Since so many people have been having trouble with their iPhones I figured I would do a quick how to on putting your iPhone into recovery mode. Now this is your last line of defense so don’t jump to this step immediately, turning off the phone or trying to force quit the application (hold down home button) or even force restart (hold down lock and home button for 8 seconds) are a lot better because you won’t lose any backed up data but if you can’t get the darn phone to boot here’s what you do.
- Hold down the lock button and home button to force turn off the iPhone.
- Hold the home button down as you plug in the USB cable between your iPhone and your computer.
- Let go of the home button when a “Connect to iTunes” screen appears.
- iTunes will recognize that your iPhone is in recovery mode and allow you to restore from the latest firmware version.
- If you have a good backup of your iPhone it iTunes will offer to let you set up the iPhone as a new device or restore from the backup.
I don’t suggest restoring from a backup just because I haven’t had any good luck doing that but the couple of times that I restored the phone and set it up as a new phone it was a heck of a lot more stable than the time I restored from a backup.