How to Manually Put iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch in Recovery Mode

Clare Weaver
Last updated: Jul 18, 2023
Summary: This post is an overall guide on how to put iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch in recovery mode. Read on to learn detailed steps.

In the case that you can't update or restore your Apple device, recovery mode helps a lot. To restore your Apple device with your computer, it will ask you to enter your device's passcode.

What if you forget the passcode? Then you will need to put your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch in recovery mode.

Then, let's learn how to put iPhone/iPad/iPod touch in recovery mode manually using button combinations in detail below.

Manually Put iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch in Recovery Mode

How to Manually Put iPhone in Recovery Mode

The way to put your iPhone in recovery mode varies from different iPhone models. Check your iPhone mode first and then follow the corresponding method.

Here is how to manually put iPhone in recovery mode:

  1. Use a USB cable to connect your iPhone to your computer.
  2. Open Finder/iTunes.
  3. Put your iPhone in recovery mode.
  • For iPhone 8 or later, including iPhone SE (2nd generation):

Quickly press and release the Volume Up button>press and release Volume Down button> press and hold the Side button until the recovery mode screen appears.

Put iPhone 8 in Recovery Mode
  • For iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus:

Press and hold the Top( or Side) and Volume Down buttons simultaneously until the recovery mode screen appears.

Put iPhone 7/7 Plus in Recovery Mode
  • For iPhone 6s or earlier, including iPhone SE (1st generation):

Press and hold both the Home and the Top (or Side) buttons simultaneously until the recovery mode screen appears.

Put iPhone 6s and Earlier in Recovery Mode
Notes
  1. Before putting your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch in recovery mode, please make sure that your iTunes/Finder is the latest version.
  2. For macOS Catalina and later, open the Finder; For macOS Mojave and earlier, or PC, open iTunes.

How to Manually Put iPad in Recovery Mode

The way to put your iPad in recovery mode is divided into two main parts - iPad with or without a Home button.

  1. Use a USB cable to connect your iPad to your computer.
  2. Open Finder/iTunes.
  3. Put your iPad in recovery mode.
  • For an iPad with a Home button:

Press and hold both the Home and the Top (or Side) buttons simultaneously until the recovery mode screen appears.

Put iPad with Home Button in Recovery Mode
  • For an iPad without a Home button:

Quickly press and release the Volume Up button>quickly press and release the Volume Down button>press and hold the Top button until the recovery mode screen appears.

Put iPad with Face ID in Recovery Mode

How to Manually Put iPod Touch in Recovery Mode

The way to put your iPod touch in recovery mode can be divided into two parts - For iPod touch 7 and iPod touch 6 and earlier.

  1. Use a USB cable to connect your iPod touch to your computer.
  2. Open Finder/iTunes.
  3. Put your iPod touch in recovery mode.
  • For iPod touch (7th generation):

Press and hold the Top( or Side) and Volume Down buttons simultaneously until the recovery mode screen appears.

Put iPod Touch 7 in Recovery Mode
  • For iPod touch (6th generation) or earlier:

Press and hold both the Home and the Top (or Side) buttons simultaneously until the recovery mode screen appears.

Put iPod Touch 6 in Recovery Mode

Final Words

In this post, how to put iPhone/iPad/iPod touch in recovery mode is introduced in detail. Check your Apple device's model first and follow the corresponding method in each part. Hope this post covers what you are looking for.

Clare Weaver

Clare Weaver has been captivated by the world of Apple products since the launch of iconic iPhone in 2007. With a wealth of experience, Clare is your go-to source for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and all things Apple.