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February 20, 2009

How to get iPhone out of Recovery Mode?

When you try to use QuickPwn or Pwnage on your iPhone, you'll have to get your phone into the so called DFU mode. During this process, if you miscalculated the seconds (for me its always Holding Power+Home for 8 seconds then release power button), your iPhone will enter the dreaded Recovery Mode. During this time, if you go by what iTunes wants, it will ask you to restore your phone which can take a good 20 minutes before your phone is back to normal mode again (assuming if you entered DFU mode by mistake more than once, its can be an awfully long time wasted).
I finally decided to document how I got out of Recovery Mode through trial & error without full restore: (Note, this was tested on an iPhone 1st gen w/ firmware 2.2.1 on it)

1. In Recovery Mode Screen (it shows a cable and a CD looking iTunes icon), press and hold power + home for about 10 seconds, this will shut the screen down. Let go of buttons!
2. With the screen dark, press and hold power+home buttons again. This time, the Apple logo will light up for about 8 seconds then again it will be powered down. (I noticed this round of power down, it seems to be a little different with the way the screen shuts off, hard to explain). Let go of buttons!
3. Once again, press and hold power+home buttons (only this time, you'll mimic the entering DFU mode like pattern) by counting to about 8 seconds then release the power button. Keep holding down the home button until about 20 seconds then let go. During this time, the Apple logo should reappear but don't get distracted, keep up with the counting. By the time you let go all buttons 20 seconds later, the Apple logo should stay lit and it will boot into regular mode shortly after.

This method has worked for me in the said iPhone and firmware 2.2.1. As always, do this at your own risk and best of luck!

62 comments:

admin said...

This really works, I was really worried that I lost all my personal photos and videos. Thanks for the tip.

Leon said...

To exit Recovery:
Hold Power Button + Home button for 15 Secs.
Release buttons.
Hold Home button for 2 secs.

Nic said...

steps 1 and 2 work but step 3 returns me to the initial recovery screen. HELP!!

Please email stuff12345678910@hotmail.com.

Thanks, Nic.

Anonymous said...

Same problem as Nic
please email yeahyeah2211@hotmail.com
thank you , Thomas

Anonymous said...

same problem as nic and anonymous please help and email

rpgsmashx@gmail.com

Depal said...

i have the same exact problem due a probelm while jailbreaking my 3gs it froz at reboot now its stuck in recovery mode. the only i found so far that can maybe work without updating to 3.1 is irecovery search it yahoo and it be in a site called hackintosh i think which tells u wat todo. i havent tried it bc i hae not been able to figure out how to use it on windows since the program is for mac. however the site does say it can work on windows. pleae read the comments it list alot of ppl with the same prob as us. If u guys have any luck please shoot me an email and tell me how u did it at dj8641@aol.com

Androktasie said...

Thanks dude! Your instructions worked just fine unbricking a coworker's iPhone running 3.1, on the first try at that!

Fayeed said...

I had my iPhone 3g in recovery mode... and wanted it out... i repeated the same process to put it in recovery mode except i let go of both the power and home button when the apple logo showed up... it worked fine

Anonymous said...

Worked great for me, thanks

Jay said...

Hey, i dunno if your method works for me. But i thought i'd share a program that has worked everytime, and hasn't harmed my iphone (tho follow the instructions else you could mess it up easily)

It's called iRecovery. there are versions for both pc and mac.

Goto: http://www.ihackintosh.com/2009/07/irecovery-iphone-recovery-mode-loop-restart/

to download the program and to find the instructions.

Anonymous said...

maybe if they put more than fucking 2 buttons on the phone, my god damn iphone wouldnt be going into recovery mode randomly, seriously, this recovery mode is retarded, it screws up more peoples phones than it helps

Tracy said...

More than two buttons probably would do it, but I live for the design still! lol

Anonymous said...

nothing of all what u said is working!!! it alwas goes back to the recovery mode screen (showing the usb cable and the itunes logo)!! do u have any other suggestions???

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rosane said...

hi, i was desperate when i cant get out of the recovery mode. I found these instructions and it worked fine. One thing i did is that i disconnected the iphone cable to the computer when i did the power and home button press

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n@n0 said...

hello...ma phone is in recovery mode and cant get out of it... it tried that home and power button but it dont do nothign ....dont power off or anything....the loading circle keeps apearing on and off....what can i do??? help..
please email to m03spider@yahoo.com
thank you...

Anonymous said...

Rather useful topic

Anonymous said...

can you please email me i'm stuck in recovery mode.
email is jon9393@gmail.com
-thanks

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Anonymous said...

I just held Power + Home, the recovery screen went dark and I let go of the buttons... the phone restarted in normal mode on its own :)

Anonymous said...

Very first instruction worked for me: Iphone 3gs, version 3.13. Thanks for posting the instruction!

Theresa said...

IPhone is now so popular in world. every Tech guys know about iphone application development . Thanks for sharing this information. it must be helpful all Iphone users.

Anonymous said...

just tried this on my iphone 4 4.0.2 and 1min later it's all back to normal! thank you

Cordless said...

thanks dude...:)

Alice said...

Hey,
My iphone 3GS is stuck in recovery mode. I've tried all the instructions and also I have tried the Irecovery thing. I haven't even been able to install that properly. I really don't want to restore to factory settings but It's getting really bad. Can anyone help me?

alice_latham@hotmail.co.uk

thanks

jonathan said...

I HAVE 3G ON 4.1 AND STUCK IN RECOVERY. I HAVE TRIED ALL STEPS AND STAYS IN RECOVERY.. PLEASE EMAIL TO HELP JONDADDY1105@AOL.COM

Anonymous said...

doesnt seem to be any help for the 4.1os.... if anyone gets how to run it without restoring please post here...

iphone 4
os 4.1

Anonymous said...

Iphone 3GS 4.2.1 - Hold Power and Home button until Apple Logo appears - let go both buttons - phone exists recovery mode

Anonymous said...

Use the program TinyUmbrella. It worked like a charm!!

P.S. Recommend you connect your iPhone directly to computer, not with a USB hub, at least for this.

Anonymous said...

same problem as Nic and anonymous
email please something012345@gmail.com
thanks

ZUZU said...

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Sarath said...

Follow Leon's Tips, it worked for me. I jailbroke my iPhone 3G with 4.1 firmware on it and it worked very quickly for me...It saved me a TON of worry (having to retrieve all my contacts, because iTunes would'nt save it for me, getting redsn0w jailbreak on it again, etc...) So i tried Leon's technique and it worked hilariously well. If his doesn't work, then try iREB, a type of restore service that lets you select a pre-downloaded apple iOS firmware to restore the iPhone to.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! After trying to download the new iTunes my iPhone 3GS was stuck in recovery. I tried blackraIn but it wasn't working. This worked awesomely but I had to do the 8 second thing 3 times and then the 20 second thing, twice just wasn't doing it for anyone else trying this and its not working! Great post, thanks for the help! :)

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Steven said...

Mine just died in recovery mode itself, then I charged it back up.

Anonymous said...

tried it on a 3g 4.2.1 and it worked out great

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Anonymous said...

I HAVE 3G ON 4.1 AND STUCK IN RECOVERY. I HAVE TRIED ALL STEPS AND STAYS IN RECOVERY.. PLEASE EMAIL Saskia-jayde-masters@hotmail.co.uk

Anonymous said...

help me .. I've tried many times but still the recovery mode as well. please email me the steps to azhardidi89@yahoo.com.TQ

Anonymous said...

I have tried all the different ways to get it out of recovery mode, but it doesn't work for me either. My phone is still in recovery mode. Please email toriannjames@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

WOW! Thanks so much. I have iphone 4 now. but i had the iphone 3g and it would not work for almost a year. i had so many pics on it now i can get them off and put them on my new iphone. Thanks again

I will back everything too, just to be safe

candii said...

iam running in too problems like step 1 and 2 seem to work but my apple logo wont stay on it gos right back to the cord and itunes image could some one please help

Anonymous said...

I did all the steps but i'm still in recovery mode. please email at michellebelline@yahoo.com

isaiah said...

my sleep button is broken and having hard time putting it in dfu it just keeps going into recovery mode. Is there a possible program that can put an i touch into dfu cuz it would really help
iPod touch 2g 4.1 firmware(MC model)

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Hannah said...

I am quite literally 10 seconds away from nuking my iPhone 4 in the microwave. Nothing works! I've tried everything. Please please please can somebody help!

pharmacy said...

Very good tips I didn't know about them, thanks so much because now I have the perfect sources in case I have some issues with that.

Gerome said...

ummm i did that but my phone still has the usb cable connected to itunes picture on the powering on screen even though my usb cable is disconnected any suggestions??

Matthew said...

Hello same problem as Nic and anonymous. Please email me asap! :/ matthew_seow_95@hotmail.com

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Anonymous said...

oh my god thank you so much it really does work and to make sure i didnt mess up the timing i used a stopwatch to do all the timing and it worked.