This tutorial is going to explain how to put your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into recovery mode so that in the unlikely possibility of an iOS or iTunes malfunction, you can easily restore it to one of the latest iOS.

When you might need to use recovery mode

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Those of you who have been your iOS devices for years are probably familiar with a similar restore feature in iTunes known as. Since downgrades are no longer possible with the latest iOS devices, DFU mode is now used far less. It can still be used to restore a panic device. However, since the latest Apple devices cannot be downgraded, it is best to use Recovery Mode until a new method to downgrade iOS firmware is found.

Recovery mode is an option you may need to use if you are experiencing any of the following problems:

  • The iOS device is on an Apple logo and will not restart
  • iTunes cannot recognize an iOS device connected to a Mac or PC
  • iTunes makes restore errors when trying to restore an iOS device
  • You are in the middle of restoring and the progress bar has not moved for a long time
  • The Connect to iTunes screen appears on your iOS device

Recovery mode prepares your iOS device for a proper firmware reset to factory settings. Due to Apple standards, your firmware will also be updated to the latest version, so jailbreakers should avoid using this mode whenever possible. This will delete your content and settings. Hopefully you had to restore a backup of your device before going into recovery mode.

In cases where it doesn’t work, connect the iOS device to iTunes and click the button Restore Recovery mode may bring you a little more luck. With that in mind, we’re going to start by explaining the steps you can take to put your iOS device into recovery mode.

Here’s how to put your iPhone or iPad into recovery mode

The steps to put your iOS device into recovery mode are simple. We’ll walk you through these below:

1) Run iTunes on the computer that you want to complete the restore process on. This can be your PC, a friend’s computer, or a public computer.

two) Connect your iOS device to the computer you are using for recovery using your 30-pin or Lightning USB cable.

3) Proceed to a forced restart of your iPhone. On iPhone 7 and later, you can do this by holding down the power button until you see the iTunes connection screen.

On an iPhone X, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus, quickly press the volume up button. Briefly press the volume down button. Then press and hold the side button until you see the iTunes connection screen.

4) After a while, you should see the Connect to iTunes screen on your iPhone. At this point you can release the buttons.

Congratulations, you are now in recovery mode! If the condition of your iOS device was severe enough, you might see a message like this from iTunes stating that your device needed to be restored because it ran into a problem:

You should always test the function first To update This option preserves the device settings and all application files and data remain unchanged. The only time you should click Restore This is the case when the update function was unsuccessful or when you feel like restoring a fresh copy of iOS.

After the restoration is complete, you can restore any backups you previously made and thus restore some of your data to the device.

Other things to consider

In some cases, the device may be too damaged to use recovery mode to recover. For example, a current problem with an iOS update, if they were installed as replacement home buttons from third parties. While this rarely happens, recovery mode is of no use in these cases. You will need to contact an Apple retail store or Apple Authorized Service Provider directly to get your device back online.

Another thing to keep in mind is that if the device isn’t yours, either because it belongs to a friend who lent it to you to fix or use, or because you stole it (which we give you would never recommend). It is possible to lock the device. This means that in recovery mode, you cannot restore the device without knowing it. So always keep the actual owner close by whenever you use recovery mode or hit a brick wall.


Recovery Mode can be a useful tool that can get your device up and running in a snap in the event of a software malfunction via iOS or iTunes. This is the last thing you can do before you need to contact Apple directly for assistance.

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