How to fix iPhone X recovery mode stuck after iOS 13.3 update [Troubleshooting Guide]

Fixing an issue on your device could escalate to another type of problem. One good example is a stuck on recovery mode problem with iOS devices. A recovery mode is meant to fix some problems on the iPhone’s operating system. This is part of the last resorts or advanced solutions that you can run on your device which connects to iTunes without totally booting up the iOS. 

Few iPhone X users have reported a problem upon executing recovery mode restore procedure after updating to iOS 13.3. Should that be the cause on why you ended up at this page, we got you covered as the contents will tackle several options that you can try to fix the stuck on recovery mode restore iPhone X after iOS 13.3 update. Find out how by reading further. 


Troubleshoot iPhone X that’s stuck on recovery mode after installing iOS 13.3 

Aside from fixing your iPhone issues, recovery mode can also be used to factory reset your device, update software version or delete the cache partition via iTunes. However, performing a successful recovery mode can be hindered by software glitches that’s lurking into your phone’s system. Faulty software updates will most likely trigger such issue to occur. 

If you want to fix your iPhone X that’s stuck in recovery mode, feel free to execute the methods listed below. Before we start, make sure that iTunes on your Mac or Windows computer is updated. Also make sure that the computer is running on their latest operating system. Performing a recovery mode restore on outdated iTunes or outdated operating system on your computer can also cause a stuck recovery mode on your iPhone X. If everything is prepared, continue reading and perform the steps properly. 


First solution: Force restart your iPhone X. 

Performing a force restart is a hardware level, compared to a soft reset which is a software level. If your iOS is completely frozen like being stuck on a recovery mode, this procedure is still possible since you will be using the hardware keys on your iPhone X instead of the touch screen commands to execute a reboot. This will turn off the power on your device and possibly resolve the recovery mode stuck issue. If you have not performed this procedure yet or does not have an idea on how to, here are the steps: 

  1. Press and release the Volume Up button quickly.
  2. Press and release the Volume Down button quickly. 
  3. Lastly, press and hold the Side button for a few seconds until you see the Apple logo.

If you’re able to get pass through the Apple logo and your iPhone is not stuck on recovery mode anymore, update all apps on your device. They may have been causing conflicts with your phone’s system and could have been one of the reasons why it’s stuck on recovery mode. Here’s how: 

  1. From the Home screen, tap on App Store to open it. 
  2. Tap on Today tab at the bottom. 
  3. Then tap on the user profile icon on the top right corner of the screen. 
  4. You should see the account details. 
  5. Scroll down to the Available Updates section. 
  6. Tap on Update next to the app to update individual apps.
  7. Tap on Update All to update all apps simultaneously. 

Performing another reboot might help in applying necessary changes from the app updates. That will also refresh the phone’s system and remove dump cache. 


Second solution: Factory reset your iPhone X via iTunes. 

If performing a force restart did not help in fixing the problem, you can do a factory reset to delete all contents on your iPhone X via iTunes. Stubborn glitches that might have been preventing a successful recovery mode process could be removed along with the process. Just prepare your Mac or Windows computer with the latest iTunes installed then perform the steps below: 

  1. Using the Apple-supplied USB/lightning cable, connect your iPhone to the computer that you used to synced before. Press and release the Volume Up button quickly.
  2. Press and release the Volume Down button quickly. 
  3. Lastly, press and hold the Side button for a few seconds until you see the Apple logo.
  4. Open iTunes on your computer once it’s connected.
  5. From the iTunes main screen, select the Sync option. 
  6. Once prompted, enter your device passcode to unlock your phone. This will backup your iPhone to the computer. 
  7. Click the option to Restore iPhone from the most recent backup.
  8. Then follow the rest of the on-screen prompts to complete the process.

Just monitor if this process will push through and fix your stuck iPhone X on recovery mode


Third solution: Try running another recovery mode process on your iPhone X. 

A second try might worth it and as they say, there’s no harm in trying again. Some tough errors could loosen over time and performing another recovery mode restore might work this time. If you’re ready, just open iTunes on your computer then follow the steps below: 

  1. Using the supplied USB/Lightning cable, connect your iPhone XS to the computer then open iTunes on your computer.
  2. Press and release the Volume up button quickly.
  3. Press and release the Volume down button quickly.
  4. Then press and hold the Side button until you see Recovery Mode on your phone. Do not release the Side button if you’ll see the Apple logo screen as you will need to enter recovery mode to restore your device.
  5. Once iTunes prompts you to Restore style=”font-weight: 400;”> or Update, select Restore. This will allow iTunes to download the software for your device. Your phone will exit recovery mode if the download takes more than 15 minutes. If that happens, just repeat the steps to enter recovery mode again. 

Just follow the onscreen instructions and disconnect your iPhone X once you’re told to do so. 


Fourth solution: Perform a DFU mode restore on your iPhone X. 

If your iPhone X has malfunctioned beyond use, performing a DFU mode restore could resolve the stuck on recovery mode problem. Device Firmware Update (DFU) mode restore is the most in-depth type of restore that you can perform on iOS devices. This is a state where your iPhone could connect with iTunes even if the bootloader is not sync or activated. That’s the main difference between the recovery mode and DFU mode. You will also use the same Mac or Windows computer with the latest iTunes installed to execute this procedure. Here’s how it’s done: 

  1. Connect your iPhone X to the computer using the supplied USB/Lightning cable. Once connected, open iTunes on your computer. 
  2. Press and quickly release the Volume up button.
  3. Press and quickly release the Volume down button.
  4. Press and hold the Side/Power button until the screen goes black.
  5. After the screen turns black, press and hold the Volume down button while keep holding down the Power/Side button
  6. Wait for 5 seconds then release the Power/Side button but keep holding the Volume down button until your iPhone X shows up in iTunes. 
  7. Release the Volume down button once you see your iPhone in iTunes then follow the rest of the on-screen instructions to start restoring your iPhone through iTunes.

Perform a force restart to exit DFU once the process has been completed. 


Still having a stuck on recovery mode iPhone X? 

If your iPhone X is still stuck on recovery mode after performing the procedures, then most likely you’re dealing with a hardware issue. Bringing your device to the nearest Apple service center should be the answer as their onsite technician will be able to diagnose your phone and provide official recommendations on how to remove the stuck on recovery mode issue after installing iOS 13.3.