You will need to put your iPhone in Recovery Mode if you are having issues that the regular on-again-off-again trick won’t fix. From Recovery Mode, you would be able to restore or update your iPhone without issues. It’s not something that’s needed all the time, but it can be useful when your phone isn’t operating as it should and getting stuck. Below is a rundown of steps how to put iPhone in Recovery Mode.
When do you need to put iPhone in Recovery Mode?
There are a number of reasons that you might need to put your iPhone into Recovery Mode. These reasons might include:
- Your iPhone will not update
- Your iPhone will not restore using the regular way through Settings
- Your iPhone shows the ‘Connect to iTunes’ logo
What’s the difference between DFU Mode and Recovery Mode?
DFU mode is used to stop the iPhone operating system (iOS) loading on your phone. You can use it to switch operating systems or jailbreak your phone. Recovery Mode is used to restore your iPhone back to its factory settings. Once you’ve entered DFU Mode or Recovery Mode, you can get out of it – it’s not like starting yourself off down a one way street.
How to enter Recovery Mode
If you need to enter Recovery Mode, you’ll need three things: your iPhone, a computer with iTunes installed on it, and your data cord to connect the two. Here’s how to force your phone into Recovery Mode:
- Open iTunes on your computer.
- Use your data cord and connect the iPhone to your computer.
- Press your Home button and your On/Off button down at the same time and hold it.
- When the screen on your iPhone goes black, let go of the On/Off button.
- Wait for iTunes to display the message “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes”.
If this method doesn’t work, you can try doing the following steps instead:
- Make sure your phone is not connected to your computer already and you have iTunes running.
- Switch off your iPhone by holding the On/Off button and then switching the slider to shut down.
- Press the Home button and hold it down while you connect your iPhone to the computer.
- Wait until the Connect to iTunes screen comes up on your phone then release the Home button.
- iTunes will display “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes”.
What to do after you enter Recovery Mode
Once you’re in Recovery Mode, you are then able to start the process to either restore or update your device.
If you want to restore your iPhone, you will need to have a copy of your phone’s data backed up – either with iTunes or via iCloud that you can put back on your phone. If you haven’t backed up, you will lose all your data.
If you simply need to do an update, it should be fine once you’ve placed your phone into recovery and start the update process via iTunes. Sometimes you are not able to update your iPhone over the air, due to not having enough space or unstable Internet connections. By using iTunes when connected with your phone, many of these issues will, as if by magic, disappear.
If you are still having issues with your iPhone even after following the steps how to put iPhone in Recovery Mode, then it might be time to take it into the Apple store for the experts to have a look at it. Most issues with iPhones can be solved on the spot by the in-store team and if not, your phone can taken off to the lab to see what’s wrong with it.
Depending on whether your phone is within warranty or not, you might be charged for this service. The standard Apple warranty comes with a one year guarantee, which many people choose to extend for an added peace of mind.
If you think you need to visit the Apple store then you can make a reservation via their online booking system. You can browse through the support section on the Apple website to find out just how to bring in your phone for repairs.