Ultimate Guide: How to Use iPhone Recovery Mode

Campbell Adams | Last Updated: Mar 28, 2022

5-year smartphone engineer, with rich experience in iOS software issues. He presents the most actionable solutions for readers in the most easy-to-understand manner.

Recovery mode is regarded as the last option to resolve your iPhone when something wrong happens. Recovery mode is used to solve a complex problem faster. This article explains circumstances when recovery mode is used, the procedure of using it, and other methods that can be used if it does not fix your issue.

When to Put iPhone into Recovery Mode

Put your device into recovery mode when:

  • Installing iOS updates, and your device starts restarting continuously.
  • A bug is detected while upgrading from the beta iOS version.
  • iTunes fails to recognize your device while restoring the iPhone from backup or while updating the operating system.
  • Apple’s logo or icon for iTunes appears on the screen for some minutes without change.
  • Your device becomes unresponsive. That is, it fails to power on or off.

How to Enter iPhone Recovery Mode

1-Click to Enter iPhone Recovery Mode with Perfix

Using Perfix is one of the most convenient ways to enter or exit the iPhone Recovery Mode for free. It can automatically identify the device and is easy to use, no technical skills are required.

To use this method:

  1. Download Perfix and install it on your Windows computer or Mac.
  2. Launch Perfix and connect your device to the computer.
  3. Choose "Enter Recovery Mode" to enter iPhone Recovery Mode.
Mobitrix Perfix - Auto Enter Recovery Mode

That's it! So easy as I told you, and if you would like to exit iPhone Recovery Mode, you can choose "Exit Recovery Mode" to get out of it.

If you want to enter iPhone Recovery Mode by yourself , you can follow the steps below.

To Put your iPhone into Recovery Mode:

  1. Connect your phone to your PC by use of a USB cable.

  2. If you are using macOS Catalina or a newer version, launch Finder window and if you are using macOS Mojave or previous version or windows, launch iTunes.

  3. On iPhone 8 and newer: press the button for volume down and then release it quickly and do the same for the button for volume down. Then long-press the lock button until the screen for recovery mode appears.

    On iPhone 7 and 7 plus: long press both the lock button and the volume down button until the screen for recovery mode appears.

    On iPhone 6 and earlier: long-press the lock and home buttons until the recovery mode screen shows up.

  4. If you are using Finder, tap on your device located in the left sidebar of your screen, and on iTunes, tap on the iPhone’s logo located at the top-left of your screen.

  5. When the update or restore option appears, choose update. It fixes your device without deleting data. When recovery is completed and your issue is not fixed, follow the steps above but tap on the restore option and set up the iPhone.

  6. After completing the update or restore, your device will exit recovery mode.

How to Exit iPhone Recovery Mode

When restoring your device is successful, the device automatically exits recovery mode after restarting. To leave recovery mode without restoring your iPhone:

  1. Disconnect your device from the computer.
  2. Long press the sleep or wake button until it turns off and then release it.
  3. Long press wake button until the Apples’ logo appears.
  4. Release the button, and your phone will turn on.

You can also try Perfix to exit iPhone Recovery Mode with 1 click (Check above).

What if iPhone Recovery Mode Does Not Work?

Below are the methods you can use to fix your issue if the recovery mode fails to work;

1. Update your iTunes

If you update your iTunes app to the latest version, your issues might be fixed.

To update the application on Mac:

  1. Start the App Store application.
  2. Go to “Updates,” and macOS will start looking for iTunes updates.
  3. If there are any updates, tap on the update option.
iphone stuck on verifying update iphone by itunes

To update the application on Windows:

  1. Power on your PC and download the iTunes application from Apple’s website.
  2. Run the application and tap on “Help,” and then “Check for Updates.”
  3. If there is an available update, tap on install.
  4. If you downloaded the app from the Microsoft store, it is automatically updated.

2. Force restart your phone

If the above methods fail, you can use this one. It is capable of solving minor issues. The steps followed in force restarting vary depending on your iPhone model;

On iPhone 6 and earlier: long press both the power button and button for home until the Apple’s logo appears.

Force to restart under DFU Mode - iPhone6 and earlier versions iphone recovery mode

On iPhone 7 plus and 7: long press power button and button for volume down until the logo for Apple shows up.

Force to restart under DFU Mode - iPhone7s iphone recovery mode

On iPhone 8 and later: press the release button for volume up and do the same for the volume down button. Then long-press the power button until you see the icon for Apple.

Force to restart under DFU Mode - iPhone8 and newer version iphone recovery mode

3. Use Perfix

If the recovery mode does not work as expected, use Perfix. It is a professional tool that enables you to quickly and efficiently solve problems such as low volume, repeated restarts by your iPhone, and the white Apple logo.

Mobitrix Perfix - Get Started! - Main Interface

Advantages of Perfix:

  • No need iTunes and easy to use.
  • It works on all versions of iOS device.
  • Data on your device is not lost.
  • You can fix the issue while your device is not operating.
  • It fixes many problems such as low volume and black screen.

To use this method:

  1. Download Perfix and launch it, then connect your device to your computer.
  2. Click the “Start” button in the home interface and then click on “Standard Repair.”
  3. Mobitrix Perfix Standard Repair - Select Standard Mode
  4. A fixfile required in the procedure has to be downloaded so, tap on Browse to select the path and then click on download.
  5. Mobitrix Perfix Standard Repair - Select System Software
  6. When downloading the firmware is complete, tap on Repair Now to fix the phone.
  7. Mobitrix Perfix Standard Repair - Repair Completed!

4. Put your phone into DFU Mode

When all the other methods fail, you can use this one. All the data on your device is deleted. To use this method:

  1. Update to the latest version of iTunes and connect your iPhone to the computer.

  2. Start iTunes.

  3. Put your device to recovery mode using the steps below:

    On iPhone 6 or 6s: Hold both the power button and button for home simultaneously for about 8 seconds.

    Release the power button and continue holding the button for home until your screen turns black

    On iPhone 7 plus and 7: Hold both the button for volume down and the button for power for 8 seconds. Release the button for power and keep holding the button for volume down until a black screen appears.

    On iPhone 8 and others: Press and release the volume up button quickly and do the same for volume down. Hold the button for power until a black screen is seen.

  4. After putting your device in recovery mode, a message showing that iTunes has recognized your device in recovery mode appears.

  5. On iTunes, click on the button labeled “OK” and then click on the Restore iPhone button.

recovery mode restore iphone connected with itunes iphone recovery mode

In conclusion, iPhone recovery mode enables iPhone users to fix issues related to restore and update. You can enter or exit iPhone recovery mode quickly with Perfix. You are also recommended to use it to repair the iOS system quickly and with high efficiency.