How to Enter Recovery Mode on iPhone
If you are facing software issues with your iPhone or need to restore it to factory settings, entering recovery mode can be a useful option. Recovery mode allows you to troubleshoot and fix various problems that may arise with your device. In this article, we will guide you through the steps on how to enter recovery mode on your iPhone.
Before You Begin
Before proceeding, make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer. Also, remember that entering recovery mode will erase all the data on your device if a restore is performed. Therefore, it is crucial to have a backup of your iPhone’s data before proceeding.
1. Connect Your iPhone to Your Computer
The first step is to connect your iPhone to your computer using the original USB cable.
2. Launch iTunes
Once your iPhone is connected, launch iTunes on your computer if it doesn’t open automatically.
3. Put Your iPhone in Recovery Mode
- For iPhones with Face ID (iPhone X and later models), press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
- Next, press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
- Finally, press and hold the Side button until you see the recovery mode screen.
Note: If you see the Apple logo while performing these steps, you have held down a button for too long. Start again from step 3.
If your device doesn’t enter recovery mode after following these steps, try connecting your iPhone to your computer and repeating the process. If that doesn’t work, try using a different USB cable or USB port on your computer.
4. Restore or Update Your iPhone
Once your iPhone is in recovery mode, iTunes will detect it and display a prompt asking you to restore or update your device. You can choose either option based on your requirements.
Restoring your iPhone will erase all the data and settings on the device and install the latest version of iOS. This is recommended if you are experiencing severe software issues or want to start fresh with a clean installation.
Updating your iPhone will install the latest version of iOS without erasing any data. This option is suitable if you want to keep your data intact but still address software-related issues.
Exiting Recovery Mode
If you don’t want to restore or update your iPhone, you can exit recovery mode without performing any further actions. To do this:
- For iPhones with Face ID, press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
- Finally, press and hold the Side button until you see the Apple logo on your screen.
If your device remains stuck in recovery mode even after attempting to exit it, try force-restarting your iPhone by pressing and holding both the Side (or Top) button and the Volume Down (or Home) button simultaneously until you see the Apple logo.
Note: Exiting recovery mode without restoring or updating may not resolve certain software issues on your device. It is recommended to consult Apple Support or visit an authorized service center if you are still facing problems.
By following these steps, you can easily enter recovery mode on your iPhone and troubleshoot any software-related issues. Remember to exercise caution while restoring or updating your device, as it will erase all the data on your iPhone. Always make sure to have a backup of your important data before proceeding.