How to Fix iTunes Error -1 When Restoring iPhone 4 to iOS 6.1.3

Whether you encountered the iTunes Error -1 and always been in recovery mode when restoring the iPhone 4 to iOS 6.1.3 Firmware, how to fix it.

Error -1 may be due to the baseband or hardware issues.You may wish to try the following methods to fix Error -1, and hope it is helpful to you.

How to fix Error -1 with Redsn0w.

Step 1: Download Redsn0w 0.9.15 b3 from our Download Section.

Step 2: Download iOS 6.0 firmwarefor iPhone 4 (Must be 6.0 firmware, 6.1 or higher can not be used)

Step 3: Launch RedSnow,Click Extras button, then click Select IPSW, please select the iOS 6.0 firmware you just downloaded, it will pop up a prompt window, Click OK (If you use 6.1 or later IPSW, it will prompte “firmware is not…“)

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Step 4: After Step 3, click Recovery fix to enter your device to DUF Mode.

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Step 5: Waiting for your phone to reboot, and then appear a bunch text, followed by Apple icon. This process is relatively long, please be patient. If your phone is unlock, insert the SIM card and connect to wifi for activation. I can not guarantee that whether other locked phone can be be activated.

Done, your iPhone 4 resurrected again.

If the following screen appears after restore, you can try the following method to fix iPhone 4 “Searching”

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1) if have Cydia, Uninstal it
2) use redsnow and deactivate it
3) insert U Pais Sim Card and Restore it,
4) If not Restore or get Error1, (change Battry for Error 1, 100% Hw solved), in other case u have need Activation of this Iphone, i’v read Expired,
5) start whith Deactive Cidia, if have, when restore, if Serial and Imei is Errated 99% is Activaction problem.

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  • RM

    Thanks a lot, my iphone4 is up and running now, i almost gave up on trying to unbrick it, you rock !!!

    • http://www.ipad2iphone5.com/ Lei Cao

      Congratulations

      • george

        i did everything you said to do and it doesnt work it goes back to where it says connect to itunes but it shows connect to itunes like when you first bought it like when you have to activate it. any tips on why it didnt work

        • sertz

          As I know, the (-1) error may be caused by hardware problems, most likely the baseband hardware failure, you can try to preserve basebands using Sn0wbreeze.

        • wecv

          You can also try using another computer to restore the firmware.

  • katy

    I tried downloading 6 different IPSW’s and none work! :( I get the message “are you sure it’s an IPSW? the last one I tried was (4 GSM): iPhone3,1_6.0.1_10A523_Restore.ipsw

    is this because I used Safari? I tried with Firefox but it would take 4 days to download it! and google chrome wouldn’t even launch the dowload. Help I’ve been phoneless for days now! :(

    I have an iphone 4 purchased in italy (where I live) that has the latest update I think 6.1.3I tried downloading 6 different IPSW’s and none work! :( I get the message “are you sure it’s an IPSW? the last one I tried was (4 GSM): iPhone3,1_6.0.1_10A523_Restore.ipsw

    is this because I used Safari? I tried with Firefox but it would take 4 days to download it! and google chrome wouldn’t even launch the dowload. Help I’ve been phoneless for days now! :(

    I have an iphone 4 purchased in italy (where I live) that has the latest update I think 6.1.3

    • http://www.jailbreakiosx.com/ JailbreakiOSX

      These download links all from Apple’s official, if you feel slow, please use some download tools for downloading, do not directly download ipsw using Safari or Firefox, so the speed will be very slow, because it is single-threaded.

      • katy

        I’ve been trying to download ipswdownloader but that doesn’t work either! What else can I use?

        • katy

          got it! i just had to unselect the box in safari preferences related to downloading security and finally managed to download a readable IPSW …am now waiting for the build to finish processing..let’s hope it works!

          • katy

            ..it got stuck after rebuilding to 99% :( Any advice????

          • http://www.jailbreakiosx.com/ JailbreakiOSX

            I’m sorry, I have not encountered such cases, you can seek answers in Google search.

          • katy

            I’ve tried everything I could find and nothing’s working :(

          • katy

            kevin, I managed to instal the IPSW but when I attached the iphone to itunes to restore I got the -1 error again I imagine because of Cydia, ecc. How can I uninstall it with my phone stuck in restore mode? after it installed iPhone3,1_6.0.1_10A523_Restore I got the the plug it into Itunes message again..

  • hemant

    i have iphone 4 in recovery mode. when i tried it to restore with itunes it is showing error -1 and when i did the same with redsnow while restoring “waiting for iphone” and then iphone screen went green and then redsnow hangs. i tried each n everything but nothing happened. it is still in the recovery mode.

  • anjali

    what is a u pais sim card ?

  • An Ha

    I tried to restore from ios 6.1.3 to ios 5.0.1 and it popped up error -1. And then my phone is stucked in recovery mode. I have tried redsn0w recovery fix and tinyumbrella thingy but aint work. Any suggestion would be appreciated.

  • Beeberg

    please HELP!! I TRIED EVERYTHING AND I AM SO CLOSE TO CRY :’( IT WAS GOING SO GOOD BUT SUDDENLY “Redsn0w’ POP’S UP AND SAYING THE BLOB FOR 6.1.3 IS NOT FOUND AND FURTHER ON THE PROCESS ENDS.. PLEASE HELP!!