How to Get an iPhone out of Recovery Mode

By Joshua Bailey

You may find from time to time that you'd accidentally put your iPhone into Recovery Mode. Getting it out of this mode is relatively simple, but the result can potentially be frustrating. That's because getting out of Recovery Mode requires you to restore the iPhone from either a backup or from the factory defaults. These options leave you with a wiped iPhone that, if you don't have a backup of the data on the device, can take time to rebuild.

Things You'll Need

  • iPhone
  • USB cable for iPhone
  • iTunes
  • iPhone backup

Step 1

Download and install the latest version of iTunes on the computer. Launch the program once it is installed.

Step 2

Plug the iPhone into the computer using its USB cable.

Step 3

Click to select the iPhone from the list of devices on the left side of the iTunes window.

Step 4

Click the "Summary" tab in the main iTunes window, and then click the "Restore" button when prompted. Select to either restore from a backup or to factory defaults.

Step 5

Wait as iTunes restores the iPhone. This process may take a few minutes. After the restoration is complete, the iPhone restarts itself. Do not unplug the device from the computer until it has completed the activation sequence.

Step 6

Eject the iPhone from the computer. It is now out of recovery mode. If you did not restore the device from a backup, begin loading your information back onto the iPhone.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make a backup of your iPhone every once in a while to ensure you do not lose much data when restoring it.
  • You will lose all your iPhone's data if you do not restore from a backup.