“iPhone stuck in recovery mode! Hi, can I get some fix for this issue? I was updating to iOS 11.3 where I stuck with this problem. If I can do something before running to the Apple store, please let me know. I will appreciate your kindness.”

“When installing iOS 11.3, my iPad stuck in recovery mode. I’m scared and worried if I can get my phone back to normal. What should I do now? Please guide me with an effective solution!”


With a great number of complaints and inquiries regarding this recovery mode issue, we feel like writing an article for convenience of the users and make them feel relaxed. We researched and reached to the solutions that are given in the following section.

What Causes iPhone/iPad Stuck in Recovery Mode during/after iOS 11.3/12/13 Update

When your iPhone or iPad gets stuck with recovery mode, the possible causes are ‘software malfunction’ or ‘hardware issue’. For instance, if unfortunately, your phone drops in water and gets wet, this can lead to hardware damage. Besides, the hardware of a device could also be damaged during daily operations. In this case, the device may get stuck in Recovery mode during/after you update to iOS 11.3. On the other hand, if the device is attacked by malware or virus, or just gets some system errors you didn't know for daily use, it can be a software glitch which leads to the problem.

Here is what to do when the iPhone/iPad stuck in recovery mode during/after iOS 11.3 Update:

1. Fix iPhone/iPad Stuck in Recovery Mode without Data Loss

Worried about data? Don’t want to lose data while fixing the issue? Then use iMyFone Fixppo when your iPad stuck in recovery mode or iPhone as well. iMyFone Fixppo is an outstanding solution designed by iMyFone team which has developed several very popular tools and have been recommended by the famous media sites like Cult of Mac, Makeuseof, Macworld. The software offers 3 modes to fix iOS issues with a higher success rate: Standard Mode, Advanced Mode, and Exit Recovery Mode.

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Key Features:

  • Not just fix iPhone stuck in recovery mode, this software can also be used to repair various other iOS issues like iOS device stuck in black screen or white screen, DFU mode, Software Update Failed error, can't Activate iPhone/iPad, and more.
  • The best feature is that it keeps the data unaffected when using the Standard Mode. It doesn’t lead to any kind of data loss.
  • It satisfies its users with 100% guaranteed security. Plus, users feel so relaxed to use it since it is extremely easy to use.
  • It can work with all iOS devices including iPhone xs/Max and all iOS versions including iOS 11.3/12/13.

Windows version    Mac version

Step 1. Launch the tool

The initial step is downloading the software by visiting the official website and then installing it. Launch the tool subsequently on your PC and connect your unhealthy iPhone with the PC via a USB cable. You will see the 3 modes: Standard Mode, Advanced Mode, and Exit Recovery Mode. You can choose Exit Recovery Mode to quick fix the problem. But if it doesn't work, you can try the Standard Mode. The Advanced Mode has similar procedures.

choose a mode

Step 2. Download the firmware

After that, set your device in DFU mode/Recovery mode and let it detected by iMyFone. Once the iPhone model is detected, click “Download” to get the firmware for your device.

Download the firmware

Step 3. Start the fixing

After the downloading is finished, click “Start to Fix” to start the process. Just wait for some time to complete the process. Your device will restart and exist the Recovery mode then.

Start the fixing

Windows version    Mac version

2. Hard Reset iPhone/iPad

Hard resetting the device should always be the first resort whenever an issue occurs on the iPhone or iPad. When your device becomes unresponsive, hard resetting can work and has worked in many cases. To perform the method, carefully read and follow the following steps. Here we take the iPhone as an example.

For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: To begin with, push the two buttons altogether which are “Home” and “Sleep/Wake” buttons and hold them as long as you spot the Apple logo. Then, you need to push the “Sleep/Wake” and “Volume Down” button until the Apple logo becomes noticeable.

For iPhone 8 and later: Press and quickly release the Volume up button then press and quickly release the Volume down button. To complete, press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.




3. Restore iPhone/iPad with iTunes

If you found the above methods not so useful, this could be your next option. You can restore iPhone or iPad with iTunes when your iPad/ iPhone stuck in recovery mode. The following are the steps involved in the process.

  • Open your PC and launch iTunes. Connect the iPhone/iPad to the PC via USB cable.
  • Hit on your device in the left corner on the top.
  • Now click on “Restore iPhone” and confirm that by tapping the “Restore” button.
  • Wait for the completion and your device will restart.

Restore iPhone/iPad with iTunes

Please note that this method will wipe off all your data. So making a backup of the data is suggested while performing this.

4. Contact Apple store

If all the above troubleshooting steps are proved fruitless, the device is likely to have a hardware issue. Therefore, we would recommend getting support from Apple experts. Move to the Apple Store and ask for assistance from the tech-savvy there. Also, here is another advice; you should book a Genius Bar appointment. This will enable you to talk to the Apple Genius in Apple Store which will help you more.

We provided the most relevant solutions that are needed to be performed whenever iPhone/iPad stucks in recovery mode, especially after you update your iPhone to iOS 11.3. Hope you find our hard work useful!