3 Methods to Fix iPhone Stuck in Recovery Mode 2020

To put iPhone into recovery mode is one of the common solutions to troubleshoot most iPhone issues. Then what is Rrecovery Mode? Recovery mode is similar to the safe mode of a computer. When you upgrade your iPhone's iOS system or restore backups from iTunes, your phone will enter into recovery mode.

Sometimes, the iPhone can't get out of recovery mode normally and reboot constantly, or the iPhone interface displays the icon of ‘connect to iTunes’. It means that your iPhone is stuck in recovery mode. This kind of problem always occurs when upgrading the new system such as iOS 13. Then How do you solve the problem if the iPhone is stuck in recovery mode?

1. When to Use Recovery Mode

If you are in need of restoring iPhone system with iTunes, you will be forced to put your iPhone into Recovery mode to initial the restore progress. You can know under which circumstances you will need to put iPhone into recovery below:

• Your iPhone or iPad is stuck on black screen with Apple logo for a long time.
• Your iPhone cannot be detected by iTunes during the restore process or iTunes detects your iPhone in recovery mode.
• Your iPhone screen passcode is not working and you have no way to unlock the device.
• Touch ID/Touch screen is not working or you cannot turn on the device.
• Your iPhone is stuck in boot loop.

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2. Reasons Why iPhone Stuck in Recovery Mode

Before using the methods below to settle this issue, it is better to understand the potential causing this issue so that you can choose the most proper method based on your situation.

  • For users who have jailbreak their iPhone, the malware installed on the device shall force put the iPhone into recovery mode.
  • The new iOS version firmware that you are trying to install may also force the device stuck in recovery mode.
  • Software and hardware issues.

3. How to Get iPhone out of Recovery Mode

After having a good knowledge what iPhone recovery mode is and what causes the issue of iPhone stuck in recovery mode, it’s time to read the tips below to get iphone out of recovery mode.

3.1 Force Restart iPhone

If you don’t want to encounter the risk of data loss, you’d better not restore your iPhone directly when you find that the device is stuck in recovery mode. The first method that you should pick up is to hard restart the device. In most cases, this easy-to-use method can simply get iPhone out of recovery mode.

To force restart your iPhone, press and hold the home button and power button at the same time until you see the Apple logo displayed on the screen.

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3.2 Fix ‘iPhone Stuck in Recovery Mode’ Using ‘iOS System Recovery’

Still cannot get iPhone out of recovery mode after forcing restart the device? Then give FoneGeek iOS System Recovery a try to fix this issue. Why this program is recommended? Here are the reasons:

  • This repair tool will not delete or damage your device data after the repair progress.
  • All iOS issues will be covered and fixed in one click, such as iPhone stuck in recovery mode, iPhone stuck in DFU mode, reboot loop, etc.
  • iTunes error 9, error 4013, error 27, etc. could also be repaired.
  • Fully compatible with all iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch models, such as iPhone XS, XR, XS Max, iPhone 11 and the newest iOS 13.


Before trying this repair program, download the trial version on your computer first then refer to the steps below.

Step 1. After installing and running the software on PC, choose ‘Repair’ on the screen.

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Step 2. iOS System Recovery will detect the firmware package to fix your iPhone issue, you only need to tap on ‘Start’ button now.

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Step 4. Keep the device connected with the computer during the repair progress, and then the iPhone will exit out of recovery mode.

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3.3 Get iPhone out of Recovery Mode with iTunes

Here is another way you can use to get your iPhone out of recovery mode: using iTunes. You should also know that your iPhone will be restored to factory settings after using this method. In other words, your iPhone will be formatted and the device will be set to factory default.

Step 1. Go to Apple’s official site to download the latest version of iTunes on your computer.

Step 2. After that, agree the terms and conditions to install iTunes.

Step 3. After the installation, launch it and connect your device that is stuck in recovery mode to computer. Then iTunes will detect that the device is stuck in recovery mode.

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Step 4. On the popup displayed on the iTunes interface, click ‘Restore’ and iTunes will start to restore your iPhone system.

Step 5. Your iPhone system will be reinstalled and refreshed after the restore process.

4. How to Put iPhone into Recovery Mode

Below are the steps to put your iPhone X/XS/XR/XS Max into recovery mode.

Step 1. Open iTunes on your computer, then connect your phone to your computer. Remember to back up your iPhone first.

Step 2. If the iPhone is not turned off, press and hold the power button to turn it off.

Step 3. Press and hold the power button for 3s, then press the volume down button on the left. Next, keep pressing the two buttons for 10s.

Step 4. Release the power button and continue to hold down the volume down button for 5s.

Step 5. Your iPhone will be in recovery mode if connect to iTunes icon is displayed on the iPhone scree.

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Just repeat the solutions above if your iPhone is still stuck in recovery mode. Thus the success rate to get iPhone out of recovery mode will be higher. You are also welcome to share your opinions if you have better ideas to fix this issue.


By Fay J. Melton

Posted on May 05, 2018, 14:19:16

Fay Melton has explored the area of technology and software for more than 5 years and he is enthusiastic about helping users solve various technology issues.