iOS 12 Supported | How to Backup iPhone in Recovery Mode

Roxanne updated on Sep 25, 2019 to iPhone Data Recovery | How-to Articles


If your iPhone is in recovery mode, you can't back it up with iTunes, iCloud, or any third-party program. To make it, you should first exit the recovery mode through a force restart. But if you fail, take it easy, you can still follow the guides here to restore your iPhone in DFU Mode with iTunes.

How to get iPhone out of recovery mode before backup
How to restore iPhone in DFU mode with iTunes without data loss

"A few days ago, my iPhone 6 Plus went into recovery mode without a presage. I attempted to back up the files on the iPhone to my computer before restoring it, but I failed because there was an update. I don't want to lose my iPhone data. Is there a way I can backup the iPhone in recovery mode?"

Actually, if your iPhone is stuck in recovery mode, you can't back it up with iTunes, iCloud, or any third-party data backup tool. To access and back up your iPhone, the first thing you need to do is getting your iPhone out of the recovery mode via a hard reboot. If you make it, it's unnecessary for you to back up iPhone as there won't be data loss.

However, there are always exceptions. Sometimes, you may fail to exit the recovery mode; then you need to go into DFU mode and restore your iPhone with iTunes, which will erase all the content on your iPhone. Therefore, before you restore your iPhone, you'd better use professional iPhone recovery software to recover your iPhone data from the iCloud or iTunes backup to keep the data safe.

How to Get iPhone out of Recovery Mode

A false update or application crash can make your iPhone get stuck on the Apple logo and enter the recovery mode. When the problem occurs, you can try to exit the recovery mode via a hard reboot. 

  • For iPhone 8/8 Plus/X/XS/XR/XS Max/11/11 Pro/11 Pro 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 the Apple logo on your screen.

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  • For iPhone 7/7 Plus

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

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  • For iPhone 6/5/earlier models

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

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After the force restart, your iPhone should be out of recovery mode now. It will restart and work normally without data disappearing. If it fails, go to the next part and try to restore your iPhone in DFU Mode with iTunes.

How to Restore iPhone in DFU Mode with iTunes

The DFU (Device Firmware Update) Mode allows all devices such as iPhone/iPad/iPod touch to be restored from any state even the device can't be recognized by the computer. It's used to solve severe problems that can't be addressed in recovery mode.

Restoring your iPhone with iTunes in DFU mode will erase all the content on your device, to avoid data loss, you'd better use an iPhone data recovery tool to restore iPhone data from iTunes or iCloud backup. But if you haven't created any backup before, you have to face the pain of data loss.

EaseUS MobiSaver is wonderful third party software that can do you a favor. It is an iPhone data recovery program that allows you to regain lost data by downloading iTunes or iCloud backup in case lost data can't be found in the device or the device has lost. You can use it to recover deleted iPhone text messages, photos, videos, contacts, call history, notes, WhatsApp conversations, voice memos, as well as other files. It's completely compatible with the latest iOS 13. Here, you can use EaseUS MobiSaver to directly recover iPhone data from the iTunes or iCloud backup with corresponding accounts even the iPhone can't be detected by your computer. 

Step 1. Launch EaseUS MobiSaver.

Among the three recovery options, choose "Recover from iTunes " or "Recover from iCloud" depending on your backup location and click "Scan". You need to enter your Apple ID and password.

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Step 2. Preview and recover the files.

After the scan is complete, all the files that were found by EaseUS MobiSaver will be displayed on the left side in well-organized categories, and you can find the lost files quickly by choosing different categories. The software also allows you to preview the lost files one by one to find out those you want to get back. At last, just click "Recover" button to export the recoverable files and specify a folder to save them on your computer.

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How to Put iPhone in DFU Mode

For iPhone 8/X/11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max

  • Connect your iPhone 8/ 8 Plus/X/11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max to your computer and launch iTunes.
  • Press and quickly release the Volume Up button, press and quickly release the Volume Down button and then press and hold the Side button (Sleep/Wake button) until you get a black iPhone screen.
  • When your iPhone screen goes black, release the Side button only and then quickly press and hold both Side and Volume Down Buttons for 5 seconds.
  • Then release Side button only and hold the Volume Down button for another 5 seconds. During the process, pay close attention to iTunes. When you see a small window in iTunes telling you iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode, release the Volume Down button and check your iPhone screen.
  • If it's black, fortunately, you have put your iPhone 8/8 Plus/X in DFU mode successfully. While if it's not, for example, it's the "connect to iTunes" screen, you have to repeat the steps above to enter DFU mode again.

For iPhone 7/7 Plus

  • Connect your iPhone 7 to your computer and launch iTunes if it doesn't open automatically.
  • Turn off your iPhone 7. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the slider appears. Move the slider to turn off your iPhone
  • After you have turned off your iPhone 7, hold down both Sleep/Wake button and Volume Down button for 10 seconds.
  • Keep holding Volume Down button only for 5 seconds after the 10 seconds. If your iPhone screen remains black, you are now in DFU mode. And iTunes will tell you that it has detected your iPhone. To exit DFU mode, you just need to turn off your iPhone.

For iPhone 6S or earlier 

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer and run iTunes.
  • Turn off your iPhone. Hold down the Sleep/Wake button until you see a slider on the screen. Move the slider to switch off your iPhone.
  • When you have turned off your iPhone, press and hold both Sleep/Wake button and Home button for 10 seconds.
  • Then keep holding Home button only for another 5 seconds. If your iPhone screen stays black, your iPhone is in DFU mode now. At the same time, a window in iTunes will pop up and tell you iTunes has detected your device. 

If your iPhone has entered DFU mode, your device screen will be black, and it will be detected by iTunes as a device in recovery mode. Then, click OK to start the iPhone restoring.

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