what is recovery mode

2 Answers from the Community

  • When an iOS device encounters software- or app-related trouble, it can usually be resolved by just restarting. In some circumstances, though, the problems are more extensive and require putting the device into recovery mode and restoring it.

    While this article mostly refers to the iPhone, the tips in it apply to all iOS devices: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

    When to Use It

    You'll want to use iPhone recovery mode when:

    You've installed an iOS update and your device gets stuck in a continuous restart loop. This can happen when something goes wrong with the update, or when you have extremely low battery life when installing the update
    You attempted to update the OS or restore the device from backup, the process didn't complete, and now iTunes doesn't register the device when you connect it to your computer
    The silver Apple logo has been onscreen, with no change, for many minutes.
    It's worth knowing that restoring your iPhone via recovery mode will delete all data on the device (if you go through the entire process; exiting recovery mode before completing a restore leaves your data intact), so it's best to sync the device to backup your data, if you can, before following these instructions.

    • Answered by Steven W from Whitestone
    • 11-Mar-2013
  • Its the state the Iphone goes into when the operating system isnt stable enough to boot up. It will want you to connect it to a computer and to do a full restore using Itunes. You will lose info if you don't have a backup.

    • Answered by Warren S
    • 24-Mar-2013