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Getting Out of Recovery Mode Loop without Restoring. - Possible?

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albertop9 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Aug 17, 2012 2:58 PM

For no apparent reason, my NOT-jailbroken iPhone 3GS running iOS 5.1.1 went into Recovery Mode:

Turning it on shows the Apple logo for 2-3 seconds, then the screen shown below for about 20 seconds, then the iPhone turns itself off - unless plugged.

Recovery Mode.jpeg

If I plug it to my MacBook Pro, iTunes demands a restore (see screen shot), which I don't want to do before I recover some files from the iPhone - if that's possible at all.

iTunes.png
Is there any way to get my iPhone out of this Recovery Mode loop without restoring?

 

I've read many threads about Recovery Mode loops, but all seem to involve jailbroken iPhones, or failed restores, updates or downgrades of the iOS version, which is not my case. Although I don't know if that makes any difference with regards to a fix.

 

Thanks in advance for any help!

iPhone 3GS, iOS 5, 32GB
  • AjaxOfSalamis Level 2 Level 2 (235 points)

    It might be possible to backup your data.  When the "iPhone in recovery mode" window pops up, go ahead and click "OK".  On the second popup window, click "Cancel".  You sould then be taken to the main iTunes screen.  If your iPhone is listed under Devices, right-click it and attempt a backup.  If your phone isn' there, then you're stuck restoring it.

     

     

    A backup at this moint may or may not be advisable: because your iPhone went into recovery mode suddenly, there's most likely a software glitch causing the problem which would simply be carried over once you've restored your phone.

  • Captain Rex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It doesnt matter. If its stuck like this restoring and updating wont do anything

  • AshDLP Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    albertop9 wrote:

     

    For no apparent reason, my NOT-jailbroken iPhone 3GS running iOS 5.1.1 went into Recovery Mode:

    Turning it on shows the Apple logo for 2-3 seconds, then the screen shown below for about 20 seconds, then the iPhone turns itself off - unless plugged.

    Recovery Mode.jpeg

    If I plug it to my MacBook Pro, iTunes demands a restore (see screen shot), which I don't want to do before I recover some files from the iPhone - if that's possible at all.

    iTunes.png
    Is there any way to get my iPhone out of this Recovery Mode loop without restoring?

     

    I've read many threads about Recovery Mode loops, but all seem to involve jailbroken iPhones, or failed restores, updates or downgrades of the iOS version, which is not my case. Although I don't know if that makes any difference with regards to a fix.

     

    Thanks in advance for any help!

     

     

    Did you end up finding a solition to this?

  • Stonykhan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Try to put your iPhone in DFU mode and then restore it.
    You can try these steps below:
    1. Try another USB cord.
    2. Restart your computer for a try.
    3. Hold the power button, it might restart your iPhone.
    4. Update your iTunes to the latest version. Plug in your iPhone.
    If iTunes can't recognize it, then in iTunes in the top left corner click help > run diagnostics.
    On the box that comes up, check the last two things. Click next and it should identify your iPhone and then restore it.

     

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  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,520 points)

    Stonykhan wrote:

     

    Try to put your iPhone in DFU mode and then restore it.

    The question in this thread was how to get the phone out of recovery WITHOUT restoring it.

  • bairdedwiin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Stonykhan wrote:

     

    Try to put your iPhone in DFU mode and then restore it.
    You can try these steps below:
    1. Try another USB cord.
    2. Restart your computer for a try.
    3. Hold the power button, it might restart your iPhone.
    4. Update your iTunes to the latest version. Plug in your iPhone.
    If iTunes can't recognize it, then in iTunes in the top left corner click help > run diagnostics.
    On the box that comes up, check the last two things. Click next and it should identify your iPhone and then restore it.


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    Make sure the phone is in dfu mode and it should work.. I have seen alot of those issue recently and safe mode doesn't help in most case so the only option is to upgrade.

     

    If your finding it hard to get into dfu mode from the recovery screen i think you just hold the power and home for 10 sec then home for 15 sec and that should do it.

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