The Apple iPhone 5s was announced on September 10, 2013. Repair of this device is similar to the previous models, and requires screwdrivers and prying tools. Available as GSM or CDMA / 16, 32, or 64 GB / Silver, Gold, and Space Gray.

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Black screen stuck in recovery mode

Hello fixers.

So I have an old iPhone 5s - I might have accidentally squirted a water hose into my pocket at work. But afterwards I half heartedly dried the phone and all seemed fine. The next morning when my alarm went off the phone was a white screen. There was nothing to do but hard shut down to stop the alarm.

Then I put it into recovery mode. I don’t know why. I was still half asleep.

The screen is totally black even in recovery - itunes couldn’t update and says it needs to restore. I haven’t backed up my phone in ages. Any way to save the data?

Other problems - the screen seems to be pulling away from the case at the top of the phone - there’s half a mm gap there that I didn’t notice because I keep it in a case. Hard shut down doesn’t seem to turn off the phone, it just stays in recovery.

I think this is the end of my phone, but I’d love to get the data if possible.

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It sounds like your phone is in DFU mode. To take it out of DFU mode simply hold the power and home button down together until you see the Apple logo, then release both. If your phone reboots successfully then you should be able to make a backup of your phone and save your data

Hope this helps!


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Thanks @codyauch - I gave it a shot, but unfortunately no apple logo appeared.


@Tacoma Narrows

You could try opening the phone and disconnecting the battery and then reconnecting it, that should kick it out of DFU mode




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