In order to force restart and enter recovery mode, all iPhone models with Face ID follow the same steps. All iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone X, XS, XR, iPhone 11 line, second-generation iPhone SE, iPhone 12 series, and iPhone 13 models can be used with the following steps.

These button combinations need to be pressed fairly quickly. Do them again but faster if they do not work the first time.

The Best Way to Enter Recovery Mode on iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone 13, and Newer

Force-restarting an iPhone 8 or newer

  1. Hold the Volume Up button for a few seconds, then release it.
  2. Press and release the Volume Down button immediately.
  3. You will see an Apple logo when you hold down the Side button. When you see this logo, let go of the button.

Here’s how to put your iPhone 8 or newer into recovery mode

  1. You will need to connect your iPhone to a computer.
  2. Launch iTunes on a Windows PC or Mac running macOS Mojave or earlier. Open Finder on a Mac running macOS Catalina or later. If iTunes was already running, you may need to close and reopen it.
  3. Hold the Volume Up button for a few seconds, then release it.
  4. Press and release the Volume Down button immediately.
  5. When you see the Apple logo, hold down the Side button.
  6. When you see the Recovery Mode screen, keep holding the Side button.

Entering Recovery Mode on iPhone 7/7 Plus and iPod Touch

You can also force restart the seventh-generation iPod touch, released in 2019. Apple has released its final iPod touch model.

Here’s how to force restart your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus

  1. While holding the Side button (or the Top button on the iPod touch), press and hold the Volume Down button.
  2. Keep holding the buttons until you see the Apple logo, then release them.

Recovery Mode for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

  1. You will need to connect your iPhone to a computer.
  2. Launch iTunes on a Windows PC or Mac running macOS Mojave or earlier. Open Finder on a Mac running macOS Catalina or later. Depending on whether iTunes was already running, you may have to close it and reopen it.
  3. Hold down the Side button (Top button on the iPod touch) and Volume Down buttons simultaneously.
  4. Even after you see the Apple logo, keep holding the buttons.
  5. You must release both buttons when you see the Recovery Mode screen, then proceed through the steps (described below).

On iPhone 6s and older, how to enter recovery mode

All previous iPhones can be fixed by following the steps below. Follow these steps.

Here’s how to force restart your iPhone 6s or older

  1. Hold down the Home and Side (or Top) buttons at the same time.
  2. The Side button is located on the right side of the iPhone 6 and later. On the iPhone 5s and earlier, the Top button is located on top of the device.
  3. Once the Apple logo appears, release the buttons.

Recovery Mode for iPhone 6s and Older

  1. You will need to connect your iPhone to a computer.
  2. Launch iTunes on a Windows PC or Mac running macOS Mojave or earlier. Open Finder on a Mac running macOS Catalina or later. If iTunes was already running, you may need to close and reopen it.
  3. As mentioned above, hold the Home and Side (or Top) buttons.
  4. Even after you see the Apple logo, keep holding the buttons.
  5. When you see the Recovery Mode screen, release both buttons.