How to Put an iPhone in Recovery Without the Home Button

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How to Put an iPhone in Recovery Without the Home Button
The RecBoot application places the iPhone into recovery mode through the use of a computer. (Daniel Barry/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

If you need to place your iPhone into recovery mode, to upgrade the device's operating system or restore the device, you must press and hold the "Sleep/Wake" button and the "Home" button while plugging the device into a computer. If you have a defective "Home" button, however, you may be unable to do this using the traditional method. For iPhone users with this issue, there is an application that lets you put your iPhone into recovery mode without the "Home" button.

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Things you need

  • iPhone USB connection cable

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  1. 1

    Open the computer's Web browser and navigate to "" Click the "Download RecBoot v1.3 here" link to download the application install file. Once the install file is finished downloading, double-click the install file and follow the onscreen instructions to install the application onto the computer.

  2. 2

    Double-click the "RecBoot" application icon to launch the application.

  3. 3

    Connect the iPhone to the computer via the USB connection cable that came with the device.

  4. 4

    Click the "Enter Recovery Mode" button in the RecBoot application window to place the device in recovery mode.

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