The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus do not have a headphone jack. This is possibly the most disturbing change made to the iPhone in terms of hardware. People are so upset with the change they haven’t given much thought to home button on the new sets. It is no longer a mechanical button you can press. You now tap it instead of pressing it. This hardware change doesn’t call for buying any new accessories and it’s fairly easy to get used to. That said, try entering recovery mode on your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus and you’ll find you can’t use the long standing method to do so because the Home button cannot be pressed. Here’s how to enter recovery mode on your iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
To enter recovery mode follow these steps;
- Open iTunes on your PC or Mac
- Connect your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus to your PC or Mac via the lightning cable it comes with
- Hold down the Power/Lock button and the Volume Down button at the same time
- The Apple logo will appear on your screen. Do not release the buttons
- Keep both the Home button and the Volume Down button pressed until the Apple logo disappears and is replaced with an image indicating the lightning cable connecting with iTunes.
- You are now in Recovery mode. iTunes will also show you a prompt on your Mac or PC when you have successfully entered recovery mode.
It’s possible all iPhones that are manufactured in the foreseeable future i.e. next two years, will have the same Home button so this method will work for upcoming handsets.
If you’re using an iPhone for the first time and it’s the iPhone 7 you won’t need to enter recovery mode. Anyone upgrading from an older iPhone to iPhone 7 will definitely need to enter recovery mode to restore the phone from a back-up. Given the iPhone 7 and 7 plus sales figures, this means a lot of people. Happy upgrading.