Why 1/1/1970 Bricks Your iPhone

  • Published on: 12 February 2016
  • People keep finding bugs in iPhones, and other people keep asking me to make videos about them. So here you go! Here's a tale of binary, of the Unix epoch, and a date beyond the lifespan of the universe.

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  • CHILL yes
    CHILL yes   14 hours ago

    How many people zoned out immediately

  • The Turtlerr
    The Turtlerr   1 days ago

    I want to try this but i Dont want to try this

  • GS B
    GS B   2 days ago

    Why are his videos coming to my recommendations daily!?And all of them are atleast 3+ years old:-∆

  • Winner Diao
    Winner Diao   2 days ago

    diaowinner replied at 146138511282 years ago

  • estatocogio
    estatocogio   6 days ago

    1. People bricking iPhones after watching this video.2. The price of real bricks plummet.3. Bricked iPhones are used for building.4. None of those buildings have windows.

  • Dreamwalker
    Dreamwalker   6 days ago

    Tom: "And if you understand those terms, you don't need this video"Me: (sad) "ok I'll just skip to the next video in my binge watch of your channel"

  • Aquarius
    Aquarius   6 days ago

    Eyyyyy I've heard this before

  • Pinkgeon
    Pinkgeon   1 weeks ago

    it’s been 4 years please let me out of the basement tom

  • endorbr
    endorbr   1 weeks ago

    Why would anyone set their phone to a date before today? Nah.. the real question is why is this just showing up in my recommended NOW?

  • Pumyra Thundercat
    Pumyra Thundercat   1 weeks ago

    I could have made this video in 10 seconds."Why 1/1/1970 Bricks Your iPhone" because it was made by Apple.

  • Bill T
    Bill T   2 weeks ago

    Can't you just brick an enemy's phone but snatching and typing an incorrect password 10 times in a row? Isn't that easier than doing this?

  • firemip50
    firemip50   2 weeks ago

    I wanna try thisedit: btw I'm on an android tabletedit 2:why does my tablet only let me pick a time between 2007 and 2036

  • Maul Darth . ᴗ .
    Maul Darth . ᴗ .   3 weeks ago

    I put this on then my mom heard the cuss and yelled at me that was a dumb thing 4 years ago.

    HINDUJA   3 weeks ago

    Does this still happen

  • GoatyVR
    GoatyVR   3 weeks ago

    Everybody gangsta until I Brick my phone.

  • Green and White
    Green and White   3 weeks ago

    This is one of those videos where I have ended up desperately wanting to change the date on my phone but I really can’t afford to brick my iPhone!But I NEEEEED to do it

  • RadiLime
    RadiLime   3 weeks ago

    Just a few minutes ago the date on my phone was set to December 31st, 1969.

  • Super Ruler
    Super Ruler   3 weeks ago

    When you can't encounter this glitch because you have an amazing LG phone.

  • Roar E
    Roar E   3 weeks ago

    Ew why did you write the title in European style? I’m American I prefer 1/1/1970

  • Not Devin
    Not Devin   3 weeks ago

    Does this still work?Asking for a friend... ;)

  • Ult Playz
    Ult Playz   4 weeks ago

    Dont you just hate it when 1/1/1970 bricks your iphone