Chances are that if you own a smartphone there will be a point in time when it will be nonresponsive due to software problems. For iOS powered devices there are two key terms commonly used when rebooting such devices. You might have heard people throwing the terms DFU mode and recovery mode around and have had trouble differentiating them. You might even have used one or both of such modes for data recovery. This article outlines all the key aspects you should know about DFU mode vs. recovery mode and their application in restoring your iPhone.
Part 1. Recovery Mode - What You Need to Know
1.1 What Is Recovery Mode?
1.2 When to Use Recovery Mode?
- • The iPhone screen displays the Apple logo without the inclusion of a progress bar and becomes unresponsive for several minutes.
- • iTunes recognition is hampered on the device or it signals that it is in recovery mode.
- • Your phone displays the connect to iTunes screen.
- • iPhone resetting when you have completely forgotten your passcodes. The device will erase all data and start afresh as a new device.
- • You do not have the passcode to remove the device from the USB restricted mode.
- • A previous jailbreak prevents you from installing an upgrade.
- • You want to clean up the OS after a jailbreak.
1.3 How to Enter/Exit iPhone Recovery Mode
- • For iPhone 6s and earlier versions the process involves use of the Home button on your device's screen. You should follow these steps:
Step 1: Connect your iPhone to a computer that has the iTunes application and launch the app.
Step 2: Firmly press without releasing the Home button as well as the Lock button on the side or top of the device.
Step 3: Keep the buttons pressed even after the screen displays the Apple logo and only release them when the recovery mode is displayed.
- • For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus their process as they were the first iPhone versions without mechanical Home buttons. You should enter the recovery mode using the following procedure:
Step 1: Connect your device to a computer and launch the iTunes app on the computer.
Step 2: Simultaneously press the Volume Down and Side buttons without releasing.
Step 3: Press the buttons on after the Apple logo is displayed and release after display recovery mode on the screen.
- • For iPhone 8, X and newer versions, the process of pressing the buttons should be swift in the following manner:
Step 1: Launch iTunes on your computer after connecting the phone.
Step 2: Press and release the button for Volume Up.
Step 3: Repeat the pressing for the Volume Down button.
Step 4: Press without releasing the Side button even after the iPhone displays the Apple logo.
Step 5: Release the Side button when the screen display says recovery mode.