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iPhone Error 1601 – Problem and Solution

While restoring your precious iPhone with a custom firmware, if you combat error 1601, panic not, as there are millions of other users who have already experienced it, and have also discovered an easy solution to get around this error.


While upgrading your iOS or any particular application on your iPhone you can often get into the problem of these common errors where it just says that your iPhone can’t be restored.

Whether, you use Windows OS or Mac OS for upgrading your phone firmware, there is a solution for killing the bug, and here’s how.

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iPhone Error 1601 – The Problem

“The iPhone could not be restored. An unknown error occurred.”

If you have seen the following message splash on your iPhone screen while trying to restore your iPhone, you are experiencing iPhone Error 1601.

The Solution

Uninstall iTunes and Apple Mobile Device support from your phone and then re-install iTunes version 7.5 or higher. Please note that all your important data and files will be deleted during the process.

The Process

Step 1: Start iTunes and put your iPhone into DFU mode.

Step 2: Now, connect your device with your PC/Computer.

Step 3: Hold together for 10 seconds the “Power” and “Home” buttons.

Step 4: Continue holding the Home button for another 10 seconds, while you release the Power button.

Step 5: Exit iTunes and Open iREB RC3 on Windows OS.

Step 6: Select your iPhone device and wait for the red or white screen to appear on your phone. It will take a couple of seconds.

Step 7: Restart iTunes and select your phone device from the sidebar available in iTunes. Press and hold Alt/Shift button on the keyboard and then click “Restore” option in the iTunes. Once done, release the Alt/Shift button, and select the essential custom .ipsw file to restore it.

Bingo! You’ve done it! You should now be able to restore your iPhone to the latest version of the custom firmware. Hope this time it works for you!

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