4 Ways to Bypass iPhone “Attempting Data Recovery” Screen

iPhone "Attempting Data Recovery"

Sometimes when updating your phone you may encounter some issues. One common issue that people suffer from is the iPhone “Attempting Data Recovery” screen when trying to do something like updating iOS. In this article, you’ll learn a couple of different ways to get passed this screen if you are ever faced with this same issue.

How to Bypass iPhone “Attempting Data Recovery” Screen

Here there are 4 different methods that you can try to use to help with your issue. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages compared to another. Make sure you read through everything and follow the instructions as described in order to ensure that things work out as intended. You can go through these methods one by one and I’m sure one of them will get your phone working again.

1. Force reboot iPhone

One of the first things that you can try to pass this stuck screen of the iPhone “Attempting Data Recovery” is a force reboot, also known as a hard reset. Rebooting your iPhone will eliminate caches and glitches that might prevent the recovery so that it can finish the data recovery process smoothly.

Rebooting your iPhone is very quick and easy, it only takes a few simple steps. Quickly tap the volume up button then the volume down button then press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo. Once you get the Apple logo let go of the side button and let your iPhone finish rebooting. This is for iPhone 8 and later models. If you have other models, check this link.

Force restart iPhone 12

2. Update iPhone using Recovery Mode

For the next methods, there will be a couple of requirements. Make sure that you have the most current version of iTunes installed on your computer and if you are using Mac OS make sure you’re system is fully up to date. Use your original USB charger cables not any third-party or after-market cables and plug them directly into your computer’s USB port, do not use a USB hub. Lastly, you should temporarily turn off any anti-virus software that you may have enabled on your computer. All this must be done before trying to use any of the following methods.

This method is to update your iPhone again via iTunes. This update is going to be a bit different though as you are not going to be updating from your Settings, instead you will have to use Recovery Mode because your device cannot be detected when it is stuck on “Attempting Data Recovery” 

So to begin your going to open up iTunes on your computer and then connect your iPhone to it. Next, you will have to put your iPhone into recovery mode. Quickly press then release the volume up button then the volume down button then press and hold the side button until you see the recovery mode screen pop up. You’ll then get an alert from iTunes saying that there is a problem with your iPhone and will give you the option to Update or Restore. Click on the Update option and wait for the update to take place. If the Update option is not clickable, you may try the next method.

Update frozen iPhone through iTunes

3. Use a tool to flash iPhone

Another method you can use is to flash your iPhone. You will need a tool to do this. There is a third-party software called iMobie AnyFix that can help you get this done.

AnyFix is a great tool that has been used by over 100,000 people to help resolve all types of issues for iPhone users. To flash your iPhone you can use the Standard Repair under the System Repair feature which won’t erase any of your data. Flashing can help install a clean iOS on your device and at the same time remove any bugs.

iMobie AnyFix interface 1

To begin, download iMobie AnyFix standard version on your computer then follow the instructions.

  • Open AnyFix on your computer then connect your iPhone through your USB cable.
  • Next click on System Repair then choose the 50+ iPhone Problems option and click Start Now.
  • Now click on the Standard Repair option in the next window.
  • Next, you will be asked to add or download firmware, click on the Download button.
  • When the firmware is finished downloading click on the Fix Now button that shows up.
  • Now just wait for AnyFix to repair your system and your iPhone will restart when it is finished.
iMobie AnyFix interface 2

This will flash your iPhone to fix a bunch of different problems that iPhone users have to deal with regularly like your frozen screen issue for example. Let the app do what it has to do and continue to follow any on-screen instructions that you may be given. Once the flash is complete your iPhone should restart and be back to normal settings.

4. Restore iPhone

The last option that you have is to restore your iPhone to factory settings via iTunes. There are different ways that you can restore as well, using recovery mode or the DFU mode.

The recovery mode option is easier. To restore your iPhone through recovery mode just follow the same steps from above in section 2 of this article all the way until you get to the point that iTunes gives you the message saying that there is a problem with your iPhone. If you remember you were given two options, to either Update or Restore your device. In part 2 you chose to Update but now this time you will have to choose Restore.

Restore frozen iPhone through iTunes

If you want to try DFU mode, follow the guide here. Once your device enters DFU Mode, your iPhone will be detected by iTunes and it will ask you to restore iPhone. Just follow the on-screen instruction to restore your iPhone.

iTunes has detected an iPhone in DFU mode

Let the restoration process go through until it finishes. Once your iPhone is completely restored you can then set it up again, you can either set it up as a new iPhone or you can restore all your data from an old backup.

Lino Sal

Lino Sal

Lino enjoys exploring new gadgets, apps, and software. He believes that technology changes life and there should not be an obstacle for common people to use technology, so he actively shares his knowledge in this area.

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