How to put iPhone in Recovery Mode – an easy guide.

Tips on how to put iPhone in recovery mode.

how to put iPhone in recovery mode

How to put iPhone in recovery mode?

A new iPhone owner often wants to know how to put iPhone in recovery mode in case of his iOS device encountering unforeseen software or app-related problems. Normally such troubles can be resolved by just restarting the device. But in certain circumstances when the problem is more extensive you may require to use iPhone in recovery mode for restoring it. While the tips given in this article mainly refers to iPhone, they are also applicable for other iOS devices like iPad and iPod touch.

When to use iPhone recovery mode

You may need to use your iPhone recovery mode in the following circumstances:

• If, subsequent to installing an iOS update, your device get stuck in a continuous restart loop and never reach the home screen. This typically happens when something goes wrong with the update process or if your device battery life is extremely low when installing the update;

• If the process to update the iOS or restoring the device from backup remains incomplete, and your iPhone does not appear in iTunes when you connect the device to your PC with USB cable;

• If, your iPhone does not start up beyond the silver Apple logo;

Before I go to describe the steps on how put iPhone in recovery mode it’s important to know that using your iPhone recovery mode will delete all data on your phone on completion of the restore process (exiting recovery mode before completion of the process leaves your data unaffected). It is, therefore, wise to synchronize your iPhone with iTunes to backup your data before going for a restore.

How to put iPhone in recovery mode – the steps

1. Plug the USB cable in your computer without connecting it to your iPhone;

2. Turn off your iPhone by holding down the power button in the top right corner until you see ‘slide to power off’ at the top and slide it. If your device does not respond to that, hold the power and Home button simultaneously until the screen goes dark;

3. When the phone is turned off, press and hold down the Home button while reconnecting the USB cable (which is already attached to your computer) to your iPhone. The device should now turn on and display the Apple logo;

4. Continue holding the home button until the Apple logo appears on the screen. Finally a ‘connect to iTunes’ message will be displayed when you can release the home button. The phone is now in recovery mode;

5. Once the phone is in recovery mode a window will pop up in iTunes displaying the following image:

                                                                    iPhone recovery mode6. Now that your device is in recovery mode, you can proceed to restore your iPhone from a recent backup of your data or restore it to its factory state;


• If empty battery icon appears on the phone screen, let it charge for sometime and then restart the process.

• Remember that when you restore your device all the data on your phone will be deleted and will be replaced either with its factory default state or to the most recent backup.

Getting out of iPhone Recovery Mode

You can get out of your iPhone recovery mode before restoring the device and deleting your data. For doing this,

• Unplug your iPhone from the USB cable;

• Hold down the power button until it turns off;

• Release the button and then hold it down again until the Apple logo reappears;

• Release the button and your iPhone will boot up;

This will work only if your iPhone was working properly before.


Now that you know how to put iPhone in recovery mode, you can yourself go for the process when something goes wrong with your phone due to some unforeseen software or app-related problems. However, if the device can not be restored using iPhone recovery mode to resolve the problem, the issue may be too serious to be fixed on your own. In such case, you should contact the Apple Genius Bar or your nearest Apple Store.

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