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How to Save My Data If Stuck into Recovery Mode

By Carrie Murray, Friday, October 14, 2016

As you have learned from the last article, recovery mode is commonly used to fix upgrade or restore problems. However, some users reported that when they attempted to fix problems with recovery mode, they got a new problem: the iOS device was stuck into recovery mode. So this article will be about how to get your iOS device out of recovery mode. Furthermore, we'll cover the tips to save data when device is stuck in recovery mode.

Stuck at Recovery Mode

Part 1: How to Get Out of Recovery Mode

There are three ways to exit recovery mode when your iPhone/iPad/iPod gets stuck: get rid of the recovery mode manually, via iTunes or with FonePaw iOS System Recovery.

1. Get Out of Recovery Mode Manually

Step 1. Press and hold the "Home" and "Power" button at the same time until the device shuts off completely.

Step 2. Release the "Power" button but keep holding the "Home" button for about 10 seconds.

Step 3. Release the "Home" and then press the "Power" button to restart your iOS device.

Your device should be back to normal now. You can then set up the device.

2. Get Out of Recovery Mode via iTunes

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer via lightning cable.

Step 2. Then open iTunes. After iTunes detects your iPhone, you'll see the message saying that your iPhone is in recovery mode and you need to restore it. Click "OK" to restore it.

iTunes Detect Device in Recovery Mode

Step 3. iTunes will then begin to restore your device to factory state. You can get back the data if you have a backup.

 If you don't get the message saying your device is in recovery mode, please power off your iPhone by pressing the "Power" button until the screen becomes dark. Then press the "Home" button. When the phone is on, keep pressing the "Home" button until the message pops up in iTunes.

3. Get Out of Recovery Mode via FonePaw iOS System Recovery

When your device is stuck at recovery mode, you rarely can exit the recovery mode manually. So most users will use iTunes to get out of the recovery mode, but this also means that they are putting their important files in risk. If they don't have a backup, they'll certainly lose those precious contacts, photos, iMessages, etc. Even they do have a backup, the files that are created after the backup was made won't be included. To avoid any data loss in the iOS devices, some users choose a cleverer way to get the devices out of recovery mode - by using FonePaw iOS System Recovery.

Comparing with iTunes, the program will fix the stuck device while keeping all data safe in the device. You device will be the same as it was before entering the recovery mode. Moreover, the program will show you with detailed instuctions, making it possible for you repair the stuck device alone in simple steps. Now take your first step by downloading the FonePaw iOS System Recovery on your computer.


Step 1. Connect Troublesome Device to PC

Lauch the program on your computer and enter "More Tools" > "iOS System Recovery". Then use USB ligtning to connect your device to the PC. After the device is connected, click "Start".

Click Start to Begin

Step 2.Download Firmware Package

The program will detect that the device is at abnormal state. Click "Confirm" and you'll see the information of your device presented. Make sure the information is correct so that the program can download suitable firmware package for your device. Then press on "Repair" button.

Check Device Information

Step 3. Get Device Out of Recovery Mode

The program'll begin to repair and get your device out of recovery mode. All you need to do is keeping the network on your PC connected, not using or moving your device and waiting. After the repairing is completed, your device will reboot automatically and you will find that all data on your device are safe and sound.

Keep Internet Connected

Part 2: How to Save Data If Device Stuck at Recovery Mode

If you insist to use iTunes to fix your device stuck at recovery mode, all contents in your device are wiped out after exiting the recovery mode. Hate to lose precious photos, messages, contacts and other data on your device? Use FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery to save the data on computer.


Save Data From iTunes Backup

Step 1. Launch FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery on your computer and choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File".

Step 2. From the iTunes backups on your computer, choose the most recent one according to the date. Then click "Start Scan" to scan the backup file.

Choose Recover from iTunes Backup

Step 3. The scanning could take a while depending on the size of the backup file. After the scanning, you could see that the data of your device is organized in different folders. Tick the blank beside the name of your device and click "Restore" button to save all data on your computer.

Save iOS Data


  • Make sure you have made backups via iTunes on your computer.

  • You can also select part of the data to recover. Just tick the data you need and click "Recover".

Save Data From iCloud Backup

Step 1. On the FonePaw program, choose "Recover from iCloud Backup File". And sign in with your Apple ID and password.

Sign in iCloud Account

Step 2. Select the most recent backup file to recover. Click the "Download" button, there'll be pop-up window to allow you to select file types to save on your computer. You may tick "Select All" to save all data.

Choose File Type from iCloud Backup

Step 3. Wait for the download to complete. Then click "Recover" button on the bottom right corner to save the data.

Save iOS Data from iCloud Backup


  • If the information of the data is displayed in red, this means that the data has been deleted from the device.

Part 3: How to Transfer Data You Have Saved from PC to Device

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery will save your data on computer. Therefore, if you want the data back to your device, you can use other tool - FonePaw iOS Transfer to transfer the data from PC to your iOS device in several click. Just connect your device to the program, add the files from PC to the program, and transfer the date to the device.

FonePaw iOS Transfer Homepage

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