How to Recover Photos from iPhone in Recovery Mode 2024

How to recover photos from iPhone in recovery mode? Find ways here and you can make it!

Kathy by Kathy Updated June 6, 2024
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At times, especially after an update, your iPhone might get stuck in recovery mode. When this happens, you'll see the "Connect to iTunes" screen, which can be confusing. If you're looking to exit this mode and recover your photos, this guide is here to help.

What is iPhone recovery mode?

iPhone Recovery Mode is used when your phone isn't responding or needs to be restored from a backup. It allows your phone to connect to iTunes on your computer for restoration.

How to enter iPhone recovery mode

Follow these steps to put your iPhone into recovery mode:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a lightning-to-USB cable > Open iTunes on your computer.

Step 2. On your phone, press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons simultaneously > Continue holding until the recovery mode screen appears, then select Restore.

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How to exit iPhone recovery mode

To exit recovery mode, you need to restore your phone using iTunes:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable and open iTunes. If iTunes doesn't recognize your device, follow the prompts to enter Recovery mode.

Step 2. When presented with Restore or Update options, select Restore. iTunes will download the latest iOS version and restore your phone. This process will erase all data, so ensure you have a backup before proceeding.

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How to fix when iPhone stuck in recovery mode

If your iPhone is stuck in recovery mode, you can use ways below to fix the issue efficiently!

Solution 1. Force restart your iPhone

Sometimes, a force restart can resolve issues without deleting data:

For iPhones with Face ID: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button, then the Volume Down button, and hold the Top button until the iPhone restarts.

For iPhones with a Home button: Press and hold both the Home and Side (or Top) buttons for at least 10 seconds until you see the Apple logo.

Solution 2. Contact Customer Support

If the above methods don't work, contact Apple Support for assistance. They can provide further instructions to resolve the issue.

How to recover photos from iPhone in recovery mode

Now you can follow ways below to recover data from iPhone stuck in recovery mode.

Option 1. Retrieve pictures from iPhone in dfu mode

When it comes to iPhone data recovery, you can choose the professional iPhone data recovery software - FoneTool to get your iPhone data back. With its powerful features, you can easily recover more than 10 types of data on your iOS devices.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable > Launch FoneTool on your computer > Go to Toolbox > Choose iOS Data Recovery.


Step 2. Check the Photos icon > Tap on Start Scan to continue.

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Step 3. Preview and choose the pictures you need > Click the Recover to PC button > Change the storage path from the pop-up windows > Tap on Export to finish the process.

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Step 4. Once the process is finished, you can go to Phone Transfer > Choose PC to iPhone to transfer your recovered data to your iPhone.

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When the photo transfer is completed, you can go to the Photos app on your device to view them.

Option 2. Recover photos on iPhone with iCloud

To use this method, your photos must be synced to iCloud before your iPhone got stuck in Recovery mode:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to a computer with a USB cable and put it in recovery mode. iTunes will open and start downloading the latest iOS version.

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Step 2. After the download, your iPhone will be restored as a new device. Sign in to your iCloud account and enable iCloud Photo Library. Your photos will download from iCloud to your iPhone.

Step 3. On the main interface, click Photos, select the photos you want to recover, and click Download.

Option 3. Recover photos from iPhone in recovery mode with iTunes

This method requires an iTunes backup:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes.

Step 2. iTunes will detect your phone and prompt you to restore it before use.

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Step 3. Click OK, and iTunes will restore your phone with the latest backup. Once restored, exit recovery mode to retrieve your backed-up photos.


Now you can know what is recovery mode, how to enter and exit recovery mode and how to recover photos from iPhone in recovery mode. The professional FoneTool mentioned above can be the most useful way to make it. Hope you can use it to solve your problem efficiently.

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