How To Enter Recovery Mode on iPhone 8 / iPhone X

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Recovery mode on a smartphone acts as lifesaver by providing an avenue to fix potentially harmful issue. In this guide, we are going to show you how to easily Enable Recovery Mode on iPhone 8 & iPhone X whenever needed. Recovery mode is NOT the same as DFU Mode. Both work differently in some respects as we are going to show you in this post, so keep on reading to learn more.

If you recently purchased Apple’s new iPhone 8, 8 Plus or iPhone X and have been wondering how to enable recovery mode when the need arises, then you are at the right place. Physical buttons on Apple’s new smartphones work differently than they used to on previous models, especially on the iPhone X which doesn’t feature physical home button at all. This means the method to put iPhone X / iPhone 8 into recovery mode has also changed slightly.

Re-adjusted configuration pattern on this year’s iPhone models has changed the way new devices can be tweaked in order to accommodate changes. This has also impacted the manner in which recover mode works on the iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X as it requires a different key combination than on previous generations of iPhone.

What is Recovery Mode on iPhone:

Recovery Mode on an iPhone is used for flashing the same or higher version of an iOS firmware via iTunes. But the key area where Recovery mode is different from the DFU mode is the level of control it provides users to makes changes to iPhone and its firmware. While DFU Mode allows complete control to tweak iPhone as it bypasses the iBoot process (the iOS bootloader), thus allowing either upgrading or downgrading iOS firmware that is still being signed by Apple, and on the other hand the Recovery mode allows users to flash an iOS firmware version that is equal or greater than the one currently installed on the device.

Difference Between Recovery Mode And DFU Mode on iPhone:

So the key different between Recovery mode and DFU mode lies in their use to re-install, upgrade or downgrade operating system.

  • Recovery mode is for installing the same version of iOS or higher.
  • DFU mode works like Recovery mode + to install earlier version of iOS firmware as long as Apple is still signing it. This is particularly useful for jailbreaking iPhone because most iOS jailbreak solutions are released for the older versions.

When in recovery mode, iPhone shows an iTunes logo plus lightening cable icon on the screen. In DFU mode, device display is completely blank showing nothing on the screen.

How to Enable iPhone Recovery Mode

Step 1 – Power off your iPhone.

Step 2 – Launch latest iTunes version on Windows PC or Mac.

Step 3 – Connect your iPhone to computer using lightening cable.

Step 4 – Make sure device is properly connected and turned off. iTunes must be open of computer before moving to the next step.

Step 5 – Now hold down the Volume Down + Side Button at the same time.

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Step 6 – Keep pressing both buttons until Apple logo and then iTunes logo appear on the screen.

Step 7 – You should now see an iTunes prompt saying that it has detected your device in recovery mode, thus confirming your device is now in the Recovery mode.

That’s it. You can use Recovery or DFU mode since both work similarly with the only different being the level of control user gets to make changes. In DFU mode, iBoot process is bypassed during the loading of iOS firmware, which provides user more options such as downgrading iOS to older version. While in Recovery mode user can reinstall the same or newer version of iOS firmware using iTunes, there is no downgrade possible from Recovery mode.

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