How to Put the iPhone into Recovery Mode – Quick Tip

Are you confused about the functionality of DFU and Recovery mode and what separates them from each other? Go through this complete guide to get your doubts cleared and also find the easy way to enter and exit Recovery mode on your iOS device!

As an iPhone user, I have gone through the path of DFU and Recovery modes a number of times. Whenever I run into any complicated issue which doesn’t seem to be ending or threaten to render my iOS device useless, these two modes help me break the shackles.

Even though most of you may be fully aware of how to put your iPhone into DFU or recovery mode, many of you may not be aware of the difference between the two modes. Keeping in mind how significant they are, we have tried to explain their major functionality and what separates them from each other. Let’s find out!

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DFU Mode vs Recovery Mode

  • DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode puts your iPhone and iPad into a state in which it is able to communicate with iTunes; even without activating boot loader or iOS. Most significantly, it allows your device to get restored from any state.
  • However, in recovery mode, iTunes restores your iPhone to its original factory settings but with the latest iOS and firmware.
  • If your iOS device is unresponsive or faced with any intriguing issue, updating through Software Update is not working; recovery mode can let you fix the issue.
  • When your iPhone is in Recovery mode, you will see iTunes logo and Lightning cable on the screen, indicating that you need to connect the device to a computer.
  • DFU mode lets you change and choose the firmware you wish to install on your iPhone.
  • To be more precise, if you wish to install a previous version of iOS, unlock SIM, you will need to use DFU mode.
  • Just in case recovery mode isn’t working on your device to either troubleshoot any issue or get it back into working condition, DFU mode can help you fix the problem.
  • When your iPhone is in DFU mode, you will see a black screen with nothing on it.

Jump over to this guide to find out how to enter DFU mode on your iOS device.

How to Put iPhone or iPad into Recovery Mode

How to Enter iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus or 8 into Recovery Mode

There are a couple of things you should keep in mind before starting out. Ensure that the computer is running the latest version of iTunes. Besides, be sure Find My iPhone is turned off as you won’t be able to restore your device if it’s enabled. (Settings → Apple ID banner → iCloud → Find My iPhone).

Another important thing, you should always back up your device before using Recovery Mode. Even if something goes wrong, your data will continue to be on the safer side of the stream.

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Step #1. Connect your device to the computer and launch iTunes. Now, make sure the device shows up at the top left menu.

Step #2. Now, press and quickly release the Volume Up button, press and quickly release the Volume Down button.  And then, press and hold the Side button until the recovery mode screen appears.

Step #3. Next, you get two options: Restore or Update iPhone.

  • If you select Restore, all the data of your device will be cleaned up, and the latest version of iOS will be installed on it.
  • When selecting Update, your device will be upgraded to the latest iOS version, but all of your existing data will continue to be on the device safely.

You can go ahead with the preferred option.

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How to Exit Recovery Mode on iPhone X, 8/8 Plus

Once your device has restored or updated, it will automatically be out of Recovery Mode. But just in case, you have accidentally put your device into this mode, you just need to disconnect the device from the computer and then press and hold the side button to restart the device.

How to Put iPhone 7/7 Plus into Recovery Mode

Step #1. Connect your device to the computer and open iTunes. Then, be sure the device icon appears on the top left menu.

Step #2. Press and hold the side button. Then, slide to power off.

Step #3. Now, press and hold the side button until connect to iTunes screen shows up on the screen.

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How to Exit Recovery Mode on iPhone 7/7 Plus

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

How to Enter into Recovey Mode on iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE or Earlier and iPad

Step #1. Turn Off your iOS device. Press and hold down the On/Off button for 3 seconds.

Step #2. Now, swipe the slide to power off slider to the right.

Step #3. Press and hold down the Home button on your device.

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Step #4. Now, you have to plug your iPhone into your Mac or Windows PC. Ensure iTunes is running on your computer.

Step #5. Next, you need to release the Home button when Connect to iTunes screen appears.

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

How to Exit Recovery Mode on iPhone 6s/SE or Earlier and iPad

Step #1. Press and hold the Home and Power button for about 15 seconds till the screen goes blank.

Step #2. Now release the Home button but press the power button till it boots up.

How to Enter and Exit Recovery Mode on iPhone and iPad with Just a Click

Don’t want to mess with the physical buttons of your iOS device or wish to instantly enter or exit Recovery mode? ReiBoot can be of immense help to you.

This iPhone management tool excels in letting you not just use this mode more conveniently but also fix a number of adamant issues iPhone stuck at Apple logo, stuck on black screen, blue screen of death and more. To know more about this software, check out our detailed review.

That’s it!

Over to you

Assuming, you can now use Recovery Mode with ease on your iOS device. Have any question? Toss it up in the comments below.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.



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