with iTunes. To verify whether it is installed, follow the steps appropriate for your Windows operating system below.

After that, can you tell me what computer do you use?

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try restoring it on itunes

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are blind? it says that itunes wasn't able to restore


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