IPhone recovery is a standard operation to restore your Apple smartphone to a healthy state after various failures. Unsuccessful firmware, improper jailbreak, incorrect iOS update – if you know how to restore iPhone, you can eliminate almost any malfunctions that occur during the operation of this device.
To restore your iPhone, you need to enter Recovery Mode. Make it simple:
- Connect the USB cable to the computer. Do not connect a smartphone yet.
- Turn off your iPhone. Hold the Home button and holding it, connect the smartphone to the computer. The device starts to boot, the iTunes icon and the USB cable appear on the screen. Recovery mode is activated, you can reset the iPhone to the factory state (with the removal of settings and content) or reflash the device.
When the iPhone is ready for the rollback and error correction procedure, click the Restore button.
iTunes will independently find the current version of the firmware and install it on the smartphone, returning it to the state in which it was immediately after the purchase.
If in Recovery Mode iPhone recovery does not work, then you must enter the device in DFU mode. This mode is used when there are software errors – for example, when the iPhone does not turn on. DFU mode works at the hardware level, so it helps to reset all settings, even in the most difficult cases. To enter DFU mode:
- Connect the device to the computer.
- Hold and hold Power and Home for 10 seconds.
- After counting to 10, release Power while continuing to hold the Home button.
From the first time it is difficult to enter DFU mode, since nothing changes on the screen. If the recovery mode detects itself with the iTunes icon, then in DFU the phone does not seem to turn on. Therefore, you need to look at the computer screen where iTunes is running. As soon as the iPhone enters DFU mode, a notification will appear in iTunes informing that the program has detected the device in recovery mode, and you need to reset all settings and content in order to continue working with the smartphone.
If you need to install another firmware, then hold Shift and click "Restore". A guide will appear through which you need to specify the path to the previously downloaded firmware.
Recovery without a computer
If the computer is not at hand, it does not turn on, or you cannot connect an iPhone to it, then try to reset all settings through the device settings. As a result of this operation, you will receive a clean smartphone without settings and user information, so be sure to make a backup copy before resetting. If the smartphone turns on normally:
- Go to the main settings.
- Go to the "Reset" menu.
- Select a mode to erase settings and content.
It is not necessary to delete user files. If the iPhone turns on, you can eliminate malfunctions in its work by simply resetting the settings. In this case, the user’s personal data will remain untouched.
If you need to restore iPhone after resetting all the settings and deleting the content, then without a backup copy it will not work. The presence of a backup file with information stored in the device’s memory is the main point that must be checked before performing a reset. After the iPhone rolls back to the factory state, all personal user data is deleted from it.
Creating a backup before resetting:
- Connect iPhone to computer.
- Launch iTunes. Open the connected device page.
- On the Browse tab, find the Backups field. See when the last copy was made, whether it is relevant now. If not, click Create Copy Now.
After the reset, the iPhone will be like new: no content or settings remain on it. To return all the information, you must connect the device to the computer and, through iTunes, restore from the backup. Choose the most recent backup, as it stores the most relevant information.
You can also restore all settings after a reset through iCloud, provided that you stored backups on the cloud. In this case, when setting up your iPhone, you need to select the option “Restore a copy from iCloud” and specify the appropriate backup.
If after normal recovery the phone doesn’t turn on, it makes sense to switch it to DFU mode and try restoring it through iTunes again. This time you should not trust iTunes: download the official firmware and select it in the explorer window by holding Shift and clicking on the “Restore” button .
Sometimes solving the problem that the smartphone does not turn on after resetting via iTunes helps the TinyUmbrella utility. This program has an Exit Recovery button. If the iPhone recovery post does not turn on, you need to select it in the TinyUmbrella window and click "Exit Recovery".
If when connecting to iTunes, the iPhone turns on normally, but does not recover, but goes into standby mode, then the first thing to do is try to restart the device.
- Hold the Power and Home buttons.
- Wait for the device to boot back.
- Connect the smartphone to the computer and try to restore again.
If the wait is delayed again, try removing the SIM card from the device. The next step is to transfer the iPhone to DFU mode and restore it with the firmware that you downloaded.
If the software methods, replacing the cable and connecting to another computer does not clear the “Waiting for iPhone” message, then you should contact the service center for a solution to the problem. Too long a wait can be due to a breakdown of the power controller, damage to the battery and other malfunctions of a mechanical nature.