How to Fix iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone in Recovery Mode?

iTunes not recognizing iPhone/iPad in recovery mode when you seek to update to iOS 15 or get rid of a certain iOS system issue with iTunes? Check the proven methods to make your iPhone show up in iTunes again.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Sep. 10, 2021

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When I tried to update to iOS 15 with iTunes, my iPhone was stuck in recovery mode, and iTunes would not recognize my device. I’ve tried pretty much every trick I can, but the issue still existed and I still do not know what to do. Someone, please help me.

Recovery mode can be very practical, or even the only one, troubleshooting for various iPhone problems you may encounter. iPhone recovery mode can be applied when performing a recent iOS update, your iOS device is stuck in a continuous boot loop or Apple logo, updating the operating system or restoring the device from backup but the process fails, etc.

But, sometimes when you seek to use the recovery mode to solve such problems, you may find that your iPhone in recovery mode not recognized by iTunes like the user above. How does this happen? The reasons vary. However, you can try the following tips to fix this iTunes not recognizing iPhone in recovery mode.

How to Fix iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone in Recovery Mode

Tip 1. Ensure iPhone Is Sufficiently Charged

iTunes may not recognize iPhone in recovery mode if it is insufficiently charged. If the iPhone was low on battery power before putting it in recovery mode, you should wait at least 10 minutes after connecting it to the computer before trying to restore the device or other operations.

If this way does not work to fix iTunes not detecting iPhone in recovery mode, you need to think about if it is related to the Apple Mobile Device Drivers. In the following, we will list how to re-install USB Driver and Recovery Mode Driver for this problem.

Tip 2. Re-install the Apple Mobile Device USB Driver

Sometimes, iTunes not recognizing iPhone in recovery mode or not detecting iPad in recovery mode is because the Apple Mobile Device USB driver having something wrong. Considering the Apple mobile device recovery mode driver is unavailable for unexpected reasons, you can re-install it to check if the problem still exists. Here are the detailed steps to re-install the USB driver:

Step 1. Disconnect your device from the computer.

Step 2. Reconnect your device. If iTunes opens, close it.

Step 3. Press the Windows and R keys on your keyboard to open the Run command.

Step 4. In the Run window, enter %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\Drivers > Click OK.

Step 5. Right-click on the usbaapl64.inf or usbaapl.inf file and select Install.

Re-install the Driver

Re-install the Driver

Step 6. Disconnect your device from your computer > Restart your computer > Reconnect your device and open iTunes to check if iTunes detecting your iPhone.

Tip 3. Use An iTunes Repair Tool

If the above methods won’t fix iTunes not detecting iPhone/iPad not detecting issue you should try a professional iTunes system repair tool to get it solved. As one of the top iTunes repair programs, AnyFix – iOS System Recovery tool will be the best choice to repair it since it can fix 200+ iTunes errors without skills or professional knowledge. Additionally, the repair process is super simple with merely 3 steps.

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Step 1. Free download AnyFix and install it on your computer > Connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer > Run AnyFix > Choose the iTunes Repair mode.

Choose the iTunes Repair Mode in the Welcome Page

Choose the iTunes Repair Mode in the Welcome Page

Step 2. Select iTunes Connection Errors and click Fix Now to fix your the error of “iTunes won’t recognize iPhone”

Select iTunes Connection Errors and Click Fix Now

Select iTunes Connection Errors and Click Fix Now

Step 3. Continue the process, and it will take you some minutes to finish all the repairing procedures. And in the end, you will see a Repair Completed interface.

iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone Error Fixed

iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone Error Fixed

As a comprehensive solution to deal with the various iOS system-related issues, AnyFix also supports either updating to iOS 15 without iTunes or downgrading iOS 15 without iTunes.

Tip 4. Install Recovery Mode Driver on Windows

You can also try to install the recovery mode driver on your Windows computer. Taking Windows 10 as an example, you can install the driver by referring to the following instructions.

  1. Go to Device Manager > Go to View > Devices by connection;
  2. Expand and search for the entry “Apple Mobile Device (Recovery Mode)”;
  3. Right-click on “USB Composite Device” and choose Update driver software;
  4. Choose Browse my computer for driver software;
  5. Browse to the path “C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\Drivers” and click Next. This will install the Apple driver and iTunes should now recognize your device in recovery mode again.

When applying the above methods, some users complained that some of them do not work as they expected, or they couldn’t update the driver. So, to get away with such issues, we recommend you trying some third professional software, like Driver Easy. Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to be troubled by the wrong driver you would be downloading, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 steps (and you get full support and 30-day money-back guarantee):

  1. Download and install Driver Easy. Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
Fix iTunes not Recognizing iPhone in Recovery Mode with Driver Easy – Step 2

Fix iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone in Recovery Mode with Driver Easy – Step 2

2. Click the Update button next to the flagged xxx driver to automatically download the correct version of that driver (you can do this with the FREE version), then manually install it.

3. Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and 30-day money-back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)

Fix iTunes not Recognizing iPhone in Recovery Mode with Driver Easy – Step 3

Fix iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone in Recovery Mode with Driver Easy – Step 3

4. Restart your computer to take effect.

Tip 5. A Special Method for iTunes not Recognizing iPhone in Recovery Mode When Restoring

If you run into iTunes not recognizing iPhone in recovery mode when updating to iOS 15 and trying to restoring from iTunes backups, here we sincerely recommend PhoneRescue for iOS to help your get the job done.

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PhoneRescue for iOS Data Recovery is skilled at getting back various iOS data from iPhone directly, iCloud backups, and iTunes backups. While what PhoneRescue is different and better than iTunes are,

  • Support to preview iTunes backup files, which indicates you can check whether the backup contains what you want before restoring.
  • Selectively choose what types of data to restore. There is no need to restore the whole backup file to iPhone.
  • There is no any existed data on iPhone erasing.
  • Support all kinds of data, contacts, messages, photos, notes, calendars, songs, and more.

Install PhonRescue for iOS to easily and quickly recover data from iTunes backup. For detailed steps, you can refer to the following guide on how to fix iTunes not recognizing iPhone/iPad in Recovery Mode with PhoneRescue.

Step 1. Run PhoneRescue on your PC > Choose Recover from iTunes Backups > Click the right arrow.

Choose Recover from Backup

Choose Recover from Backup

Step 2. Choose the iTunes backup, which contains the lost data > Click right arrow > It will pop up a screen for choosing what kind of exact data types you would like to scan. Taking Messages as an example > Click on the OK button to continue.

Choose Messages to Export

Choose Messages to Export

Step 3. It will start scanning all messages in iTunes backup. After finishing, select the messages you would like to recover > Click on To Device button to download them to your device directly, or To Computer button to save them to computer.

Preview and Choose to Recover Texts to Computer or iPhone

Preview and Choose to Recover Texts to Computer or iPhone

The Bottom Line

As you can see, AnyFix can effectively help you get rid of the “iTunes not recognizing iPhone or iPad” if you have encountered iOS system issues when updating to iOS 15.  If there is any restoring problem when restoring from iTunes, we sincerely recommend you giving it a trial with PhoneRescue for iOS to fix it more easily and quickly. Also if you have found other practical methods, please share them in the comments below.

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