Brick your iPhone, iPad or iPod by setting the date to 1/1/70? Here's a way to fix your device

Brick your iPhone, iPad or iPod by setting the date to 1/1/70? Here's a way to fix your device
Are you the type with a personality that forces you to do things that you're not supposed to? In other words, when your parents told you not to talk with your mouth full, did you start talking as soon as you took a bite of food? When your teacher told you to stop running in the hallways, did you speed off like Usain Bolt as soon as she walked away?

Then you most likely decided to set your iPhone or iPad to January 1st, 1970 even through we told you that by doing so, you would brick your device. So there you sit with your bricked iOS device, kicking yourself for not listening. But the good news is that there is a way to bring your iPhone or iPad back to life.

Before we tell you what to do, we should point out that according to a report published today, the reason why this date bricks 64-bit iOS devices has to do with January 1, 1970 being the first day of the Unix epoch. Unix machines keep track of time based on the number of seconds since that date; the time is stored as a 32-bit number and 64-bit iOS devices act a bit squirrely near the zero mark.

O.K., let's say your iPhone or iPad is bricked because you changed the date back. How can you fix your iOS device? All you need to do, according to a published report, is run the battery down all the way. Discharging the battery completely will return the device to the current date. 

Just to refresh your memory, the devices affected are all iPhones starting with the Apple iPhone 5s, all iPads starting with the Apple iPad Air, the Apple iPad mini 2 and later, and the Apple iPod touch sixth generation.


source: ArsTechnica

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20 Comments

1. carlemillward unregistered

i do not think someone who is foolish enough to do this intentionally deserves the solution.

6. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Why? It's their device to do what ever with. Why should something simple as changing a date brick a device? The fact it gets bricked is asinine. This the reason why Apple devices couldn't handle day light savings time, and alarms not go off.

8. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Well, there's no solution for being stupid.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How about, just not being a dumb ass and doing it. All the steps you have to take to it, makes it pretty easy to just not.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You can't fix stupid bro. There's no helping some people.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How true that is bro.

3. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

I have a better solution: Don't do it in the first place.

4. AlikMalix unregistered

I hope this solution works out for that ONE guy that stubled on to this glitch.

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

What the hell was he doing anyway, what reason could someone have for setting their date to 1/1/1970, makes zero sense.

7. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

That's how Jailbreak and hacker do, find the flaw in the system to exploit. To us it make no sense but to them is treasure trove. some exploit is usable penetrate the system and some exploit like this one have no use.... etc

9. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I know people do that but still its crazy. I couldn't just set there and go through phone trying to find something wrong with it Because i would be pissed once I did.

11. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I heard of some that did it to their friends as a "prank", no clue if true or not, but it sounds like something some people could do, so good that there is a fix. Not sure how exactly it is executed, guessing either they set it, or tell the person to do it.

14. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I can see this happening. "Let me check something". We all have sometimes foolish friends... Or a-hole friends. I have friends at a store with demo units. I'd be surprised if this didn't happen to one iPad.

10. Inotamira

Posts: 173; Member since: Feb 06, 2016

Or better yet, stop trying to hack a device that's garbage anyway, and get one that isn't locked down by thieves. In all seriousness though, this is the same as reseting the CMOS on your computer, if you're one of these "hacker" types looking for a vulnerability, it's not rocket science, just open the device, pop the battery (if you know how) or discharge it with a simple wire (slowly or you'll blow it up) and then charge it and turn it on.

13. Inotamira

Posts: 173; Member since: Feb 06, 2016

Also, to the people who wonder why someone would do this, I have an answer. 4chanhttp://www.wired.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Iphone.jpg just like with "wave" with the "microwave trick" that they made a fake ad for this, this is how it spread.

15. skips

Posts: 480; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

"prepare for a wild ride" you're damn right about it son

16. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

I knew the millennium bug would attack in some form.

18. adamvzwez

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 29, 2015

its cool that someone has found a fix for this. i work at a verizon store and the only problem i see with this solution is that when the phone goes into boot loop the handset also gets very hot which im sure is not good for the phone itself. It is dumb that some people are gullible enough to try this but you gotta remember not every person is as tech savvy as those of us who frequent this website. At least these people are not as dumb as the people who tried microwaving their iphone in order to charge it in under five minutes XD

20. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

I did not agree neither with article writer or the most of the comment here. First, the article writer. Who are you? Apple spokeperson? Not all iOs users read your previous article about this bug. Not all iOs users are your reader, PA. From the first and second paragraph, seems like you assumed all of the iOs users read your previous article and it was their mistakes that they bricked their devices. And for the most of comments here, who are you to judge someone? The users who bricked their device because of this bug are not fool. Whatever the reason is, the fact is user could change the date to that date because the system give their users the option. It's up to the user what to do with their phone as long as the system supports to do it. You can worship your lovely iOs, but don't live in denial, please. Which is called bug should be fixed by the ROM/OS developer.

21. Brewski

Posts: 690; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

How do you run the battery down if it's turned off?

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