Recovery Mode is an iOS mechanism that is often used to fix iOS devices when they run into various software issues and become unresponsive. Recovery mode will boot the device in iBoot often, allowing you to check or scan the device without interference from the iPhone’s bootloader.
Therefore, it may become necessary to enter recovery mode for a variety of reasons. But sometimes your iPhone can get stuck in recovery mode and it may be difficult to use. The solutions in this article will help you fix an iPhone that is stuck in recovery mode. But, let’s begin with the reasons why your iPhone may be stuck in recovery mode.
In order to fix the problem permanently, it is important to understand why your iPhone is stuck in recovery mode. There are only two reasons why your iPhone may be stuck in recovery mode: software corruption and hardware issues.
If you dropped your iPhone or it suffered liquid damage right before it was stuck in recovery mode, then the problem is hardware-related.
The software causes of this issue are often one of the following:
When an iOS update fails or is corrupted.
When an attempt at a jailbreak fails.
When you had put the device in recovery mode to fix another problem.
The following are some of the best ways to get your iPhone out of recovery mode when it is stuck:
The first solution that we recommend you try is a force restart. Choose one of the following methods depending on the iPhone model you have:
iPhone 6 or Earlier: Press and Hold the Sleep/Wake (Side) button and the Home button at the same time until the Apple Logo appears.
iPhone 7/7 Plus: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and Volume Down button at the same time until the Apple Logo appears.
iPhone 8/8 Plus and Newer Models: Press and release the Volume Up button, press and release the Volume Down button and then press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple Logo appears on the screen.
If a force restart doesn’t get your iPhone out of recovery mode, we recommend using an iOS system recovery tool. LazePaw iOS System Recovery is a program whose main function is to help you fix a iPhone that is will not work properly. Other than repairing an iOS system that will not work properly, LazePaw will also be very useful in allowing you to get your iPhone out of recovery mode in a single click and for free.
The program has been updated to support iOS 14.2 and the latest iPhone 12. It is also quite easy to use as the following simple steps show:
Step 1: Install LazePaw on to your Mac or Windows computer and then connect the iPhone to the computer using its lightning cable.
Step 2: The program will detect that the iPhone is stuck in recovery mode and the “Exit Recovery Mode” button in the next window will become clickable.
Step 2: Click on it and the software will begin the process of getting your device out of recovery mode. In 10 seconds, your device will have exited recovery mode immediately.
Restoring the iPhone using iTunes or Finder can also get it out of recovery mode. Follow these simple steps to restore the iPhone on your computer:
Step 1: Connect the iPhone to computer using its lightning cable.
Step 2: If you are running macOS Catalina or later, open Finder and then select the iPhone from the side bar.
If you are using earlier versions of macOS or Windows, open iTunes and select the iPhone’s icon from the top-left corner.
Step 3: Click on “Restore iPhone” and then confirm that you would like to “Restore and Update” the iPhone. This will erase all data on the device.
Keep the iPhone connected to the computer until iTunes or Finder restores and updates the device. This process can take up to 30 minutes depending on your connection.
Once the process is complete, your iPhone will restart on the Set-up screen. Follow the instructions to restore it from a backup.
If restoring the iPhone in iTunes doesn’t work, we recommend putting the iPhone in DFU mode. This is because there might be a problem with the firmware and DFU mode allows you to restore the iPhone without accessing the firmware.
Follow these steps as carefully as possible to put your iPhone in DFU mode:
Putting iPhone 8 and Later in DFU Mode
Step 1: Connect the iPhone to computer and open iTunes or Finder.
Step 2: Press and release the Volume Up button. Do the same with the Volume Down button.
Step 3: Press and hold the power button. As soon as the screen turns black, press and hold the Volume Down button while continuing to hold the power button.
Step 4: Hold both buttons down at the same time for 5 seconds, then release the Power button but keeping holding the Volume Down button.
Step 5: If the iPhone appears in iTunes and the screen remains black, the device will be successfully in DFU mode. If you see anything else on the screen, repeats the steps.
Step 6: Follow the prompts on the screen to restore the iPhone.
Putting iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in DFU Mode
Step 1: Connect the iPhone to your computer and open iTunes or Finder.
Step 2: Press and hold the Power button and the Volume Down button.
Step 3: Continue to hold both buttons for at least 8 seconds, then release the Power button, but continue to hold the Volume Down button.
Step 4: When the device appears in iTunes or Finder and the screen is black, DFU mode has been achieved. If not, repeat the steps.
Step 5: Keep the device connected to the computer and follow the instructions in iTunes or Finder to restore the device.
Putting iPhone 6s or Earlier in DFU Mode
Step 1: Connect the iPhone to computer and open iTunes or Finder.
Step 2: Press and hold the Power and the Home button at the same time.
Step 3: After 8 seconds, release the Power button, but keep holding the Home button.
Step 4: If the screen goes black and the device shows up in iTunes or Finder, you are successfully in DFU Mode. if you see anything else on the iPhone’s screen, start again.
Step 5: Follow the on-screen prompts to restore the iPhone.
TinyUmbrella is a tool that can be used to fix an iPhone stuck in recovery mode. It works on most devices, even those running iOS 14, but you may find that it is not as extensive as other tools. Here’s how to use it to get your iPhone out of recovery mode:
Step 1: Download and install TinyUmbrella to your Mac or Windows.
Step 2: Open it and then connect the iPhone to computer. TinyUmbrella should detect the connected device.
Step 3: Click “Exit Recovery Mode” and wait while the program resolves the issue.
Please note that it is not clear how this process will affect the data on your iPhone and you may end up losing all the data on your device.
If all the solutions we’ve outlined above do not get your iPhone out of recovery mode, then it may be time to consider a visit to the Apple Store. This is because the problem may very well be a hardware issue and we don’t recommend that you try fixing these yourself.
If the iPhone is still under warrant, covered by AppleCare+ or the AppleCare Protection Plan, you won’t have to pay too much to get it fixed. The technicians at Apple will be able to tell you if the device can be fixed and how much it will cost.
Will You Lose Data after you get the iOS 14/13.7 iPhone out of Recovery Mode?
Depending on the reasons why your iPhone is stuck in recovery mode, the process of getting your iPhone out of recovery could lead to data loss. Please note that whether you lose your data or not will also depend on the method you use to resolve the problem. This is why we recommend backing up the data on your iPhone before attempting to fix the device. This way, you can always restore the data back on to iPhone when the repair process is complete.
Recovery mode can be useful when you want to resolve software issues on iPhone. But it can also be a nightmare when the iPhone gets stuck. Now, there is no reason to panic when you find that your iPhone is stuck in recovery mode. Just use one of the solutions above to get your iPhone out of recovery mode.
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