How to Recover iPhones with Recovery Mode

Recovery mode is an essential troubleshooting tool for iPhones that allows you to restore the device’s firmware or troubleshoot software issues. It can be extremely useful when your iPhone is experiencing problems such as being stuck on the Apple logo, not responding, or encountering persistent software errors.

When You Should Use Recovery Mode

There are several situations where putting your iPhone into recovery mode can help resolve issues:

  • Failed Software Update: If a software update fails or gets interrupted, and your iPhone becomes unresponsive or gets stuck in a recovery loop, recovery mode allows you to restore the software to its previous state or update it properly.
  • Persistent Software Issues: If your iPhone is experiencing frequent crashes, boot loops, or is stuck on the Apple logo screen, recovery mode can help you restore the device’s firmware and potentially fix these problems.
  • Forgotten Passcode: If you forget your passcode and enter it incorrectly multiple times leading to a disabled iPhone, recovery mode enables you to restore it and remove the passcode.
  • Before Reselling/Giving Away: To fully erase all data from your iPhone before selling or gifting it to someone else, recovery mode can be used to restore the device to factory settings.

How to Enter Recovery Mode

The way to enter recovery mode differs slightly across iPhone models:

For iPhone 8 or later:

  • Press and quickly release the Volume Up button
  • Press and quickly release the Volume Down button
  • Then, press and hold the Side button until you see the recovery mode screen

For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus:

  • Press and hold the Top (or Side) button and Volume Down button at the same time until you see the recovery mode screen

For iPhone 6s or earlier:

  • Press and hold both the Home button and Top (or Side) button at the same time until the recovery mode screen appears

Once you see the Connect to iTunes screen, you’ve successfully entered recovery mode.

Recovering Data from iPhone in Recovery Mode

When your iPhone is in recovery mode, iTunes will detect it and prompt you to update or restore the device.

If you have a backup: Choose to update which will retain your data. Once the update completes, your iPhone will exit recovery mode automatically when it restarts.

Without a backup: You’ll have to choose restore, which will wipe all data and restore your device to factory settings. So before restoring, use data recovery software like Dr.Fone to retrieve photos, messages, contacts, and other important data from the iPhone first.

Tips for Using Recovery Mode

Here are some useful tips to keep in mind when using recovery mode:

  • Always backup your iPhone data regularly before entering recovery mode.
  • Force restart your iPhone first to see if it resolves any software glitches before using recovery mode.
  • Keep your iPhone connected to power source during the recovery mode process.
  • If you restored by mistake, use iPhone data recovery software immediately to rescue data.
  • Avoid using recovery mode during an iOS update. Only use it if the update fails.
  • Don’t panic if you see error messages during recovery mode. Just force restart and try again.


Recovery mode is a very useful troubleshooting tool for restoring unresponsive iPhones and fixing persistent software issues. By understanding when and how to use it, you can easily recover your iPhone and get it working properly again. Just be sure to always backup your data first before entering recovery mode.


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