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Users who want to downgrade their iPhones to older iOS firmware, or those who want to upgrade to a firmware that is not the latest have a lot of trouble getting it done. Out of the most popular errors that iTunes throws up when you try to restore or update your iPhone's iOS firmware, you get the 3194 errors quite often.

Not only this but there's a plethora of other errors like iTunes Error 16, 1015, 1016 and the 1601 and more.

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iTunes often “detects an iPhone in recovery mode” and asks you to restore it. In fact, it doesn't give any other option than restoring which will delete the data on your iPhone. This is not an ideal solution at all.

But just in case you've fallen into the trap of the recovery mode loop, there are tools that can help you get out of it. Tools like TinyUmbrella, iReb and RecBoot kick the iPhone out of recovery mode.


RecBoot is basically a simple utility which can do two things:

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Using RecBoot to Fix iTunes Error 1015 or Similar

iTunes Error 1015 usually occurs when you update/downgrade your iPhone. It can happen right when the update goes on or after that. This puts the iPhone into recovery mode and keeps throwing the error whenever you connect your iPhone to the computer.

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In order to kick your iPhone out of the recovery mode loop and get rid of the 1015 error, you just:

  • Open RecBoot
  • Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB.
  • Now, simply press the ‘Exit Recovery Mode'

The same process can be used for getting the iPhone out of a recovery loop after iTunes Error 3194.

Recboot can also be used to put your iPhone into recovery. This is helpful when you want to restore your iPhone, or do a custom firmware upgrade. Manually, you'll have to do this to put the iPhone into recovery:

  • Connect the iPhone to your computer via USB
  • Press the Home and Power/Sleep till the screen goes blank
  • Right when it happens, release the sleep button and keep pressing the home button.
  • iTunes will tell you that the device is in recovery mode.

But of course, this can be a little tricky. In fact, this can be a lot tricky. That is why using RecBoot can be helpful.

With RecBoot, all you do is just this:

  • Connect iPhone to compute
  • Open RecBoot
  • Press ‘Enter Recovery Mode' and you're done!

RecBoot is not as versatile as TinyUmbrella is – and that's one of the reasons why people move to TU or iReb. However, if you're still in iOS 5.x with older devices, there's a good chance that RecBoot will come in handy a lot of times.

Download RecBoot for Mac

RecBoot for Windows is quite old (1.3) and requires LibUSB and .NET framework. TinyUmbrella is a better solution.

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Download TinyUmbrella for Windows

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  • Alym Selim Nagarba

    didn’t work, i’m running ios 7.0.6 jailbroken and stuck in recovery mode and run recboot and exit recovery mode, my iphone restarted and go back again to recovery mode. please help.

    • Is your iPhone jailbroken? Try getting into safe mode as the iPhone boots (keep pressing volume up button as the iPhone boots)

      • Alym Selim Nagarba

        i already did that safe mode by keep pressing the volume button while booting but the recovery mode still there. i’m stuck, but i already restore my iphone using itunes and i totally updated my iphone to ios 7.1 and waiting for ios 7.1 jailbreak, otherwise help me for what am i doing if i stuck again in recovery mode.

  • Andrew

    Is there any difference between this and TinyUmbrella? TU did not work for both my 1015 and 3194 errors on a 3G.

    • RecBoot is different from TU. TU is more into firmware (IPSW) but
      RecBoot kicks your iPhone out of recovery mode. Single purpose.

      • Andrew

        Thanks. I’ll give it a try if nothing else works.