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How to Put iPhone in Recovery Mode

author Emily Watson
date Wednesday, June 13, 2018

There are certain situations you need to put your iPhone in recovery mode. Perhaps it freezes, it keeps restarting continuously, it is not being recognized by iTunes (opens new window) or you were attempting to jailbreak it (or you already did) and need to restore it to its original state. Whatever the reason is, putting iPhone in recovery mode will allow you to restore your device while at the same time getting rid of these issues.

The steps to enter recovery mode are different on different generations of iPhone. You need to follow the right steps; otherwise, your iPhone won't go into recovery mode. Now follow the steps that are right for your iPhone to get into recovery mode.


  • Restoring iPhone in recovery mode with iTunes will erase all contents. Therefore, always backup your iPhone before getting the device into recovery mode. If you are unable to make a backup right now, use FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery (opens new window) to recover data from old iTunes/iCloud backup.
  • If the iPhone gets stuck at recovery mode, jump to Part 4 to get iPhone out of recovery mode.

Part 1: How to Put iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/6/6s/6s Plus in Recovery Mode

If you have an iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 5/5c/5s, iPhone 6/6s/6 Plus/6s Plus, you can put the device into recovery mode in the following steps.

Step 1 Turn off iPhone by pressing and holding Sleep/Wake button for a few seconds until the red slider to turn your iPhone off appears. Slide it and wait until your iPhone is completely off.

Slide to Power off iPhone

Step 2 Plug your iPhone's USB cable to your computer's USB port to connect the iPhone with computer.

Step 3 Launch iTunes on the computer. You are recommended to use the latest iTunes on the computer.

Tip: Some users wonder if they can put an iPhone in recovery mode without computer. The truth is, iPhone cannot enter recovery mode without computer. Therefore, borrow a computer if you don't have it right now.

Step 4 Press and hold both Sleep/Wake and Home buttons all at the same time. Keep holding the two buttons until you see the iPhone screen with connect-to-iTunes icon. Note: Do not release the button when you see Apple logo. Otherwise, iPhone won't go into recovery mode but restarts itself instead.

Put iPhone 6 in Recovery Mode

Part 2: How to Put iPhone 7/7 Plus in Recovery Mode

Since iPhone 7/7 Plus ditches the physical home button, it takes different steps to go in recovery mode.

Step 1 Power off iPhone 7 or 7 Plus.

Step 2 Connect iPhone 7/7 Plus to a PC or Mac. Run iTunes on the PC or Mac.

Step 3 Press and hold Volume Down and Power button. Just keep holding these two buttons until "Connect to iTunes" appears.

Put iPhone 7 in Recovery Mode

Part 3: How to Put iPhone 8/8 Plus/X in Recovery Mode

iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X comes with many new changes. And the method to enter recovery mode is also changed on iPhone 8/8 Plus/X.

Step 1 Power off iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X.

Step 2 Plug iPhone 8/8 Plus/X into computer and open iTunes.

Step 3 Then press and release Volume up button first, then press and release Volume Down button. Quickly holding the Side button until you see iPhone says connect to iTunes.

Put iPhone X in Recovery Mode

When iPhone is in recovery mode, you should be seeing a popup message on iTunes that says that there is an iPhone or iPad which is into Recovery Mode and that first needs to be restored in order to use it. Then click on OK to restore iPhone.

Restore or Update iPhone on iTunes

Part 4: How to Get iPhone out of Recovery Mode

If your iPhone is in good status, usually the iPhone will exit recovery mode automatically after restoring with iTunes.

And to get iPhone out of recovery mode without restore, you can:

  • On iPhone 8/7/6/5/4, long press power button until the device is off. Then press the power button again to restart the phone.
  • On iPhone X, press side button with volume up or volume down button until the screen is black. Then press the power button to reboot the device.

If iPhone won't get out of recovery mode, read How to Get iPhone Out of Recovery Mode (opens new window)

Part 5: How to Recover Data from iTunes/iCloud Backup After Recovery Mode

After restoring iPhone with iTunes in recovery mode, all data is erased on the iPhone. So you need to recover iPhone data from iTunes or iCloud backup. Here you can use FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery (opens new window) to help you.

When restoring backups with the FonePaw program, you can selectively recover only the data you need without restoring the whole backup. Another great thing is that the FonePaw program can displays not just the latest backup but the iTunes/iCloud backups that you have made all the time. Also, you can view what's in the backup before recovery.

How does this FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery work? Read on.

Step 1 After downloading the program, install and launch it on your computer.

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Step 2 Then choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File", you will see the backup files on your computer.

Recovery Mode of iTunes Backup

Or Select "Recover from iCloud Backup Files". Then, you will see the main interface as below. Enter your iCloud account and password to sign in to view all iCloud backups.

Recovery Mode of iCloud Backup

Step 3 Select the backup file you wanted and click "Start Scan" to extract the content from your iPhone backup file.

Step 4 When the scan is over, you will all data on the backup are listed and displayed in categories. Before the recovery, you are allowed to preview them one by one. Then choose the data you want to restore and click "Recover" to save them on your computer.

Recover iPhone Photos from iCloud