iPhone 6, spontaneously went into recovery mode this morning while I was on it, no update or prior issues... now it will not open and I am trying everything I can to get my photos off it before I do a restore. My Windows PC also does not recognize the device. HELP!! I did a backup in June but have way too many pictures since then. Also, if I were able to somehow get it to do a backup now, does it erase the backup I have from June, or add it on? How does this happen, seem to be a known problem as so many others have had the exact same issue? Any suggestions?

When you are in such a situation, the first thing you should consider is to get your iPhone out of recovery mode, or no tools can access the photos on your iPhone. Since iTunes will remind you that your iPhone needs to be restored to factory settings. There is no option for you to make a backup for the current data before restoring the iPhone.

As far as we know, there are no easy ways for users to backup iPhone in Recovery Mode or mode, even iTunes and iCloud can't do this job. So in this article, we will show quick 3 ways in which you can get your iPhone out of recovery mode, so you don't need to search for a solution for backing up data in recovery mode. Besides, the 3 ways work for iOS 14/13/12.1 and older versions.

 How to Put iPhone in Recovery Mode

These solutions also work when you want to back up iPhone in DFU mode, except the second solution.

1. Force Restart Your iPhone in Recovery Mode

Since your iPhone is stuck in recovery mode, you will notice that your Mac or Window PC cannot recognize it when trying to backup files directly to your computer. You can try force restarting your iPhone to get it out of recovery mode. To make it easier let us see how to do so.

  • iPhone 6/iPad/Earlier Models

Press the Wake/Sleep button and the Home button on your iPhone and continue holding them till your iPad goes blank and you can see the white Apple logo appear.

hard reboot iPhone 6

  • iPhone 7/7 Plus

Press the 'Volume Down' button along with the 'Power' button and keep holding them until you get to see Apple logo on your screen.

force restart iPhone 7

  • iPhone 8/8 Plus/X/XS/XR/XS Max

Press the 'Volume Up' button and quickly release it. Subsequently, do the same with the 'Volume Down' button. Lastly, push the 'Power' button and keep holding it until you get to see Apple logo on your screen.

force restart iPhone X

Your iPhone should be out of recovery mode now. It will restart and shows the lock screen. You can now enter the passcode to unlock your iPhone and then back up your iPhone without a problem. If it fails, go to the next part and try the free tool to get your iPhone out of recovery mode.

2. Free Tool to Get iPhone out of Recovery Mode

We would like to recommend a tool to help you fix iPhone stuck in recovery mode. It is iMyFone Fixppo which offers a quick fix for this problem and can fix your iPhone back to normal without data loss. For your convenience, we are going to make you understand how to exit recovery mode in just a simple click. Since there will not be any data loss on the device, you can backup your iPhone after it exits recovery mode. Let's discover the step by step tutorial now.

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Step 1 – Launch the iMyFone Fixppo on your computer and choose the option "Enter/Exit Recovery Mode" on the home screen. Now get your iPhone connected to the PC via the lightning cable supplied with it.

choose Enter/Exit Recovery Mode on the Home page

Step 2 – Now get your iPhone connected to the PC via the lightning cable supplied with it. Since your iPhone is in recovery mode, you can just click the "Next" button to proceed.

connect your device

Step 3 – Now you can see the button "Exit Recovery Mode" is clickable. Just click it.

click Exit Recovery Mode

Wait a few seconds, your iPhone will be back to normal and you can backup your iPhone using iTunes or other backup tools. Why not just download the program to have a try?

exit Recovery Mode

3. Advanced Fix: Exit iPhone Recovery Mode without Data Loss

If the above methods don't work, you can try the special feature of iMyFone Fixppo iOS recovery software which fixes various iOS issues without any data loss. It comes with more powerful technology which can repair the iOS bugs or glitches. without data loss or restoring your iPhone. When you have successfully got your iPhone out of recovery mode, you don't need to worry about backing up iPhone in Recovery mode anymore.

  • Best iOS Repair Tool. It can fix the iOS problems that iTunes cannot fix and avoid the errors that occur on iTunes.
  • It can fix not only the iPhone stuck in recovery/DFU mode, but also the devices which are frozen on the Apple logo, stuck in black screen or white screen.
  • It is developed by iMyFone company which focuses on iOS related tools and has been recommended by Cult of Mac, Payetteforward, Makeuseof, and other famous media sites.
  • All iOS devices including iPhone XS/XR/XS Max/11 are supported.

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Let us have a look at how to get your iPhone out of recovery mode using Fixppo. This tool also helps when you want to backup iPhone stuck in DFU mode.

Step 1. Open and Select "Fix iOS System"

Download and open iMyFone Fixppo on your computer. Click on "Standard Mode" that appears on the home screen.

choose Standard Mode

Step 2. Select and Download Firmware

Now connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable and click the "Next" button. On the next window, you will be offered with all the firmware that matches your iPhone. Therefore, just choose a version you like and click on "Download." The firmware is then downloaded immediately.

download firmware under Standard Mode

Step 3. Fix Your iPhone

After the firmware is downloaded, click the "Start" button and the program will begin to repair your iPhone.  This will only take a few minutes for your phone to be repaired to normal. When your phone is fixed, it will then reboot. This mode is also applicable when you want to backup iPhone stuck in DFU mode.

finished fixing your device

iMyFone Fixppo iOS repair tool is a software that can fix your iPhone, iPad or iPod to normalcy without loss of data, even your iOS devices running iOS 14/13/12/12.1. There is much good feedback from users for its powerful ability. Download it from the following buttons and try it now!

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Useful Tips Regarding iPhone Backup

If you are an iPhone user that has a habit to backup iPhone/iPad/iPod touch regularly in case that the device gets stuck in recovery mode/DFU mode or any other problem, we recommend a free and powerful backup tool which won't overwrite all the backup files on your computer. It is iMyFone iTransor Lite that helps you selectively backup the data on your iPhone. That means you can choose to back up all the data or only WhatsApp, Messages, WeChat, contacts on your iPhone. Check more details about iMyFone iTransor here.


The user at the beginning also asked how to backup the new photos on the iPhone after exiting recovery mode without overwriting the previous backup files on the computer. We would like to recommend iMyFone iTransor Lite again. It can also export 20+ types of data including photos from your iPhone to your computer. You don't need to worry about your old backup files which will not be modified.


iMyFone iTransor Lite now offers a 1-month free license, so don't hesitate to get a free license for Windows computer or for Mac. You can just download this tool by clicking the buttons below. Remember that it supports iOS 14/13/12.1 and all the iOS devices including iPhone XR/XS/XS Max/11.

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