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How to put iPhone in Recovery Mode [2024]


iPhone Recovery Mode

It makes no difference if your iPhone is several years old or the greatest iPhone money can buy; issues, both software, and hardware, can strike at any time.



how to put iPhone in recovery mode

If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch has frozen, become unresponsive, or, worse still, ceased operating as a result of a software update, recovery mode could be just what you need to get things back up and running.




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Because it’s so unpleasant, it’s more of a last resort than a first step. It’s not difficult, though, and knowing how to use recovery mode is useful if you ever need it.



Note this, just because you can boot your iPhone into recovery mode on an older model doesn’t mean it will work on your current phone.


Depending on the iPhone model you have, the method will vary.

Recovery mode has the advantage of being pre-configured for your iPhone (device model) and not altering with your iOS software upgrades. 



So if you recently updated iOS 15 on your iPhone 11, the recovery mode would remain the same as it was before you installed iOS 14.



how to put iphone 11 in recovery mode

Because the iPhone 8 lacks a physical Home button, and the iPhone X through iPhone 11 Pro lack one entirely, recovery mode is activated by a sequence of button pushes.


  • Step #1: Close iTunes if it’s open on your Mac or Windows
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  • Step #2: Connect your computer to your USB to the Apple cord.


  • Step #3: Connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB Lightning connector.


  • Step #4: Launch iTunes.


  • Step #5: Press and hold the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons together. Finally press and hold the Side button of the iPhone 8 until you see the recovery-mode screen.



iphone recovery mode


If Recovery Mode does not function for whatever reason, you can try placing the iPhone or iPad into DFU mode.


Device Firmware Update mode is somewhat more difficult to access, but it will frequently force a restoration even if nothing happens.




iPad recovery mode

Because the iPad Pro (2018) is without a Home button, recovery mode is accessible by a number of button presses.

  • Step #1: Hold down the Sleep/Wake (top) and the volume up or volume down buttons together until the power-off slider appears.


  • Step #2: To switch off your iPad Pro, drag the power-off slider.


  • Step #3: While holding down the Sleep/Wake (top) button, connect your iPad Pro to your computer.


  • Step #4: Hold the top button down until the Recovery Mode screen appears.





How to put your iPhone 7, 7 Plus in recovery mode

Since the iPhone 7 lacks a physical Home button in favor of a capacitive Force Touch Home button, recovery mode functionality has been relocated to the volume-down button.

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  • Step #1: If your iPhone 7 isn’t already turned off, do it now.


  • Step #2: For 3 seconds, press and hold the On/Off button on the right side (iPhone 6 and later) or top (all other iPhones).


  • Step #3: Swipe the confirmation slider to the right to turn off the light.


  • Step #4: On your iPhone 7, press and hold the volume-down button.



  • Step #6: When you see the Connect to iTunes screen, release the volume down button




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How to put the iPhone 6s and iPad in recovery mode

  • Step #1: If your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad isn’t already turned off, do it now.


  • Step #2: For 3 seconds, press and hold the On/Off button on the right side (for iPhone 6 or later) or top (for all other iPhones, iPods, and iPads).


  • Step #3: Swipe the confirmation slider to the right to turn off the light.


  • Step #4: On your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPhone, press and hold the Home button.


  • Step #5: Make sure your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad is connected to your Mac or Windows PC and that iTunes is open.
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  • Step #6: When you see the Connect to iTunes screen, release the Home button.



If you followed the instructions above and applied them correctly, iTunes should tell you that it has identified an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad in recovery mode and will allow you to restore your device.



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How do I force my iPhone into recovery mode?

The volume down button should be pressed and swiftly released. Then, while holding down the side button, wait until you see the recovery mode screen appear on the screen.

What does it mean when iPhone is in recovery mode?

Setting an iPhone into Recovery Mode enables it to function and communicate with an iTunes or a computer without having to load up the iOS operating system.

What happens in recovery mode?

Recovery mode gives you access to some of the most important features of your device, such as resetting the phone, cleaning your data, installing updates, and backing-up or restoring your data.

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