iPhone Stuck in Recovery Mode? Get Out Quickly with RecBoot

May 11, 2011 - 22 Comments

iPhone Stuck in Recovery Mode Escape with RecBoot

Whether you’re just trying to update iOS firmware, downgrade, or jailbreak, it’s not terribly unusual for an iPhone to get stuck in Recovery Mode. You’ll know you’re stuck because the phone displays the classic USB to iTunes logo, and iTunes gives you the Recovery Mode detected message. Sometimes you can escape just by hardbooting the phone, but if that doesn’t work you can use a tool like RecBoot.

Download RecBoot now from the developer (Direct link – Mac OS X only)

This is how simple RecBoot is to use:

  • Download & launch RecBoot
  • Plug in your iPhone (or iPod touch)
  • Click on “Exit Recovery”

It’s seriously that easy.

In addition to allowing you to escape from Recovery Mode, RecBoot will also enter into Recovery, which allows you to downgrade iOS firmware assuming you have SHSH blobs saved. If you don’t want to bother with RecBoot you can also learn how to enter and exit manually, but it’s a bit harder so I would generally recommend just clicking a button with the app instead.

Finally, tools like TinyUmbrella work in Mac OS X or Windows, but RecBoot does nothing else and is very foolproof, thus the recommendation.

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Posted by: Matt Chan in iPhone, Tips & Tricks

22 Comments

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  1. Parakeet says:

    RecBoot works wonders

    BTW I don’t think you need SHSH blobs saved for some downgrades (to 3.1.3 for instance)

  2. Julie says:

    I tried RecBoot – my phone is stuck in recovery mode and will not finish a restore – hangs on verifying with apple store error 9. RecBoot did not work for me – still stuck with the itunes – USB icons.

  3. Joe says:

    MY iphone 3Gs is in recovery mode as well, shows error 1002 upon attempting to restore. Any suggestions? I would try recboot but I have windows.

  4. ChrisP says:

    Appears to do absolutely nothing.. probably doing something I don’t want it to do to my Mac.

  5. Maryb says:

    Try holding down power button and round button on bottom face of phone together for as long as it takes for it to reboot. Should work. Works every time for me..

  6. Logan says:

    Worked for me. I had to unplug my iphone from my computer after I clicked “exit recovery mode” for it to work though.

  7. amanda says:

    Exit recovery wasn’t working….just kept showing the spinning wheel. I did a hard reset, uplugged my phone, replugged it…and it worked! I dont know why, but it did.

  8. qwiehf says:

    FIX THE LINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. TheGuy says:

    I downloaded recboot 1.3 and when I launch (as administrator too) it says “Could not find file ‘C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\ItunesMobileDevice.ll’
    I’ve tried on several computers and all have the same message appear,
    how do I fix this?!

  10. Cesar says:

    I’m stuck on recovery mode, after trying to update to the new IOS 5.1.1 but it attempt to fail several times. I’m on the iTunes logo with the USB cord and i can’t seem to exit recovery or do anything, This is getting me so frustrated!!Please help me with this major issue!

  11. sangobingo says:

    Guys if you’re stuck in recovery mode then don’t worry just go to your nearest apple store and they’ll restore it for you! I’ve done the same! and now my Ipad2 is running on ios5.1.1!

  12. Domino says:

    i am also stuck in recovery mode but when I click exit recovery mode, the device reboots, the screen gets slightly dimmer, and then it starts flashing different colors with the apple logo fading in and out. I have never heard of this happening and I do believe I’ve bricked my phone. any advice would still be greatly appreciated.

  13. Nick says:

    You saved my a5s. Thank YOU. Yes, You!

  14. kivie says:

    where is exit recovery mode…. i dont want to restor my device because i jus had it factory unlocked

  15. Lif says:

    Got to kickout from recovery mode using tiny umbrella 7.0.0.4 turn on the TsS server. Before that put your device to DFU mode using ireb DFU pwner. Look at the tiny umbrella log. If its said successfully tan u can connect to iTunes latest and recover ur devices. Remember to always back up your devices to iTunes regularly

  16. kokotko says:

    guys, just run the recboot as admin if it keeps telling you “exiting” without any result.

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