How to Fix iPhone 11 Stuck in Recovery Mode (Full Guide)

  1. Published on Oct 22, 2021
  2. Updated on Oct 21, 2021
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One of the most effective solutions to fix system errors on your iPhone 11 is recovery mode. But as effective as it is, sometimes the device can get stuck in recovery mode.

This problem is often characterized by the “Connect to iTunes” logo on the screen and it means that you will not be able to use the device until you can fix it.

If you find that you are unable to get out of recovery mode, the solutions we outline here may be able to help.

Let’s start by looking at exactly what recovery mode is and why your iPhone 11 may be stuck in recovery mode.

What is iPhone Recovery Mode?

Recovery mode is one of the most effective modes to fix problems with the operating system on your iPhone 11.

You will not be able to use the iPhone at all when it is in recovery mode, although you can restore the device via iTunes while it is in recovery mode, making it a great solution for common problems.

But sometimes soon after repairing the device, you may find that it remains stuck in recovery mode.  

This is a problem that can occur for a variety of reasons. Let’s take a look at some of the common below.

iPhone 11 in recovery mode

Why Is Your iPhone 11 Stuck in Recovery Mode?

Your iPhone can get stuck on recovery mode because of hardware issues or software problems.

If you dropped your iPhone or it suffered liquid damage, then the problem is likely caused by a broken or damaged hardware component.

Software-related cause are most common and can include the following;

  • Updating the device to the latest version of iOS only for the update process to be interrupted before completion.
  • A failed attempt to jailbreak the iPhone 11
  • You put the device in recovery mode to resolve another problem and now you’re unable to get the device back to normal mode.

Will Recovery Mode Erase My Data?

While recovery mode in itself doesn’t affect any of the data on your device, the methods you can use to get the device out of recovery mode may erase the device.

This means that if you don’t have a backup of all the data on your device, you may lose everything.

This is why it is important to always have the latest backup of the data on your device to avoid losing data on the device should you find yourself in situations like this one.

You can also attempt to force restart the device to get it back to normal mode. If a force restart works, you may be able to save the data on your device.

Fix iPhone Stuck in Recovery Mode without Data Loss Using TinyFix

There is another way that you can prevent data loss on your device, even as you successfully exit recovery mode. This is the iOS system recovery tool, TinyFix iOS System Repair tool.

This program is designed to help resolve software-related issues that can cause your device to get stuck in recovery mode in the first place.

It has a 100% success rate and when you use the standard repair mode, you can fix your device without losing any data on it.

TinyFix is also very easy to use, with a simple user interface that makes it accessible even for the beginner user.

Follow these simple steps to use TinyFix for iOS to fix an iPhone 11 that is stuck in recovery mode;

Step 1: Download and install TinyFix on to your computer.

Step 2: Connect the iPhone 11 to the computer and then the program will detect the device and it will appear in the window.

Step 3: Click on “Exit Recovery Mode” in the lower-right section of the main screen.

Exit Recovery Mode

Step 4: In a few seconds the device will exit recovery mode successfully and you should see “Exited Recovery Mode Successfully” appear on the screen.

Exit Recovery Mode successfully

You can then disconnect the device and continue using it normally.

Force Restart Your iPhone 11

A force restart is another solution that can help you exit recovery mode safely, primarily because it doesn’t affect any of the data on your device

. But it is not a guarantee that a force restart will work or that the device will not just go back into recovery mode soon after the restart.

It is worth a try though. Just follow these steps to force restart the iPhone 11;

  • Step 1: Press and release the Volume Up button.
  • Step 2: Press and release the Volume Down button.
  • Step 3: Then, press and hold the Side button until you see the Apple logo appear on the screen.

Force Restart Your iPhone 11

Restore Your iPhone 11 using a computer

The other reliable way to fix an iPhone 11 that is stuck in recovery mode is to restore the device in iTunes.

You just need to connect the iPhone to the computer and allow iTunes or Finder to install the latest version of iOS onto the device.

But while restoring the device will fix any software-related errors, it will also erase all the data and settings on your device.

It may therefore be a good idea to have a backup of the data on your device before attempting to restore it.

Here’s how to restore the iPhone using your computer;

  • Step 1: Connect the iPhone to the computer using its original USB cable
  • Step 2: Open Finder if you are running macOS Catalina or later and select the iPhone when it appears in the sidebar. For Windows and earlier versions of macOS, open iTunes and then select the iPhone icon on the top-left corner of the screen.
  • Step 3: Click on “Restore iPhone” and then select “Restore and Update” to confirm that you want to update the iOS as well. Finder or iTunes will erase all content and data from your device.
  • Step 4: Keep the device connected to the computer until iTunes or Finder installs the latest version of iOS on it. This process may take up to 30 mins.

Restore Your iPhone 11 using a computer

When it is complete, your device will restart in the set-up screen and you can simply follow the onscreen instructions to set up the device as new and restore a backup.

Restore Your iPhone 11 in DFU Mode

If you are unable to restore the device in iTunes or Finder, then you should consider putting the device in DFU mode.

This mode allows the device to communicate with iTunes without activating the iOS or the bootloader, making it one of the best solutions to resolve the software issues that may have caused the problem in the first place.

But this method will also cause total data loss and you should never attempt a DFU restore on a device with hardware damage as you risk causing more problems.

Follow these steps to put your iPhone in DFU mode and restore it in iTunes;

  • Step 1: Connect the iPhone X to the computer using its original USB/lightning cable and then open iTunes if it doesn’t automatically open.
  • Step 2: On the device, press and release the Volume Up Button, press and release the Volume Down button and then press and hold the Side/Power button until the screen goes black.
  • Step 3: While still holding the Side button, press and hold the Volume Down button. Hold both buttons for about 5 seconds.
  • Step 4: After 5 seconds let go of the Side button, but continue to hold the Volume Down button until your iPhone 11 appears iTunes. Release the button as soon as the device shows up in iTunes.
  • Step 5: Finally, follow the on-screen instructions to restore the iPhone in DFU mode. Ensure that the device remains connected to the computer until the restore is complete and it restarts.

finder recovery mode notification

Other Options to Choice From

All the solutions we have outlined above are reliable when the problem is caused by a software issue. Therefore, if none of them are able to resolve the issue for you, it is likely that your device may have been affected by a hardware problem.

The best way to get a hardware problem resolved is to visit an Apple Store. Make an appointment at your local Apple store to have your iPhone 11 looked at by a qualified technician. You can also contact Apple Support if you would rather use their mail-in service.

Conclusion

If you have any questions about the solutions listed above or any other iOS issues that you would like our help with, check out some of our other tutorials to find a solution.

We have numerous how-to articles and extensive FAQs to help you fix any iOS related issues you may encounter. You can also contact us directly with any unique issue you may have and we’ll do our best to come up with the solutions you need.

Aaron Roussey

Aaron is tech-savvy and enjoys writing technical articles about phones, computers, games, and the internet!
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