How to put your iPhone or iPad into recovery mode? Guide

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Apple does a continually impressive job of ensuring that iOS, its mobile platform that powers iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices, is continually updated and improved on a regular basis. The impressive nature of the company’s software update schedule is also matched by the fact that it’s extremely easy to actually update to the latest version of iOS. Usually. But what happens when your device becomes entirely non-responsive? What happens when your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is connected to iTunes but just won’t respond? Step forward to Recovery Mode, we will guide you about how to put iPhone into recovery mode.

Having an entirely non-responsive iOS device can initially cause panic and confusion. But trust us when we say there’s no need to panic.

We’re going to take a look at the individual steps that are necessary to put one of Apple’s iDevice into Recovery Modeincluding iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. That will then allow the device to be restored to the latest iOS firmware, or downgraded to an earlier version of iOS via iTunes.

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How To Put iPhone Into Recovery Mode?

Step 1: Make sure the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in question is powered down and turned off.

Step 2: Plug the device into your PC or Mac using the provided Lightning to 30-pin connector cable that was provided with the device. Of course, you can also use a third-party, Apple approved MFi certified cable.

Step 3: Hold down the “Home” button on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch as you connect it to the PC or Mac via USB cable.

Step 4: The display of the device will ultimately display an interface that shows an iTunes icon and a cable emanating from the bottom of the screen. When this visual appears, release the “Home” button.

Step 5: iTunes will then automatically invoke itself and present a model alert telling you that the software has detected an iDevice in Recovery Mode.

Step 6: The connected device can then be restored using the iTunes automated process which will download the latest available iOS firmware for the device from Apple’s servers before authenticating the install. Alternatively, it’s also possible to do a manual restore from an IPSW file located on your PC or Mac.

So there we have it. If you have an entirely non-responsive iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and need to restore to the latest iOS firmware or downgrade to an earlier version of iOS, say from a pre-release version for example, then the devices’ built-in Recovery Mode is an invaluable asset.

Furthermore, there’s also an official Apple Support Document on the process should you require more information.