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How to Fix iPod Stuck in Recovery Mode [2 Easy Ways]

Apr 22, 2024 • Filed to: Mobile Repair Solutions • Proven solutions


"My iPod has stuck in Recovery Mode when iTunes quit unexpectedly. And it won't respond to the computer. What should I do? Please help!"

This is a typical question. It is not uncommon. It is not surprising that someone seems upset. Below we will tell you about two ways to fix your iPod from being stuck in Recovery Mode.

Note below solutions also works for iPhone and iPad.

Basic Knowledge About iPod Recovery Mode

What is Recovery Mode?

Recovery Mode is a method to write a new iOS (operating system) to your device. This might become necessary when your device is misbehaving .

iPod stuck in Recovery Mode

Why is My iPod Stuck in Recovery Mode?

There are many reasons –

  1. Recovery Mode can be a good thing, a great thing even, when it is used deliberately. But, just now and then, it may happen by accident, and that isn't such a good thing.
  2. Sometimes you have activated Recovery Mode deliberately, but your iPhone got bricked.
  3. As is commonly recognised, Apple does not like owners having too much control, and Recovery Mode sometimes strikes if you attempt to jailbreak the phone.
  4. Unfortunately, it also sometimes happens that you get stuck, when you are simply trying to update iOS.

Do not worry, we are here to help, and can offer two solutions to your iPhone being stuck in Recovery Mode. Let us take you through the steps. Also, we've prepared thorough solutions to help you recover data from iPhone/iPad in recovery mode.

Solution One – How to Fix iPhone Stuck in Recovery Mode (No Data Loss)

Very importantly, this solution will protect your data during the process. This means that your contacts, your photos, your tunes, your messages ... and so on ... will still be available to you. Dr.Fone offers a System Recovery tool, Dr.Fone - System Repair which works for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Using this, you can easily fix your iPod from being stuck in Recovery Mode.

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Steps to fix iPod stuck in Recovery Mode by Dr.Fone

Step 1: Download and install Dr.Fone on your computer. Then launch the program.

Select 'System Repair', then connect your iPod to your computer with a USB cable and Dr.Fone will detect your device.

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This is the first screen you will see.

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The 'Start' button is towards the left, in the middle.

Step 2: The correct iOS version needs to be downloaded. Dr.Fone will automatically detect your device and the latest software version which is required. All you need to do is click on 'Start', as shown below.

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You will be kept informed of progress.

Step 3: It should take less than 10 minutes, for the software to repair your device. Please do not touch anything, do not disconnect anything, just let everything take its course.

We like to let you know what is happening

As mentioned, your phone will be updated to the latest iOS version. Also, if the phone was previously jailbroken, that will be undone too.

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This is what we are sure you will see.

We are here to help! You probably already use iTunes, and that is what is required for the next solution.

Solution Two – How to Get Your iPod Out of Recovery Mode with iTunes (Data Loss)

This solution is simple too, but please be aware that you will lose all your data. Contacts, messages, photographs ... ALL files will be lost.

Step 1. Plug the iPod which is stuck in Recovery Mode into your computer.

Launch iTunes. It should detect your device and that it is in recovery mode. If there is any problem, you may need to push the 'Home' button on your device to force the situation along.

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Step 2. Unplug the iPod from your computer. Now, turn the device off. Press and hold the 'Sleep' button. Power off your iPod by sliding the slider confirmation to the off position. If this doesn't work, press and hold the 'Sleep' and 'Home' buttons simultaneously to power off the device.

Step 3. Now, press and hold the 'Home' button. Connect the iPod with the USB cable while continuing to hold the 'Home' button down. Do not release the button till you see the iTunes logo and a graphic of the USB cable (as shown below).

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The iTunes logo and a graphic of the USB cable.

Please note. There is no cost to this method for releasing your iPhone from Recovery Mode with iTunes. But you will lose all your iPhone data with this method. If you want to keep all your contact numbers, messages, photographic memories, music, audio books ... and so on ... you might want to invest in Dr.Fone.


Wrapping up, fixing an iPod stuck in Recovery Mode doesn't have to be a headache. You've got two paths: the quick and safe route with Dr.Fone - System Repair (iOS), which gets your device back on track without losing your precious data, or the iTunes way, which might reset your iPod to factory settings.

We highly recommend Dr.Fone - System Repair (iOS) for its ease and efficiency, especially if keeping your data intact is your top priority. So, before you start worrying about losing everything on your iPod, give Dr.Fone a try and breathe easy knowing your tunes and memories are safe.

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