How to fix an iPhone SE that gets stuck on recovery mode following the latest iOS version [Troubleshooting Guide]

An iPhone that gets stuck or crashed during and after updating iOS is likely due to system data corruption, which denotes a major issue to resolve. System crashes usually occur when making system changes like when installing new firmware version on the phone and then the process gets interrupted and failed to finish. Read on to find out what to do if you’ll encounter the same issue on the iPhone SE, in which it gets stuck on recovery mode after implementing the latest iOS version.

Symptoms like these are usually associated with complicated or fatal system errors that often require more advanced solutions. And there are only a few options that can be regarded as advanced solutions to fatal system issues in iOS devices. These would include a recovery mode restore and DFU mode restore. Both these restore methods delete all data from the iPhone system thus result to data loss. On the positive note, complicated system issues are often resolved after doing so. Should you wish to continue, then you may refer to the given steps below.

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First solution: Restore your iPhone SE in recovery mode.

A recovery mode restore puts your iPhone in recovery mode and then restore iOS through iTunes. It helps resolve complex system errors that couldn’t be dealt with by a factory reset. To get this done, you will need to use a computer with the latest version of iTunes software. Then follow these steps to put your iPhone SE in recovery mode and restore iOS.

  1. Verify and make sure that you’re using the latest version if iTunes.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a Lightning cable.
  3. Open iTunes on your computer.
  4. Force restart your iPhone SE but don’t release the buttons when the Apple logo appears. Instead, wait until you see the Connect to iTunes screen. So you’ll have to press and hold both the Home and Power buttons until the Connect to iTunes screen appears.
  5. As soon as you release the buttons, you will be prompted with the option to Restore or Update. Select Restore option to prompt iTunes to reattempt installing iOS and download the software for your device.

The software download usually takes 15 minutes or less. If the download takes longer than 15 minutes, your iPhone exits recovery mode. When this happens let the download finish and then go back to the previous go back to the previous steps to get to the Connect to iTunes (recovery mode) screen again. When the restore is finished, you can set up your device as new.

Second solution: Restore your iPhone SE in DFU mode.

If that still failed, then you can proceed with a DFU mode restore this time. DFU or Device Firmware Update mode restore is the deepest type of system restore done on an iPhone. It puts your device in a state where it’s able to communicate with iTunes on a computer even without loading the operating system or iOS. Once your device is in this state, it can be updated, downgraded, restored, or even jailbreak. In this case, you will need to restore it.

  1. Connect your iPhone SE into your computer using the supplied Lightning cable.
  2. Then open iTunes on your computer. Be sure to close other running programs on your computer to prevent them from interfering with iTunes.
  3. Simultaneously press and hold the Power button and Home button on your iPhone for 8 seconds.
  4. After 8 seconds, release the Power button but keep holding down the Home button until you will see the message saying that, iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode.
  5. Release the Home button as soon as you see the iTunes message.
  6. If your iPhone’s screen will become completely black, it means you’ve successfully entered DFU mode. If it’s not, you’ll need to try again from the start.

Once you’ve entered DFU mode, follow the onscreen instructions to restore your iPhone through iTunes.

Third solution: Restore and repair your iPhone using iOS recovery/repair tools.

If none of that works, you still can take a chance in using iOS recovery and repair tool to repair and restore your iPhone SE. These tools can be downloaded to your computer and then install it. Just look for the software that meets the minimum system requirements of your computer and iOS device. These tools are typically programmed to work like iTunes does when restoring iPhones but with distinct features, functions, and interface. Reading prior user reviews is also important to help you assess the software’s credibility and efficiency.

If you wish to give it a try, then try searching for the most credible iOS repair/recovery software that’s compatible with your iPhone SE and computer, download and install the software on your computer, then use it to try restoring your iOS device. These programs do offer command prompts and buttons you can click to carry out necessary functions.

Seek more help

If all these failed to offer solution and that your iPhone SE remained stuck and dysfunctional, then your remaining options would be either to upgrade to a new iPhone or opt for service. If you’d prefer to stay with the special edition iPhone, then you can take to an Apple authorized service center and have it examined and repaired by a technician instead. Otherwise, contact your carrier and get advised on how to avail for an iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or iPhone X upgrade on your account.

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