Q:"Why won't my iPhone go into recovery mode? I'm trying to put my phone into recovery mode but when I hold the home button and plug it into the computer it just starts up like it normally would instead of going into recovery mode. Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong?" - Logan Winward from IFIXIT Forum

There will always be a time when you need to put your iPhone in recovery mode to restore it with iTunes, such as iPhone is stuck on Apple logo for a long time with no progress bar, iTunes cannot recognize iPhone, iPhone runs into a system problem, etc. Actually it's effective to restore iPhone on iTunes and get it back to normal. However, not everyone can know the steps to enter Recovery Mode clearly and it's common to meet iPhone won't go into recovery mode trouble. To give you support and help, we'll walk you through how to set the Recovery Mode here.

Part 1. How to Put iPhone 8 and Later in Recovery Mode

Different iPhone model comes with different design. Here we will show you how to operate iPhone 8 (8 Plus), iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max into Recovery Mode.

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Step 1: Get the latest version of iTunes and connect iPhone to computer;

Step 2: Press and quickly release the "Volume Up" button and press & release the "Volume Down" button to force restart device;

Step 3: Press & hold the "Side" button until the "connect to iTunes" screen appears.

Part 2. How to Put iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus in Recovery Mode

It's also distinctive to boot both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to the Recovery Mode. All steps are easy to do. Let's have a close look right now.

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Step 1: Get iPhone 7/7 Plus turned off by pressing its "Power" button;

Step 2: Press & hold down the "Side" and "Volume Down" buttons;

Step 3: Keep pressing and holding the buttons and connect iPhone 7/7 Plus to iTunes;

Step 4: Release both buttons until you can see the "connect to iTunes" screen.

Part 3. How to Put iPhone 6s and Earlier in Recovery Mode

As we all know, iPhone 6s is the last iPhone model developed with a mechanical home button. The method to set iPhone 6s and the earlier, such iPhone SE, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 5s, etc. to Recovery Mode is shown as below:

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Step 1: Close iPhone 6s and earlier down by powering it off;

Step 2: Press and hold both the "Home" and the "Top" buttons at the same time;

Step 3: Keep holding them until you see the device in Recovery Mode screen.

Part 4. How to Repair iPhone Won't Go into Recovery Mode Free

After successfully getting iPhone into Recovery Mode, iTunes will work to restore the firmware so that you can restore iPhone quickly. However, during the iOS reinstallation, all iPhone data will be lost and you cannot get access to back up data in Recovery Mode. What if there is no created iPhone backup? It seems you can do nothing to save important data. Relax yourself. Here we specially recommend Joyoshare UltFix iOS System Recovery to assist you.

This excellent iOS repair tool makes it possible to quickly enter Recovery Mode or exit Recovery Mode with only one click. To let all iPhone users benefit from this amazing feature completely, the whole process is free, simple and automatic. Next we're going to show you how to put iPhone in Recovery Mode with this program.

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