How to bypass error 1 in iTunes

Scott Herder 2011/03/16 19
iTunes errors are always a major problem when restoring, jailbreaking or downgrading our iDevices. Sometimes they can be hard to fix and sometimes they are very simple. This post is dealing with iTunes error 1, and from a scale from 1-10 on the difficulty meter, it gets a 1.

This is probably the easiest iTunes error to fix.

To fix this you just need to know 1 simple thing. The difference between recovery mode and DFU mode. Because that is the problem. You are trying to do a restore, custom restore, downgrade, jailbreak or something and you are doing it from recovery mode. When in fact you need to be in DFU mode.

So here is what you need to do. Grab your device and plug it into iTunes. Then press the power button (the top right button) for three seconds.

Then while holding the power button, hold the home button for 10 seconds.

After 10 seconds let go of the power button while still holding onto the home button. Do this for 10-15 seconds or until iTunes pops up with a display saying iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. (I know I said we don’t want to be in recovery mode but trust me, your not in it, iTunes just doesn’t have a prompt for DFU mode.)

And voila, you should be good to go and no longer receive iTunes error 1.

That doesn’t mean you won’t see any other iTunes errors. If you do come back here, well help straighten you out.

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  • hasib1522

    i did this, still get the same error

  • Stacy

    do you know how to fix error -1?

  • Joey

    it didnt work for me D:

    • Adam Delaney

      the base band error is the chip on the mother board that does ur signal and sim and network locks only way to solve problem is to replace the chip

  • Don

    didn’t work, and I’m definitely in dfu mode

  • mollie

    It didnt work for me either ):
    ive tried everything..

  • Lusien Aitbak

    it didn’t work. it is only in dfu mode and has blocked out to this error. please reply

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  • Melissa

    It didn’t work for me either, Help!!!

  • D5

    Do you know what is error 1? Is not a upgrading downgrading error.. Is a baseband error.. And it’s not software, is hardware.. Next time before you write something read some information about that.

    • Jovanco Kolevski

      how schould we fix it PLEAS HEALP ME ??

    • I5S

      Do you know that the baseband error is -1 so negative 1. I quote “Next time before you write something read some information about that.”.

  • person who knows more than you

    worked for me I did pwned dfu
    how to do
    first have your idevice connected to the computer and ON then have I tunes open
    hold the power off button to switch off the idevice and slide to switch off
    now hold the power button for 3 seconds
    now continue holding the power and home button for 10 seconds
    now stop holding the power button but keep holding the home button for 15 seconds
    it should work now
    NOTE: factors that might prevent this
    I have an I pad 1 with ios 5.1.1
    I am jailbreaked
    pwned dfu jailbreak method exploit only works with a4 devices therefor this might not work if you have a5 and later
    I downloaded this software before and restored not straight from download to do this hold shift then click restore ipad you will need to navigate to the folder where it was downloaded to mine was OS (C:) >users (user you logged on to when you downloaded the restore from) >Appdata (appdata is hiden by default you need to go to view show hidden) >roaming >Apple Computer >iTunes >iPad Software Updates. the .ipsw is the one your looking for the file name has the info of the device so you know which one it is then double click it after a while it should work!
    GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!

  • Dr.Mohammed A Moniem

    just amazing
    i forgot my i pad air 2 password; spent 48 hours trying to restore it through i tunes via recovery mode, just to end each time with this silly error massage.
    but thanks god who made me come here….SUCCESS after the first trial
    thanks a million guys.

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