Recover and Restore iPhone 3GS with Error 1015 stuck in Recovery Mode in iTunes

iphone 3gs stuck in recovery mode with error 1015

iphone 3gs stuck in recovery mode with error 1015

If you accidentally try and upgrade your iPhone 3GS through iTunes after having previously jailbroke it, it will get stuck in recovery mode and fail to restore to the official Apple firmware bundles IPSW. You will get a whole bunch of iTunes errors like 1015.

The iPhone needs to be restored with the custom IPSW used to jailbreak the iphone in the first place.

This guide specifically deals with the iPhone 3GS, on a custom firmware of iOS 4.2.1 or 4.3.3  and an updated iPad Baseband 0f 6.15.00

To restore a jailbroken iphone to the latest iOS 5, follow the guide here.

What you will need is the original IPSW Image from Apple or 4.2.1 or  4.3.3

A Custom Restore Image 4.3.3 IPSW if you have lost your own, one is filed here with a prefix of NO_BB so it will preserve your existing baseband.

Get the latest Redsn0w – RedSn0w  —  Mac is and Windows is

1) Make sure iTunes is not running.

1) Launch redsn0w > Browse – select the original Apple Restore Image IPSW – iPhone2,1_4.2.1 or  iPhone2,1_4.3.3

2) Select your correct model according to the Serial Number – let redsn0w parse the image

3) Select only “Just enter pwned phone in DFU mode right now

Put iPhone into DFU mode using redsn0w

Put iPhone into DFU mode using redsn0w

4) Follow the steps in redsn0w to get the iPhone 3GS into DFU mode which is going to send the screen to black

5) Launch  iTunes, hold the shift/option key whilst clicking on “Restore”, then navigate and choose the custom restore –  either your own or the downloaded one that starts with NO_BB (which preserves the existing baseband).

Option click restore to restore iphone from custom IPSW

Option/shift click restore to restore iphone from custom IPSW

6) Say a prayer

7) You should now boot up to a familiar screen, happy days!

8 ) Restore data from iTune backup.

To Re-Jailbreak

1) Launch redsn0w this time selecting the original Apple restore image –   iPhone2,1_4.2.1_8C148a_Restore.ipsw, or iPhone2,1_4.3.3_8J2_Restore.ipsw  and  only select the option to “Install Cydia”.

Install Cydia from redsn0w to jailbreak iPhone

Install Cydia from redsn0w to jailbreak iPhone

2) It will need to enter DFU mode again, follow the steps and the screen goes black, and then the jailbreak process begins, unix flying bash code and running pineapples.

3) iPhone reboots – install ultrasn0w from Cydia to re- jailbreak the device.

  • Mustafashehzad7

    will this work with 4.3.3?

    • Anonymous

      the process should be the same using 4.3.3 ipsw

  • licht

    what should i do if the itunes didn’t show my iphone 3gs?

    • Anonymous

      upggrade to the latest version of iTunes if you can

      • licht

        I have already downloaded the latest version of itunes, but it still cannot recognize my iphone. It just stuck at the screen with an itunes icon and a USB pointing towards it. I have reboot my laptop and iphone for several times but nothing has changed. What should I do? /_

        • Anonymous

          you need to get it into dfu mode as outlined in the post

  • rauros

    hi, i wonder if you could help me, i tried upgrading to iOS5 and got error 3194, and then followed this guide, still the same error… Any ideas?

  • Neil Gee

    Hi Marty,
    Its getting the error as Apple has stopped signing firmware for that iOS, if you have your SHSH/blobs saved then using Tiny Umbrella may help in the above process.

    If it doesn’t then I believe Apple is still signing iOS 4.1 restores and there is a guide here:

  • Neil Gee

    yes you can run TU and redsn0w at the same time, you’ll need to have TUU TSS server running so the SHSH blobs can be signed

  • Mauieightyone

    Forgot pass code to iPhone 3GS . Phone now disabled. Instructs me to connect to iTunes. Went to iTunes website and the message said cannot connect to iTunes website because phone is locked or disabled. Catch 22!!!! Help!!!

  • Love_nishid

    i have an 3gs with 4.1 but i am facing a problem its stuck over apple logo and is continuously restarting the only thning i am able to do is put the phone in restore  mode but could not restore as its an unlocked phone ans restoring will lock it again..please help what should i do urgently as i am without my phone…

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