4 Solutions to iPhone Stuck in Recovery Mode Won't Restore

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Q:"Why won't my iPhone restore in recovery mode? Can you tell me some solutions to fix it? Thanks!" - Crystal from Facebook

To be honest, the kind of issue that iPhone won't restore in recovery mode usually occurs. It is a problem that can be solved. Many Apple users have experienced the problem. Although it is not a serious problem, you still get your iPhone back to normal as soon as possible. If you happen to be in such an annoying situation, here are 4 tips helping you to get rid of the nuisance.

Part 1. Check Whether Your USB Cable Is Original or Not

A non-original and broken USB cable can cause iPhone stuck on recovery mode won't restore when you work with iTunes. So in this condition, the first thing you should do is to check the USB cable. If the USB cable is unoriginal or damaged, it is suggested that you use a new original cable. When USB cable is original, you need to inspect the USB port on the computer. If there is something broken with USB port, you can try it again on another computer.

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Part 2. Update iTunes to the Latest Version on Your PC or Mac

iTunes with the lower version or not in sync with your iPhone system maybe the reason for iPhone stuck in recovery mode won't restore. The solution to this problem is just to update iTunes to the newest version. The steps for updating vary Windows users from Mac users.

The steps for Windows users:

Step 1: Open iTunes on the computer and select the "Help" option in the menu bar;

Step 2: Click on "Check for Updates";

Step 3: Then, iTunes will be updated to the latest version soon.

  update itunes for win

The steps for Mac users:

Step 1: Open iTunes on your Mac and click the "iTunes" on the top menu bar;

Step 2: Then choose "Check for Updates";

Step 3: Last, follow the indication to update iTunes.

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Part 3. Set Your iPhone into DFU Mode with iTunes to Get It Restored

With original USB cable and the latest iTunes version, you can solve the problem that iPhone won't restore or update stuck in recovery mode by putting your device into DFU mode via iTunes. This method will erase all your data information on iPhone. Therefore, you'd better backup your important files before you conduct it.

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Step 1: Run iTunes and plug your iPhone into the trusted computer;

Step 2: Press and hold the "Power" button for 3 seconds;

Step 3: Continue to hold the "Home" button and "Power" button for about 10 seconds at the same time;

Step 4: After 10 seconds, please release the "Power" button immediately and keep holding down the "Home" button until a window is popped up on the computer. It reminds you that iTunes has detected your iPhone;

Step 5: Click "OK" and "Restore iPhone". After a minute, your iPhone will be restored.

Part 4. Fix iPhone Won't Restore in Recovery Mode with No Data Loss

When you have tried a variety of ways but useless, it is possible that iOS system issues cause iPhone won't restore in recovery mode. With this condition, Joyoshare UltFix can help you to solve the problem. Joyoshare UltFix is powerful and professional iOS system recovery software, which is developed to solve all the iOS system issues of your device without data loss. It supports the latest iOS 12 and a lot of iDevices like iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPad Air, iPod touch 6, etc.

Offering two modes, Joyoshare UltFix can not only fix many iOS system problems causing no data loss, such as iPhone won't charge, iPhone failed to update, iPhone is disabled connect to iTunes, and so on, but also factory reset your iPhone. In addition, it provides free one-click enter/exit recovery mode. Following is the introduction in detail of Joyoshare UltFix. It may be helpful for you.

Key Features of Joyoshare UltFix iOS System Recovery:

Get your iPhone off recovery mode for free without data loss

Restore iDevice to factory settings without passcode

Repair more than 30 iOS system issues

Support the newest iOS 12 and all iDevices

Offer Standard Mode and Advanced Mode

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Here are the steps to operate Joyoshare UltFix:

  • Step 1 Download Joyoshare UltFix installation package

    joyoshare ultfix ios system recovery

    You need to install Joyoshare UltFix on your computer and connect your iPhone.

  • Step 2Choose repair mode

    choose    standard mode to repair

    Joyoshare UltFix will detect your iPhone automatically. You can click "Start" and choose Standard Mode to repair iOS system problem.

    Note: If your iPhone has stuck in recovery mode, you can restore it with free one-click exit recovery mode in the main interface.

  • Step 3 Download and confirm the firmware package

    download and verify firmware package

    In this step, you need to put iPhone into DFU mode or recovery mode according to the direction on the screen. Then, after your device information is showed and detected on the screen, you can click "Download" and download the firmware package.

  • Step 4 Repair iPhone system problem

    fix iphone wont restore in recovery mode

    Last, you just need to click the "Repair" button, Joyoshare will unzip the firmware package. The issue that iPhone won't restore in recovery mode gets solved quickly.


The problem that iPhone stuck on recovery mode and won't restore has been discussed many times. It is a very common issue that can be solved simply, as long as you figure out the reason for it. Hope the four methods described above will solve your troubles. If you also have other iOS system issues to be repaired, Joyoshare UltFix is recommended. You can operate the trial version according to the steps. Of course, what method you exactly use is not limited. The ways are listed just for reference.


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