What’s Recovery Mode?

iPhone’s recovery mode is one of the two important modes (the other one being DFU) which comes in handy when you want to downgrade your iPhone. People often confuse recovery with DFU but this mode is different.

Recovery Mode vs. DFU Mode

DFU mode is device firmware update mode: this is where you get to update your firmware. DFU is similar to Recovery in the way the device behaves and iTunes detects your iOS device. But the main difference in Recovery mode is the function: recovery mode is the only mode where you can downgrade your iPhone firmware.

Recovery mode can also be helpful to restore your iPhone.

How to Put the iPhone into Recovery Mode

How to Put your iPhone in Recovery Mode?

Step 1: Disconnect the iPhone from your PC/Mac

Step 2: Make sure iTunes is open on your PC/Mac

Step 3: Press and hold Home and Power button for about 10 seconds / till the screen goes blank

Step 4: Now, release the power button but keep holding the Home button.

Step 5: Connect your iPhone to the PC/Mac via USB

Step 6: The iPhone display will now show the USB cable and the iTunes icon.

Step 7: iTunes will detect an iOS device in recovery mode. You’ve got your iPhone in recovery!

Below is a video tutorial that will walk you through the process:

As said before, recovery mode is useful when you want to downgrade or restore your iPhone. For an update/upgrade, you might need to put your iPhone in DFU mode.

Getting iPhone Out of Recovery Mode

Exiting the recovery mode is simple.

  • Press and hold the Home and Power button for about 15 seconds till the screen goes blank
  • Now release the Home button but press the power button till it boots up.

Alternatively, you can also use software like TinyUmbrella to kick your iPhone out of recovery mode.