iOS 10 Bricked Your iPhone or iPad? Here’s How to Restore


We have seen multiple reports where users found their iPhone and iPad "soft-bricked" after trying to update to iOS 10 via over the air. Apple has now responded back with a statement, apparently having fixed the issue.

We experienced a brief issue with the software update process, affecting a small number of users during the first hour of availability. The problem was quickly resolved and we apologize to those customers. Anyone who was affected should connect to iTunes to complete the update or contact AppleCare for help.

Several users have reported this issue when they get a Connect to iTunes screen. The only way out is to restore your device using iTunes. If iOS 10 OTA update process has bricked your device too, you will have to restore your device using iTunes. Here’s how to fix the problem.

iOS 10 bricked your iPhone or iPad? Fix...

  1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer.
  2. iTunes will now detect your device in Recovery Mode.
  3. You will receive the following prompt. Click on Restore to proceed. ios 10 brick
  4. Next prompt will ask you to confirm restoring your device to factory settings. Click on Restore and Update to continue.
  5. iTunes will now start downloading the firmware file of iOS 10.

If you receive any errors during the above process, give it a few tries as it's taking multiple attempts to finally restore your affected device due to server traffic.

For more help with iOS 10 installation errors, check out our earlier post: Tips to Fix iOS 10 Installation Errors