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iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus Bricked – How to Unbrick it?

Dear Editor,

I decided to restore my iPhone 8 Plus and it didn’t go well. My iPhone 8 plus is stuck on the Apple logo screen and I thought I had bricked my iPhone. How can I unbrick my iPhone 8 and reuse it?



Suppose you are planning to update your iPhone or repair your app for some reason or restore your iPhone like the above reader of our website, then you are facing the annoying problem that your iPhone 8/8 Plus is bricked. What should you do first when you encounter it unexpectedly?

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iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus bricked – How to Unbrick it

How to fix your bricked iPhone 8/8 stuck on boot loop, stuck on the Apple logo, or stuck on connecting to iTunes screen? In this article, we will offer Andy and you four ways to solve the iPhone 8/8 Plus bricked problem.

Note: This article also supports the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus later iPhone models, such as iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro/ Pro Max, iPhone 12(mini), iPhone 12 Pro/Pro Max, iPhone 13 mini/Pro/Pro Max.

What is a Bricked iPhone 8/8 Plus?

A bricked iPhone is a device that does not work. It means that your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus is damaged and makes it useless as a brick. The non-working condition iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus will not respond to make calls, input, or boot. Sometimes the bricked iPhone is easy to fix but for the small possibility, it is hard to be fixed (such as these circumstances, memory permanently damaged, or iPhone is strongly damaged). Most of the time, it happens when iPhone users try to upgrade or downgrade the iOS system, sometimes it happens when iPhone users try to jailbreak iPhone or modify key parts of iOS or your iPhone. Read on the solutions to unbrick your iPhone and save your data.

Part 1: Force Restart the iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus

A force restart can shut down all the apps on the iPhone completely and can repair any problems by software running conflicts or software updating errors. A force restart does nothing more than cut the power and turn the device back on again. An ordinary reboot of your iPhone does not cause you to lose your data, it does not damage your iPhone but helps to resolve issues in most cases when your iPhone such as iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus bricking or not responding. A hard reboot is helpful for solving many mobile phone problems. All the settings of your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus won’t change after a hard restart.
force restart iPhone 8 or 8 plus

  1. Press and quickly release the volume up button.
  2. Press and quickly release the volume down button.
  3. Press and hold the side button. When the Apple logo appears, release the button.

If your iPhone still won’t turn on, or if it gets stuck during the starting up process. Go to Part 2.


Charge your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus for one hour to ensure enough power supply.

Part 2: Use SD iOS system recovery.

We have picked and proven this SD iOS system recovery software to be a great third software to unbrick the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus.

The most outstanding iOS system repair features:

  1. Fix 50+ iPhone stuck issues without any data loss.
  2. Fix screen stuck problems fast.
  3. Fix iPhone bricked or can’t turn on, can’t charge or can’t update problems fast.
  4. Resolve iTunes error issues when connecting your iPhone.

This software can unbrick an iPhone as fast as in several seconds. And it can save all your data intact among more than 50 issues. To use this SD iOS system recovery, free download and install it on your computer.

Step 1: Start the app and connect your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus to your computer via a USB cable.

start the SD iOS system recovery appStep 2: Click More Tools.

Step 3: Head to iOS system recovery.

ios system recoveryStep 4: Click start.

start repair iphoneStep 5: Confirm to choose Standard Mode. All the data on your iPhone will not be lost with this repair mode. On the contrary, if you have backed up your data safely and need a factory reset to fix your bricked iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, Choose Advanced Mode. The advanced mode will erase all your data.

select repair modesStep 6: View and download firmware to optimize and repair your device.

download firmwareIf during step 1 to 5, your iPhone 8 Plus is unbricked, congratulations! Step 6 is helping you to upgrade or downgrade your iOS system for a fix. Select the firmware to download and follow the on-screen instructions. You can also import the previous iOS versions to downgrade it here.

In the end, your iPhone 8 will be unbricked by the step by steps actions or only by several of these steps.

Part 3: Put your iPhone 8 into Recovery Mode and Restore.

Make sure to keep your iPhone connected during the part 3 whole process.

  1. Connect your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus to your computer. Open iTunes on your PC or Mac, or open Finder with macOS Catalina 10.15.
  2. Locate your iPhone on iTunes or Finder.
  3. Put your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus into Recovery Mode.

Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Then, press and hold the Side button until you see the recovery mode screen.

  1. Restore your iPhone with iTunes or Finder.

When you get the pop-up window to restore or update, choose Update. Your computer will download the latest iOS and reinstall it without losing your data.

recovery mode restore with Finder or iTunesIf it takes more than 15 minutes, your iPhone 8/8 Plus will exit the recovery mode, and you should repeat that to put your iPhone 8/8 Plus into Recovery Mode.

If Update mode doesn’t work, choose Restore to select the most recent backup on your Finder or iTunes. This action will erase all your current content and restore the picked backup on your iPhone. You will need to turn off the Find My on the iPhone.

The Final Resolution: Get the Apple official Support

If your problem is still not solved. Go to Apple support or drop by your local Apple Store.

Since this year is a special 2020 for the coronavirus pandemic, don’t forget to stay safe and check the local Apple store’s open and close times, which may be different than normal (some local Apple Store may be closed). You could also make an appointment on the website or call the Apple official Support phone.

the Apple Store

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Amanda Lee

I am the chief editor of I have been engaged in software and computer gadgets fields for over 10 years, offering proven guides, tips, and software solutions in data recovery, and multimedia field.

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