How to Fix iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone in Recovery Mode

iTunes not recognizing iPhone in recovery mode, when iOS updating, restoring, etc? Check this tip to make your iPhone XS/XR/X/8/7/6s/6/5s/SE show up again.

By Stephen Wilson | Posted on: Nov. 06, 2018, Last Updated: Nov. 06, 2018
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PhoneRescue provides you with three modes to get back iPhone data, from iPhone directly, iTunes backups, and iCloud backups. With it, you will never encounter the iTunes not recognizing iPhone in recovery mode.

My iPhone is stuck in recovery mode and iTunes will not recognize my phone. I’ve tried pretty much every trick i can and i still do not know what to do. Someone please help me.

Recovery mode can be a very practical , or even the only one, troubleshooting for various iPhone problems you may encounter, even though it shouldn’t be your first choice. It can be applied when installing an iOS update and your device gets stuck in a continuous restart loop; Updating the operating system or restore the device from backup but the process fails; The Apple logo showing; etc.

But, sometimes when you use recovery mode to solve such troubles, you may find that iPhone is not recognized by iTunes, just 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 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 may be because of the Apple Mobile Device USB driver having something wrong. You can re-install it to check if the problem still exists.

Step1. Disconnect your device from the computer.

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

Step 3. Press the Windows and R key 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.

Fix iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone on Windows 10 - Re-install the Driver

Fix iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone on Windows 10 – 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. Install Recovery Mode Driver on Windows

Step 1. Taking Windows 10 as an example, go to Device Manager;

Step 2. Go to View > Devices by connection;

Step 3. Expand and search for the entry “Apple Mobile Device (Recovery Mode)”;

Step 4. Right-click on “USB Composite Device” and choose Update driver software;

Step 5. Choose Browse my computer for driver software;

Step 6. 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 Method 2 and Method 3, some users complained that both of them do not work at all, or they cannot 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 a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) 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

3) 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 .

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 a 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 4. 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 you are restoring from iTunes backups, and all above three methods don’t work, here we sincerely recommend PhoneRescue to help your get the job done.

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

  1. PhoneRescue supports previewing iTunes backup files. It means you can check whether the backup contains what you want before restoring.
  2. You can also selectively choose what types of data to restore. There is no need to restore the whole backup file to iPhone.
  3. There is no any existed data on iPhone erasing.
  4. Supports all kinds of data, contacts, messages, photos, notes, calendars, songs, and more.

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How to Fix iTunes not Recognizing iPhone in Recovery Mode with PhoneRescue

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

Fix iTunes not Recognizing iPhone in Recovery Mode with PhoneRescue - Step 1

Fix iTunes not Recognizing iPhone in Recovery Mode with PhoneRescue – Step 1

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 Photos as an example > Click on OK button to continue.

Fix iTunes not Recognizing iPhone in Recovery Mode with PhoneRescue - Step 2

Fix iTunes not Recognizing iPhone in Recovery Mode with PhoneRescue – Step 2

Step 3. It will start scanning all photos in iTunes backup. After finishing, select the photos 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.

Fix iTunes not Recognizing iPhone in Recovery Mode with PhoneRescue - Step 3

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

The Bottom Line

With these four methods, you can totally fix iTunes not detecting iPhone in recovery mode. When restoring, if this problem happens, sincerely recommend you giving it a trial with PhoneRescue to fix it more easily and quickly. Also if you have found other practical methods, please share them in the comments below.

Stephen Wilson

Member of @iMobie_Inc., a die-hard fan of Apple and MOBA games, is always passionate about offering and sharing solutions to any Apple related problems, as well as Android.

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