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[Solved] iPhone in Recovery Mode Won’t Connect to iTunes

Are you googling the solutions for “iPhone in Recovery mode won’t connect to iTunes”?

Our experts have seen many cases of disabled iPhones. And the “iPhone is disabled” problem is indeed sophisticated for some people. Maybe you meet with other issued iPhones and you put it in recovery mode for a restore or recovery. It may be a system issue or screen issue, or locked device issue.

For disabled iPhone won’t connect to iTunes problem, please move to our tutorial: My iPhone is disabled and won’t connect to iTunes.

Whatever the problem it is, even if you put the issued iPhone in recovery mode to fix it with iTunes, there is the possibility that iTunes won’t recognize it. Nothing happens and the iPhone in recovery mode won’t connect to iTunes exactly.

While for some people they can easily reset and restore it with a computer, iTunes, or Finder.

Don’t fret out. We’re going to help you out.

In this article, we’ll show you how to fix the problem that iPhone in recovery mode won’t connect to iTunes.

Solution 1. Recheck the Recovery mode and Update iTunes.

Exit the recovery mode and enter the recovery mode again to connect to iTunes.

Make sure you’ve entered your iPhone into recovery mode successfully.

If you’ve tried several times, skip to solution 2.

To do this, you need to know how to put your iPhone in recovery mode.

We’ll explain the detailed steps of the right way to put your iPhone in recovery mode.

Please refer to How to Put iPhone in Recovery Mode.

If you’re sure you have successfully entered it into recovery mode, go to solution 2.

Supplementary: make sure you’ve updated iTunes to the latest version.

Update your iTunes to the latest version and reconnect it to iTunes in recovery mode.

Solution 2. iPhone in Recovery mode won’t connect to iTunes, unlock with proven software  —SD iPhone Unlocker.

If your iTunes won’t recognize your iPhone in recovery mode and it won’t connect to iTunes, you can reset and unlock it with our picked software, SD iPhone Unlocker.

Whether you have a PC or Mac, you can reset and restore your iPhone with this software. Make sure to backup your iPhone data before resetting and unlocking it with the SD iPhone Unlocker.

Preparation:

Exit the recovery mode and backup your iPhone. If you don’t know how to back up your iPhone please move to How to Back Up Your iPhone/iPad.

For a normal iPhone, you can back up it as usual.

Note that if your iPhone is disabled or Unavailable, or security lockout, you can’t back up it, you have to reset it immediately to enable it. You are lucky if you have your previous backups to restore your data.

Download and install the safe, reliable trusted by millions of people program on your computer.

Step 1. Launch the program. Head to Unlock Screen Passcode.

Unlock Screen Passcode - StartStep 2. Connect your iPhone to the computer.

Put it in recovery mode if it’s locked or you forgot the passcode. You only need to click Trust on your iPhone and unlock your iPhone screen to connect it if it’s not locked.

If your iPhone needs to enter the recovery mode, you can refer to the onscreen directions by viewing the correct iPhone mode tabs. You can also check our text tutorial highlighted below to enter the issued iPhone in recovery mode.

put your device into DFU recovery mode

Recovery Mode instructions.

iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, and later: Press and hold the side button and the Volume down button until the power off slider appears. Turn off your iPhone. Connect your device to your computer while holding the Side button. Keep holding the Side button until you see the recovery mode screen.

iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold the Side (or Top) button until the power off slider appears. Turn off your iPhone. Connect your iPhone to your computer while holding the Volume down button. Keep holding the Side button until you see the recovery mode screen.

iPhone 6s or earlier: Turn off your iPhone. Press and hold the Side (or Top) button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to turn off your device. Connect your iPhone to your computer while holding the Home button. Keep holding the Home button until you see the recovery mode screen.

If you have trouble putting your iPhone in recovery mode manually, you can refer to this article tutorial to put your iPhone in recovery mode with an app without pressing buttons.

Step 3. Start to download the firmware packages and wait.

Unlock locked disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes - download firmware.

When you put your iPhone in recovery mode successfully, the app detects it and shows your iPhone information, and smartly shows you the packages to download.

Click Download. Wait for several minutes.

Step 4.  Start to Unlock.

When the software finishes downloading the firmware packages, it will extract the packages, later you’ll see the Start to Unlock button. Hit it, and you’ll check the price of the software. Yes, you need a purchased license registration code to proceed.

After the registration of the app, hit Start to Unlock, the app will start to erase and reset the iPhone, whether it’s disabled or if you forgot the passcode. The app can unlock the iPhone without any passcode in recovery mode.

Unlock the locked iPhone or iPad without iTunes - Extraction finished

Unlock Disabled iPhone or iPad without iTunes successfully

Wait for a few moments, your iPhone will get restarted later. When the screen shows you the “unlock is complete” message, disconnect it from your computer.

You can set up your iPhone when it reopens. If you’ve backed up your iPhone before fixing it, you can also restore your data from the backups.

How often does it happen when iPhone in Recovery mode won’t connect to iTunes and why.

Not all iPhones in recovery mode won’t connect to iTunes. if this happens, it’s an accidental case. Some are caused by software problems, some caused by hardware problems, some caused by iTunes versions or even other unknown reasons.

Solution 3. Alternative method. Fix iPhone in recovery mode won’t connect to iTunes with iOS System Recovery software.

SD iOS System Recovery is a piece of software to fix 50+ system issues. It can also upgrade and downgrade your iOS system.

Why you can use the SD iOS System Recovery software to reset it. Before starting, you should back up your data first.

The software offers you two modes to fix your iOS system, one is the no data loss mode fix “Standard Mode”, the other is the data loss fix with wiping all contents and settings “Advanced Mode”.

If you think your iPhone needs a reset to fix, choose advanced mode directly. If it’s minor problem, choose Standard Mode. Then your data won’t be touched.

Download and install the SD iOS System Recovery.

Step 1. Run the app and head to iOS System Recovery.

iOS system recovery start

Step 2. Click Start on the next screen.

start repair iphone

From the screen instructions, you can learn that the SD iOS system recovery software can fix 50+ issues, including device issues such as iPhone can’t turn on, iPhone can’t update, iPhone stuck on Apple logo, iPhone stuck on headphone mode and more.

Step 3. If you choose Standard Mode, all data on your iPhone won’t be touched. If you choose Advanced mode, which will reset your iPhone to factory settings.

Take choose Standard Mode for example.

If your iPhone is in recovery mode, the app will detect it and fix it with Standard Mode without data loss.

If your iPhone screen can be unlocked, unlock it with a password and click Trust if it prompts on your iPhone.  Your iPhone should be connected to the app successfully then.

Step 4. View and choose the firmware to download for repairing your iPhone in recovery mode that won’t connect to iTunes.

Step 5. When the download is complete, click Fix.

Fixed Successfully.

Wait for the fixing process to be finished. Your iPhone will be reopened, you should set it up without any data loss once you choose Standard Mode.

If your problem can’t be fixed by the Standard Mode, do choose the Advanced Mode by wiping and resetting it.

We’ve composed a video tutorial on resetting the issued iPhone with the Advanced Mode. Check it.

If your iPhone in recovery mode won’t connect to iTunes, you can use the above two pieces of third-party software to fix it. Whether it’s a disabled iPhone or an issued iPhone, the software proved useful.

After resetting and fixing your iOS software, your iPhone in recovery mode should also be connected to iTunes later. You can then either transfer or back up your data or restore your data with iTunes easily.

If you don’t want to use iTunes, we also recommend you to use the iPhone Data Recovery software to retrieve your backup data from iTunes or iCloud backups.

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I am the chief editor of softwaredive.com. I have been engaged in software and computer gadgets fields for over 10 years, offering proven guides, tips, and software solutions in data recovery, and multimedia field.

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