How to Put iPhone 11 in Recovery Mode

Alicia Santos

iPhone, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to put your iPhone 11 in recovery mode. Whether you are experiencing software issues or preparing to restore your device, putting your iPhone 11 in recovery mode can be a handy troubleshooting step. In this article, we will guide you through the process step by step.

Before You Begin

Before we jump into the steps, it’s important to note that putting your iPhone 11 in recovery mode will erase all data if you proceed with a restore. Therefore, it is crucial to have a backup of your device to avoid losing any important information. Make sure you have backed up your iPhone using iCloud or iTunes before proceeding.

Step 1: Connect Your iPhone to Your Computer

To start the process, connect your iPhone 11 to your computer using a Lightning cable. Make sure the computer is running the latest version of iTunes.

Step 2: Open iTunes

Once connected, open iTunes on your computer. If iTunes doesn’t open automatically, launch it manually by clicking on the iTunes icon.

Step 3: Force Restart Your iPhone

In order to put your iPhone 11 in recovery mode, you need to perform a force restart first:

  1. Press and release the Volume Up button.

  2. Press and release the Volume Down button.

  3. Press and hold the Side button (Power button). Keep holding it until you see the recovery mode screen.


If you see the Apple logo while performing these steps, you might have held the Side button for too long. If that happens, start over from the beginning and try again.

Step 4: Enter Recovery Mode

After force restarting your iPhone 11, you should see a prompt on your computer screen asking if you want to Restore or Update your device. This indicates that your iPhone is in recovery mode.


If you don’t see the prompt on your computer screen, repeat the force restart process until it appears.

Step 5: Choose Restore or Update

In this step, you have two options:

  • Restore: This option erases all data on your iPhone and installs the latest iOS version available for your device. Choose this if you have a backup and want to start fresh or if you are experiencing major software issues.

  • Update: This option updates the iOS version of your iPhone while keeping all data intact. Choose this if you don’t want to lose any data but still want to troubleshoot software issues.


If you choose the Restore option, iTunes will download the latest iOS version for your device before proceeding with the restore process. Make sure you have a stable internet connection during this step.

Step 6: Wait for the Process to Complete

Your computer will now initiate either the restore or update process, depending on your choice. It may take some time for the process to complete, so be patient and avoid disconnecting your iPhone from the computer until it finishes.


You have successfully put your iPhone 11 in recovery mode. Whether you chose to restore or update your device, you can now proceed with the necessary troubleshooting steps or set up your iPhone as new.

Remember, putting your iPhone in recovery mode is a powerful troubleshooting tool, but it should be used with caution. Always make sure to back up your data before proceeding. If you have any further questions or need assistance, feel free to reach out to Apple Support.

We hope this tutorial was helpful in guiding you through the process of putting your iPhone 11 in recovery mode. Thank you for reading!

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