iOS issues

iPhone Stuck in Recovery Mode

iPhone stuck in recovery mode

Endless Recovery Mode Loop
Today I tried to update my iPhone 8 to iOS 12 using iTunes on my PC. I turned the iPhone 8 back and all it would do is light up with apple logo and go black and continue to this. So I tried to restore and update. Now my iPhone 8 is stuck in recovery mode. I have no idea how to get out of recovery mode or how to fix it. What do I do?

It seems sticking in recovery mode is a common issue and a lot of people meet with. Although its a small and common problem, it is still difficult to get any data and settings of your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. If you’re having issues while updating your iPhone stuck in the recovery loop, and can’t get out, this post could be helpful.

Why my iPhone Get Stuck in Recovery Mode Loop?

  1. Like many of us – when you’re trying to upgrade your iOS, such as update iPhone to iOS 10.
  2. When you’re trying to jailbreak your iOS device, something went wrong and the recovery mode kicked in.
  3. iPhone is frozen and stuck in recovery mode after an update to a new firmware, or a downgrade to an older firmware.
  4. You yourself intentionally activated recovery mode to solve a problem and can’t get out.

Thankfully, no matter what caused your iPhone got stuck in recovery mode, you can easily fix and get out of recovery mode without any data loss.

How to Fix iPhone Stuck in Recovery Mode?


Solution 1: Get Out of Recovery Mode with iTunes Restore

Note: If you have backed up all the files or do not care about losing all the files on your iPhone, you can try this method to fix. This method of fixing an iPhone stuck in recovery mode could erase all the data and settings on your iPhone. If you don’t want any data loss, you can turn to Solution 2.

Buy using iTunes, you can restore your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch to factory settings so that everything will turn back to normal like the beginning on your iOS device.

  1. Firstly, launch and run the latest version of iTunes.
  2. Then, hold the home button and connect your iPhone with your computer via a USB cable.
  3. iTunes will recognized your device and show you that your iPhone is in the recovery mode and need to be restored.
  4. At last, click on Restore to initiate the restoring process.
  5. restore iPhone to get out of recovery mode


Solution 2: Fix iPhone Stuck in Recovery Mode loop with Recovery Tool

iOS recovery mode repair

iOS Operating System Repair features fixing iOS system issues and turn it to normal. It enables you to fix all issues when your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch perform abnormally. No matter your iPhone get into recovery mode, stuck on Apple logo, or show black screen, white screen, you can get your iOS system repaired and fixed with in 10 minutes. What’s more, the operating system fixing process would not cause any data loss.

Just download the free trial version and have a try. If this function does work, you can purchase dr.fone – iOS Repair full version.

Before fixing recovery loop, there’re a few things you should note:

  1. After fixing the issue of iPhone stuck in recovery mode, you iPhone will be updated to the latest iOS version.
  2. If your jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod touch get into recovery mode, this method will also turn your iPhone back to normal with the latest non-jailbroken iOS version.
  3. Your locked iOS device will be re-locked again when recovery mode loop repairing completes.

Firstly, Launch this iOS system fixer

Download dr.fone – iOS Repair from the above download link. It is available for Mac as well as Windows. After downloading, launch the software by following the setup wizard.

launch iOS fixer

Step 2. Connect your iPhone and diagnose the issue

Once running the iOS system fixing program on your computer, click the “Repair” from the menu. Then connect your iPhone with the computer.

Once your iPhone is detected by the software, click “Start” to let the program diagnose the information of your device.

start iOS version

Step 3. Place your iPhone into DFU Mode

Prior to fix iPhone stuck on recovery mode, you should boot your iPhone in DFU mode. The iOS Repair itself gives you the detailed description to set iPhone/iPad into DFU mode. Let’s take iPhone XS/X/8 as an example.

  1. Power off your iPhone.
  2. Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Then do the same on Volume Down button.
  3. Long press the Side button until you see the recovery-mode screen.
  4. boot iPhone xs/x/8 recovery mode

    Or you can get suggestion from Official support of Apple.

Step 4. Download the firmware for your device

dr.fone iOS Recovery Mode Repair will recognize your iPhone or other iOS device, offering the latest iOS version for you to download. You just need to click Download button and wait.

It will take some time to complete the download. Please wait patient and keep the cable connecting during the process.

download firmware

Finally. Fix iPhone recovery loop with a click

When the firmware download is complete, click “Fix Now” to let the iOS repair tool start fixing your iOS system. So that you can get your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch out of recovery mode loop, Apple logo, black screen, white screen, turn your iOS to normal.

fixing iPhone stuck on Recovery Mode

During the repairing time, please keep your iOS device being connected. Do not use the device, for it could cause the device “bricked”. In less than 10 minutes, the program will tell you that your iPhone is restarting to normal mode.