Table of Contents: 1. How to get into Recovery Mode 2. How to get into DFU Mode 3. If you messed up a .plist edit or any other mod in your file system 4. If you installed a package that messed up your iDevice 5. If you're stuck in Recovery Mode 6. Troubleshooting "Kick Device Out of Recovery" 7. If you're stuck in Recovery Mode part 2 8. If none of this helped you and you still cannot restore All titles are in red bold How to get into Recovery Mode: Make sure your iDevice is completely off and unplugged. Hold the home button and connect your iPod to your computer while still holding down the home button until you see the connect to iTunes screen. You are now in Restore Mode How to get into DFU Mode: 1. Make sure your iDevice is completely off and plugged in 2. Hold down the power and home button. 3. When you see the Apple logo, release the power button but continue holding the home button until iTunes displays that you are in Recovery Mode (really DFU Mode) If you messed up a .plist edit or any other mod in your file system: This is only if 1. You know what you did to mess up your iDevice 2. Your Jailbroken IMPORTANT: Plug in your iDevice to your computer, if iTunes picks it up try to do a backup. If not, move on to the rest of the guide. Windows: 1. Plug in your iPod into your computer and open or download iFunBox (http://www.i-funbox.com/) 2. When iFunBox is open, hold down the home button and the power button at the same time untill the apple logo/spinning logo is gone and the iDevice turns back on. 3. When the iDevice is on, search your file system for the problem. You will have a few minutes before your device reboots and you need to start the search all over. If you find the problem save it to your PC before it reboots or you might have to find and fix the problem all over again. Then just transfer the file back over to your iDevice and reboot. Mac: Use DiskAid (http://www.digidna.net/products/diskaid) and follow steps 2 and 3. I hope I helped someone from needing to restore. I myself personally know that when I first started to jailbreak (back in 2.2.1 on my iPod 2G) I used to mess up my file system and need to restore, but when I found out I can SSH with my iPod stuck in a boot loop, I was happy. Extras: If you need to send commands into your iDevice to fix it, use WinSCP (windows, http://winscp.net/) and press ctrl+t (I believe, correct me if I'm wrong) or CyberDuck (Mac, http://cyberduck.ch/) and Go → Send Command... If you don't have OpenSSH installed, but need to send commands to fix it, I'm sorry. I don't know any programs that can do that. If you installed a package that messed up your iDevice: This is only if: 1. You installed a package from Cydia that messed up your iDevice 2. You know the name of the package identifier that messed up your iDevice 3. You have OpenSSH installed IMPORTANT: Plug in your iDevice to your computer, if iTunes picks it up try to do a backup. If not, move on to the rest of the guide. If you don't know the name of the package ID that messed up your device, such as com.skyline.mypackage search Google for "AppName package id" and look for it. It will either be com.devname.packagename or it will be the name of the package itself, such as sbsettings and activator. After you find the package ID move on to the next step. Next open WinSCP (Windows) or Cyberduck (Mac) and open a terminal prompt (ctrl+t for WinSCP and Go → Send Command... on Mac). Type Code: apt-get remove PACKAGE ID HERE then if it asks you if you want to continue type y or n, type y. Then type Code: reboot and your iDevice should reboot perfectly. If you installed multiple things at once and are not sure which caused the problem, Google each and find out if all of them are supported on your firmware, if you find one that is not just remove that first, as that might be your issue. If you're stuck in Recovery Mode: Download TinyUmbrella, open it and wait for it to recognize your device in Recovery Mode, then click the "Kick Device Out of Recovery" button. Please Register or Log in to view images If nothing still works, go to "If you're stuck in Recovery Mode part 2". Troubleshooting "Kick Device Out of Recovery": If kicking the device out of recovery does not work do these steps EXACTLY: 1.Unplug your iDevice 2.Close iTunes (if opened) 3.Close TinyUmbrella 4.Plug in iDevice 5.Open iTunes, if it doesn't already 6.Open TinyUmbrella 7.Click "Kick Device Out of Recovery" If nothing still works, go to "If you're stuck in Recovery Mode part 2". If you're stuck in Recovery Mode part 2: If you are stuck in Recovery Mode and part one did not work for you, or you restore into recovery mode, then try these simple steps: -If you restore to a custom firmware: Try re-building your custom firmware using a different firmware then used the first time. If it doesn't work still, try a DFU mode restore to the firmware. If still nothing restore to a stock firmware if possible. For iPhone users afraid to lose their unlock, run TinyUnbrella with iTunes closed then click "Start TSS Server". After it starts open iTunes and restore. This SHOULD save your baseband and allow you to still unlock your phone. My friend does it with his iPhone 4 and it works, but he doesn't rely on an unlock. I do, so I never tried (just in case it wants to fail on me.) After it restores you should get an error code, ignore it and open TinyUmbrella and wait for it to recognize your device in Recovery Mode, then click the "Kick Device Out of Recovery" button. Please Register or Log in to view images -If you restore to an official firmware: Delete the current firmware stored in Windows:"C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\"iPod" or "iPhone" Software Updates\ Mac:"Users/username/library/itunes/"iPod" or "iPhone" software updates/" Then open iTunes and press restore, it will download and restore to a fresh firmware. If none of this helped you and you still cannot restore: Try these simple steps in order(recommended): Reboot your computer, try restoring. Reinstall iTunes, try restoring. Make a new users account on your computer, try restoring in it. Try steps on another computer. If I helped you please post Please Register or Log in to view images Suggestions by: Hurr Durr for suggesting "If you're stuck in Recovery Mode"