iPhone 3G: Simple Way to Enter Recovery Mode

When I used the Pwnage Tool to jailbreak my iPhone, there is a method to enter Recovery Mode. It involves with several steps and correct timing for pushing the right button at the right time. I found a quicker and simpler way. Here are the steps.

  1. Press and hold the sleep button for a few seconds. Slide the red button to turn it off.
  2. Hold the home button and connect your iPhone to the computer with iTunes running.

That’s it.

  • mlass

    Great, Thank You. The timming issue was killing me, this method took all the work out of it.

  • kloan

    Ha! Thanks man.. that’s much better.

  • So much easier! Thank you, thank you!

  • jason

    Ahhhhh!!!!! The skies opened and god looked down and said “you may now use your iPhone.” Thank you!!!!!!

  • chad

    worked like a charm…one note: hold the home button until the itunes and usb cable appear on the screen of the iphone.

  • Victor

    I was trying to upgrade my iPhone and some how it got stuck on restore mode. Is it the same thing as \recovery mode\? And can I follow the same steps??

  • faisal

    yes it is the same step
    can anybody tell me when i am updating or following these step will iphone go to shutdown

  • amida168

    If you just want to shutdown iPhone, do the step 1 only.

  • JD

    Thank you sooooooooooo much!
    I love you! Swear to god 😀


  • Mic


    you are da best…

  • deadsoul

    thank you SO MUCH! you’re the best! Was starting to get really mad at all this… 😛

  • Meep2

    lol wow 😀

  • Jim

    Only worked for me when I hit the power button as well (after powering down, holding home button, and connecting to mac). Worked great then though!

  • Marcy

    Thank you soo much! This was so much easier!

  • Albert

    if i just got it unlocked to work on tmobile.
    and it went to emergency mode
    would this fix it?

  • amida168

    It happened to me once. I just restarted my iPhone and that fixed it.

  • the iPhone 3G looks very cool and feature packed. i will be saving some of my allowance to buy that phone.

  • jay

    Were you sent by god?

  • Micke Gonzalez

    Thanks!! you!! i waste to much time with other methods!!

  • Jana

    Iphone 3G have the best features among all the phones that i have owned. the iPhone is also very classy and stylish.

  • Thanks a lot for the tips, it’s very helpful

  • jale

    awesome 😀
    thanks the timing was really anoing me

  • vesh

    i was stuck in recovery mode (usb cable connected with itunes and there is lock sign above the itunes) tell me how can i get rid of this problem. my iphone is 3gs. before i had 3.0 version but i accidently updated 3.1.3 version with 05.12 baseband. later on i restore my iphone into factory settings from itunes. now i am stuck in recovery mode.can somebody help me. please please

    • amida168

      If your iTunes is not the latest version, update it first. Then, connect your iPhone in recovery mode to the computer with iTunes open and see if you can restore your iPhone.

  • nathan Bulley

    Thank you so much after a failed attempt to get 4.0 my phone ws stuck with the lock down screen this works great.


  • does any of you know a way to unlock the ip 3gs 4.0 with new bootrom??.:(

  • Brian

    u da man!

  • m9

    This really helped me when my phone was not showing up in iTunes after 4.1 update.


  • spence

    i fucking love you

  • GTI

    Thanx dude, damn my iPhone kept restarting to lock screen, as soon as i try to unlock it, it restart. now with ur way, it went to recovery mode but it doesn’t let me restore it.

  • Georgio

    No it didnt work, my iphone 3G is tuck at the apple logo…. Like WTF..

  • Tom

    Thanks, great tip!
    But now iTunes forced me to install OS4 – and i read that the 3G has problems with OS4.
    If I restore my backup via iTunes, will it also restore my OS3.1 I had before?
    crossing my fingers ….

  • I have an iphone4 that refused to work, it came with an AT&T sim card, i am in Nigeria and i insert an etisalat and MTN sim card it still not seeing network. so what do i do now please advice me on what to do because am really fed up it thanks.

    • amida168

      Your iPhone 4 is locked for AT&T. You’ll have to unlock it for other carriers. You can visit


      for instructions.