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Released September 25, 2015. Model A1688/A1633. Repair of this device is similar to previous generations, requiring screwdrivers and prying tools. Available as GSM or CDMA / 16, 32, 64, or 128 GB / Silver, Gold, Space Gray, or Rose Gold options.

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Error 53 Even After Restore / Update

Hi all,

I have an old iPhone 6s which has had a touch ID sensor replacement in the past. Touch ID wasn’t working of course but I wasn’t using it on that device anyway.

I’ve since had to do a restore and can’t get the phone to boot past the “Connect to iTunes” screen.

When I connect to iTunes and try to Update / Restore, I get the dreaded Error 53. I’ve been through the process listed here:

But I get Error 53 no matter how many times I update or restore. I thought Apple fixed this back in iOS 9.1? I’m trying to restore to iOS 12.4 here! I don’t mind if Touch ID still doesn’t work, and don’t need any data from the phone, I just want to be able to restore the phone to factory settings.

I even called Apple and all they did was take me through the steps on that web page over the phone.

Has anyone seen this before?

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I haven’t seen this problem in ages. But this is what I would try.

1.       Put the phone in DFU mode and try a restore.

2.       Try restoring with 3uTools.

3.       Disconnect the home button and try to restore.

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DFU Mode was the answer! As expected, no Touch ID after the restore, but the phone is usable now!

Thanks Chris, much appreciated.


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