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How to FIX an iPhone 4S Stuck in Recovery Mode Loop

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Got an iPhone 4S Stuck in Recovery mode or Recovery Mode loop ? No problem if this is your situation then here you’ll find the exact solution without any doubt. The reason I’m saying this with such confidence is because I faced this problem earlier. Because it was my first time I didn’t know what to do and how to exit my iPhone 4s from recovery mode, so I started searching on internet & found couples of way that could kick out iPhone 4S from recovery mode loop but got confused with which one to proceed.

Luckily I found a guy on Apple forum who had the same problem before with his iPhone 5c & helped me out to recover my iPhone 4s stuck in recovery mode loop.

There could be lots of reason why your iPhone 4S gone into recovery mode loop, it could be due to older iTunes software, Wrong firmware installation, incomplete OTA update, USB disconnection from iTunes while the update is going on and many more. So whatever it be lets checkout how to get out of this recovery mode.

Here’s why my iPhone 4S stuck in Recovery Mode

The day before Yesterday I was trying to Upgrade my iPhone 4S from iOS 7.0.4 to iOS 7.1.1 through OTA update I received earlier from Apple, everything was fine until I tried to reboot my iPhone 4S at the middle of updating process. Actually I lost my WiFi connectivity while the process was going which make the device stop at 40% upgrading, when I got my connection back updating started but it was damn slow so I tried to stop the 7.1.1 OTA update by switching off my iPhone 4S & this what make my iPhone 4S stuck in Recovery mode LOOP.

Every times I tried to switch on my iPhone 4S it straight goes in recovery mode with an iTunes connection logo on screen.

iPhone 4S Stuck in Recovery Mode

How to Exit an iPhone 4s Stuck in Recovery Mode Loop

Like I said before there are lots of possible solution to get your iPhone out of recovery mode, but I don’t want to confuse you with so many ways that why below I’m going to describe only two ways that I found best and the easiest to recover an iPhone Stuck in Recovery mode.

Just to let you know, though I’m taking iPhone 4S as an example, this guide should work with all i-device such as iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPad mini, iPad Air, iPod Touch.

Process 1 : BootRec Recovery Mode in/out

In our first process we will show you how to get recover this situation with BootRec. BootRec is a software which is available free online for both Mac/Windows. With BootRec one click of your mouse could fix your iPhone 4S recovery mode looping. However there are few case where BootRec don’t work if this happen with you too, try process 2 below.

How to Use RecBoot to Exit iPhone 4S stuck in recovery mode :-

1) First you need to download RecBoot software if you don’t have it already, here’s the link to download RecBoot for Windows & RecBoot for Mac.

2) Run RecBoot, then connect your iPhone 4S to Computer.

3) Once your iPhone is recognized you’ll find two button on RecBoot window.

4) Tap the Exit Recovery Mode button which is probably on right side.

5) That’s it if you’re lucky enough within few seconds you’ll see the White Apple Logo on your Screen which indicate your iPhone 4S is rebooting to normal mode.

Recboot : iPhone 4S Stuck in Recovery Mode

If the RecBoot Process worked for you please leave you comment down in comment section, it will help us to understand which process works the most.

However if this process somehow didn’t worked for you, don’t worry try the Process 2.

Process 2 : TinyUmbrella Recovery in/out

TinyUmbrella is one of the most useful tool for iOS user, like Recboot it doesn’t only Force iPhone 4S in or out of recovery. It have lots of uses which is includes SHSH Blob saving.

How to Use TinyUmbrella to Exit iPhone 4S stuck in Recovery Mode :-

Requirement : Java (Make sure you have Java installed, else it won’t work)

TinyUmbrella

1) Download TinyUmbrella software from here > Windows and Mac

2) Run TinyUmbrella, on the first run it will start fetching some libraries.

3) When fetching over, and the software window appears connect your iPhone 4s to your computer, make sure your iPhone 4S is in recovery mode while you connect it to your computer.

4) Now from the left sidebar click the device under Recovery Device heading. It should look somewhat like this > ?1004418621 (depends on which device you’re using.)

5) Now look for the Exit Recovery button and click it.

That’s it, wait for the device to boot up in normal mode, then disconnect USB cable.

Hope this guide worked for you, if you tried any of this guide and it worked for you do let me know in below comment which one you think easier to apply. Thanks for following our guide How to Exit an iPhone 4S Stuck in Recovery Mode Loop, please share and follow us for more guides.

44 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you.. Thank you.. Thank you!!! The first option “RecBoot” worked!! It didn’t recognize my phone, but I clicked exit recovery mode and it did it!! Sooo very happy.. It is 6:15pm… I’ve been researching and trying since 10:30am!! Unfortunately I downloaded a bad program that tried to make me pay(even though it said it was free) to save voicemails from phone to computer.. Lesson learned… Thank you!!

  2. thanks is it very good but i have errore 1 i canot fix and i serched in internet i fund it please help me

  3. Hmm, according to this article: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4946 you can view that information in iTunes preferences. The instructions are in that article under the section Deleting a backup in iTunes.

    If you don’t see anything there, it means there are no backups that iTunes can use.

    Hope that helps!

    ~Lyssa

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  5. if you have 64bit operating system and recboot doesn’t work for you -> says that a specific file is missing, just move the zip file to program_file(x86) folder which is located usually in C drive and extract the folder there, now run recboot.exe (double click on it)

    ——-> working!!!

  6. I tried it with ReiBoot, what the same does as RecBoot, but if i exited the recovery mode, than it boots up and goes back to recovery mode. So im in a loop and i can try it infinite, but it keeps going to recovery mode… help?

  7. Worked for me. Was stuck in a recovery mode 4s — tried using iTunes restore multiple times with no luck. RecBoot worked the first time 5 mins and phone was working again!

  8. if recboot doesn’t work for you -> says that a specific file is missing, just move the zip file to program_file(x86) folder which is located usually in C drive and extract the folder there, now run recboot.exe (double click on it)

    ——-> working!!!

  9. sweet mother of god…..i tried updating my dads 4s and thought I had broken it when it started going into the recovery mode look. reboot worked for me. I was nervous because it sounds sketchy but it was my last option and i did it. pretty easy and didn’t erase his photos (which he needs for work)… THANK YOU SO. SO. SOOOOO much. it just saved me from a huge problem. i was breaking a sweat.

  10. 3hrs tryin to figure out how to fix my ipad 3 on itunes logo stuck, but will this, extract run and clik exit recovery mode,(3 secs!!) DONE!!! u earn a subscriber 🙂 thanks!!

  11. RECBOOT helped. at first it didn’t. so I decided to download tinyumbella but I didn’t need to. Try recboot again, (I did it twice and made sure that I was connected to itunes and recboot at the same time) at first I tried doing it while the iphone’s screen was on “connect to itunes”. I unplugged my phone, nothing happened. I did it again but this time at the Hello screen and made sure recboot and itunes where synced to my phone. I clicked exit restore from recboot and waited for something to happened. Nothing new came up so I unplugged my phone. Awe and behold, when I continued after choosing the country, location settings popped out. Hope it works for you guys the second time.

  12. […] è dimostrato il più agguerrito e competente. Suo, infatti, il consiglio di provare ad utilizzare un paio di software che, teoricamente, avrebbero dovuto far uscire il mio iPhone dal Recovery Mode … (così lo chiamano quelli bravi) in cui si era […]

  13. i tried reiboot and it worked but then whenever i tired to turn it on it showed up with the apple logo and turned back off, please help me and contact me on divontay_santana300@hotmail.com or holla my fb (divontay king’von oblock santana) asap

  14. Neither worked for my iphone4s. The first way appeared to be exiting recovery but it got to the same spot where it froze/stopped each time and also stopped. I downloaded java and the tinyumbrella. When I ran the tinyumbrella, it appeared to look for the libraries, then a quick message flashed that it was “unable to validate…” something (I couldn’t read it as it flashed across screen too quickly). My phone is still stuck in recovery.

  15. Don’t worry about that. iPhone stuck in recovery mode always happens when you update the iOS on your iPhone.

  16. iPhone stuck in recovery mode, I have solved the same problem of my iPhone, this is my method :
    Step 1: Disconnect the data cable and turn off your iPhone.
    Step 2: Press the “Home” button and connect your iPhone to the computer with data cable, and then release the “Home” button.
    Step 3: Now you have enter into recovery mode successfully.
    Step 4: It is very easy for you to exit recovery mode. Please press both the “Home”. button and “Power” button at the same time until the LOGO “white apple” appeared on the screen.
    You can have a try of it if you are interested.

  17. Here is the most useful way for you to fix iPhone stuck in recovery mode issue:

    Step 1: Disconnect the data cable and turn off your iPhone.

    Step 2: Press the “Home” button and connect your iPhone to the computer with data cable, and then release the “Home” button.

    Step 3: Now you have enter into recovery mode successfully.

    Step 4: It is very easy for you to exit recovery mode. Please press both the “Home”. button and “Power” button at the same time until the LOGO “white apple” appeared on the screen.

  18. Method 2: Fix iPhone Stuck in Recovery Mode by Using iPhone Data Recovery
    If you don’t like the first method, thinking it might be too simple to solve the problem, it doesn’t matter because you have another way to do it! That is by using iPhone Data Recovery which can have the same function of exiting your iPhone from recovery mode. Personally, I think method 2 is better because it can help you to recover your data too. Here are some detail steps to guide you how to do it.

    Step 1: First, please download iPhone Data Recovery in your computer, then run the program right after installing.

    Step 2: Then use the USB cable to connect your iPhone with the computer.

    Step 3: Please wait until your device has been recognized, then click “Restart the device” on the screen to exit your iPhone from recovery mode. Then you can have your iPhone back to normal.

  19. people if don’t work don’t work if u new fixing iPhones find something else to do lol
    make sure u running W7 32/64 work great ADIOS AMIGOS

  20. OMG thank you so much. Process 1 worked for me. YAY. I spent ALL day trying to figure it out. I then came across Recboot, installed it and then BOOM my iphone 4s worked. Thanks a million

  21. Thank you! You were right to be confident in this being a fix. It worked immediately for me. Thanks again.

  22. I was in the deadly restore loop on my old iPhone 4. Every time it got to the firmware install, it would crash and send me back to the restore start. RecBoot worked perfectly the first time. Took all of 10 seconds to get me out of that never-ending, hair-pulling mess!

  23. holy crap i spent 5 and a half hours trying to fix it but that first one fixed it just like that damn… i had accidently got it stuck in dcu mode and that worked beautifuly for me thanks so so so much dude

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