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How To Enter iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xr Into Recovery Mode

What you see when you turn on the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max or iPhone Xr is called the normal running mode. Ideally, you should only have to use this one, but there are instances, as you might have discovered by now, when you need to boot into a different mode. Like the Recovery Mode, the one you keep seeing mentioned in all the online troubleshooting guides out there…

Whether you have no other choice than to hard reset the device or you just want to create a backup or even update the iOS, you will, eventually, get to this point. You’d better be prepared for it, this is something that all Apple users need to know. And in today’s article, we’ll show you two useful things in one: how to boot into Recovery Mode and, while you’re there, how to get the latest iOS version.


How to boot an iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xr into Recovery Mode:

  • Grab a cable and hook the iPhone to a computer;
  • Then, launch the iTunes app and keep the two devices connected;
  • Coming up next, prepare yourself to do a force restart:
    • Tap the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons at the same time, for 10 seconds or even a little longer, and only let go of it after the Apple logo pops on your display;
  • Once you’ve booted into Recovery Mode, two options will be clearly visible in there: the Restore and the Update – identify them and select the Update menu;
  • Wait a bit for the iTunes to start reinstalling the iOS – this process will give you the latest software version and keep all your other data stored on the device.


If you’ve waited for the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max or iPhone Xr to find, download, and install the iOS, you should be able to return to the normal running mode, to a fully functional iPhone.

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