When your iPhone stuck in recovery mode, you will be unable to operate the device, let alone use the data on it. Thus, you need to fix this issue by factory reset. Then, you can use MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS to recover the data on the iPhone.

Part 1: iPhone Stuck in Recovery Mode!

As you know, put iPhone in recovery mode can resolve a lot of problems.

For instance, if you can’t update or restore your iPhone, you can put the device in recovery mode and then restore or update it with iTunes; or, if you forgot the password for your iPhone, you can also choose to use the recovery mode to restore the device to unlock it.

However, some of you reflect that iPhone stuck in recovery mode in the process of solving problems.

Or perhaps, your iPhone stuck in recovery mode without any major symptoms just like the following example:

My iPhone spontaneously went into recovery mode this morning while I was on it, no update or prior issues… how does this happen, seems to be a known problem as so many others have had the exact same issue!!! .. Any suggestions???

When your iPhone stuck in recovery mode, the screen will appear, with an iTunes mark, a white arrow and a cable. You will be unable to turn it on, let alone use it.

In general, a healthy iPhone won’t get stuck in recovery mode unless there is a major software problem. To effectively fix iPhone stuck in recovery mode, you’d better restore it to factory setting through DFU mode, which will delete all the original data on the device without doubt.

In this situation, you will point out that there are so many important data on the device, and you don’t want to lose them all. So, this post will mainly focus on the solutions to retrieve data from iPhone stuck in recovery mode.

However, you should firstly solve the iPhone stuck in recovery mode issue. Part 2 will tell you how to let your iPhone back to the normal state.

Part 2: Get iPhone out of Recovery Mode

Just as it is mentioned in part 1, the most effective way to get your iPhone out of recovery mode is to restore it through DFU mode. How to enter DFU mode? See the following steps:

Step 1: Just keep your iPhone connected to the computer and open iTunes application.

Step 2: Enter DFU mode with these steps:

On an iPhone 6s/6s Plus and earlier device:

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons at the same time for about 8seconds.

Then release the Sleep/Wake button but continue to press the Home button until iTunes pops out an interface says “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes”.

Release the Home button after that.

On an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus:

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons at the same time for about 8 seconds.

Then release the Sleep/Wake button but continue to press the Volume button until a pop-out interface from iTunes application says “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes”.

Release the Volume Down button then.

On an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X:

Quickly press the Volume Up button.

Quickly press the Volume Down button.

Then, you need to hold down the Side button until the screen goes black. After that, please hold down both the Side button and Volume Down button at the same time.

5 seconds later, you need to release the Side button but continue to hold down the Volume Down button.

Nothing will be displayed on the iPhone screen when it is in the DFU mode. If you fail to enter DFU mode, please try these steps again.

Step 3: Your iPhone screen will be in black if it enters DFU mode successfully. Click OK  on the pop-out interface, and press on Restore iPhone on iTunes application interface. Then, iTunes will restore your iPhone to factory settings, download and install the latest iOS version to your iPhone. And you can use it as a new iPhone.

Now, this thorny issue is solved effectively. Then, you should consider iPhone data recovery if these iPhone data are really important for you.

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Then, you can find the iPhone data recovery solutions in the next part.

Part 3: Recover Data from iPhone in Recovery Mode

It is obvious that you are unable to recover data from the device directly once your iPhone is restored to factory settings. However, if there is available iTunes or iCloud backup, you can try to restore your iPhone data from the previous backup.

When iPhone data recovery is mentioned, your first thought probably is restoring the iPhone from an iTunes or iCloud backup which is suggested by Apple official site. However, this method just restores all iTunes or iCloud backup data to your device without selection.

For you who want to retrieve some certain types of data, this method is not so ideal. In view of this, pieces of special iOS data recovery software emerge to satisfy these requirements.

To recover your iPhone data in a safe and reliable way, we suggest you to use a piece of professional iPhone data recovery software. MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS is a good choice.

This software is designed to recover all your lost data from all models of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The recoverable data are various, including photos, videos, messages, contacts, and more.

To help you verify whether this software can work for you successfully, you can apply its Free Edition to have a try, and this freeware allows you to recover some certain types of iPhone data. In addition, there are both Windows version and Mac version for different OS users to download.

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When you open the software, you will see that there are three recovery modules listed on the top side of the main interface.

Recover from iOS Device module is unavailable in this case because all the original data on iPhone have already been wiped.

To retrieve data from iPhone stuck in recovery mode, you should employ the rest two modules: Recover from iTunes Backup File and Recover from iCloud Backup File.

software main interface

When and how to use these two recovery modules? You can find the answers in the rest content of this part.

Solution 1: Retrieve iPhone Data from iTunes Backup File

The truth is that iTunes backup file can’t be opened and used directly. But, with MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS, those backup files can be recovered to your computer and you can immediately view and use them.

This solution refers to Recover from iTunes Backup File module. And because iTunes backup is the most comprehensive backup file, I think you should give priority to this recovery module on condition that there are both available iTunes and iCloud backups at the same time.

To make this module run successfully, you have to guarantee that the iTunes backup file you are going to use is stored on your computer. A copied one is also available.

Step 1: Click on the corresponding recovery module on the main interface, and then you will discover that the iTunes backup files will be shown here with their Name, Latest Backup Date and Serial Number which enable you to distinguish each item.

Select the one you want to recover, and then press Scan to continue.

choose Recover from iTunes Backup File

Tip: In general, this software is able to automatically detect and display the iTunes backup files which are saved on the iTunes default storage path.

Thus, if you copy the target iTunes backup file to your computer and save it to another path rather than this default location, this software will not show you this iTunes backup file voluntarily.

Then, you should press on the lower side blue button Select and pick it out from your computer to add it on the interface manually.

Step 2: Here, you will see the scanning results interface. The data types are listed on the left bar, and you are able to view them by type.

For instance, if you want to recover some iPhone photos, you should click on Photos from the left list and all the scanned photos will be displayed on the interface.

Since the freeware enables you to recover two pieces of photos, you can choose two items, and then click on Recover button.

check the files you want to recover

Step 3: The rest wizards will guide you to find a path to save these selected iPhone photos.

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At last, you can open the storage path to view these recovered data and files directly.

A full edition of this software allows you to recover your iPhone data without limitations.

Solution 2: Recover iPhone Data from iCloud Backup File

If you have made an iCloud backup before your iPhone stuck in recovery mode, you can also try “Recover from iCloud Backup File” module.


If you make an iCloud backup when your device is running iOS 9 or the later version, this software will be unable to detect these backup file because of the limitation of iCloud.

Once you are sure this software can get the target iCloud backup file, you can do as the following steps tell you to do.

Step 1: Choose Recover from iCloud Backup File module and this software will request you to type your Apple ID and Password, and then you should press on Sign In button to continue.

enter Apple ID and Password

Step 2: The available iCloud backup files will be listed on this interface. You can choose the relative one by judging from their Name, Latest Backup Date and File Size. Then, click on DownLoad button.

choose the target iCloud backup file to download

Step 3: You will see a small pop-out window. This window enables you to choose the type(s) of data you would like to download. Then, click on Confirm button.

choose the types of files to download

Step 4: When the downloading process is completed, you will enter the results interface just like step 3 of solution 1.Then, you should just follow the rest wizards to finish the operation.

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As solution 1, you can view and use these recovered data directly on the computer.

If you want to recover more data without the limitations of Free Edition, you had better get an advanced edition from the MiniTool official site.

Part 4: Bonus Tips

Until now, I am sure that you have already known the importance of making iTunes and iCloud backup, and updating them regularly(if you don’t know how to use iTunes and iCloud to back up your iPhone, please see the Apple official guide: How to back up your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch).

Yes, with iTunes and iCloud backup, you can not only retrieve data from your iPhone stuck in recovery mode, but also have the chance to get your iPhone data back in case your device is ever replaced, lost, or damaged.

More issues you may be interested in:

  1. Do you want to recover your iPhone data after you lost the device? If the answer is yes, you can visit this post: Lost iPhone? Look Here to Recover iPhone Data and Gain Tips to get a suitable solution.
  2. Some of you don’t know how to deal with the iPhone if it is damaged by accident. In this case, you can gain some useful tips and tricks from this previous post: Fix Your Broken iPhone and Recover Important Data on It.

Part 5: Bottom Line

This post introduces you the way to fix your iPhone if it stuck in recovery mode by restoring it to factory settings through DFU mode

Then this post guides you to recover the original iPhone data from iTunes and iCloud backup files with the two recovery modules Recover from iTunes Backup File and Recover from iCloud Backup File of MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS.

At the same time, this software can also be used to recover lost data and files on iPad and iPod. When you have these kinds of requirements, you can just try this freeware at first. Besides, you can visit its official site to get more information about this software.

If you encounter some issues about our product when you use this software to solve your problems, please feel free to contact us by sending email to [email protected], or you can type your questions directly to the following comment bar to let us know. Any useful ideas and suggestions are also appreciated here. Thank you!

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