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Introduction

This quick guide will teach you how to boot your iPhone 7 and 7 Plus into Recovery Mode in case you need to restore your iPhone.

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  1. Connect your iPhone 7 Plus to your Mac or PC with a Lightning to USB cable before you begin.
    • Connect your iPhone 7 Plus to your Mac or PC with a Lightning to USB cable before you begin.

    • Resetting your iPhone will NOT remove iCloud Lock. You will be required to to enter your Apple ID and/or Password when you set your device up if you have iCloud Lock on.

    • Press and hold the Volume Down and Sleep/Wake buttons on your device.

    • Your screen should turn black, keep holding down the two buttons once it does.

    • The Recovery Mode Process is different than that of previous models of the iPhone due to the lack of a Physical Home Button.

  2. After a few seconds the Apple Logo will appear, continue to hold down the Volume Down and Sleep/Wake Buttons until the screen turns black again.
    • After a few seconds the Apple Logo will appear, continue to hold down the Volume Down and Sleep/Wake Buttons until the screen turns black again.

    • If you let go of either button during this process the phone will boot into iOS and you will have to start again from Step 1.

  3. After a few more seconds the Connect to iTunes screen will appear. Once it does, release the Volume Down and Sleep/Wake Buttons to avoid Force Restarting the device by accident.
    • After a few more seconds the Connect to iTunes screen will appear. Once it does, release the Volume Down and Sleep/Wake Buttons to avoid Force Restarting the device by accident.

    • On your Mac or PC, open up iTunes and you will be prompted with an error message stating that “There is a problem with the iPhone that requires it to be updated or restored.”

    • Note that restoring your iPhone will Permanently Delete all your data including Apps, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Contacts. Make sure you backup your device before restoring it.

  4. This Step is Optional if you decide not to Update or Restore your Device. To boot back into iOS, Press and Hold the Volume Down and Sleep/Wake Buttons until the screen turns black.
    • This Step is Optional if you decide not to Update or Restore your Device.

    • To boot back into iOS, Press and Hold the Volume Down and Sleep/Wake Buttons until the screen turns black.

    • Once you see the Apple Logo, release both buttons and your iPhone will boot into iOS.

    • At this point you may Sync your iPhone with iTunes or disconnect the Lightning to USB cable and continue with your day.

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Tecwizard

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5 Comments

Have been locked out of my Apple ID

hillibilly8 - Reply

Unfortunately Recovering your device will not remove iCloud Lock so you will need to recover your Apple ID through Apple

Tecwizard -

Hi, i forgot the apple id how to fix it?i want to make a new one how to do it thanks

Jumar - Reply

I have same problem i forgot the apple id how to fix it?i want to make a new one how to do it thanks

fa j - Reply

Hi have an iphone 7 it wont go into recovery mode n stuck at apple logo , n apple service providers said it has hardware issue so pls help me fixing the phone

Raghavendra - Reply

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