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Easy Ways to Put iPhone into Restore Mode

If you have been using iPhone or any iOS devices then you must have used the Recovery Mode or at least know about it. But now, we are talking about something called, the Restore Mode and that must be very confusing. You got nothing to worry about, the Restore Mode and the Recovery Modes are the same. The Restore Mode is a failsafe. In this state, you will be able to restore the iOS and update the iOS. The rest of the detail on iPhone Restore Mode is discussed in the article below.

What is Restore Mode?

Restore Mode basically allows iTunes to restore your iOS device to its original factory settings with the latest version of iOS. The Restore Mode is needed to update the iOS and to restore the iOS. When your device is in the Restore Mode, it will show the iTunes icon on the screen along with a USB cable, at the same time iTunes will inform you that it has detected a device in Recovery Mode.

Differences Between Restore Mode and DFU Mode

Users sometimes get confused between Restore Mode and the DFU Mode. They are completely different, and they are used for different purposes. You will find the main difference between the modes during the boot, Restore Mode is used for restoring the iOS or updating the iOS but DFU Mode is used for downgrading the iOS.

How to Put iPhone in Restore Mode

Usually, you need to know specific button combinations to put your iOS device into Apple Restore Mode but nowadays you can use third-party programs to put any iOS device into Restore Mode. Using a third-party software is much simpler than holding a few buttons together in a certain order for a certain interval of time.

Way 1: Enter Restore Mode in 1 Click without Any Buttons (Free)

As mentioned before, if you need to put the device into Restore Mode without pressing any buttons, then you need to use an outside program to achieve that feat. The software you are going to use is called free iPhone recovery mode software ReiBoot. It is a very capable software, able to enter Restore Mode in just 1 Click.

Step 1: Get ReiBoot on your computer from the website and then install it.

Step 2: Launch the program and then connect the iPhone to the computer through a USB cable. ReiBoot will detect the device immediately if any message appears then just tap on "Trust".

Step 3: Next, visit the main interface of ReiBoot on your computer and select "Enter Recovery Mode". Your device will enter Restore Mode immediately.

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This procedure is also applicable to different models of iPhones, other than just iPhone 6. This 1 click method of ReiBoot has revolutionized the older button mashing method, also this software is available for free.

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Way 2: Put iPhone in Restore Mode using Buttons

Now, the old button mashing method of iPhones to enter Restore Mode, in a way is very simple, but some users get in trouble while switching from one button to another. Also, remembering the button combination is a very hectic job too as it is not the same for every iPhone. Nevertheless here are the sequences:

For iPhone XS/X/8:

These are the latest models of iPhones and they are not manufactured with a physical Home button. So, the sequence for Restore Mode is very different for them.

Step 1: Turn off the iPhone and then connect it to the computer via USB cable, then run iTunes.

Step 2: iTunes will detect the device immediately and then tap the Volume Up and then tap the Volume Down key quickly one at a time.

Step 3: Immediately after that, you need to press and hold the Side button until "Connect to iTunes" screen is visible.

For iPhone 7/7 Plus:

The iPhone 7 series also does not have a physical Home button and its button sequence is also very different from the previously mentioned models of the iPhone.

Step 1: Turn off the iPhone 7 and then press and hold the Volume Down button.

Step 2: Holding that button connect the iPhone 7 to the computer and iTunes must be running.

Step 3: Let go of the button when "Connect to iTunes" is visible.

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For iPhone 6s and Earlier:

Now, the iPhone 6 Restore Mode, iPhone 6S Restore Mode, iPhone 5 Restore Mode, iPhone 5S Restore Mode and all the other previous models of iPhones have the same button sequence to enter the Restore Mode.

Step 1: First, turn off the device.

Step 2: Next, tap and hold the Home button and connect the iPhone 6 to the computer and make sure that iTunes is running.

Step 3: Leave the button when you see "Connect to iTunes" screen.

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Finally, you have known all you need to know about the Restore or Recovery Mode. It is very different from the DFU Mode and you will need it whenever you need to update the iOS. You can use the old button sequences but using ReiBoot seems to be easier and efficient.

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