Generally, this is not usually necessary for users since iOS being a fairly closed operating system is usually protected from configuration errors made by applications of dubious reliability or simply by ignorance of users. However, no operating system is 100% safe and reliable and, for one reason or another, it is possible that the system fails and we can neither turn it on nor recover it, having to resort to " recovery mode " or An iPhone or an iPad.
- When iTunes does not recognize our device.
- If the Apple logo appears for a long time and it does not start.
- In case of suffering bootloop (something common among users with jailbreak).
- When the "Connect to iTunes" screen appears.
- If we want to completely reset a device to, for example, restore a copy of another device prior to a new model.
The general method to enter this recovery mode, in both the iPhone and iPad prior to the new iPhone 7/7 Plus model is, with the smartphone on (or locked, depending on its state), connect it by cable to the computer and run iTunes . Then we force a restart by holding down the "start" and "on" buttons , and, after restarting the devices, continue to maintain them even when the Apple logo appears. After several seconds we can see how the "recovery mode" appears to us.
However, in addition to removing the "jack" port of the iPhone 7/7 Plus, this device also does not have a physical "start" button as such, being impossible to keep it pressed as in previous models. Luckily, the "recovery mode" of this model is still fully functional, the only thing that has changed is one of the keys needed to access it.
How to start recovery mode on the new iPhone 7/7 Plus
To enter this iPhone recovery mode, all we have to do is connect the device to a computer and start iTunes on it. Then, just like in previous models, we forced the restart by holding down the "on" and "down" buttons (we can see that the "start button" has been replaced by the "volume down button" Process is the same).
The device will reboot, and we must hold down the buttons while the Apple logo appears until we see the recovery screen typical of these devices.
What to do once inside the recovery the iPhone?
We are already in the Recovery mode of iPhone or iPad. ITunes is prepared so that, in case of detecting an error in the device or that it is in this mode, it will automatically ask us what we want to do:
- Restore the device, erasing all data and reinstalling iOS again.
- Or, if there is an update , install the latest version of iOS available again. This does not work 100% of the time (and is only possible when there are updates available), so chances are that we always have to resort to the first option.
After the process of restoration or update, our iPhone will be as fresh out of the factory. Now we only have to redo the initial configuration process and restore the backup that we have in iTunes or iCloud.