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How to fix your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus after the iOS 8.0.1 update destroys it

iOS 8.0.1 Bug Fix

Apple just released a brand new software update for its mobile device lineup. If you install it on an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, it will break your phone. That’s right, Apple’s meticulous quality control team allowed iOS 8.0.1 to be released with some of the worst bugs we’ve ever seen; after installing the update on an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, your phone will no longer be able to connect to cellular networks and Touch ID will not work anymore.

Luckily, there’s a relatively easy fix.

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Simply connect your phone to iTunes and back up your data. Then, click the “Restore iPhone” button and follow the on-screen instructions. It’s a huge pain, but at least it’s better than having your shiny new iPhone turned into a big expensive iPod touch.

Here are direct downloads for iOS 8 if you have trouble downloading it through iTunes (save the file to your desktop and then hold Alt/Option (or Shift if you’re using a Windows PC) while clicking on “Restore iPhone” in iTunes, then select the newly saved file):

For those without access to a computer with iTunes right now, you’re unfortunately out of luck. We’ll update this post if anyone finds a way to fix the problems that doesn’t require a computer.

UPDATE: Here’s Apple’s statement: “We are actively investigating these reports and will provide information as quickly as we can.”

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.