iPhone Won't Restore in Recovery Mode? Here's the Fix

iPhone Problems

"I want to restore my iphone in the recovery mode but error 39 when i download the IOS software?"

Have you met the similar problem iPhone won't restore in recovery mode? It could be frustrated. Either iPhone won't restore in recovery mode or iTunes shows an error message like "The iPhone could not be restored. An unknown error occurred." Luckily, there are something we can do to fix iPhone (from 5 to X) won't restore or update in recovery mode. Read on and see mre details.

How to Fix iPhone Won't Restore In Recovery Mode

  • Basic Tips to Fix iPhone Won't Restore in Recovery Mode
  • Fix iPhone Won't Restore in Recovery Mode without Data Losss
  • DFU Restore Your iPhone to Fix iPhone Won't Restore (Data Loss)
  • Basic Tips to Fix iPhone Won't Restore in Recovery Mode

    Oftentimes, a bad cable or out-dated iTunes are responsible for this problem. So, let's have basic checks before taking your iPhone in for repair.

    Tip 1: Update iTunes on Your Computer

    When iTunes won't restore iPhone, please check whether iTunes is up-to-date on your PC or Mac. On a Mac, To get the latest version of iTunes, update the software on your Mac: Go to Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Software Update. On a Windows, you can open iTunes, from the menu bar at the top of the iTunes window, choose Help > Check for Updates. If you downloaded iTunes from Microsoft Store, you can also check updates through the Microsoft Store.

    Tip 2: Try a Different Lightning / USB Cable

    It is possible that a broken or faulty lightning cable could lead to iPhone won't restore. Try using a different Lightning cable to have a try.

    It is worth mentioning that using third-party cables that are not MFi-certified by Apple can cause restore problems. MFi-certified means that Apple has tested the cable to be compliant with its standards and that it is "made for iPhone." Hence, we highly recommend you choosing certified lignthing cable.

    Tip 3: Use a Different USB Port Or Computer

    If you are using a Desktop, we suggest that you use the rear USB port. The rear port is more stable.

    Fix iPhone Won't Restore in Recovery Mode without Data Loss

    If it is not a cable problem, iTunes still won't restore your iPhone in recovery mode, I will recommend you to restore iPhone without iTunes. This is the recommended method when an iPhone 7 won't restore in recovery mode as it will restore iPhone without data loss. For this, iOS System Repair willbe the best choice. This iOS fix tool is professionally designed with the purpose to fix over 50 types of iPhone/iPad/iPod issues with device data intact. Thus, you can restore iPhone and get your iPhone out of recovery mode easily by this iOS repair software.

    After installing this program on a Windows or Mac computer, please launch this program and connect your iPhone to computer. If your iPhone is stuck in recovery mode, the "Exit Recovery Mode" option is highlighted. Click it and your device will get out of recovery mode.

    get iphone out of recovery mode

    In case your iPhone doesnot get back to normal, you can click "Repair Operating System" to repair iOS system. This will restore iPhone and fix iOS problems without data loss.

    repair ios system

    Prior system recovery, you need to download the matching the firmware package.

    download firmware package

    Next, click "Repair Now" option to start repairing operating system.

    repair ios system

    Your device will restart after system repair. You'll find the iPhone is back to normal and d all data keep intact.

    system repair is completed

    Here is a video guide of how to fix iPhone Won't Restore Problems without Data Loss

    DFU Restore Your iPhone to Fix iPhone Won't Restore (Data Loss)

    This can be the last resort when iPhone 6 won't restore in recovery mode, that is, restore it in DFU mode with iTunes. Whereas, this method of fixing iPhone won't restore in recovery mode will erase all settings and data in your device. Here are the steps to proceed:

    Step 1. Open iTunes and connect your iOS device to computer via USB cable.

    Step 2. Force restart your iOS device with the steps bellow, but don't release the buttons when you see the Apple logo, wait until the connect to iTunes screen appears:

    • On an iPad Pro 11-inch or iPad Pro 12.9-inch: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Press and hold the Top button until your device begins to restart. Continue holding the Top button until your device goes into recovery mode.
    • On iPhone 8 and later: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Then, press and hold the Side button until you see the connect to iTunes screen.
    • On an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold the Side and Volume Down buttons at the same time. Keep holding them until you see connect to iTunes screen.
    • On an iPhone 6s and earlier, iPad, or iPod touch: Press and hold both the Home and the Top (or Side) buttons at the same time. Keep holding them until you see the connect to iTunes screen.

    Step 3. iTunes will detect your iPhone in recovery mode. Click OK button and click Restore iPhone to restore it.

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    After restore, you can set up iPhone as new or restore from backup.

    Wrapping Up

    Hope you have fixed iPhone x won't restore in recovery mode after reading this post. When iTunes won't restore iPhone in recovery mode, I recommend you to use iOS System Repair. This program can fix iPhone stuck in recovery mode, DFU mode, Apple logo, and all other iOS problems quickly without deleting your files.

    / Posted by Jerry Cook to Fix iPhone Follow @Jerry Cook