What’s Up With Error 53?

There’s been a lot of chatter lately—both on iFixit’s forums and on the wider web—about Error 53, a problem that’s been bricking a whole lot of iPhones recently. In fact, our Error 53 help page has been viewed nearly 200,000 times—presumably by people who suddenly and unexpectedly found their previously-working iPhones rendered useless after a software update. So, here’s what we think know about Error 53 so far—including tips on how to avoid it.