How to Put iPhone X and above in Recovery Mode? Hands-On Guide
Recovery mode is widely considered to be the go-to solution for fixing complex iPhone and iPad issues. Whether your iPhone is bricked or has got stuck on the black screen of death, you can count on it to troubleshoot your device more often than not. Since Apple has slightly tweaked the process to put iPhone X in recovery mode, many iOS users could be wondering how to get it done. If you are one of them, then this hands-on guide is for you.
What is Recovery Mode on iPhone?
As the name suggests, recovery mode is designed to bring your iPhone to life even from the brink of disaster. What makes it a stand-out feature is the ability to let the iPhone run and connect to iTunes/computer without booting up the iOS. As a result, you can update the operating system or restore the device from a backup.
As to why the steps of entering recovery mode on iPhone X have changed, it is because Apple has once again fine-tuned the hard reset process. It is worth noting that the last time Apple tweaked the hard reset process was in 2016 on iPhone 7/7 Plus.
Quick Way to Enter Recovery Mode on iPhone X
- To get started, connect your iPhone X to your computer using a USB cable.
- On your Mac running macOS Catalina or a later version, launch Finder. On Your Mac running macOS Mojave or an earlier version or Windows PC, open iTunes.
- Just in case iTunes is already open, make sure to close it and then open it again.
- Be sure to keep your iPhone connected and wait until you see the Recovery Mode screen.
- Press and quickly release the volume up button. Then, press and quickly release the volume down button. After that, hold down the side button until the recovery mode screen appears.
- The above steps also work on iPhone 8 and later versions, and iPad without a home button.
- On iPhone 7/7 Plus: You need to press and hold the volume down button and the side button at once until the recovery mode screen shows up.
- On iPhone 6s or the earlier version or iPad with home button: Hold down the home button and the side/top button simultaneously until you see the recovery-mode screen.
- Now, locate your iPhone. You should find the iPhone icon on the sidebar in Finder. The iPhone icon appears at the top left window in iTunes.
- After that, you will get two options—restore and update. We would recommend you select ‘update’ to reinstall the latest version of iOS on your iPhone X without erasing any data.
Note: If you choose to restore your phone for any reason, it will restore it back to factory defaults and all data will be deleted. Also, you need to be aware of the Apple ID and password in order to active the device and use it, so be very careful while choosing the restore option.
- Next up, you will need to wait until iTunes/Finder has downloaded the software for your device. Keep in mind, if the download takes more than 15 minutes and your iPhone X has exited the recovery mode, repeat the second step (mentioned above).
- Once the update/restore has been completed, follow the instructions to set up your iPhone.
The Bottom Line
The recovery mode is considered to be a saviour and a trusted troubleshooter for fixing issues related to an iPhone or iPad. Now that you know how it works, make the most of it to resolve any stubborn iOS problem that refuses to get sorted out by simple tricks.
Of course, if it fails to resolve your iPhone/iPad issue, Rapid Repair is always here to help you with the most reliable service across India. All you need to do is reach out to us if your iOS device acts up unexpectedly.