iPhone Recovery Mode allows you to fix problems on your device and get it back to normal working condition. You will find below the steps to Put iPhone in Recovery Mode.
iPhone Recovery Mode
iPhone Recovery Mode can be defined as an in-built safety mechanism in iOS, designed to prevent an iPhone from suffering further damage, whenever it is experiencing problems.
When iPhone goes into Recovery Mode, it automatically loads up iBoot (Bootloader), which is also referred as ‘iBoot second-stage loader’ in iOS source code.
This program checks the firmware and performs a series of tests to check and confirm that things are working as they should be on your device.
Apple recommends using Recovery Mode, if iPhone is stuck on Apple Logo, iTunes does not recognize your device and if you see ‘Connect to iTunes’ screen on your iPhone.
Recovery Mode can be used to unlock disabled iPhone, unlock device in USB Restricted Mode and if the device is encountering problems while installing updates.
Steps to Enter Recovery Mode on iPhone
To enter Recovery Mode on iPhone, you will need a Mac or Windows computer with iTunes installed on it and a Lightning to USB (iPhone charging cable) .
1. Connect Cable to computer
Connect only the USB End of Lightning to USB cable to Computer. Do not connect iPhone to Lightning End at this point.
2. Power OFF iPhone Using Slider
The next step is to Power OFF iPhone by using steps as applicable for your model of iPhone.
iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone X and later: Press and hold Volume Down and Side button (ON/OFF), until you see Slide to Power OFF option. Drag the Slider to turn OFF iPhone.
iPhone 7/7 Plus: Press and hold Side button (ON/OFF), until the Power OFF slider appears. Drag the Slider to Power OFF iPhone.
iPhone 6/6s/5/5s and earlier: Press and hold the Power button (ON/OFF), until you see Slide to Power OFF screen. Drag the Slider to Power OFF iPhone.
3. Enter Recovery Mode
After iPhone is powered OFF, follow the steps as applicable for your model of iPhone to enter Recovery Mode.
iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone X and later: Press and hold the Volume Down button and connect iPhone to computer. Continue Holding the Volume Down button, until you see Recovery Mode screen.
iPhone 7/7 Plus: Press and hold the Volume Down button and connect iPhone to computer. Continue Holding the Volume Down button, until you see Recovery Mode screen.
iPhone 6/6s/5/5s and earlier: Press and hold the Home button and connect iPhone to computer. Keep holding the Home button, until you see Recovery Mode Screen (iTunes Logo and Cable)
Note: Do not release the button as you see iPhone starting with Apple Logo. Continue holding the button, until you see Recovery Mode Screen (iTunes Logo with cable).
4. Update or Restore iPhone Using iTunes
Once iPhone enters recovery mode, you will see an iTunes pop-up on your computer, allowing you to either Update or Restore your device.
Note: Open iTunes on your Windows computer, if you do not see iTunes Recovery Mode pop-up.
5. Setup iPhone Using Backup or As New Device
After the Restore process is completed, you will find your iPhone starting with the ‘Hello’ screen.
Simply, follow the on-screen instructions, until you reach ‘Apps & Data’ Screen. Select Restore From iCloud or iTunes option (if a backup is available). If not, select Set up as New iPhone option.
Note: If a backup is not available or usable, your only option is to Set Up as New iPhone and you won’t be able to recover the data on your iPhone.
How to Exit Recovery Mode?
If you change your mind, you can quickly get iPhone out of Recovery Mode by following the steps below.
iPhone 6/6S: Press and hold Home and Power (Side button), until you see your device starting with Apple Logo.
iPhone 7/7Plus: Hold both Volume Down and the Side buttons (ON/OFF button), till you see your device starting with Apple Logo
iPhone 8/8 Plus/X/XS/XS Max: Quickly press Volume Up and the Volume Down button > Press and hold the Side button, until you see your device starting with white Apple Logo