How to Enter & Exit iPhone Recovery Mode

Surely you would have come across people talking about "iPhone Recovery Mode", but you did not bother to know about it much thinking that you will find out about it when the time comes. Well, you should at least know the basic of this as it is used in many solutions when your iPhone stops functioning or is not functioning as it should. This article will guide you about Recovery Mode of iPhone so that you can use it whenever required.

What is iPhone Recovery Mode and When to Use?

Recovery Mode is in fact a failsafe of iBoot which is generally used in cases when you need to revive your iPhone with a new version of operating system. This is generally useful when your iPhone operating system is undergoing a few glitches and is not working properly, or when it is being upgraded through iTunes. This proves to be very handy in cases when you are trying to troubleshoot your device. It can also be used to jailbreak any iPhone in case you have got locked out of your iPhone. This means that, all the iPhone users have used Recovery Mode directly or indirectly without knowing, while upgrading the operating system of the phone to a newer version.

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iPhone Recovrey mode is iTunes logo screen with code Screen .

How to Put iPhone in Recovery Mode

The ways of entering into Recovery Mode is slightly different for different versions of iPhone models. Below you can find out how you can enter recovery mode for each model.

Method 1: Use Free ReiBoot

A freeware called Free iPhone Recovery Mode Software ReiBoot can help put your iPhone into Recovery mode with just 1 click. No need to press buttons, no need to use iTunes, either. So if you don't know how to press corresponding buttons to enter Recovery mode, or accidently have the iPhone buttons broken. This is the best choice to proceed. Just download the software and connect your device. Then click on "Enter Recovery Mode", and it's done!

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Method 2: Connect to iTunes and Press Buttons

If you don't want to try the free ReiBoot, you can also manually get iPhone into Recovery mode using the buttons. Detailed instructions are listed below.

Putting iPhone 6/6 Plus and earlier models into Recovery Mode:

Step 1: For iPhone 6 Recovery Mode & iPhone 6s Recovery Mode, first connect the iPhone to your PC/laptop/Mac.

Step 2: Press the two buttons: Home & Side, and don't release them.

Step 3: Only once you see "Connect to iTunes", should you release the buttons.

Putting iPhone 7/ 7 Plus models into Recovery Mode:

Step 1: For iPhone 7 Recovery Mode, first connect the iPhone to your PC/laptop/Mac.

Step 2: Press the two buttons: Volume Down & Side, and don't release them.

Step 3: Only once you see "Connect to iTunes", should you release the buttons.

Putting iPhone 8/8 Plus/X/XS/XS Max/XR models into Recovery Mode:

Step 1: Connect the iPhone to your PC/laptop/Mac.

Step 2: Press the two buttons quickly one after the other: Volume Up & Volume Down, and don't release them.

Step 3: After this, press the Side button and keep holding it till you see "Connect to iTunes". Once this appears on the screen you can release the button

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How to Get iPhone Out Of Recovery Mode

Just like entering into Recovery Mode, ReiBoot can help you exit Recovery mode for free. You don't have to search any other solutions, just simply connect the device and hit "Exit Recovery Mode" option, your iPhone will then reboot without seeing the "connect to iTunes" screem.

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iPhone Stuck in Recovery Mode, How to Fix

There is a possibility that your iPhone gets stuck in Recovery Mode and won't exit after the software update or jailbreak or restore. One can definitely use iTunes to fix this issue, but all the data on your iPhone is sure to get erased if you use iTunes. A much safer way in which all your data in the phone remains intact is by using Tenorshare ReiBoot. It offers 1-click enter/exit Recovery Mode functionality. You can use this software in the following way.

Step 1: Open your PC/Mac/laptop, download and install Tenorshare ReiBoot on it.

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Step 2: Connect your iPhone which is stuck in Recovery Mode to the laptop or PC.

Step 3: Even if your iPhone is stuck in Recovery mode, it can be easily detected by this software, click on the highlighted second option "Repair Operating System" to start repairing.

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Step 4: Download the firmware online and proceed repairing process once it's ready.

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After the repairing process is done, your iPhone will reboot and successfully get out of Recovert Mode. This is a simple way of getting out of Recovery Mode when stuck without losing any data.


It is very important to know about Apple Recovery Mode as it is very essential when performing certain operations on your iPhone like, troubleshooting, jailbreak or software update. The guide above tells you how you can use recovery mode on different models of iPhone and also how you can exit the Recovery Mode whenever necessary. If stuck while exiting Recovery Mode, the best software to turn to is Tenorshare ReiBoot, which is highly recommended.

Fix iPhone Stuck Issues without Data Loss

  Updated on 2020-01-13 / Update for  iPhone Tips

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