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How to Get into and Out of iPhone Recovery Mode

If you’re having problems with your iPhone, or if you can’t update or restore your iPhone, putting the iPhone into recovery mode will help. Now, this article will show you how to get into and out of iPhone recovery mode on different iPhone models.

Part 1: How to put iPhone into recovery mode

Step 1: Prepare a computer (PC or Mac) and make sure that the latest version of iTunes is installed on it. If iTunes is already running, close it.

Step 2: Connect the iPhone to the computer using an iPhone USB cable, and then launch iTunes on the computer.

Step 3: Keep the iPhone connected to the computer, then force restart the iPhone using the following buttons to put it into recovery mode. It’s OK to press the buttons while the iPhone is turned on or off.

iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 or later: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Then, press and hold and Power button (also known as the Sleep/Wake button or Side button) until the recovery mode screen appears.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time. Keep holding them until the recovery mode screen appears.

iPhone 6s or earlier: Press and hold both the Power and Home buttons at the same time. Keep holding them until the recovery mode screen appears.

Recovery Mode screen

There are two types of recovery mode screens, depending on the iOS version. One is the “connect to iTunes” screen (on the lower iOS version) and the other is the “connect to computer” screen (on the higher iOS version), as shown in the figure below.

iPhone recovery mode

After putting the iPhone into recovery mode, iTunes on the computer will pop up a dialog box showing that there is a problem with the iPhone that requires it to be updated or restored. Then you can choose to update or restore the iPhone.

Part 2: How to get iPhone out of recovery mode

Generally, if updating or restoring the iPhone in recovery mode succeeds, the iPhone will automatically exit the recovery mode and turn on normally. Of course, you can also get it out of recovery mode without updating/restoring, if the iPhone was working properly before. All you need is a simple restart. Here are the steps.

1. Disconnect the iPhone from the computer.

2. Hold down the Power button until the screen is completely black without any icons.

3. Hold down the Power button again until the Apple logo appears.

4. Release the Power button and the iPhone is turning on.

If your iPhone is stuck in an endless recovery mode loop for some reason, you have to get it out of recovery mode by restoring it with iTunes or using a professional iOS system recovery tool.