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Everything You Want to Know about Recovery Mode

Things can go wrong on your smartphones and other devices and manufacturers know it from the beginning. So, they have included a mode called Recovery Mode on your devices that allows you to boot your device into a mode which lets you troubleshoot the issue. Even if your device doesn't boot normally, it would boot up in the Recovery Mode giving you a chance to fix your device.

iOS devices, Android devices, and even your Mac has a Recovery Mode to help you fix issues on your system. In the following guide, you are going to learn what this mode is, how you can put your device into the mode, and finally how you can get your device out of the Recovery Mode.

Part 1. What Is Recovery Mode?

If you have never used the Recovery Mode before, you wouldn't know what it is. The Recovery Mode is a mode in which your device only loads the essential system tools to boot up your device. Then, you can use other utilities on your system to fix the issues.

1. iPhone/iPad Recovery Mode

For iOS-based devices, there is an iPhone Recovery Mode and then there is an iPad Recovery Mode. Both the modes work the same way as they both run out of iOS on your device.

You are going to need to use the Recovery Mode when your device doesn't turn on, your device is stuck somewhere, and so on.

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2. Android Recovery Mode

The Android Recovery Mode allows you to do more than what the iOS Recovery Mode does. You will need to use the Recovery Mode when you want to flash a custom ROM, flash a stock ROM, flash a custom recovery, flash a stock recovery, backup your device, or wipe your device. It also helps troubleshoot many issues on your device.

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3. Mac Recovery Mode

You may not know but your Mac also comes with the Recovery Mode to help you perform several actions as well as troubleshoot issues on your machine. You will need to use the Mac Recovery Mode when you want to verify connected devices, reinstall the operating system, restore a Time Machine backup, and use the Safari browser.

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Part 2. How to Put iPhone/iPad/Android Phone/Mac into Recovery Mode?

Now that you know what the Recovery Mode is and when you should use it, you may want to reboot your devices into the Recovery Mode to see it for yourself. It's easy to do that on iOS, Android, and Mac machines and the following shows how.

1. One Click to Put iPhone or iPad into Recovery Mode Free

Generally, you need to go through multiple steps before your device is in the Recovery Mode. Fortunately, there is an app called Tenorshare ReiBoot that allows you to reboot your iOS based device into the Recovery Mode in a single click and best part is that, it is free.

Step 1: Launch the app on your computer and connect your iOS device to your computer.

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Step 2: Click on Enter Recovery Mode in the app and it will reboot your device into the Recovery Mode.

Your iPhone or iPad should now be in the Recovery Mode.

2. Manually Reboot Your iPhone/iPad into Recovery Mode

There is a manual way to put your iPhone or iPad into Recovery Mode and it works like the following:

For XS/XS Max/XR/X/8/8 Plus: Plug your iPhone into your Mac or Windows PC and make sure iTunes is running. Press and release the Volume Up button and then the Volume Down button. Then, press and hold the Side button until you see the connect to iTunes screen.

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For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Turn off your device. Press and hold down the volume down button on your iPhone 7. Plug your iPhone 7 into your Mac or Windows PC and make sure iTunes is running. Release the volume down button when you see the Connect to iTunes screen.

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For iPhone 6s or earlier or iPad: you need to Turn off your device. Hold down the Home button and than plug it into your computer; Keep holding down the Home button until you see the Connect to iTunes screen.

3. Enter Android Recovery Mode

The key combination to get into the Recovery Mode on Android devices varies so you are going to need the brand specific steps to be able to reboot your device into the said mode. Below we take Samsung for example.

Turn off your device. Press and hold down Volume Up + Home + Power buttons together to reboot into Recovery Mode.

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4. Boot a Mac into Recovery Mode

Rebooting a Mac into the Recovery Mode is just as easy as rebooting an iOS/Android device into the said mode. The following is how you do it.

Step 1: Reboot your Mac by clicking on the Apple logo and choosing Restart.

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Step 2: When your Mac reboots, press and hold down Command + R keys together.

Your Mac will reboot into the Recovery Mode instead of the normal mode. You will see the Mac utility appearing on your screen.

Part 3. How to Exit Recovery Mode on iPhone/iPad/Android Phone/Mac?

If you have finished doing what you wanted to do in the Recovery Mode and now wish to get out of it, here's how you do it.

1. One Click to Get out of iPhone/iPad Recovery Mode

We are going to use the one click method to get out of the Recovery Mode on your iPhone or iPad:

Step 1: Launch the ReiBoot app on your computer and plug in your iPhone/iPad to your computer.

Step 2: Click on Exit Recovery Mode in the app and it will bring your iOS device out of the Recovery Mode.

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Your iPhone or iPad should now be in normal mode. You can also use the above method when your iPhone stuck in recovery mode.

Also Read:
How to Solve support.apple.com/iPhone/Restore Screen.
Fix iPhone stuck in Recovery Mode in iOS 11.
Fix iPhone stuck in Recovery Mode in iOS 12.

2. Get out of Android Recovery Mode

Exiting the Recovery Mode on Android devices is also easy as there's a built-in option in the mode allowing you to exit the mode.

While you're in the Recovery Mode, choose the option that says reboot system now and your Android device will reboot into the normal mode.

3. Get out of Mac Recovery Mode

Your Mac gives you an effortless way to exit from Recovery Mode and you need to do the following to quit the mode on your machine.

While you're in the Mac Recovery Mode, click on the Apple logo and choose either Restart or Shut Down to exit the Recovery Mode.

Conclusion

We hope the above guide helps you learn everything you ever wanted to know about the Recovery Mode and how to enter&exit recovery mode. You now also know how to boot your various devices into the Recovery Mode for troubleshooting issues.

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