iPhone Restore Frozen Near End in iTunes? Fix By Uninstalling Wi-Fi Sync


The iPhone Dev Team has released their jailbreak tools for iOS 4.3.1, thanks to i0n1c. You can use PwnageTool (or sn0wbreeze from iH8sn0w) or redsn0w to perform your jailbreak.

During the restore process in iTunes, I previously had issues with a frozen restore state. My iPhone would restore to just near the end (about 95% along the progress bar) then freeze. I would wait and wait but nothing and it would never complete.

It turns out the culprit is Wi-Fi Sync. Uninstall it on your Mac/PC, and then try your restore again. I totally forgot I had it installed, but removing it will fix this issue.

Download the Mac uninstaller here.

Let me know if you’ve ever run into this issue!


  • Thefreak011193

    Finally an explanation! Tried updating to 4.3.1 on my iPhone 4 and 3Gs and it happened to both. Thanks guys.

  • Cheers! This bug drove me nuts. Glad we could help. 🙂

  • oh great! this problem has been plaguing me for months! could not find a solution. Thanks a bunch!! Also started having problems with backup creations about the same time. Im hoping this might mix it too.

  • ok so this bug got me thinking about my backup problem i mentioned above. the problem i was having was simple, for some reason a program disabled my device backups. if your having a similar problem, you just need to set the boolean variable, devicebackupsdisabled to false. do so by closing itunes, open command prompt and paste this text, then hit enter. “defaults write DeviceBackupsDisabled -bool false”. reopen itunes and backup away.

  • Kiki

    That’s why both my iPhone and iPad couldn’t restore. Thanks for the info!

  • I fell victim to this last summer… Had to scour the internet for like 3 hours to finally figure out what the deal was.
    Same issue and fix as Gary described. To be he didnt know and post this info back when i needed it most lol 😛

  • Edge

    And to keep your iPhone/iPad working well, never reinstall wifi sync (or never install it in the first place). It’s a broken program by a lazy and unskilled developer who will take your money and run with no support.

  • az

    Well, this has been on their single page website, in red, just above the link you downloaded the app itself. I don’t know how can he make it any more clear.

  • jt_69.V

    One of the worst piece of software I ever bought !
    And an expensive one… 🙁

  • Nathan

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! Been trying to updated since yesterday, this helped!

  • Matt

    Awesome! couldnt figure this out without this website thanks so much