When is Recovery Mode used in idevice?

Recovery Mode in idevice
Recovery mode is used when an iDevice starts having app or software related problems. These can usually be solved by turning the phone off and then back on or performing a soft or a hard reset, however when all else fails, you can go into recovery mode. You will likely need to use the recovery mode when the silver Apple logo is on the screen and won't go away. If you tried to update the OS and it failed before completing for whatever reason and iTunes doesn't recognize the device when it is connected, you will also need to use recovery mode. The last reason you may need recovery mode is if you have installed an iOS update and then the device because stuck in what we call a boot loop where it keeps restarting over and over again till it dies.

Recovery is used to restore your iDevice much like the hard reset since it wipes all your data. In order to enter recovery mode, there are a few steps you will need to take. If you do not complete step 3 properly and receive a red empty battery logo appear, then you will need to charge the phone for a while.

1) Firstly, you will need to get your USB cable and connect it to your computer but NOT to you iDevice. It is very important to connect it to your computer first because otherwise, you will not be able to get into recovery mode.

2) The next step will require you to turn your iDevice off by holding the power button on the top right corner, also known as the lock/unlock button until you get the option on screen to turn the phone off. Swipe it and turn the device off.

3) The next step will be to hold the home button and keep holding it (bottom middle of the screen) and connect the USB cable to your iDevice. The cable should already be plugged into your computer. If you did it right, you should see the iDevice turn on and display the Apple logo and after you keep holding the home button you will see the iTunes logo with a USB cable on the screen. After this pops up, you can let go of the home button because the iDevice is in recovery mode. Congrats.

4) Lastly, you will see a popup in iTunes saying that you iDevice has been detected in recovery mode and it needs to be restored before you can use it.

Congratulations, now your iDevice is in recovery mode, but why did we do all that. Oh yeah, now it's time to restore the iDevice. You can either restore the iDevice from a previous backup by pressing shift and clicking on the restore option. This will give you a popup window in which you can go ahead and navigate in windows explorer to your ipsw file (iDevice backup file), or you can simply click restore which will connect to the internet and find the latest update for your device and then download and try to install it in a completely automated process. Remember that when you restore the device, you will lose all your data so it is important to back it up beforehand if possible.

In order to exit from recovery mode, before restoring and wiping all your data, you can simply unplug the USB cable from your device NOT the computer and then hold the power button till it turns off and then hold the power button again until you see the Apple logo popup on screen. This will only work if your device wasn't broken to begin with and you were either practicing recovery mode or wanted to update the iOS.

Written By : Martin and Jennifer H., Mexico

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