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iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xr Stuck In Recovery Mode (Solution)

The Recovery Mode is usually a solution for many iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr problems. But every now and then, someone messages saying that they got stuck in Recovery Mode and need help to get out of it. For some Apple users, it’s a one-time event while others seem to be dealing with an actual loop. Whatever they do, they end up back in the Recovery Mode, which is obviously an abnormal situation.


Now, it doesn’t really matter how you came to face this peculiar issue. It can happen during a regular software update, especially if the device remained without battery in the process. But just as easily, it can happen when you’re trying to update or to restore the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max or iPhone Xr from the iTunes app. So, anticipation is not the point here, but rather the need for a specific guide with instructions.

From how to access the Recovery Mode on iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr to the various exit options, with or without the help of a computer, you are about to learn a ton of useful information.


Start with the basics: instructions for booting into Recovery Mode

  1. When you’re stuck in this booting sequence, you must power off the device;
  2. Once it is completely shut down, use a USB cable and set up a quick connection with a computer;
  3. Simultaneously – while you connect the iPhone to the PC – hold down the Home button of the phone;
  4. Only let go of that button when the screen displays the confirmation message that you’re officially connected to iTunes;
  5. At the same time, the iTunes app will let you know that the iPhone just entered into Recovery Mode (with the well-known mention that, in order to use it, you will have to restore it first);
  6. Select the OK confirmation button;
  7. Finally, select the Restore iPhone X/iPhone 10 button, as indicated.


If you didn’t know, let us inform you about an essential aspect! When you connect the iPhone to the iTunes and boot into Recovery Mode, the Restore option will erase all its content! Don’t use it if you don’t have a backup in safe place, unless you really want to lose your data!


A tip for the pros: how to fix iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xr Recovery Mode loop with the RecBoot

RecBoot is a special software, easy to find online in two versions, for Mac and for Windows devices. Since the Recovery Mode loop is on your iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max or iPhone Xr, you are going to need the RecBoot for Mac version, not the RecBoot for Windows kit.


You will instantly recognize the kind of situation when you need to use it by the way that the iPhone will act and the moment when this behavior triggers. The Recovery Mode loop begins when an important software update stumbles into an unexpected situation. You’re running out of battery, you accidentally disconnect the USB cable, and so on. Now, all you have to do is to get that RecBoot and:

  1. Download and install the app on a computer;
  2. Take a USB cable and connect the iPhone to the pc;
  3. Within the app, select the Exit Recovery Mode option (on the right-side pane);
  4. Expect for the iPhone to leave the Recovery Mode loop and return to the normal running mode in the following seconds.


As a side note, if you really are into this kind of troubleshooting with third-party apps, consider the Tinyumbrella software as well. If you prefer to avoid such options, keep reading.


How to get out of Recovery Mode when you’re not very tech-savvy…

If the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max or iPhone Xr is stuck in this booting sequence and you’re struck by the fear of searching for apps like the ones described above, you still have at least two options.


Try the following key strokes, in this particular order:

  1. Turn back on the iPhone;
  2. Select and hold the Power and the Home buttons – do it for about 10 seconds;
  3. When the screen turns off, you can release both buttons;
  4. Next, select the same two buttons once again, but this time for about 8 seconds;
  5. When the Apple logo is loaded on the display, you can release the buttons;
  6. Wait until the screen is completely turned off;
  7. For the third time, tap and hold the Power and Home keys – do it for approximately 20 seconds this time;
  8. Only let go of the Power button, continuing with the Home button for the next 8 seconds;
  9. Once you also release the Home button, in the next 20 seconds or so, the iPhone will start loading normally, out of the Recovery Mode.

Now, we can only imagine the look on your face while reading these instructions. We get it that it seems complicated, which is why we have a final alternative to suggest you. It’s about using a computer, but you’ll agree with us that it really is the simplest suggestion you got so far. Are you ready?


  1. Try to boot out of Recovery Mode with a computer:
  2. Launch the iTunes app on the computer;
  3. Connect the iPhone to that computer, with a USB cable;
  4. Use the Restore iPhone option;
  5. Install your most recent backup;
  6. Confirm (with the OK button) that you want to restore that backup;
  7. Wait until the iTunes handles this entire process.


By the end of it, your iPhone will have the same content it had at the moment of the restored backup. Everything you had in that archive should be on the device and, most importantly, it will reboot in the normal running mode. That’s how you can officially overcome the iPhone Xr, iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max stuck in Recovery Mode problem.

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