5 Ways to Fix iPhone Stuck In Recovery Mode Easily

iPhones and iPads are perhaps the most premium mobile devices available today for several great reasons—they can be had in several different variants to meet varying user needs, and most important of all are regularly updated with the latest software updates. But just like every other gadget, these Apple flagship devices do have their own fair share of issues, most commonly iPhone stuck in recovery mode and iPad stuck in recovery mode.

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If you’re facing the issue of iPhone (like 6 to X) stuck in recovery mode, good news is that you don’t need to put it in the trash because we’re going to reveal several ways to fix the problem, and even how to recover data that may be lost as a result of the iPhone (5s, 6, 7, etc.) stuck in recovery mode issue.

iPhone Stuck in Recovery Mode? Why?

Before you set out to fix the older iPhone or iPhone 8 stuck in recovery mode issue, it is important that you understand the possible underlying causes of the problem, so that you can resolve the issue properly (rather than making it a whole lot worse). There are two main causes of iPhone stuck in recovery mode: namely software corruption or hardware issues.

So if you went scuba diving and took your iPhone along with you on the adventure, great chances are that it is a hardware issue.

Software causes of iPhone or iPad stuck in recovery mode include:

Why does iPhone Stuck in Recovery Mode still crop up after the Fix?

There are several ways to fix iPhone (7, 8, etc.) stuck in recovery mode issue such as standard iTunes restore, recovery restore or numerous other solutions listed in the Apple Support Community.

So you can stop reading and explore the aforementioned solutions to fix the iPhone 5s stuck in recovery mode issue. But before you go, one thing you should know is that in most cases these solutions will not fix the iPhone stuck in recovery mode problem permanently.

What will do? The DFU mode.

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DFU mode of iPhone

DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode is the only sure shot way to get rid iPhone (5s, 6, to X) stuck in recovery mode, and is a process that should not be confused with Recovery mode because it does not load the device operating system or boot loader. And needless to say that your device is stuck in Recovery mode, so this solution can’t be used to fix itself.

A major pitfall of using DFU mode to fix iPhone (7, 8, etc.) stuck in recovery mode issue is that it will in most cases result in data loss, something that most iPhone users will find hard to digest.

5 solutions to get iPhone out of Recovery Mode

If you’re facing iPhone (7, 8, etc.) stuck in recovery mode or older iPhone stuck in recovery mode issue, there’s no need to pull your hair out just yet, because there are several ways to get your device up and running again.

What is important to note, however, is that using most of these solutions can result in data loss, and if you haven’t backed up your iPhone / iPad, then it’s literally “gone with the wind”. On a brighter note, there’s also a great way to recover your data in case it’s lost, but first let’s get right to these possible fixes for iPhone stuck in recovery mode.

Solution 1: How to get iPhone out of Recovery Mode without a computer?

One of the best ways to fix iPhone stuck in recovery mode is by force restarting it. In this way, you can resolve most of the issues related to your iOS device without taking the assistance of any computer. To learn how to fix iPhone 6 stuck in recovery mode, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Power (wake/sleep) and the Home button on the device at the same time.
  2. Keep pressing both the buttons for at least 10-15 seconds.
  3. Let go of them as Apple’s logo would appear on the screen.
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Get iPhone 6 out of recovery mode

This solution will only work for iPhone 6s and older generation devices. If you own a newer generation device, then you need to change the key combination. To learn how to fix iPhone 7 stuck in recovery mode, follow these steps:

  1. Instead of the Home button, press and hold the Volume Down button on the device.
  2. At the same time, press and hold the Power (wake/sleep) button.
  3. Keep pressing both the buttons for another 10 seconds till the Apple logo would appear.
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Get iPhone 7 out of recovery mode

If you have a high-end iPhone, for example, your iPhone 8 or iPhone X stuck in Recovery Mode, follow these instructions to fix the issue:

  1. Press and release the Volume Up key on your iPhone 8 / iPhone 8 Plus / iPhone X.
  2. Press and release the Volume Down key.
  3. Press and hold the Power key on the right side. Release it when the Apple logo appears.
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Get iPhone 8 / X out of recovery mode

Solution 2: Fix iPhone stuck in Recovery Mode without data loss

Most of the solutions that claim to fix iPhone or iPad stuck in recovery mode usually reset the device to factory setting. In this way, the device’s data is also lost. If you wish to fix iPhone (5s to X) stuck in recovery mode without losing any content, then give dr.fone - Repair (iOS) a try.

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It is a highly secure and easy to use tool that can fix all the major problems related to an iOS device without causing any damage to it. From iPhone stuck in recovery mode to the screen of death, the tool can resolve all kinds of issues. To use it, follow these steps:

Step 1. Firstly, Download dr.fone - Repair (iOS) on your Windows or Mac. Afterward, you can launch it and click on the option of “Repair” from dr.fone interface.

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Launch dr.fone toolkit

Step 2. Connect your iOS device to the system that is stuck in recovery mode and wait for it to be detected. Click on the “Start” button to initiate the process.

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Connect iPhone to PC

Step 3. Now, you need to put your device in the DFU mode to fix it. If you don’t know how to do it, then follow the on-screen instructions. For instance, if you own an iPhone 7 or later version, then you need to press and hold the Volume Down and Power button simultaneously. After holding them for 10 seconds, let go of the Power button while holding the Volume Down button till your phone will be restarted in recovery mode.

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On-screen instructions to get out of recovery mode
Step 4. The same can be done for iPhone 6s and older versions as well. Instead of the Volume Down, you need to press the Home button.


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Instructions to get iPhone 6s or older iPhone out of recovery mode

Step 5. The interface will automatically detect as soon as your phone will enter the DFU mode. On the next window, you need to provide basic information related to the device and download its firmware update.

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Select iPhone model information

Step 6. You might have to wait for a while after clicking the “Download” button as it takes a few minutes to download the update.

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iPhone firmware being downloaded

Step 7. As soon as the update is downloaded, you will get the following window. Just click on the “Fix Now” button to resolve iPhone or iPad stuck in recovery mode (keep the "Retain native data" checked).

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Start the fixing process

Step 8. Sit back and relax as dr.fone - Repair performs the needed tasks to fix your device. In the end, your device will be restarted and the following message will appear.

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iPhone got out of recovery mode

After learning how to fix iPhone 6, 7, 8 & X stuck in recovery mode, you can just disconnect your device from the system and use it the way you like.

Solution 3: Fix iPhone stuck in Recovery Mode with TinyUmbrella

TinyUmbrella is a hybrid tool that is widely used to resolve iPhone 5s stuck in recovery mode. The tool works on all the popular devices with its latest version available for iOS 11 as well. It might not be as extensive as other tools, but it can be used to meet your basic requirements regarding iOS-related issues.

You can use it to fix iPhone 7 stuck in recovery mode by following these steps:

Step 1. Download TinyUmbrella from its official site. It is available for both Mac and Windows systems.

Step 2. Launch the tool on your system and connect your iOS device to it (which is stuck in the recovery mode).

Step 3. Wait for a while as the tool will automatically detect your device.

Step 4. Once your device is detected, just click on the “Exit Recovery” button from the interface.

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Exit the recovery mode of iPhone

Now, you can disconnect your phone from the system. Since the tool has plenty of loopholes, it might not always work to fix iPad stuck in recovery mode. Also, it is not a safe option as your data might be deleted during the process.

Solution 4: Fix iPhone stuck in Recovery Mode with iTunes

Even though there are several third party solutions for iPhone (5s to X) stuck in recovery mode, there’s nothing better than giving Apple’s native iTunes a shot. But take note that since you will be using the “Restore to factory settings” process by iTunes, it will format the entire device in order to bring it back to factory default or just the way it was shipped from the Apple store. Before getting started, make sure you have the latest, updated version of iTunes installed.

Step 1. Head to the Apple Website from your preferred web browser to download the latest version of iTunes.

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Find the latest iTunes version

Step 2. Download the version compatible with your computer.

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Download latest iTunes version

Step 3. Click Run when the download is complete and Next after the installer opens.

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Run the iTunes installer

Step 4. After reading the installation terms, click Install to start the process. Once installation is complete, click Finish.

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Finish installing iTunes

Step 5. Now connect the iPhone that’s stuck in recovery mode to your computer.

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Connect iTunes to PC

Step 6. Next, launch iTunes. The program will already detect that your device is stuck in Recovery mode.

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iTunes detects "iphone stuck in recovery mode"

Step 7. In the event no popup is displayed, you can manually trigger the restore process.

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Restore iPhone with iTunes

Step 8. Once the process is completed successfully, your device will restart and you will have a factory fresh iPhone in your hands.

Solution 5: Go to Apple Store

If the preceding ways to resolve the iPhone stuck in recovery mode do not work, why not get it checked by the pros at an Apple Service Center, Authorized Apple Service Provider or Apple Store.

If the problem device is covered by Apple’s One Year Limited Warranty, AppleCare+, or AppleCare Protection Plan, good news is that you won’t have to empty your pockets.

If not, check with the technician at the Apple Store to see if your device is eligible for out-of-warranty service. But it is important to note that even an Apple technician can’t guarantee that your data will be preserved after the fix.

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Apple store out-of-warranty service

Data lost after you get iPhone out of Recovery Mode?

There’s a good old saying that reads “You never know the true value of something until its gone”. This applies to the Data stored on your Apple device as well. The aftermath of the iPad stuck in recovery mode or iPhone stuck in recovery mode issue could very well be loss of data. This is one of the biggest reasons why safeguarding your data by using backup software is very important. If you have backed up using iCloud or iTunes, that’s when dr.fone – Recover (iPhone Data Recovery) proves handy! It can read out and recover data from iTunes and iCloud backups.

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This iPhone data recovery software doesn’t just work miraculously to recover your data lost as a result of iPhone stuck in recovery mode, but also in several other scenarios including lost data after factory reset, device locked or forgotten password, data missing after jailbreak or ROM flashing, lost data due to iOS update, unable to synchronize backup and device stuck and not responding.

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It requires just 256 MB or more of RAM, 1GHz (32 bit or 64 bit) CPU, 200 MB and above free hard disk space to run smoothly. When successfully installed, dr.fone – Recover can directly scan your Apple device to preview and recover deleted data from iPhone, extract your iTunes backup and recover selected files, download and extract your iCloud backup. And best of all with the tool is a joy to use in just three steps: connect, scan and recover.

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