Last Updated on May 6, 2020 by Husain Parvez
iPhones are known for being extremely reliable and generally less prone to software issues compared to their competitors. However, that’s not to say that they are invulnerable. There is always a chance that you’ll end up bricking your iPhone X. That’s where knowing how to enter iPhone X’s recovery mode can prove to be a lifesaver.
The process is slightly different compared to older iPhones. But, it’s still pretty easy once you learn how to do it. So, without any further ado, let us get right into it!
iPhone X Recovery Mode: What it is and How to Enter
Operating systems are very complex and susceptible to breaking in numerous ways – especially when the user is a bit mischievous or not careful as well. “Damages” can range from just experiencing slowdowns and random crushes to not even being able to boot your device.
If your only problem is experiencing slowdowns, crashes, or anything like that, chances are that you’ll be able to fix the issue by reinstalling the problematic app, clearing the cache, or at worst, performing a factory reset. But, if you can’t even boot into iOS, then getting into recovery mode is a one-way road.
Recovery mode is a sort of separate operating system that you can boot into for rescuing your phone. It’s very useful in cases where you can’t boot into the phone and need to perform a factory reset or software upgrade to save it.
Before you use it, make sure that your iTunes is updated to the latest version and only rely on it as the last resort as it’s going to wipe out the entire phone!
Here’s how to get into iPhone X’s recovery mode:
- Connect your phone to the computer by using the Lightning cable
- Boot into recovery mode by holding down the volume up, volume down, and the side button simultaneously
- Open iTunes on your PC if you haven’t already and make sure you’re connected to the internet
- You should now get a warning/prompt asking you to either restore or update. Click on “Update”
- Wait for the installation to finish
- Then proceed with setting up the phone as you normally would
Don’t forget that this is going to completely erase your device. If iTunes needs to download your update, then your download/installation speeds can greatly vary depending on your internet connection. It’s not unusual for slower networks to need more than an hour in order to download a phone update.
What is Recovery Mode?
Recovery mode is a kind of mini operating system that’s operating separately from the main device’s OS. It’s mainly put there not only as a safety precaution in case that something goes wrong with the phone – but also for installing big updates that require the device to be shut down.
And it’s not just about iPhones. In fact, you can find multiple kinds of recovery modes in most devices – including Android smartphones and computers.
With the help of 3rd party tools, you can also flash custom recoveries that can give you access to functionalities and options that are normally unavailable. Just keep in mind that this voids your warranty. And if you don’t do it correctly, it can destroy/brick your device – sometimes beyond repair.
That’s also one of the main reasons that manufacturers sort of “hide” recovery mode. People who don’t know what this is and/or don’t have a reason to use it shouldn’t bother with it.
DFU Mode VS Recovery Mode
DFU mode is kind of recovery mode with the main difference that instead of installing the latest version of iOS, it allows you to install older versions as well. This is useful if, for any reason, installing the latest version of iOS with recovery mode didn’t work. It’s also a way of jailbreaking iPhones – if you’re into that.
Keep in mind that the exact process of putting iPhones to DFU or recovery mode differs from iPhone to iPhone. One of the main reasons behind that is that some iPhones use a different design than others – such as the presence or absence of a home button. But, we believe it’s also because Apple, like many other companies, doesn’t want your average person to be able to easily get into such parts of the device.
iPhone X Recovery Mode Guide: Wrapping Up
That’s all for now. If you have any more questions or if there’s something you didn’t understand, feel free to let us and everyone else know about it in the comments section down below!
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