iPhone Recovery Mode
iPhone Recovery Mode: Software- or app-related trouble, it can usually be resolved by just restarting your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPod. In some circumstances, though, the problems require putting the device into recovery mode and restoring it.
It’s worth knowing that restoring your iPhone via recovery mode will delete all data if you go through the entire process. However exiting recovery mode before completing a restore leaves your data intact. So it’s best to sync the device to backup your data, if you can, before proceeding.
You’ll want to use the recovery mode when your device gets stuck in a continuous restart loop after you had installed an iOS update. This can happen when your device has extremely low battery life or when something goes wrong with the update. If the process didn’t complete, iTunes won’t register the device when you connect it to your computer.
To enter iPhone Recovery Mode, connect the USB cable used to sync your device to your computer, but do not connect it to your iPhone.
Then turn your iPhone off by holding down the sleep/hold button in the top right corner until the slider appears at the top. Slide it. If your iPhone won’t respond to that, hold the sleep/wake button and the home button together until the screen goes dark.
When the device is off, hold down the home button and then connect the USB cable which is attached to your computer to the dock connector. The iPhone will turn on and display the Apple logo. Keep holding the home button until the iTunes logo/USB cable appears on the screen.
Now, if the red empty battery icon appears onscreen, let the phone charge for a few minutes and then restart the process.
You can let it go now. Your iPhone is now in recovery mode. A window will pop up in iTunes saying that the phone is in recovery mode and needs to be restored. And while losing your iPhone’s data is never a pleasant experience, restoring iPhone data from a backup is a fairly simple task that can have you up and running again in no time.
Once your device is in recovery mode, you’ll need to restore it. You can either restore it to its factory state or from a recent backup of your data.
Each time your sync your iPhone, the data and settings on the phone are backed up on your computer. If you encounter a situation in which you need to restore, though, all you need to do is download this back up to your phone and you’ll be off and running again.
To begin to restoring your data from the backup, connect the device to the computer that you normally sync it to that contains the backup file. In the center of the iPhone management screen, you’ll see a Restore button. Click that.
When you do this, iTunes will show you a few introductory screens. After them, you’ll need to agree to the standard iPhone software license. Do so and click Continue.
You can exit recovery mode before deleting your data and restoring your phone. To do so, unplug the device from the USB cable. Then hold down the sleep/wake button until it turns off. Let go of the button and then hold it down again until the Apple logo reappears. Let it go and the device will boot up. However, it won’t work, if the iPhone wasn’t working properly previously.
If restoring your iPhone via recovery mode doesn’t solve your problem, the issue may be more serious than you can fix on your own. In that case, you should visit your nearest Apple Store. Ask there about iPhone recovery mode.
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