You can put your iPhone or iPad in recovery mode and restore it using a stable backup from iTunes or restore as a new device. Continue reading, in case this sounds interesting and you want to know the steps to put your iPhone or iPad into recovery mode.
iPhone Recovery Mode
Recovery mode can be defined as an in-built safety mechanism designed to prevent an iOS device from suffering further damage, whenever it is experiencing problems.
Once your iPhone or iPad goes into recovery mode, it automatically loads up a boot loader program known as iBoot. This program checks the firmware on your device and performs tests to confirm that things are working as they should be.
Your iPhone should automatically go into recovery mode, whenever there is something wrong with it – like a faulty iOS installation or an upgrade gone wrong.
Unknown to you, your iPhone also goes into recovery mode while installing iOS updates. However, users do not notice this as everything happens in the background.
What Problems Can Recovery Mode Help With
Putting an iPhone or iPad into recovery mode and restoring it using a stable iTunes backup or as a new phone can help your phone to recover from following problems.
1. iPhone is not functioning normally after a software update, especially in case you tried a beta version and it is not working for you.
2. Your iPhone or iPad has become unresponsive or frozen for some unknown reason.
3. You are seeing the dreaded black screen with Apple logo on your device.
4. iTunes Errors like device not recognized or device stuck on “Connect to iTunes”.
5. You have forgotten your passcode and there is no option but to get your device into recovery mode and restore it to factory default settings.
Note: Before following the steps below, make sure that you have a backup of your iPhone available at iTunes.
Steps to Put iPhone in Recovery Mode
Follow the steps below to manually enter recovery mode on your iPhone or iPad. It is advisable to have a backup of your iPhone on iTunes or iCloud.
1. Make sure that your iPhone or iPad is sufficiently charged (over 50~60% should be good enough).
2. Make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes on your Laptop, PC or MAC and you are logged into iTunes on your computer.
3. Plug the USB Side of your iPhone’s ‘Lightning to USB cable’ into the USB port of your computer.
Note: Only the cable needs to be plugged into the computer and not your iPhone.
4. Turn Off Your iPhone
Press and hold the Power button for a few seconds, until you see “Slide to Power off” message on your screen. Power off your iPhone by moving the slider to the right. (See image below).
Note: Power button, also known as Sleep/Wake button is located at the right edge in iPhone 6 and at top right side in iPhone 5s and previous models.
5. With your iPhone completely turned off, press and hold the Home button and connect the other end of the ‘Lighting cable’ to your iPhone. (Connect lightning end to iPhone). Do not release the home button yet.
6. At first you will see the Apple logo appearing on your screen, do not release the home button yet. Keep holding the home button till you see the recovery mode screen (iTunes logo and cable) – See image below.
7. Your iPhone is now in recovery Mode and you can release the Home Button.
8. You will get a message on your screen saying “The software on iPhone needs to be restored to factory settings or updated” – You will be provided with options to Cancel, Update, and Restore.
When you choose Update, iTunes will try to reinstall iOS without erasing your data. If things go well the iOS update should be completed within 15 minutes.
In case you are unable to complete the update and your device exits from recovery mode, you will need to repeat the above steps and choose Restore this time.
Note: Selecting “Restore” while in recovery mode will erase all documents, data, apps and games from your device. However, you can get back all your data using an iTunes backup (in case you have made one).
How to Get Out of Recovery Mode Without Restoring
In case you want to, you can quickly get out of recovery mode without going through the process of updating or restoring your device.
1. Just press and hold both the Home and Power buttons, keep them pressed for about 10 seconds until you see the white Apple Logo appearing on your iPhone screen.
Note: It can take a while for the White Apple Logo to appear, first the recovery mode screen will disappear. Next, you may see a black screen for a few seconds or more (do not release the buttons yet)
2. Keep holding the Home and the Power buttons till you see the White Apple Logo (See image in step#1 above).
3. Your iPhone will be completely out of Recovery Mode when you can see the lock screen of your device.
Tip: You can also Power off your iPhone by Pressing and Holding the Power and Home buttons, all at the same time. Try this in case “Slide to Power off” option is not working.