Has your iPhone seemed to take on a mind of its own? Do you come back to your iPhone to find it is in recovery mode for no reason at all? If so, you probably have already discovered some quick solutions to the issue but not a permanent fix, since it keeps happening every few days.
What is iPhone recovery mode?
In order to understand what recovery mode means, you need to know what the boot loader is in the iPhone. A boot loader is required in every iPhone to load the device’s operating system. Apple calls the boot loader an ‘iBoot.’ This iBoot is always scanning the device for errors and checking to make sure there are not installation issues or other system failures. When iPhone’s iBoot find any error, it will kick the device into recovery mode to prevent further damage to the components.
What to do when the iPhone goes into Recovery mode:
There are three options the iPhone will give you when it goes into recovery mode.
- Restore: When restoring your iPhone during recovery mode, it is critical to know that all apps, data, games, photos, documents, and videos will be permanently erased from your device. Typically, you can restore and recover the media and files later.
- Update: If you are able to update your iPhone during the recovery mode, then doing so will update the device to the latest iOS software. After updating the software, your iPhone should stop going into recovery mode.
- Nothing at all: This isn’t really a useful option, but here it is.
When it is stuck and unresponsive in recovery mode:
For some people, when the iPhone goes into recovery mode, it gets stuck there. Meaning it is completely unresponsive and incapable of letting you navigate away from the recovery screen. The device doesn’t recognize if you are connected to a computer either.
Try this to get out of the stuck screen of recovery mode:
Connect the iPhone via USB cable to your computer. Hold the sleep button and the home button down until the iPhone boots up to display the Apple logo on the classic white screen. After seeing the Apple logo, you know you have successfully gotten unstuck.
If your iPhone keeps getting stuck in recovery mode after following these instructions, then don’t risk any further damage to your device. Take your iPhone to the nearest local, trustworthy cell phone repair shop to have the experts get it back to normal working order.