How To Put iPhone iPod & iPad into Recovery Mode & Get out of it

by Vishal Toshiwal 1

iPhone 6 - Recovery Mode

No matter if you think your iPhone won’t crash due to its quality apps, or may it be Apple’s dedicated OS build. But it would be ridiculous to think that it won’t happen ever. There are sometimes that you can’t possibly control the situations. For instance, the iOS device is not being recognized by iTunes then you may need to perform a recovery mode restore, even in several cases of failed attempts of iOS updates gone wrong.

Steps to Put Your iPhone into Recovery Mode

  1. First you have to connect the USB cable to your computer, but remember do not connect it to your iPhone.
  2. Switch off your iPhone by holding down the sleep/hold button in the top right corner until the slider appears at the top. Slide to power off. And if, unfortunately, your phone won’t respond to it, then you have to hold the sleep/wake button and the home button together until the screen goes dark.
  3. Now while pressing and holding the Home button down, connect the USB cable to the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The device should turn on. The iPhone will turn on and display the Apple logo. Keep holding the home button until the iTunes logo/USB cable appears on the screen. When appeared, you can let it go then. There, you go; the phone is now in recovery mode.iPhone - Recovery Mode
  4. Note that if the red empty battery icon appears onscreen, let the phone charge for a few minutes to ensure that the battery has some charge, and then restart the process with Step 2. If you don’t see the Connect to iTunes screen, try these steps 1 through 4 again.
  5. Otherwise, iTunes will automatically launch and inform you that your device is in recovery mode and that you need to restore the device:
  6. When the phone is in recovery mode, a window will pop up in iTunes saying that the phone is in recovery mode and needs to be restored. If the iTunes pop-up doesn’t open, then you have to open the application yourself.
  7. Now click on the OK button, and then click on Restore button to restore the device.
  8. After the device has been restored, follow the on-screen instructions to set it up, and recover from the backup.

Getting Your iPhone Out of the Recovery Mode

Exiting recovering mode is easy, if you are not sure to carry on the procedure of recovery mode, then you can always exit the recovery mode safely. All this can be done by deleting your data and restoring your phone. To do that, you need to unplug the device from the USB cable, immediately. Then, after that hold down the sleep/wake button until it turns off. Let go of the button and then hold it down again until the Apple logo appears on the screen. Release the button again, as the device boot up. Note that this would only work if your device was working properly at first place.

Vishal Toshiwal

Born in West India, raised in the North and currently chasing dreams in the southern part of India- Vishal is an entrepreneurial spirit, a tech enthusiast and a writer by profession, who is busy taking pictures when he is not writing. He would love to talk to you about the latest movies, TV shows and DC/Marvel comics. As a personal rule, he doesn't let a day get by without at least one dessert. Because, why not?

  • TerryMCP

    Hey Vishal, nice article here.
    I notice many iPhone users stuck in recovery mode when they updated their iOS version and can not restore their iPhone via iTunes. Do you have any solution for this?