How to put any iPhone and iPad into recovery mode

I recently had to completely reset my iPhone because after a failed iOS 14 installation, it was decided to go back to stable iOS 13. Restoring from a backup failed due to an iTunes error and had to download an iOS 13 image from the web to manually install and configure it iPhone like new. I am constantly confused how to run recovery mode on iPhone 11 Pro Max (I use several smartphones at the same time, including those with Touch ID), and spent some time before finding a way to launch recovery mode on iPhone. But this is important information, since recovery mode is the only way to revive an iOS device after a software error. So that you do not get into such a situation, below are instructions on how to start recovery mode on any iPhone and iPad.

Due to the large number of iPhone models, enabling recovery mode may not be as obvious

How to Run Recovery Mode on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

Insofar as iPhone 8 does not have a physical button “Home” (contrary to the delusion of many), but on iPhone X and newer there is no such button at all, access to the recovery mode is carried out using a certain sequence of pressing buttons.

  1. If iTunes is open on your computer, close it.
  2. Connect the USB cable to your computer.
  3. Connect the Lightning cable to your iPhone.
  4. Open iTunes.
  5. Press and release the volume up button and then the volume down button. Then press and hold the side button until the recovery mode screen appears.

Use both volume buttons in turn

How to put iPhone X and newer into DFU mode

If for some reason the recovery mode doesn’t work, you can also try put iPhone or iPad into DFU mode… Entering the device’s firmware update mode is a little more difficult to enter, but it can be used to put the device into recovery mode even when nothing is working.

  1. Press and hold the side (on / off) button of your iPhone for 3 seconds.
  2. While holding the side button, press and hold the Volume Down button on the left side of your iPhone.
  3. Continue to hold both buttons for 10 seconds. If you see the Apple logo, then you have been holding the buttons for too long and you need to try again.
  4. After 10 seconds, release only the side button (on / off), but continue to hold the volume down button for another 5 seconds. If you see the Connect to iTunes screen, it means you held the button for too long, try again. Try it a few times, you should get it.
  5. If the screen remains black, then you are in DFU mode.

How to put iPad Pro (2018) into recovery mode

Since the iPad Pro (2018) there is no Home button, recovery mode is also accessed via a series of button presses.

  1. Press and hold the power button (top) and the volume up or down button at the same time until the power off slider appears.
  2. Drag the slider to turn off iPad Pro.
  3. Connect iPad Pro to your computer while holding down the power button (top).
  4. Continue holding the top button until the recovery mode screen appears.

How to put iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus into recovery mode

For iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus there is a combination of buttons to switch to recovery mode.

  1. Press and hold the top (or side) button and the volume down button at the same time.
  2. Keep holding them until the recovery mode screen appears.

Press both buttons simultaneously

How to put an iPad with a Home button, iPhone 6s or earlier in recovery mode

  1. Press and hold the Home button and the Top (or Side) button at the same time.
  2. Keep holding them until the recovery mode screen appears.

If everything went well, you will see this message on your computer.

After that, the computer should detect your iPhone in recovery mode. When prompted to perform a repair or update, select “Refresh”… The computer will try to reinstall the software without erasing the data. If it takes more than 15 minutes to boot and the device switches from the recovery mode screen, wait for the boot to complete and enter recovery mode again. Then select already “Restore”… At the same time, if you do not restore from the backup in the future, you will lose all data on the iPhone or iPad.

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