How to Put iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR into Recovery Mode [Method is Same for iPhone 8 Plus and 8]

When most tricks fail to rescue you, putting your iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, or iPhone XR into Recovery Mode (the process is same for iPhone 8/8Plus) would be the way to go. Read on to discover how to enter Recovery Mode on the newest iPhones!


Just like DFU mode, “Recovery Mode” has long been a reliable troubleshooter. And I take full advantage of it to rescue my device from complicated problems. Having said that; the method of entering Recovery Mode on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and iPhone XR (as well as iPhone 8 Plus and 8) is a bit different from earlier devices. That’s why I wanted to create a quick hands-on guide about it.

If you ever find yourself in a situation where none of the basic tricks are able to fix stubborn issues like unresponsive touchscreen, can’t download and install iOS, you should give a try to “Recovery Mode.” In most cases, it can get the job done for you. Anyway, let’s find out how it functions!

How to Enter Recovery Mode on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR (As well as iPhone 8/8 Plus)

Note: Before going through the process, make sure your computer is running the latest version of iTunes.

Step #1. Connect your iPhone to the computer and launch iTunes.

Note: If iTunes is already opened, close it and then open it again.

Step #2. Next, you have to force restart iPhone.

You need to press and quickly release the Volume Up button and then press and quickly release the Volume Down button. In the end, press and hold the Side button until the recovery mode screen appears.

Step #3. Now, you have two options: Restore or Update iPhone.

Restoring will wipe out all the existing data from your device and install the latest iOS version.

If you select Update, it will upgrade the software to the latest version while preserving all the content and settings of your device.

If you select Update, let iTunes download the software for your device.

Note: In case, the download takes more than 15 minutes, and your device exits recovery mode, allow the download to finish and repeat these steps.

Once the Update or Restore completes, set up your device following the on-screen instructions.

How to Exit Recovery Mode on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR (As well as iPhone 8/8 Plus)

Assuming your device is in recovery mode, simply disconnect the iPhone from the computer, and then press the Side button to restart it.

That’s it!

Wrapping up

Now that you know how this ever trusted savior works, never give it a miss when nothing seems to be solving the problem. If you find the process a bit confusing, there is a third-party tool called RecBoot that lets you put your iPhone into Recovery Mode with just a click. Moreover, it also excels in resolving several iOS stuck issues.

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