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Thread: iPhone 5 stuck in boot loop
04-24-2013, 02:58 PM #1iPhone 5 stuck in boot loop
I have an iPhone 5 with 6.1.2 and this morning I installed a theme and after clicking on it in winterboard, I hit respring and it got stuck in a boot loop. I have tried a hard reset and tried booting in safe mode by holding the volume up button but all that happens is the screen dims a bit after 10 seconds or so. I really dont want to restore and lose my jailbreak can anyone help?
04-24-2013, 04:07 PM #2
iLEX RAT. This will set you back to a fresh Jailbroken state. Btw the EXACT same thing happened to me. I unfortunately upgraded before I heard of iLEX RAT. As long as you can SHH your good. It can be installed an run through SHH. Hope this helps
Check this out for more info.
Lol ModMyi would block the link. I guess it doesn't like SiNfuliPhone forums
Ok this one should work it's right from these forums.
Last edited by 5kylar; 04-24-2013 at 04:31 PM.iPhone 5c - iOS 7.0.4 Jailbroken
04-24-2013, 04:30 PM #3
04-24-2013, 04:40 PM #4
iPhone 5c - iOS 7.0.4 Jailbroken
04-24-2013, 05:13 PM #5
Thank you for the suggestion. I installed it with ifunbox and then ran it and uninstalled all my tweaks and now when I try and boot, the screen dims after about 10 seconds just like it did when I was holding the volume up...
04-24-2013, 05:48 PM #6
04-24-2013, 06:20 PM #7
Well you might just be SOL I'm sorry to say. I had to restore mine when that happened to me and it was a theme for covering the wallpaper gradient of all things lol. But iLEX RAT was worth a try. I don't have any other suggestions besides waiting for iOS7 beta. Maybe try Redsn0w's "JustBoot" option? It didn't work for me but you have a different phone so maybe it will.
I went as far as manually ripping Winderboard straight out, nothing :/
Also a friend of mine tells me putting it in DFU and using something called iTools. I'm not sure what it is but you could check it out for another lead. At this point there's not a whole lot more that can go wrong :P
Last edited by 5kylar; 04-24-2013 at 06:24 PM.iPhone 5c - iOS 7.0.4 Jailbroken
04-24-2013, 11:34 PM #8
Yeah just ended up restoring I hate not having my phone jailbroken haha
04-25-2013, 07:52 AM #9
That sucks man, I feel for ya, and I hope they get a fast JB going, even a tethered one, fast on iOS7.iPhone 5c - iOS 7.0.4 Jailbroken
05-03-2013, 05:22 AM #10
After many hours, I found a solution, (thanks to awesome God)- after reading many times that people were told to restore or that the would have to wait for the next jailbreak (could be far off).
My particular issue:
I had installed some themes from winterboard. In winterboard I activated some themes and deactiviacted theme and it started a boot loop:
Apple logo shows normal and bright, then dims down. Repeat. Lol.
If plugged in, you hear the vibrations and see the screen sometimes turn bright, then go back to dim.
I was apple to SSH (access files) into it via iFunBox even though it was looping, apple to hard reset, DFU mode and get into recovery mode- still in boot loop once I hard reset.
I had try hard reset, by holding the power & home button and when it displays the bright apple logo, I tried holding the volume button to no avail. See below
When I did the second directions from "Option 1," below, this worked for me.
I recommend that you backup your original files!
(See Option 1 Below)
"First, try doing a hard reset (hold power+home for ~7 seconds), and right after it resets and begins to boot up, hold volume up. This should boot your device without loading Mobile Substrate if you are in a boot loop, which will then allow you to delete the offending tweak/app/theme. If this does not work for you (meaning that you are not in a boot loop), continue reading.
Using iFunBox or another desktop iOS file-system management tool, delete the file at /var/mobile/Library/Caches/com.apple.LaunchServices-*.csstore. Then do a hard reset. After doing that hard reset, wait for it to boot. If it doesn't successfully boot within a normal time period (a couple minutes), do another hard reset while holding volume-up throughout the entire boot cycle (to prevent Mobile Substrate from loading).
If that doesn't work, delete the file at /var/mobile/Library/Caches/com.apple.mobile.installation.plist, then follow the same directions.
If that doesn't work, delete both files, and then do a hard reset while holding volume-up."
"Another person suggested that I rename the /Library/MobileSubstrate/MobileSubstrate.dylib file to "MobileSubstrate.dylib.bak" and reboot. That essentially does the same thing as holding the volume up button."
I didn't try this, although, it looks like it may work.
This is among many helpful things in this link. Other things may help in the link to get you out of the loop.
**Option 3:** Try Re-jailbreaking with evasion. Someone reported that it worked for them, from this loop in the iPhone 5.
**Option 4:** Could try to use iLEX R.A.T.
This is an app that is suppose to bring your device to a state right when it got jailbroken- essentially taking all the tweaks, themes, etc., and there settings & deleting them. This could solve the boot loop. It even helps restores the cydia apps apparently. problem as some have reported:
"ILEX R.A.T. stands for Remove All Tweaks. Basically this removes each and every installed app, tweak and dependency EXCLUDING the defaults from Cydia, so after you've jailbroken your device a while back, and you installed your hundreds of packages, it'll all be removed with a single command. Source"
You may be even able to SSH into and install it even if you are alredy in the boot loop
**For future (& good to know):**
Can use AptBackup & Appinfo from Cydia to backup packages lists, so you may know what you installed and the apps you installed. This would help in the even of a sudden loop, error or crash that could cause trouble.
**USe Ilex R.A.T.**
**Other useful links:**
A person deleted the .plist and got out of the loop:
"Try a clean install by trashing the plist files for FE and Iconoclasm under var/mobile/Library/Preferences"
I got the bulk of the information from these links I provided- while adding some descriptions, so this text could be semi-independent of the links posted on this, just in case they would go down.
The Following User Says Thank You to FixitNow For This Useful Post:
06-11-2013, 11:00 PM #11yes
followed the instructions from option 1 and it worked
i could not rejailbreak using evasi0n as i had a passcode
i used ilexrat which removed all my jailbreak apps but did not fix my problem
and i tried the hard reset/hold volume up
06-19-2013, 08:37 PM #12
Thanks, the rejailbreak option worked for me evasi0n 1.0. Got me off the Apple logo at least, even tho iPhone Dev said it was not recommended...
08-11-2013, 10:21 PM #13Omg thank you!
I installed an ayecon sbsetting tweak and it was not compatible with my iphone 5 so I deleted com.apple.LaunchService and com.apple.mobileinstallation.plist. I got stuck for 24 hours in a respring loop and was about to go nuts. No other solution worked until I found this thread. Thank you guys!