How to Put Your iPhone 6 in Recovery Mode

If you will put your iPhone 6 in recovery mode, it allows the iPhone to run and connect to iTunes without fully unlocking the bootloader for iOS. This process allows you to update your OS and restore your created backups for your device. 

You might need to use recovery mode to restore your device in these cases:

  • iTunes doesn’t recognize your device or says it’s in recovery mode.
  • You see the Apple logo onscreen for several minutes with no progress bar.
  • You see the Connect to iTunes screen.
  • You forgot your iPhone passcode

To carry out this process, you’ll need to prepare a Mac or Windows computer with the latest iTunes installed. Also ensure that your computer runs on the latest operating system that is compatible with your iPhone 6. 

Here are the steps to put your iPhone 6 into recovery mode:

  • Prepare the iPhone USB cable by plugging it into your computer, but NOT your iPhone. Leave your iPhone unplugged.
  • Launch iTunes on your computer.
  • Press and hold down the Sleep/Power button on the top of the iPhone to turn off the iPhone.
    • When powered off, press and continue to hold the Home button while you connect the USB cable to your iPhone, this will cause the iPhone to turn on.
  • Continue to hold the Home button until an alert message in iTunes informing you that an iPhone in recovery mode has been detected, like the screenshot below:
    iphone 6 recovery mode

Once you’re in recovery mode, you can either restore the iPhone or update the OS as necessary.
After restoring or upgrading firmware, your iPhone will automatically reboot and exit recovery mode on it’s own.

Exit iPhone 6 recovery mode:

You can typically exit recovery mode by doing the following:

    • Hold down the home and power button for about 15 seconds, this shuts off the iPhone.
  • Press the power button to boot the iPhone.

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