There are times when you simply can't update your iOS to the latest version iOS 14/13 for now or restore your iPhone or iPad to factory settings using the usual way due to some weird errors, right? You then opt to use recovery mode to restore your iOS device via iTunes, to get the issue resolved. But, what if the iPhone recovery mode not working and how would you fix it? Well! We've tailored this post specifically to guide the users to resolve such a troublesome issue.

Let's first learn why iPhone recovery mode not working on your iPhone. The possible causes for this are 鈥 iTunes doesn't work normally, improper iOS firmware installation (including iOS 14/13), iPhone unable to connect to a server, iPhone hardware problem and so on. Let's now uncover the solutions to get it fixed.

iPhone in recovery mode

1. Update iTunes or Your Mac to the Latest Version

The first solution to iPhone recovery mode not working issue is updating iTunes or the macOS if your Mac is running macOS Catalina or above. Most issues with iOS devices get fixed when the regarding apps and operating systems are updated. Here are the steps 鈥

Mac Catalina or later

  • From Apple menu, choose System Preferences > Software Update to check for the latest updates.
  • If any updates are available, click Update Now to install.

Mac Computer with iTunes

  • Launch App Store on Mac > Updates > check macOS/iTunes updates > If yes > Click Update.

update iTunes in Mac

Windows Computer

  • Downloaded iTunes from Apple website > next, launch iTunes > Help > 'Check for Updates' > 'Install'.
  • iTunes downloaded from the Microsoft Store gets automatically updated.

update iTunes in Windows

2. Force Restart iPhone

You can also try fixing iPhone recovery mode not working problem by force restarting your iPhone. Minor issues with iPhones get resolved with this. The process is different for different iPhone models. Let's proceed 鈥

For iPhone 8/iPhone X/iPhone 11/iPhone 12:

  1. Tap and instantly leave the 'Volume Up' button.
  2. Repeat the same with the 'Volume Down' button.
  3. Push down the 'Sleep/Wake' button until the Apple logo appears.

force restart iPhone X

For iPhone 7/7 Plus:

  1. Hold down the 'Sleep/Wake' and 'Volume Down' buttons simultaneously.
  2. Release when you see the Apple logo appearing.

force restart iPhone 7

For iPhone 6S and older/iPad/iPod Touch:

  1. Press and hold the 'Sleep/Wake' and 'Home' buttons concurrently.
  2. Leave when the Apple logo appears.

hard reboot iPhone 6

3. Try an iTunes Alternative without Data Loss

When the above solutions turn futile in resolving iPhone recovery mode not working problem. You can try an iTunes alternative to update or restore your iPhone. The best option, in this case, is iMyFone Fixppo (iOS 14/13 supported). This tool basically can fix almost every iOS issues, such as the iOS device frozen, stuck on black/white screen/Apple logo, and stuck in "" screen , etc. The best point is when you fix your iPhone in the 'Standard Mode' there is no data loss. You can use this mode to update your iPhone. Your iPhone firmware is wiped out completely after installing the most recent iOS in your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch when using Advanced Mode. Apart from fixing the iPhone recovery mode not working issue, it can also unlock your locked device.

If you want to update your iPhone to the latest version, for example, iOS 14/13, here is the detailed guide using the 'Standard Mode' of iMyFone Fixppo.

Step 1:聽Download, install and launch the latest version of iMyFone Fixppo on your computer.

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Step 2:聽Get your iPhone connected to the PC right after launching the program, using a lightning cable. Now, tap on the 'Standard Mode' tab for initiating the process.

interface of iMyFone iOS system recovery

Step 3:聽When you select the 'Standard Mode', iMyFone Fixppo will ask you to put the device in 'DFU/Recovery Mode'. Go for the 'Recovery' mode and proceed with the on-screen procedures.

enter DFU mode under Standard mode

Step 4:聽After entering the 'Recovery Mode' the program detects your iPhone. You need to confirm the information regarding your iPhone here. Hit the 'Download' button to download the device firmware process. If there is no firmware or you want to install other signed firmware, you can download it somewhere else and then click "Select it" to install it on your iPhone.

download firmware

Once the iOS firmware has been downloaded, click 'Start to Fix' on the iMyFone interface. It will automatically repair the iPhone and resolve the iPhone recovery mode not working problem.

finished fixing your device

4. Try iTunes Again Using DFU Mode (Erase iPhone)

Another method for fixing iPhone recovery mode not working issue is putting the iPhone in DFU mode and restoring it via iTunes. Though, in this mode complete device data loss is prevalent. Here are the steps for all the iPhone models.

Step 1: Launch the iTunes application on your computer and get your iPhone connected to it. Ensure iTunes is running on the latest version.

Step 2: Put your iPhone into DFU mode using the below-listed steps depending on your iPhone variant. Upon successfully performing steps, your iPhone's screen goes black and the iTunes will display a message on your screen stating 'iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode'.

For iPhone 6S and older/iPad/iPod Touch

  • Push down the 'Home' and 'Sleep/Wake' buttons concurrently for 8 seconds.
  • Release the 'Power' button and wait for 'iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode' message.

iPhone 7/7 plus

  • Press and hold the 'Volume Down' and 'Sleep/Wake' buttons simultaneously for 8 seconds.
  • Let go of the 'Sleep/Wake' button. You will see 'iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode'. Release the 'Volume Down' button now.

iPhone 8/iPhone X/iPhone 11/iPhone 12

  • Push and un-hold the 'Volume Up' button instantly and repeat the same with the 'Volume Down' button.
  • Hold down the 'Sleep/Wake' button till the screen turns black.
  • After seeing the 'iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode', leave the 'Volume Down' button.

Please note that your iPhone screen will stay black when it enters DFU mode.

Step 3: Now, you need to hit on the 'Ok' button on the pop-up message and then hit the 'Restore iPhone' button from the iTunes' main interface. Confirm your actions and wait for the process to complete.

restore iPhone with iTunes