How to Put iPhone Xr in Recovery Mode

Joel Mason

iPhone, Tutorials

To put your iPhone Xr in recovery mode, you can follow these steps:

Step 1: Prepare for Recovery Mode

Before we begin, make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer. This is necessary to successfully perform the recovery process.

Step 2: Connect Your iPhone Xr to Your Computer

Using a Lightning to USB cable, connect your iPhone Xr to your computer. Make sure both ends of the cable are securely plugged in.

Step 3: Open iTunes

Launch iTunes on your computer. If it doesn’t open automatically when you connect your device, you can manually open it from the Applications folder (Mac) or the Start menu (Windows).

Step 4: Force Restart Your iPhone Xr

To force restart your iPhone Xr, press and release the volume up button quickly, followed by the volume down button. Then, press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo on your device’s screen.


If you have trouble getting into recovery mode using this method, try force restarting your device again and make sure to hold the side button until the recovery mode screen appears.

Step 5: Enter Recovery Mode

Once your iPhone Xr is in force restart mode and connected to iTunes on your computer, you will see a prompt on iTunes that says “There is a problem with the iPhone that requires it to be updated or restored.”

You will then be given two options – “Update” or “Restore.” Choose “Restore” to proceed with putting your iPhone Xr in recovery mode.


Entering recovery mode will erase all the data on your iPhone Xr. If you have not backed up your device, this may result in permanent data loss. It is essential to have a recent backup before proceeding with recovery mode.

Step 6: Wait for iTunes to Download the Software

After selecting “Restore,” iTunes will start downloading the necessary software for your iPhone Xr. This process may take some time, depending on your internet connection speed.

Step 7: Complete the Recovery Process

Once the download is complete, iTunes will begin restoring your iPhone Xr to its factory settings. You will see a progress bar on both your device’s screen and in iTunes.

Do not disconnect your iPhone Xr from your computer until the process is completed.


If the process takes longer than 15 minutes and your device exits recovery mode, repeat steps 4 to 7 until the restoration process is successful.

Step 8: Set Up Your iPhone Xr

After the recovery process is completed, you can set up your iPhone Xr as a new device or restore it from a previous backup. Follow the on-screen instructions in iTunes to get started.

Congratulations! You have successfully put your iPhone Xr in recovery mode using iTunes. Remember to regularly back up your device to avoid any data loss in the future.

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