How to put an iPhone in recovery mode (All models)

How to Put an iPhone in Recovery Mode (All Models)

Apple devices are pretty reliable, but like any piece of tech, they sometimes crash or become non-responsive. If a hard reset doesn’t help resolve the issue, you will need to put your iPhone in recovery mode to restore it. This is different from DFU Mode, which is the ultimate last resort to get your phone working again. In recovery mode, iTunes restores your device to original factory settings but with the latest iOS and firmware. Let’s check out the process involved for iPhone 13 and other device models.

How to put iPhone 13, 12, 11, X or iPhone SE 2020, 8 in recovery mode

  1. Connect your iPhone to a computer with a Lightning to USB cable.
    Note: If your Mac runs macOS Catalina or Big Sur, use Finder. And if you are on an earlier version of macOS or Windows PC, then use iTunes.
  2. Press and then release the Volume Up button on the left side of the device.
  3. Next, press and release the Volume Down button.
  4. Now, press and hold the Side button (power button) for around ten seconds. You will see an entirely black screen. Then you will see the Apple logo (boot up screen). DO NOT RELEASE THE BUTTON.

    Enter Recovery Mode on iPhone 11 Pro Max, 11 Pro, and iPhone 11
  5. After a few seconds, you will see a lightning cable with an arrow pointing towards a Mac. NOW RELEASE THE BUTTON. You will also see a pop-up in Finder or iTunes.
  6. The Finder or iTunes pop-up says, ‘There is a problem with the iPhone that requires it to be updated or restored.’
    • Click on Update to fix the problem. This will keep all your settings and iPhone data
    • If the update is not able to fix your problem, repeat the process and now click on Restore. Restore will erase all settings and content. If you have a backup in iCloud or computer, you can later restore everything from the backup (while settings up your iPhone)

Note: In case you do not see a pop-up in Finder or iTunes in step 5, but see the lightning cable and MacBook logo on iPhone, release the button. Next, manually click on your iPhone under Locations from the left Finder sidebar on Mac or iPhone icon in iTunes.

To exit recovery mode, just press the Side button on your iPhone and release it when the lightning cable and MacBook logo disappear from the screen. Your iPhone will switch on normally.

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

How to enter recovery mode on iPhone 7 or iPhone 7

  1. Connect your device to the computer and open iTunes/Finder. Then, be sure the device icon appears on the top left menu.
  2. Press and hold the side button. Then, slide to power off.

    Power Off iPhone 7
  3. Now, press and hold the side button until connect to iTunes screen shows up on the screen.

    Put iPhone 7 into Recovery Mode

To leave recovery mode, disconnect your device from the computer. Then, press and hold the side button and volume down button until the Apple logo shows up.

How to put iPhone 6s or earlier and iPad in recovery mode

  1. Turn Off your iOS device. Press and hold down the On/Off button for 3 seconds.
  2. Now, swipe the slide to power off slider to the right.

    Power Off iPhone 7
  3. Press and hold down the Home button on your device.
  4. Now, you have to plug your iPhone into your Mac or Windows PC. Ensure iTunes is running on your computer.
  5. Next, you need to release the Home button when Connect to iTunes screen appears.

    Put iPhone 7 into Recovery Mode

iTunes will show an alert saying it’s detected an iPhone in recovery mode, and tell you to restore your device.

To exit recovery mode on iPad or iPhone 6s/SE and earlier, press and hold the Home and Power button for about 15 seconds till the screen goes blank. Then release the Home button but keep the power button pressed till your device boots up.

How to enter recovery mode on iPad Pro with Face ID

  1. Press and hold down the Sleep/Wake (top) button and the volume up or volume down button together until you see the power-off slider.
  2. Push the power-off slider to turn off the iPad Pro.
  3. Connect your device to a computer while also holding down the Sleep/Wake (top) button. Keep the button pressed until the recovery mode screen appears.
Put iPad Pro with Face ID into Recovery Mode

To exit recovery mode on iPad Pro without a Home button, disconnect your device from the computer. Then press and release the Volume Up button and then the Volume Down button. Finally, hold down the Power button until you see the Apple logo on the screen.

Summing Up

So, that’s how you can take advantage of recovery mode on all models of iPhone and iPads. It’s a real lifesaver when your device runs into some adamant issues. Let us know in the comments below if you have further questions about recovery mode.

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  1. It doesn’t work. I just updated to 14.4.2. Wnen I follow your instructions, I get the power slider. Eventually, it just goes back to my login screen.

    The screen never goes black snd the cable is never shown.

    1. It should work. If not, take a look at this official support page and see if it helps –

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