How to Enter and Exit Recovery Mode on iPhone 11 Pro Max, 11 Pro, and iPhone 11

Times when iPhones get stuck while updating or restoring, Recovery Mode comes to the rescue as a trusted savior. Learn how you can put your iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max into Recovery Mode with ease to take control of issues!

Along with DFU Mode, Recovery Mode has long been a go-to troubleshooter for iOS users to get rid of seemingly challenging issues like “iPhone stuck on Apple logo screen.” Moreover, whenever trouble arises while updating or restoring iPhones, experts recommend entering Recovery Mode as a last resort (sort of) to take control of the issue. So, it pays to get a good hang of this trusted savior sooner than later.

Considering how pivotal this troubleshooter is, I thought it is worth sharing the ways to put iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max into Recovery Mode even though the process is quite similar to the one that existed on the iPhone X Series devices. Before getting started with the steps, ensure that you have updated iTunes to the latest version on your Windows PC or Mac.

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Is your Mac running macOS Catalina? Don’t worry, Finder now also works as an iPhone and iPad manager to let you back up, restore, and even activate Recovery Mode pretty much like iTunes. With that said, let’s get going!

How to Put iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max into Recovery Mode

Step #1. To get started, connect your iPhone to a Windows PC or Mac running macOS Mojave or earlier version. And then, launch iTunes.

Side note: As mentioned above, if your Mac is running macOS Catalina, Finder will work as iTunes. So, open any Finder window. After that, all the steps will be the same.

Step #2. Now, force restart iPhone. To do so, press and quickly release the Volume Up button. After that, press and release the Volume Down button. Then, press and hold the Side button until your iPhone 11 Series has entered the recovery mode.

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Enter Recovery Mode on iPhone 11 Pro Max, 11 Pro, and iPhone 11

Step #3. Next, you have two options:

  • Restore: It will erase the entire data on your device and install the latest iOS version.
  • Update iPhone: It will update your iPhone to the latest iOS version without deleting any content and settings.

Select your preferred option depending on your needs

Sticky note: Now, iTunes or Finder will download the software for your iPhone 11 Series, and the process should take about 15 minutes. Just in case, the process is taking more than 15 minutes, your device will automatically exit recovery mode. In this case, you will need to repeat step 2.

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How to Exit Recovery Mode on ‌iPhone 11‌ Series Devices

It’s quite straightforward to exit Recovery Mode on the 2019 iPhones. To do so, all you need to do is just press and hold the Side button until the Recovery Mode screen goes away. Now, your iPhone will reboot to return to normalcy.

Exit Recovery Mode on iPhone 11 Pro Max, 11 Pro, and iPhone 11

That’s pretty much it!

Wrapping Up…

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So, that’s how you can take advantage of this savior to solve adamant issues on your iPhone. Despite some twist that has arrived post the departure of the iconic Home button, the method has remained easy-going. And rightly so considering how significant it is.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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