How to Get Rid of “iPhone Stuck on Restore Screen” Issue

  1. Published on Jan 27, 2022
  2. Updated on Jan 27, 2022
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When updating or restoring iOS, your iPhones may stuck on the restore screen.

This is frustrating and worrying at the same time. Fortunately, though, there are ways to fix the issue and get your device back into normal state.

Why iPhone Gets Stuck on Restore Screen

Let's figure out the potential causes of your iPhone or iPad being stuck in restore screen.

Whenever Apple releases a new version of iOS, everyone around the globe wants to update their iOS to the newest version.

However, the process can become risky and can cause software problems.

It usually happens if the user has jailbroken the device, accidentally turned off the iPhone while installing the updates, or if there is a hardware problem.

However, sometimes the problem can arise from Apple itself. There might be a bug in the update that causes the iPhone and iPad to get stuck in Recovery mode.

Before we begin addressing the problem, make sure that you have filled all the prerequisites before updating your device to the newest iOS version.

These checks are important as they can be one of the reasons your iOS device is stuck in Recovery mode during the iOS update process. Ensure that:

  1. Your iPhone or iPad is compatible with the iOS update
  2. The device has enough storage capacity to download the update
  3. The hardware isn’t replaced from an unauthorized Apple reseller

Once done, you can move onto fixing the issue. The first solution we can try is to hard reboot the device.

Force Reboot The iPhone

This is the first go-to solution whenever you encounter a problem with the iPhone not starting up or freezing on a black screen. The instructions are very simple and easy to follow:

The method works on the following iPhone models:

  1. iPhone 13 series
  2. iPhone 12, 12 Pro Max, 12 Pro,
  3. iPhone XS, XR, XS Max, X
  4. iPhone 11 Pro, 11, 11 Pro Max
  5. iPhone 8 Plus, 8
  • Press and quickly release the Volume Up button, then proceed to do the same with the Volume Down button.
  • Now press and hold onto the side button until you see Apple’s logo pop up on the screen.
  • If the logo appears, then wait for a while and you should be able to use your iPhone.

Force Restart iPhone 12

For iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus: press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time until you see the Apple logo on the screen.

Force Restart iPhone 7

For iPhone 6s: Press and hold the Power and Home buttons simultaneously until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Force Restart iPhone 6S

However, if this fix does not work for you, then use software to help you unfreeze your iPhone and iPad from the recovery screen. 

Use an iOS System Repair Tool to Exit iPhone Restore Screen

Let's move on to our next solution and resolve the problem of the iPhone frozen on the restore screen.

This fix requires the user to download a free tool and restore the iPhone by connecting it with the system.

The tool we are talking about the can help you fix iPhone easily is the TinyFix.

The best part about the tool is that it offers different modes to many iPhone and iPad problems.

For today's problem, we are going to use the Exit Recovery Mode to fix it.

As the name of the software mode suggests, the tool will put the device into Recovery mode and then exit from it.

The tool is user-friendly, and you can fix your problem with just one click. The software is compatible with the following iPhone models:

  1. iPhone 6
  2. iPhone 7
  3. iPhone 8 - All versions
  4. iPhone X - All versions
  5. iPhone 11 - All versions
  6. iPhone 12 - All versions
  7. Compatible with all iOS versions (iOS 15 version included)

Once your iOS device meets the compatibility requirements, proceed to the instructions on using TinyFix to restore the iPhone stuck in recovery mode.

The first step is to install and launch the TinyFix on your system.

Next, connect the iPhone with the PC by using the lightning cable. 

In the third step, click on the Exit Recovery Mode button. 

Exit Recovery Mode

Now the iPhone will exit the restore screen.

Exit Recovery Mode successfully

Many of the users are able to fix their iPhones by using the TinyFix Exit Recovery Mode

If this mode did not work for you. In this case, we can use the standard mode of "iOS System Repair" feature to help you fix the iPhone.   

Use the Standard Mode to Fix iPhone Stuck on Restore Screen

Let's proceed with our advanced solution to fix the iPhone getting stuck on the restore screen.

The tool TinyFix has an iOS repair mode that is powerful, and we advise our readers only to use this mode as a last resort. Some features of this mode:

  1. The tool repairs the damaged iOS without losing any data from the iOS device.
  2. The mode will fix all iOS problems, which includes iPhone being frozen on the black/white screen, stuck on the loading wheel screen and restore screen, or having issues with the boot loop.

The mode is compatible with the following iPhone models:

  1. iPhone 6
  2. iPhone 7
  3. iPhone 8 - All versions
  4. iPhone X - All versions
  5. iPhone 11 - All versions
  6. iPhone 12 - All versions
  7. Compatible with all iOS versions (iOS 15 beta version included)

Follow the instructions below to fix your iPhone that is stuck on the restore screen.

The first step is to launch the TinyFix and select the iOS System Repair > Standard Mode. Connect your iPhone with the PC and click the Next button to proceed. 

The second step is to select a recommended firmware version. The TinyFix automatically detects the build and model of the iPhone.

Then, it will give you a list of Firmware versions, and you can choose one. Tap on the Download button to begin downloading the selected Firmware. 

Finally, when the download is completed. Proceed to click on the Start button and wait for the process to end. The tool is going to replace the existing firmware with the downloaded one and boots up your device. 

Standard Repair Mode

Now you can use your iPhone without any worry.

Restore iPhone using iTunes

If all the above methods fail to restore your iPhone or iPad, you can try and restore your device with the help of iTunes.

But be careful, as restoring the iPhone by connecting it to the PC can result in loss of all the data from the device. This solution is like factory resetting your device.

Make sure to keep a backup of your data so you can restore it later if something goes wrong.

Connect the iPhone to the PC and open iTunes. If the device is detected, click on the back up files.

Next, make sure you have a stable internet connection and have downloaded the latest firmware on your system. Then, follow the instructions below on how to restore iPhone using a PC or a Mac:

  1. Start by connecting your iOS device to the PC or a Mac. Then, select the iPhone or iPad. Mac users with macOS Catalina or later can find the device from the side pane in the Finder screen. For PC and macOS, Mojave (earlier versions included) users can just open the iTunes software and select the iOS device.
  2. Click on the Restore iPhone button from the main interface. Then, click again on the prompt Restore and Update.
  3. iTunes will now begin to erase all the data (possible malicious malware as well) from the iPhone or iPad. Do not power off or unplug the device and wait for a few minutes. Once the newest Firmware is installed, and the process is finished. You can see the Apple logo appear on the screen.

restore iPhone

Now you can just set up your iPhone and restore the backup data.

Try Restoring iPhone Using Another PC

If restoring the iPhone using a PC or a Mac did not work, then there’s a possibility that the PC you're using to resolve the problem might have a bug or an issue.

You can try troubleshooting, but we recommend using another PC or Mac and checking if the restoring iPhone with iTunes fix works.


Hopefully, the methods mentioned above will work you. If none of the fixes restored your iPhone, then it might be time to make an appointment with Apple's Genius Bar and take your iPhone directly to them.

If the iPhone is under warranty and the cause is not water damage, then Apple will fix the issue for free.

Sovan Mandal

A tech enthusiast to the core, I make it a point to keep myself updated on the latest developments from the world of technology. Android and iPhone trouble-shooting is another aspect that interests me a lot, as do a few of the more recent developments such as self-driving automobiles, AI, and such.
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