How to Get Into and Out of iPhone Recovery Mode – This article describes how to reach and exit iPhone Recovery Mode for all devices, including the iPhone 8 and up, the iPhone 7 series, and older models. It also explains when you can use Recovery Mode.
How to Enter Recovery Mode on an iPhone
Many problems with the iPhone can be fixed simply by restarting it, but some more complicated issues necessitate entering Recovery Mode. This shouldn’t be your first line of defense, but it’s often the only choice.
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If your iPhone isn’t working, follow the tips in What to Do When Your iPhone Won’t Turn On or How to Fix an iPhone Stuck on the Apple Logo before going into Recovery Mode.
Recovery Mode is a last-ditch troubleshooting option for an iPhone that’s experiencing issues with its operating system. Putting an iPhone in Recovery Mode helps it to run and connect to iTunes or a computer without completely rebooting the iOS. This allows you to either upgrade the operating system to a new, functional version or restore a working backup to the computer. It’s not difficult to use, but you can only use it when other options have failed.
Follow these measures to bring your iPhone into recovery mode:
- What you do first is decided by the iPhone model you have.
- You can skip this stage if you have an iPhone 8 or newer.
Start by turning off your iPhone 7 or earlier by keeping down the Side and Volume Down buttons at the same time. Swipe the slider until it appears at the top of the screen. Keep the Side and Home buttons together until the screen goes dark if your phone doesn’t answer (on the iPhone 7 series, hold Volume Down instead of the Home button).
What you do next is determined by the operating system installed on your device. Open the Finder on a Mac running macOS Catalina (10.15) or later. If you have an older version of Mac OS or a Windows PC, upgrade iTunes to the most recent version and then open iTunes.Connect the syncing cable to your computer after plugging it into your iPhone.
Depending on which iPhone model you have, the next steps are as follows:
- iPhone 8 and newer: Press and hold the Volume Up button for a few seconds, then press and hold the Volume Down button for a few seconds. Then, before the Recovery Mode screen appears, press and hold the Side button.
- Press and hold the Side and Volume Down buttons before the Recovery Mode screen appears on your iPhone 7 series.
- Press and hold the Side and Home buttons on an iPhone 6S or earlier before the Recovery Mode screen appears.
- When the recovery screen appears, the phone is in recovery mode.
In the Finder or iTunes (depending on which you used in phase 2), a window appears offering to update or restore the handset. After that, click Update. This attempts to resolve the issue by upgrading the operating system without wiping your files.
If the update fails, restart your iPhone in recovery mode and select Restore this time. This will overwrite your phone’s data with an older backup or a fresh iOS installation. That isn’t ideal, but it may be your only choice right now.
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