iPhone Tips & Tricks: iPhone’s Recovery Mode, free space on your iPhone & more

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Apple’s iPhone is probably the most-hyped gadget ever created but it is not problem free.

Hopefully you don’t face this issue but if you know would like to know how to bail out of a situation where your iPhone is not restoring to resolve most of the documented errors on the iPhone or wondered how much free space should be kept on your iPhone, then read on.

Use "Recovery Mode" as the last option to rescue your iPhone

We all know that restoring the iPhone using iTunes is a troubleshooting lifesaver as it helps resolve most of the documented errors on the iPhone faced so far, especially important if you have tried one of those iPhone hacks which has caused your iPhone to behave abnormally. However, what does one do when restoring itself does not work, there is no reason to panic, as here is an iPhone tip to get you out of exactly that situation.

It is the iPhone’s "Recovery Mode", which is a mode in which you can force the iTunes to restore the iPhone to resolve any of the errors. You need to follow these steps to put the iPhone in recovery mode:

  • Disconnect your iPhone from your Mac or Windows computer.
  • Press and hold the sleep/wake and home buttons simultaneously for about 20-30 seconds, until you see a yellow triangle with an exclamation point in the middle accompanied by the text "Please Connect to iTunes."
  • Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes if it does not automatically launch.
  • You should see the below image

Advicable to keep some free space on the iPhone

You have got the spanking new iPhone and are planning to transfer you favorite music and videos to it and the following question crops up in your mind: "How much memory should I leave free on the iPhone?"

Here is an answer to your question (if at all), like you need free space in MAC OS X in a similar fashion iPhone’s OS X also needs free space for it to work properly. The desktop version of OS X requires at least 10 percent of the disk space to be free to avoid running into issues with the file system so it would be advicable that if you have filled up your iPhone without the 10 percent of breathing space and are facing problems of application crashing or freezing then you clear up at least 10 percent of free space to see if it helps.

Fix for not all tracks getting synced to the iPhone

It seems quite a few users are reporting an issue where iTunes fails to transfer all selected tracks to the iPhone. If you are one of them, then here is some of the options you have.

1. You simply re-create the iTunes library, as discussed in Apple Knowledge Base article #93313.
2. If that doesn’t work you will need to delete and then re-import the library using the following steps:

  • Quit iTunes
  • Backup your iTunes library (~/Music/iTunes under Mac OS X, Documents and SettingsusernameMy DocumentsMy Music under Windows XP and 2000 and UsersusernameMusic under Windows Vista) to a separate location (can be on the same volume)
  • Launch iTunes while holding down the option key under Mac OS X, or the Shift key under Windows and follow the steps to create a new library
  • In iTunes, choose Import from the File menu
  • Select the backed up iTunes music folder as a source folder
  • Restore any deleted preferences

Most of these iPhone tips and tricks has been courtesy of folks at iPhoneAtlas. Thanks guys you are doing a great job.

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  • dave

    Installer hangs on "looking for iphone" it never gets to the yellow sign saying to hit the home & power keys…please see below…im on a PPC…

    What firmware is your iPhone running?
    1) 1.0
    2) 1.0.1
    Enter 1 or 2: 2
    Using firmware 1.0.1

    Fetching restore zip file from Apple…

    ** Resuming transfer from byte position 95627958
    % Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current
    Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed
    0 91.1M 0 0 0 0 0 0 –:–:– –:–:– –:–:– 0
    curl: (33) HTTP server doesn't seem to support byte ranges. Cannot resume.
    Archive: iPhone1,1_1.0.1_1C25_Restore.ipsw.zip
    inflating: 009-7662-6.dmg
    inflating: kernelcache.release.s5l8900xrb

    * iPhone Installer Installer v0.1

    * Using 009-7662-6.dmg as the Restore Image.
    * Using kernelcache.release.s5l8900xrb as the Kernel Cache.

    (privateFunctions) Architecture: powerpc
    0 Looking for iPhone…

  • dave

    Installer hangs on "looking for iphone" it never gets to the yellow sign saying to hit the home & power keys…please see below…im on a PPC…

    What firmware is your iPhone running?
    1) 1.0
    2) 1.0.1
    Enter 1 or 2: 2
    Using firmware 1.0.1

    Fetching restore zip file from Apple…

    ** Resuming transfer from byte position 95627958
    % Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current
    Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed
    0 91.1M 0 0 0 0 0 0 –:–:– –:–:– –:–:– 0
    curl: (33) HTTP server doesn't seem to support byte ranges. Cannot resume.
    Archive: iPhone1,1_1.0.1_1C25_Restore.ipsw.zip
    inflating: 009-7662-6.dmg
    inflating: kernelcache.release.s5l8900xrb

    * iPhone Installer Installer v0.1

    * Using 009-7662-6.dmg as the Restore Image.
    * Using kernelcache.release.s5l8900xrb as the Kernel Cache.

    (privateFunctions) Architecture: powerpc
    0 Looking for iPhone…

  • Gurv

    hello,

    I'm currently trying to downgrade my iPhone from 1.1.1 to 1.02 and iTunes will not let me. I keep getting error (1).
    and my iTunes restore image is the iPhone Wire plugged into and an image of iTunes.

  • eddy FS

    Hello,

    Im using the iphone version 1.0.2(1c28). Now i got a problems of opening the sms icons. It will be automatically go to the main page after i touch it. Now i cant read any messages/sms i received from my friends. it just shows the sms no of sms received but i could read it. How could i over come this problems??

  • ramon

    hello how to add music in my hack iphone without using itunes

  • vladimir

    I have unlock Iphone 1.1.1, in some way I lost 3,9GB of the space on my phone , can I use this Recovery Mode procedure with I tunes even is a jailbrack phone, also did will all contact will be cancel after this procedure? tks v

  • Dhiren

    Im using the iphone version 1.0.2(1c28). Now i got a problems of opening the sms icons. It will be automatically go to the main page after i touch it. Now i cant read any messages/sms i received from my friends. it just shows the sms no of sms received but i could read it. How could i over come this problems??

  • joe frater

    i cant get my fone out of recovery mode it wont recover with i tunes can someone help me?

  • Ravi

    Im using the iphone version 1.0.2(1c28). Now i got a problems of opening the sms icons. It will be automatically go to the main page after i touch it. Now i cant read any messages/sms i received from my friends. it just shows the sms no of sms received but i could read it. How could i over come this problems?? Please help me

  • Intab

    Hi, i dropped my iphone in the snow as i was working the other day. I tryed your restoring idea on my computer but it didn't work. My iphone now just shows an apple in the middle and at the bottom a tiny wheel that keep cgoing around. Do you have any idea on how to fix it?

    • http://funwithportia1.webs.com portia

      lol dont worry it happend to my iphone too its not broken! hold yhe home button and power botton together and connect it to itunes than it will load up and ur phone will hace an itunes logo and an arrow in the middle and i donno the rest i’m still working on it but don’t worry its not broken

  • Fernando

    hello. After I updated installer 3.1 on my iphone (1.0.2), unable to start installer. It freezes up an after a while returns to homepage. Please help

  • jorge

    It happens the same thin to me , the installer restarts to the menu and does not do anything.please any solution help

  • ar_en

    I accidentally install the ANY SIM application then it updates the firmware but i quite it right away. But it didn't work anymore everytime i turn it on shows APPLE icon w/ a wheel. The apple icon shows for about 3mins then it restart then go through the apple icon. It is just going to a loop. How should i fix it?? Help please

  • ankur

    has anyone used th islsk app? its a p2p software for i phone much like limewire.
    i did but also wat i accidently did was deleted the downloads folder in var/mobile/media now anything i download gets lost never to be found…..
    i created it again via browser but didnt work.wat can i do to download stuff again pls somebody help..

  • arvind bang

    my iphone is showing on recovery mode in itunes. when i restore it to 1.1.4 version thru itunes it is showing error 20. also on my phone a display of penguin and iphonelinux.org is dispalyed. please let me know what to do

  • RAAZ

    i uploaded a new version of itunes when i connected it to myy iphone, nothn happens it shows a usb and the itunes logo,it only allows me 2 make emergincy calls can you help me restore me phone

  • babyboy

    hi im currenlty in south africa with no at&t sim and my iphone is stuck in recovery mode and when i hit restore it keeps aying i need a recognisable sim and i dont have one besides the local one please help

  • Not Lucky

    I have an unlocked iphone 2G , I accidentally updated the iphone and now its locked I don’t have any backup for my phone, I’m trying to restore a hacked version but it didn’t work, if I connected to itunes it gives me the NAME: iphone – Capacity: n/a – Software Version: n/a – Serial Number: 7Rxxxxxxx, please can someone help me solving my problem, please please please

  • d

    1.1.4 can't receive sms from an 2.2 (problem)
    1.1.4 had no problem with send sms to 2.2
    can you help me?

  • Jean

    HI,
    I Recently unlocked my fone using winpwn, the fone works fine now with firmware 2.0.2, but for some reason i am not able to find BSD Subsytem in Cydia, or in Installer.

    How do i get BSD Subsystem Now,… I know that it is very important… i really dont want to restore the fone again and unlock it

    can some one help me Please.

  • Ron98

    Im trying to Restore my iphone. Presently, it is showing on the screen a USB cable connection and the itunes icon. I tried to follow the precedures listed below: Disconnect your iPhone from your Mac or Windows computer.
    Press and hold the sleep/wake and home buttons simultaneously for about 20-30 seconds, until you see a yellow triangle with an exclamation point in the middle accompanied by the text "Please Connect to iTunes."
    Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes if it does not automatically launch.
    You should see the below image

    After this you can restore your iPhone by clicking the Restore button under the Summary tab. Hopefully you don't have to use this iPhone tip, but in case you get in this situation, you now know to get out of it.

    But is it not working. I cannot see the Logo memtioned. However, when I lanch itunes,,,It is asking me to Activate the phone with AT&T. Why cant I do the Restore. Where is the Summmary menu?

  • ANkit Koshiya

    Hi, I have i phone 2g, and the problem is when i connect to the itunes the messege displayed on screen of my pc in itunes is the itune must be connected to the uinternet, my iphyone is not getting connected directly to the itunes although being in recovery mode, please help me out to solve this problem.z

  • http://www.TheBronxStop.com Mark M.

    You are an absolute life-saver.

    Thanks for the tips!

  • http://www.iphonehacks.com/2007/08/tips-and-tricks.html astalavista

    i have an iphone 3g with 2.2.1 and baseband was 2.28 when it came from the factory, by mistake i updated the baseband to 2.30, so is it possible if i restore the phone baseband will change to 2.28 again. please help how can i unlock the phone.!!!! many thanks

  • http://profile.typepad.com/iphonehacks iPhoneHacks

    Its currently not possible to downgrade the baseband from 02.30.03 to
    02.28.00.

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    Is there a way to recovery deleted text messages on a hacked Iphone 2G, without a sim card reader?

  • Mazz

    This total off topic i would just like to say that i found out if you have firmware 2.2.1 or later to get into the recovery mode your computer has to actually be connected to your Iphone otherwise it wont work.

    Just thought I would spare ppl some trouble of finding out the hard way as i did
    thx

  • kim

    my iphone is still in recovery mode when i did all those steps&i get errors messagelike 1603 or 1611.how do i restore it or at least get out of recovery mode???

  • vesh

    i accidently updated the new version from itunes 3.1.3(7E18) with baseband 05.12.01 on my 3gs iphone and i try to restore it again from itunes because my iphone was unlock and i cannot use anymore. but now i have again another problem is that when i turn on my iphone i saw the usb connected with itunes. i dont know how to fix it please i need your help.

  • vesh

    i accidently updated the new version from itunes 3.1.3(7E18) with baseband 05.12.01 on my 3gs iphone and i try to restore it again from itunes because my iphone was lock and i cannot use anymore. but now i have again another problem is that when i turn on my iphone i saw the usb connected with itunes. i dont know how to fix it please i need your help.

  • http://www.inkatechnology.co.uk iphone developers

    Thanks for this informative article. I am always looking for knowledge on particular subjects and it’s rarely far away on the internet. I’ll be returning soon.

  • Roberslats

    possibky the iphone going into recoveryu mode, I have had to delete all itunes, quickplayer, and any other apple files off my computer and then re install iyunes…..Currently I used another pc and it allows for updates via restore option but I crashes out just before it does, this is causing me grief but hope it helps.

  • Tom Mills

    Hi
    i've downloaded iphone os 4 on to my iphone 3gs and the iphone logo won't come up on itunes, meaning i can't transfer songs onto my iphone. It then tells me to download and install the new version of itunes (9.2). i have done this 2 times and when i open up itunes afterwards it tells me that the version i have is still version 8.0.i have tried restoring the settings that doesn't work either. what shall i do?

  • Clint spits

    Hi,
    I erased the iphone data and media however it stuck on the apple logo. i recently found out that it was unlocked by someone. i tried restore it by the itunes but an error occurs. isthere a way to fix my iphone. Thanks

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  • Shahram

    Hi guys, I have a problem with my iphone (2g) ,
    i taking iphone on the desk and then automatically restarting and my contact is gone ! i don’t touch my phone and when i unlock phone and see contact list … there is no contact ! 850 contact deleted automatically !
    i don’t understand this crash ! PLEASE HELP !!!!!!!

  • ray

    my iphone 3gs is in recovery mode when i tried to downgrade version from 5.1 to 4.3.3. I cannot get out of the recovery mode now. “the iphone could not be restored, an unknown error occurred. (21)” anybody, please help.

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