How to fix the issue of iPhone stuck on Apple logo without losing data on your device!

by Rohit on January 6, 2014

Ever since the launch of evasion jailbreak for iOS 7, many users have been reporting that their iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch is getting stuck on Apple logo ( Going into a reboot loop).

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Most of the solutions out there insist on putting the iPhone in DFU mode and then restoring from backup. But the big question is what if you haven’t made a backup before venturing into the unchartered jailbreak territory?

We at Digital Marketing Talk have a solution for you. Here’s how you can fix the issue of iPhone getting stuck on Apple logo without losing your data.

1) You will need windows machine. (Mac users can try windows running on parallels).

2) Download the ipsw file for your phone from here. (Instructions in the pic below)

downloading ipsw1

3) Now head over to the following url

4) Download the exe file available for download (make_noerase.exe or similar)

5) In windows explorer, drag the ipsw file downloaded in step 2 onto the exe file downloaded in step 4.

6) On doing the above, a new ipsw file will be generated.

7) Restore your iDevice using the new ipsw file by  putting the iPhone in DFU mode, followed by clicking on restore button in iTunes holding the shift key and choosing the newly generated ipsw file.


{ 145 comments… read them below or add one }

VISHAL February 21, 2014 at 1:37 pm

reli HELPS…

Ana February 22, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Every time I try to do it in iTunes, it states unknown error3194. How do I fix this? I have already updated itunes

Jason February 26, 2014 at 1:16 am

Thanks I really appreciate the tutorial it really worked :) iPhone 4,1 GSM (iPhone 4s AT&T) iOS 7.0.4 (now iOS 7.0.6)

Jason February 26, 2014 at 1:19 am

@Ana check your hosts file

Emaihre February 26, 2014 at 3:31 am

Does it work on iPad 4 ?

Claire February 27, 2014 at 8:45 am

Thanks it worked perfectly on my iPad air!

cyrilken February 27, 2014 at 9:39 pm

does this thing needs SHSH blobs??

cyrilken February 28, 2014 at 1:35 am

i got error 3149..

it took me 5 hours to find a way to fix this recovery loop thing.

.. now , i successfully recovered my ipad 2 ..

.. i just reinstall itunes and tried again..

voila!!.. SUCCESS

thx for this tutorial..

sam February 28, 2014 at 9:17 pm

All i get is a cmd promt. Please Help!

sam February 28, 2014 at 9:38 pm

says firmware is incompabitable

sam February 28, 2014 at 10:05 pm

every time i try to do it it says error 3194

sam February 28, 2014 at 10:08 pm

already did my hosts file

Jason March 3, 2014 at 9:09 pm

I can confirm that it Works on iPhone 4s and iPod touch 5G they were both on iOS 7 and they both got out of the boot loop thanks again for the tutorial

IMRAN March 4, 2014 at 10:31 am

Thank u very much… it help me recovering my iphone 5 ios 7.0.6. Thanks again im so happy :)

Dylan March 4, 2014 at 9:19 pm

error 3194…. please help. I downloaded program and iOS 7.0.4 for iPhone 4s. I dragged and dropped the ipsw file into the command prompt when you open the program. I use it in iTunes when I restore and it says iTunes will erase and restore device, and when it goes, I get an error saying “The iPhone “iPhone” could not be restored. An unknown error occured (3194).

My phone has been fine for months. Today I downloaded a package from Cydia and when I opened it, it was loading and loading and suddenly my device crashed. It has been in the infinite boot logo for 4 hours now. Happened at around 12:30, it is now 4:17 as I’m typing this. I went everywhere for solutions and the one I found that worked once was holding the “+” button. Only problem, the news stand was the only thing there. I turned screen off and it went back into the loop. Fortunately, my device still has everything considering I got my pictures when I plugged it in, but my device doesn’t work itself.

As for this program, it’s in DFU mode now and I keep getting this error. Please try to respond with a solution. If not, I guess I’ll just have to lose everything.

Dylan March 4, 2014 at 10:24 pm

Alright so … I think you really need to update this tutorial and get more in depth with it. I had to search through comments to realize I’m suppose to drag the .ipsw file onto the .exe file, not after you open it. Anyway, I did that and I now have the new file but still not working. It’s saying the firmware isn’t compatible.

Dylan March 4, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Alright time to comment for the 3rd time. New firmware with the “make_noerase” exe file let me do it, but then I got the (3194) error once again. I have no idea what to do anymore. I just need help ugh.

Jason March 5, 2014 at 12:59 am

@Dylan try checking your hosts file error 3194 is usually caused by that also make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed and make sure your PC is up to date

Rohit March 5, 2014 at 4:01 am

@Jason Thanks for helping out the readers! Cheers!!!

Freya March 6, 2014 at 3:21 am

You can fix this with recovery mode. I know a method to enter and exit iPhone recovery mode without losing any data, without restoring your iPhone. It is totally free and safe, very simple to use as well. One click to make it. You can get more information from?

Priyal March 8, 2014 at 5:47 pm

will it drag me to Activation screen on iPhone?
actually i’m not having SIM card on my iPhone that’s why i’m asking..!
Please reply as soon as possible..
Thank you..

Tim March 9, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Whenever i try it says firmware incompattible. Can anyone please tell me what to do because if i try to restore it normally it just gives me an error. Does anyone know how to help me and let me know what my frimware is? This happened because i tried getting a jailbreak with evasion 7 for v7.0.4. Before i did the jailbreak it said that it was version 7.0.4 on my ipad. after i tried the jailbreak, it went into a bootloop. Can anyone help me????

Tim March 9, 2014 at 6:56 pm

does anyone know how to help me?

Trisha March 10, 2014 at 7:18 am

Hey Tim..Try to do it with 7.0.6. Use the above method and update to 7.0.6!

ren March 12, 2014 at 1:07 pm

I did everything as it said to in the directions. I have new ipsw and i do shift+restore and select it, but then it gives me error 3194. I’ve looked up how to fix this. I edited the hosts file but that didnt work. I also tried tiny umbrella and it gets past the extracting software part on the progress bar when restoring but it gets stuck on the ‘preparing ipod for restore”
If you have gotten this error and fixed it pls tell me how. id really appreciate it. also im running 7.0.4 on ipod touch 5g

Trisha March 13, 2014 at 5:54 am

Ren..You can do this now only by updating to 7.1 using the method provided in this post.. Apple has stopped signing 7.0.4 and 7.0.6. You will be able to recover your data; however, lose the ability to jailbreak as the exploit has been patched by apple in 7.1

RonanTheCollector March 18, 2014 at 1:51 am

Just wanted to extend my apprecition, a solid piece of software that totally worked and saved all my personal files and app data. Appears to be the only working non-destructive recovery from the Apply boot logo loop. NB would only work with iOS 7.1 so jailbreaking will have to wait.

Rohit March 18, 2014 at 3:34 am

@RonanTheCollector Thanks mate..glad that you found the post useful..and yea it only works on 7.1 now.. So it’s useful for data recovery and not jailbreak retention.

DooDy March 19, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Thanks man. But, when I did it, iTunes tells me that is going to erase and restore my device!!
So, what is he solution???

DooDy March 19, 2014 at 3:40 pm

I have iPad 2 (wifi/gsm) with 7.0.4 jailbroken.
But, when I did it, iTunes tells me that is going to erase and restore my device!!
So, what is he solution???

Please reply asap.

Murli March 25, 2014 at 9:44 am

I tried to jailbreak my ipad 2 wifi and it’s stuck at apple logo. I jailbroke it using evasion 1.0.2 as I had rootfs problem with updated ones. I am stuck at apple logo now and I don’t know what firmware it is. I am trying all combinations of ipad versions listed here but no luck. I keep running into the common error.

I badly need help. Can Rohit guide ?

Derek March 26, 2014 at 3:02 am

Hello I am dying to try this method in the morning as I have tried EVERYTHING to get my phone back and nothing has allowed it to open past the boot loop. This is the first time I have ever had this problem and I have no idea what the cause was. Anyway, I am jailbroke on 5.1.1 and have a 4s. Will this still work for that setup?!! Please tell me I have some hope here or if there’s anything else I can do. My whole life is on that phone and I can’t access it!!! Thanks so much for your time and help.

fv March 29, 2014 at 1:24 am

Does this actually work

YOwhatup March 29, 2014 at 1:24 am


Daniel March 31, 2014 at 7:01 am

For those having the 3194 error,

Use Tinyumbrella. It worked for me.


glenn April 2, 2014 at 12:15 am

Thx guy’s it really works. Just use the 7.1 coz the rest not working for this!!!!!!!

jasraj April 20, 2014 at 10:38 am

after dragging the .ipsw to the cmd prompt
what should i do

gia April 20, 2014 at 3:03 pm

i cant seem to restore my ipad 2. it says cannot restore ipad error 3004.

gia April 20, 2014 at 3:06 pm

i was told shift and click restore. where you downloaded the orginal .ipsw there should be another copy of the ipsw that starts with UPG. use that file to restore it

Tim April 21, 2014 at 8:19 am

I’m getting a message saying
iTunes will erase amd restore your iPhone to iOS 7.0.6 and will verify the restore with apple?

Is this what it should say?

Cara April 21, 2014 at 8:26 pm

This actually, genuinely works. I thought I was going to lose all my holiday photos and videos and this saved them – thank you SO MUCH!

Reez April 22, 2014 at 11:11 pm

iPad 1, 5.1.1, OK. iTunes said it will erase all content, but it didn’t happen :)

Tim April 23, 2014 at 6:56 am

@Reex is that after you had the this message
iTunes will erase and restore your iPad to 5.1.1 and will verify the restore with apple?

Tim April 23, 2014 at 6:57 am


Reez April 23, 2014 at 10:39 pm

Yes, i think iTunes doesn’t know that we modified ipsw file. Just ignore it.

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