iOS Recovery Mode: What You Should Know

As iPhone users, you might hear about iPad/iPhone recovery mode. But not all of people really know the function of iOS recovery mode and how to use it. So, this article is here to tell you the basic knowledge of iOS recovery mode and the specific operation method.

Part 1: Basic Knowledge about iOS Recovery Mode

1. What Is iOS Recovery Mode?

iOS Recovery mode is a method to upgrade or restore your iOS device, which is a failsafe mode. If an error occurs while you are installing the iOS update, your iPhone or iPad will enter the recovery mode automatically to protect your device from further damage. When your device is in iOS recovery mode, you will see the iTunes logo and the USB cable icon in iOS 12 or earlier iOS devices. The iOS 13 recovery mode looks a slightly different. You'll see an image of an USB cable and computer icon disappear on the device's screen.

ios recovery mode

2. When Will You Need to Use iOS Recovery Mode?

In the following situations, you are suggested to get to iOS recovery mode:

  • Something got wrong with iOS device like stuck on reboot loop, screen frozen.
  • iOS device is stuck on the Apple logo for long time without progress bar
  • iPhone/iPad/iPod is stuck in iOS recovery mode.
  • iTunes won't detect your iOS device.
  • Jailbreak.

3.iOS Recovery Mode VS DFU Mode

DFU is short for Device Firmware Upgrade, also known as mandatory recovery mode, which refers to the mode that using firmware to force upgrade or downgrade iOS. Both iOS recovery mode and DFU mode can solve some system problem, but what's the difference between them? The answer would be screen display and iBoot.

Firstly, iOS devices in recovery mode will display "iTunes (computer icon for iOS 13) + USB screens" (devices with different iOS versions may have slightly different patterns). While DFU mode can only be detected by connecting computers and using software. And the device screen will be totally black.

recovery mode vs dfu mode

Secondly, the main difference between the Recovery mode and DFU mode depends on whether iBoot is launched or not. DFU mode skips the guidance of iBoot while Recovery mode need to launch iBoot during restoring or upgrading iOS device.

Part 2: How to Enter Recovery Mode iOS 13/12/11/10

Different iOS devices have different steps to enter recovery mode. In the following guide, we will show you how to enter iOS recovery mode. Before you do this, check if the iTunes you use is the latest version. And If iTunes has already turned on, you need to close it first.

Enter iOS Recovery Mode iPhone X/XR/XS/XS Max and iPhone 8/8 Plus

The steps of entering iOS recovery mode on iPhoen 8 and earlier are:

  • Connect your iPhone to PC/ Mac and launch iTunes
  • One Press and release the Volume Up button > One press and release the Volume down button> Long press the Power button and continue to press it when the device restarts. Keep pressing it even though the Apple logo appears.
  • Release the Power button when you see the prompt of Connecting to iTunes on the screen, which means your device has been entered the iOS recovery mode successfully.

Enter iOS Recovery Mode iPhone 7/7 Plus

Here are steps to enter recovery mode on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus:

  • Connect your iPhone to PC/ Mac and launch iTunes
  • Long press the Power button and slide to power off > Press the Volume down button and Power button at the same time and hold for a few seconds.
  • Keep pressing until the recovery mode screen appears on the device's screenn

Enter iOS Recovery Mode iPhone 6 or Earlier

Follow the steps below to put iPhone 6 in iOS recovery:

  • Launch iTunes on your PC/ Mac
  • Press and hold down the Power button on the right side or top for a few seconds > Slide to power off
  • After turning your iPhone off, long press and hold the Home button for about 10 seconds> Connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC, keep pressing the Home button until "Connect to iTunes" sign displays on the screen.
put iphone in recovery mode

Part 3: iOS Recovery Mode Exit

When you've entered iOS recovery mode, you can follow the steps below to exit recovery mode iOS 13/12/11/10 on iPhone/iPad/iPod.

Exit iOS Recovery Mode on iPhone XS/XR/X/8

To get out of iOS recovery mode on iPhone 8 and earlier, just disconnect it from your PC or Mac and press the Side button to boot up your iPhone.

exit ios recovery mode iphone x

Exit iOS Recovery Mode on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Just disconnect your iPhone 7/ 7 Plus from the computer, then long press both the Power button and Volume down button until Apple logo shows up.


Exit iOS Recovery Mode on iPhone 6S or Earlier

Press and hold the home button and power button at the same time for about 10 seconds until the screen goes blank. Then, you can release the home button but still hold the power button till the device restarts.

Exit recovery mode on iPhone 6S

Bonus Tip: iOS Stuck in Recovery Mode, How to Fix

iPhone stuck in iOS recovery mode after update? Is there any simple way to solve the problem of iOS stuck in recovery mode?

To fix iOS stuck in recovery mode, you can use iOS recovery mode tool like UltFone iOS System Repair. It is a secure iOS recovery mode software, which won't break any of your data and you don't need to re-install your iOS. What's more, unlike complex manual operation, , UltFone iOS System Repair can help you fix iOS to normal by a simple click. Firstly, free download this software and then follow the step below. There are two options for you.

Option 1

1. Connect the iPhone stuck in iOS recovery mode to the PC/Mac via USB cable

2. Launch the program. If "Exit Recovery Mode" is highlighted, that means it can detect your iPhone in recovery mode. In this case, you can simply click on it and wait for a few seconds.

3. Your iPhone will restart later and then it will get out of recovery mode successfully.


Option 2

If option 1 doesn't work, then you can try to use the option 2 to fix iPhone/iPad stuck in iOS recovery mode.

1. Choose "Repair Operating System" on the main screen and click "Fix Now".

repair operating system

2. Click "Download" to download the latest firmware file online.

download the firmware file

3. After the firmware is downloaded successfully, please click "Repair Now" to start recovering iOS system.

click repair now

4. When the repair process is completed, the issue of iOS stuck in recovery mode has been solved successfully.

Video Guide: How to Get iPhone Out Of Recovery Mode


After reading this article, now that you have an idea what the iOS recovery mode is and know how to enter/exit the recovery mode iOS 13/12/11 and earlier iOS device. If you find iOS recovery mode not working, use the iOS recovery mode tool to fix! You can get any iPhone/iPad/iPod touch out of iOS recovery mode by a simple click. No iTunes! No buttons! No Restore!