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.

34 Comments on iPhone 3G: Simple Way to Enter Recovery Mode

  1. 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??

  2. 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!

  3. 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

    • 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.

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


  5. 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.

  6. 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 ….

  7. 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.

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