How to get iPhone out of recovery mode

When your iPhone, iPad or iPad stuck in recovery mode or you want to manually put your device in recovery mode, you may want to know the steps on how to exit recovery mode or get iPhone out of recovery mode.

Exit Recovery Mode on iPhone, iPad or iPad

The most common reason for iPhone, iPad or iPod stuck in recovery mode is accidental operating system corruption while installing an iOS update.

In this case, Apple’s built-in security mechanism puts your iPhone into recovery mode to protect your device from further damage.

If your iPhone, iPad, or iPad is stuck in recovery mode, you’ll see a black screen with a charging cable and a computer icon or an iTunes icon, depending on the version of iOS installed on your device.

In either case, you will not be able to use your device until the corrupted or faulty operating system is erased from your device and the latest version of iOS operating system is downloaded and installed on your device.

1. Exit Recovery Mode on iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone 11 and later

You can quickly get these iPhone models out of recovery mode by following the steps below.

1. Press and release volume up button and then press and release the volume down Button.

2. Next, press and hold the side button (Power button) until your device begins with the white Apple logo.

White Apple logo on black screen

2. Get iPhone 7 out of recovery mode

1. Hold down both side (performance) and volume down Keys.

2. Keep holding both buttons until your device starts with the Apple logo.

3. Exit Recovery Mode on iPhone 6 and earlier

1.Hold down the home and perfomance Keys.

2. Keep holding both buttons until your device starts with the Apple logo.

Fix iPhone in recovery mode

While you can manually exit recovery mode using the steps above, you won’t be able to use your device or fix any problems until the operating system on your device is either updated or replaced with a stable version of iOS.

Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your Mac or Windows computer and follow the steps below to fix the underlying issue on your device.

1. Connect iPhone to computer with its charging cable.

2. open that finder on your Mac (macOS Catalina or later). If you’re using an earlier version of macOS or Windows PC, open Open iTunes (If iTunes is already open, close and reopen iTunes).

3. Force your device into recovery mode by following the steps specific to your iPhone model.

iPhone 8 and later: Press and release volume up key > Press and release volume down key > Next, hold down side button (Power button) until you see the Recovery mode screen.

iPhone recovery mode screen

iPhone 7/7Plus: Hold down the side and volume down buttons at the same time. Keep holding them until you see the recovery mode screen.

iPhone 6 or older: press and hold home and side (Power) buttons simultaneously. Keep holding them until you see the recovery mode screen (iTunes logo and cable).

4.Once your device enters recovery mode, you will see a pop-up where you can do both To update or Restore your device.

iPhone recovery mode options

Choose the update option that tries to update your device without deleting anything from it.

If that doesn’t help, force your iPhone into recovery mode again (with step #3) and this time select the Restore Possibility.

That Restore Option will completely erase all data and the operating system from your iPhone and install the latest version of the software on your device.

Either way, wait patiently for the download to complete. If the download takes longer than 15 minutes, your device may exit the mode.

In this case, wait for the download to finish > repeat steps 3 and 4 (choose update or restore depending on your needs).

5.After the update/restore process is complete, your device will start with the “Hello” screen.

iPhone welcome screen with slide to setup option

Follow the onscreen instructions until you reach the Apps & Data screen. Choose Restore from iCloud or iTunes Option (if backup is available). If not, choose Set as new iPhone Possibility.

Set up as a new iPhone option on the Apps and Data screen.

If no backup is available or usable, your only option is Set as new iPhone and you cannot recover the data on your iPhone.


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