How to perform recovery mode restore via iTunes on iPhone 11 [Tutorial]

You often hear about Recovery Mode restore, but barely understand its concept. Today, we will provide you brief insights about recovery mode restore, when and how to carry out the process.

Apple–a reliable manufacturer and is known for its high-end and sturdy devices. Among the latest flagship devices this company offers is the Apple iPhone 11 which is undeniably superb, from its physical aspect down to its software detail. But no matter how resilient the platform these devices are running on, they still ought to act up. The occurrences of iPhone issues are inevitable, and the only thing that you can do is to equip yourself with the knowledge on how to deal with these symptoms.

Phone errors can be categorized in two types. Either it is software-related or associated with hardware failure. Often times, software-related errors are rectifiable with some helpful and relevant tweaks unlike hardware issues.  Minor software glitches and some network-related errors are addressable using basic troubleshooting tricks. Thus, more-complex errors are usually addressed using more-advanced solutions like Recovery Mode restore. If you’ve come from older iPhone versions with Home button, it may take time for you to be familiar with the new procedures on how to recovery restore your iPhone 11. Hence, there is no need for you to freak out as we are here to help you out. Mapped out below are the procedures on how to carry out a Recovery Mode restore via iTunes on your iPhone 11. Read on to understand how the process is performed, so you can also make use of this trick whenever necessary.

When and how to perform Recovery Mode restore on iPhone 11

Various screen issues such as blank or black screen, stuck on Apple white screen, iPhone reboot loop, stuck on Apple logo, and other screen display issues are rectifiable using the Recovery Mode restore. This tweak can also be utilized when your iPhone 11 doesn’t work after an iOS update. Once your iPhone 11 has entered Recovery Mode, you’ll then be able to restore the device iOS to the current version with the help of iTunes. Thus, a Mac or Windows computer is needed to fulfil this process. You also need to install the latest software of iTunes on your computer beforehand. Once these requisites are ready, follow the steps below to carry out Recovery Mode restore on your iPhone 11. Here’s how:

  1. Connect your iPhone 11 to the computer using the supplied USB cable or Lightning cable connector.
  2. Once connected, press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  3. Press and then quickly release the Volume Down button.
  4. Then press and hold the Side or Power button and continue holding down even when the Apple logo appears.
  5. Release the Side or Power button once the Connect to iTunes logo appears on your phone screen.
  6. iTunes will then show a messaging telling that your iPhone 11 device is in Recovery Mode and prompts you with the options to either Restore or Update.
  7. Select the Restore option to delete everything from your phone’s system and restore iOS via iTunes.
  8. If you haven’t back-up your files prior to performing the Recovery Mode restore, you can select the Update option. Doing so will command iTunes to reinstall iOS without causing a complete data loss.
  9. Then follow the rest of the onscreen prompts to complete the iOS restoration or update.

The iOS restoration process may take 15 minutes to be completed. Thus, your iPhone 11 will exit from Recovery Mode if the process will take longer than the allotted time. Instance like this, simply wait for the software download to finish and then redo the steps to complete the iOS restoration process. Once you are done, you can exit from Recovery Mode restore by pressing and holding the Side or Power button and wait until the Connect to iTunes disappears. Your iPhone 11 will restart and should be on its workable state again.

Also read: iPhone 11: basic system reset and restore guides

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