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How To Enter iPhone 8 And iPhone 8 Plus Into Recovery Mode

Behind the name of Recovery Mode there’s a special boot sequence. All iOS devices have it, which means that regardless if you’re using an iPhone 8 Plus, an iPhone 8, or even older models, you should be able to access it. And if you’ve read at least one troubleshooting article or guide so far, you must have bumped into this requirement more than once.

Getting to Recovery Mode is an important part of troubleshooting your iPhone’s problems and you must know exactly what and how to do it. At times, you might just want to update the iOS software, like we will show you below. Or you might want to back up your data, just in case. Or you might be forced to complete a hard reset – you can never know when it’s going to be and why, but you must certainly know how to do it!


The actual steps on how to enter Recovery Mode from an iPhone 8 / iPhone 8 Plus:

  1. Use a dedicated cable to connect your iPhone device to the PC;
  2. Launch the iTunes app after that;
  3. Without disconnecting the two of them, perform a force restart – hold for at least 10 seconds, simultaneously, the Sleep/Wake and the Home keys and don’t let go until you see the Apple icon on the screen;
  4. Use the Update (not the Restore!) option available in there;
  5. Let the iTunes app handle an iOS reinstall – this should also keep your data on the phone;
  6. Wait for the new software version to be downloaded and installed.


That’s everything that you usually have to do when the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus is having a problem that requires booting into Recovery Mode!

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