The iPhone, just like everything else in this universe, isn’t PERFECT. It’s merely a mortal piece of electrical circuits and wirings, that at some point, is bound to stop working. With that said, you don’t necessarily have to throw your iPhone in the trash-can just because the screen froze, or the phone isn’t booting up. For certain minor issues, there are some really simple Do-It-Yourself fixes that you can use to restore your iPhone to its normal functioning state.

In this blog post, I’ll be discussing an issue that a significant majority of iPhone users face at least once in their lifetime.

Usually after 3-4 years, for whatever reason, iOS devices have a tendency to start malfunctioning. Most of the time, the issues are usually Software/Firmware related. One such common issue that iPhone users experience is:

They can’t Update or Restore their iOS device because iTunes doesn’t recognize their device anymore.

Also, occasionally when rebooting, the Apple logo just remains on the screen for several minutes without a progress bar.

As these issues are Software/Firmware related, the only way to solve them is by Restoring your iPhone or iOS device to its original factory settings. Complete RESET. You can do this by Enabling the Recovery Mode on your iPhone or iOS device.

The Recovery Mode basically erases your iPhone or iOS device and restores it to its original settings. You can then restore all your data from the backup, which hopefully you’ve created on your local machine. You’ll also be able restore all the data stored on iCloud.

So, without further ado, here are the steps to Enable the Recovery Mode on your iPhone or iOS Device:

1) Turn off your device. If you can’t turn it off, press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons at the same time and wait a few seconds for it to turn off.

2) Plug the device’s USB cable into your computer only.

3) Hold down the device’s Home button as you connect the USB cable to it.

4) When you see the Connect to iTunes screen, release the Home button. If you don’t see this screen, try steps 1 through 3 one more time.

Connect To iTunes Screen

Connect To iTunes Screen – iPhone and iOS Devices

iTunes should open and display a message such as: “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes.”

5) Use iTunes to restore your device.


If you Enable the Recovery Mode on your iPhone or iOS Device by mistake, restart your device to exit the Recovery Mode.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment below.


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Posted: May 12, 2014 at 1:42 pm, Last Updated: May 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Use iPhone Recovery Mode If You Can’t Update or Restore Your iOS Device