How to fix the problem of iPhone 3GS stuck on Apple Logo screen or in recovery mode

by Rohit on September 29, 2009

Update: Hi all! please follow this post if you have the issue on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 7.

Does your iPhone 3GS restart every time in Recovery mode or is it always stuck in the Apple logo screen? Then thank Westbaer and Posixninja for their brilliant iRecovery utility. iRecovery is a libusb-based command line utility which has the ability to talk to the iBoot/iBSS in iPhone from USB.

The reason for the constant rebooting in recovery mode or being stuck on apple screen is because the auto-boot is set to false and we need to set it to true by using the following instructions.

First both windows and mac users make sure that you are in recovery mode in order to fix the above problem. You can go to the recovery mode by following these steps:

  • Turn off your iPhone and disconnect it from the cable.
  • Press and hold the home button.
  • While holding down the home button connect to your PC or Mac using a cable.
  • Keep holding down the home button until you see a Connect to iTunes screen.
  • Now you have set your iPhone in recovery mode and can proceed with the following steps.


Mac OS X Instructions:

Note: Please make sure you have logged in as Administrator.

1) Download the iRecovery package from here and extract the contents onto your desktop. There should be 2 files on your desktop:


2) Open Terminal (Search ‘Terminal’ in Spotlight and press enter) and execute the following command

cd ~/Desktop

(This will set the current directory to Desktop)

3) In the Terminal window execute the following commands to set the permission for read-write-execute

chmod 777 iRecovery
chmod 777 libusb-0.1.4.dylib

4) Copy the file libusb-0.1.4.dylib from Desktop

5) Open Finder. Open from the top menu bar:
Go > Go to Folder… and type /usr/lib and press Go

6) Now paste the file in the folder that opens up. You will be prompted to enter the Administrator user name and password. Enter the correct details and press OK to proceed

7) Now go back to the Terminal window and launch iRecovery by executing the following command
./iRecovery -s

8 ) Now execute the following commands in sequence to reboot your iPhone and restore it to working condition.

setenv auto-boot true

Note: If it fails the first time, repeat the procedure again. It may need 2-3 attempts to get your iPhone working again. If it still doesn’t budge try this time by running reboot instead of fsboot in the last step.

Windows users:

1) Download iRecovery file. Click here

2) Unzip the file and copy the resulting folder iRecoveryWin32 to c: (c drive)

3) Open the iRecovery32 folder and install(execute) the libusb-win32-filter-bin- file.

  • To install this file Windows xp users can directly double click on it. However, Windows 7/Vista users should follow these steps
  • Right click on the file and select troubleshoot compatiblity or Run this program in compatibility mode and select Windows XP (Service Pack2).

4) Now go to Start > Accessories > Command prompt and open it.

5) In the command prompt enter cd/ to go the root level i.e c:

6) Once in the root level,

  • Enter cd iRecoverywin32
  • Follow it up with cd iRecovery
  • Finally type cd iRecovery_SVN

7) Now type the command iRecovery -s

8 )  Now execute the following commands

  • setenv auto-boot true
  • saveenv
  • fsboot


9) Congrats. Your phone will now successfully reboot in the normal mode. If it still boots up in recovey mode or if it’s still stuck on Apple screen, follow the above instructions twice or thrice. If after repeating it thrice you still have a problem, then repeat the above 8 steps once more but this time put reboot in place of fsboot in the last(8th) step.


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$j$ legend April 26, 2011 at 6:23 pm

please … give detailed description what the message should be after typing the commands……..etc discription……..

Nguyen June 27, 2011 at 6:39 am

@ to ajwadh: Try recboot.. google it or youtube it. It worked on some people, but not my iphone

@ to $j$ legend:
after typing the command (one or more) it will automatically reboot itself. Some people got lucky and got it to work. Some waited an hour for it to reboot, Mine rebooted but it’s still got stuck on apple logo!

i’m using 3gs 32gb ios 4.3.3 baseband 6.15.00 (ipad baseband) If you know how to fix my phone problem please email me at

empr7 July 20, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Whenever I type the cd iRecoverywin32 i get the system cannont find the path specified.
I added quotes and it said “cd iRecoverywin32 is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. ”
then suddenly my ophone got out of recovery mode and rebooted to safe mode.
i tried restarting springboard but it got stuck so i decided to reboot by holding the power and home button and its stuck again :(.

Sue July 22, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Will this work on a jailbroken iPhone 2G running 3.1.3?

Chris August 8, 2011 at 11:32 am

My iphone 3GS is after log in to the phone and after use a few minutes then it restart phone automatic

nia August 24, 2011 at 1:55 pm

But when I do it, it says ”PROHIBITED:~ niahaugabrookevans$ cd ~/Desktop ; exit;

Hatman271 September 7, 2011 at 3:35 am

iRecovery link for mac is broken.

I try this on windows but the console not detect the iRecovery file!
I installed the libusb-win32-filter-bin- file.

iPhonedummy September 11, 2011 at 4:29 am

iRecovery opens for a split second but that is all. I tried disabling my anti-virus and installing it again but same thing happens. I am using Windows Vista. Help!

Elevated September 15, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I have a iPhone 3G with 4.3.5 firmware. The iRecovery method won’t work, once i type the last command “reboot” it shuts off and reboots but is still stuck. I tried “fsboot” and redoing the whole process over 3 times. I used redSn0w to jailbreak.

bmb October 2, 2011 at 5:55 am


I have iphone 3G FW 3.1.2 and same issue like you all. Always stuck at apple logo. It has been over for a month. I had tried everything, restore, upgrade/downgrade OS but still not work.

Then I found the solution on the net.
- Connect iphone to itunes and jump to recovery mode
- download iphonerecoveryfix in here
- Run the program and just follow the instruction
- Now your iphone will restart normally without stuck!!!

Note : This software will only work if your iphone OS is NOT corrupted.

Its works for me guys. Hope it help you

Cody December 23, 2011 at 7:14 pm

giving up now. Nothings working

amanda January 2, 2012 at 3:49 am

when i get to typing in irecovery -s it says got usb. no iphone/ipod found… i know it is connected because itunes recognizes it. i have my life on my phone and i rather not restore it please help!

Juan February 10, 2012 at 3:24 am

already did this and didnt work. please help me

this is my situation:

answer me there if possible.
pleaseeee helpp

Manoj April 15, 2012 at 3:29 am

Hi Guys i have tried the above steps. on the last step when I put reboot in place of fsboot my phone restarted and this time it was working fine. I had to do this 5 times. Hope will work for others as well.

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Hi. While I’m using my iPhone 3Gs, the screen automatically turns black then the apple logo will appear for a while then it will turn to it’s normal state again. But after a while, the logo will appear again. It’s really please, help me ASAP

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I tried to install android 2.2 on my i phone after rebooting it is not powering on when I rebooted with iboot any body can help me

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