Monday, May 23, 2011

Upgrade to iOS 4.3.3 - Endless Recovery Loop (FIX)

So I decided to update my iPhone 4 from 4.2.1 to 4.3.3 yesterday. A bit of a nuisance as always. Backed up my Cydia stuff using xBackup, synced using iTunes, downloaded the firmware from iTunes, hit the restore button and crossed my fingers that everything goes well.

It didn't. "The iPhone 'iPhone' could not be restored. An unknown error occured (1013)". And I was stuck in endless recovery loop. The fix for my situation is in red below if you can't be bothered reading.

Tried redoing the thing a couple of times, tried rebooting, then decided to check what Apple had to say:

1. Update to the latest version of iTunes (Already done)

2. Verify that your operating system is up to date (Not relevant)

3. Disconnect other USB devices (Not really relevant but nothing was connected)

4. Check security settings (Check)

5. Restart your computer (OK, Done..)

So I thought OK, this is something for TinyUmbrella (by @notcom) to solve. Checked the blog and it seemed to have the solution. Downloaded the Fix Revovery stuff from there, and tried kicking out of recovery, and tried fixing recovery. Nothing!

Had a bit of a search and some people had suggested resetting the hosts file (tried and failed) and some other people suggested downgrading back to 4.2.1 (OK, last resort I'll try that). One person suggested formatting my OS (Hell no!), but that gave me an idea. Copied the .ipsw firmware file to my USB stick and to my friends computer (which hasn't been played with for Jailbreaking or custom firmware restoring or TinyUmbrealla or anything), and restored. Voila! Restored and updated first time.

Put the phone back on my computer and restored iTunes files. Jailbreak using redsn0w_win_0.9.6rc15 (Note: Make sure this works for you before using. Doesn't support unlock.) Click here for step-by-step 4.3.3 Jailbreaking instructions for all devices + video.

OK, so the Jailbreak went very smoothly, Cydia installed, xBackup downloaded, and Cydia packages restored. Mostly I think, some stuff probably isn't supported anymore. Everything is sweet at the moment.

Was the update worth it? I don't know yet. There's the Personal Hotspot, which we could already do with the Jailbreak apps, not that I ever used it since its cheaper for me to use Wifi which is available pretty much everywhere I take my laptop with me, and the 3G I use for email and social notifications only. I also activated the Multitasking Gestures: which I liked, especially moving left and right between apps. I don't like that I need four fingers though! My fingers are average size I believe and they cover the whole screen. Not too nice to use. Also, I would like to customize those multitasking multi-finger gestures using Activator.  Are we able to do that yet? I think that's about it in terms of improvement that I've noticed. There should be AirPlay enhancements, and Safari performance upgrades according to Apple but I haven't used those. Maybe it wasn't worth upgrading but there's just the one-off cost of upgrading at the start and can't see any downsides so, that's all good.

If you've had the same problems and solved differently let me know! Wanna know more about Jailbreaking check my post. Feel like sharing your 4.3.3 experiences, good or bad, Jailbroken or Stock? Please do. Comment, subscribe, and follow me on twitter @7usamNZ if you are interested!

Have a good day or night, wherever you are, whoever you are.
Its been a pleasure.

1 comment:

  1. i am stuck at recovery loop after downgrading to 4.3.3..
    used all..fix recovery and tiny umbrella ...
    nothings working...
    HELP pls...