We enter Recovery Mode for iPhone, iPad or iPod to do a standard iOS (firmware) restore or upgrade on the device. After restoring or upgrading firmware, your Apple device will automatically reboot and exit recovery mode. However it might be the case that you want to exit the recovery mode without upgrade. Here is the tutorial to exit recovery mode.
You can typically exit recovery mode by doing the following:
- Hold down the home and power button for about 15 seconds, this will shut off the Apple device (iPhone, iPod or iPad)
- Press the power button again to boot the device normally
Device Stuck in Recovery Mode
If you are stuck in recovery mode (or stuck in DFU mode) and you do not want to do a restore or firmware upgrade, you can use TinyUmbrella or RecBoot to escape the recovery mode too. If you are still stuck that usually means you must restore iOS firmware.
Use RecBoot to Exit Recovery Mode
RecBoot is an easy to use software for MAC OS X that makes Apple device Recovery Mode easy. With this tool you do not have to manually hold down any of the buttons on device. You just hit a button and your device goes in recovery mode and the other button exit the recovery mode. Connect your iOS device to your Mac, launch RecBoot, and click on “Enter Recovery” or “Exit Recovery” to do just that. Grab RecBoot for MAC OS X from here.