iPhone/iPad Stuck in Recovery Mode? Here is the Fix

09/02/2018 Posted by FoneGeek

iPhone Stuck in Recovery Mode

For most iOS issues, simply rebooting the iPhone or iPad will fix the problem. When that fails, putting the device into recovery mode becomes an option. But what if something went wrong and it now stuck in the recovery mode? Indeed, an iPad or iPhone stuck in recovery mode is a common issue that most users experience when they are trying to update to iOS 12 or reset the device's password. Are you facing this issue and unable to get your iOS device back to normal? Don't worry. In this article, we are going to discuss "How to fix iPhone stuck in recovery mode". Read on to find out why this happens and how to get your iPhone or iPad out of recovery mode loop. 

Part 1. Why iPhone or iPad Gets Stuck in Recovery Mode

There are two primary causes of an iPhone or iPad stuck in recovery mode: hardware problems or software corruption. 

  • Hardware issues can be caused by water or sand entering your iPhone/iPad or a broken screen making it difficult for you to navigate your device. 
  • Software issues can occur during the update to the latest iOS 12, failed attempt to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad, or the device is attacked by malware or virus. 

Part 2. Force Restart iPhone That is Stuck in Recovery Mode

A quick method to fix an iPhone stuck in recovery mode is force restarting it. This can help to fix most iOS system issues without using a computer, and there is no data loss on your iPhone. The way to force restart iPhone varies on different models, follow the steps below to perform it. 

  • For iPhone XS/XS Max/XR and iPhone X/8/8 Plus: Hold and release the Volume Up key. Hold and release the Volume Down key. Then hold the Power key and release it until the Apple logo appears. 
  • For iPhone 7/7 Plus or earlier models: Press and hold the Volume Down and the Power key on iPhone 7/7 Plus for at least 10 seconds until the Apple logo appears. For iPhone 6s or earlier, press the Home key instead of the Volume Down key. 

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Part 3. Fix iPhone Stuck in Recovery Mode with Tiny Umbrella

In case the force restart doesn't work, you can use Tiny Umbrella to fix an iPhone stuck in recovery mode. It is a program that can save SHSH blobs and restore them to downgrade your iPhone to an older version of firmware. The software works on all the popular iOS devices with its latest version compatible with iOS 12 as well. Follow the steps below:

  1. Download either the Windows or Mac version of Tiny Umbrella on your computer. 
  2. Connect your iPhone or iPad that is stuck in recovery mode to the computer using a USB cable. 
  3. Now open Tiny Umbrella and wait for the program to recognize your iOS device. 
  4. Once your device is detected, click on the "Exit Recovery" button to kick your iPhone out of recovery mode. 

Fix iPhone Stuck in Recovery Mode

That's it. By the end of the process, your iPhone should be able to boot up normally. Please note that your iPhone data may be lost during this process. So it's highly advised to make a backup with FoneGeek iOS Data Backup & Restore

Part 4. Get iPhone Out of Recovery Mode with iTunes 

Another method of fixing an iPhone stuck in recovery mode is an iTunes restore. Please note if you use iTunes to bring back your iPhone from the recovery mode, all the existing data and settings on the iPhone will be erased. Your device will be restored to your last iTunes backup provided you have one. Here's how to do it: 

  1. Connect the iPhone that's stuck in recovery mode to your computer. 
  2. Launch iTunes. Make sure that you are using the latest version of iTunes. 
  3. Then you will see a popup window saying "iTunes has detected a device in Recovery Mode". Tap on "OK". 
  4. Then tap on the device button in iTunes, click "Restore iPhone > Restore" to reset your iPhone to normal. 

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Part 5. Fix iPhone Stuck in Recovery Mode without Data Loss

If for ever reason your iPhone still gets stuck in recovery mode, don't worry, the final method is using a professional iOS recovery tool to get your device back to normal. And FoneGeek iOS System Recovery could be your best choice. Not only it is helpful if your iPhone stuck in recovery mode, the software can also be used to fix various other iOS issues like iPhone stuck on Apple logo, DFU mode, headphone mode, iPhone stuck in boot loop, black or white screen, and more. The best feature is that it doesn't lead to any kind of data loss. And it can works with all iOS devices including iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X/8/8 Plus as well as all iOS version including the latest iOS 12. 

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Follow these steps to fix iPhone or iPad stuck in recovery mode without data loss:

  1. Download the iOS System Recovery software and run it once the installation is completed. 
  2. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable and choose "iOS System Recovery", then click "Start". The program will recognize the iPhone stuck in recovery mode automatically. After that, click "Confirm".  
  3. Confim the iPhone information and then click "Repair" to download the repaired plug-in and restore iPhone. After that, your iPhone will restart and exist the recovery mode. 

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The Bottom Line 

Now that you've know four different methods to fix an iPad or iPhone stuck in recovery mode, you can use them by following the steps mentioned in each section. However, we strongly recommend you to use the last method to prevent any kind of data loss. If unfortunately, you've lost iPhone data in the process of getting your iPhone out of recovery mode, don't worry, there is a way to recover it. iPhone Data Recovery is developed by FoneGeek to easily recover deleted photos, videos, contacts, messages, WhatsApp chats, notes and more from iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. 

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