Several iPhone X Series users have recently found that after starting their iPhone, the device screen simply shows a white background color with the message ‘Swipe to Recover’. You are unable to do any operations beyond this point on the iPhone X/SX/XR. Swiping up to recover simply doesn’t do much as the iPhone gets stuck after a few attempts.
If you are experiencing this issue, Please follow the steps below to fix your iPhone X. You will need a computer running iTunes and a cable to connect your iPhone to your computer.
Before proceeding down the iTunes path to restore your device, Try to hard reset your iPhone X Series to see if that solves your problem.
A hard-reset requires you to press the Volume up, Volume down and then press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.
If after the hard reset, you still see the Swipe to Recover Message on your iPhone X display, it is time to follow the steps below and do a restore using iTunes.
iTunes Does Not Recognize iPhone X/XS/XR Using a Beta iOS?
For users who are using iOS developer beta on their devices and are having challenges connecting their iPhone X Series to the MacBook, you need to download Xcode Beta in order for your iTunes to communicate with your iPhone.
Sometimes restarting your MacBook and then trying to connect your iPhone X/XS/XR to iTunes can also help you when it won’t recognize your device.
Steps to Remove the Swipe To Recover Message on iPhone X Series device
- Open iTunes Program on the computer that you are using
- Connect your iPhone X/XS/XR to the computer using the cable and follow the directions if it asks for passcode or ‘trust this computer’ steps
- On the left pane of iTunes, click on Summary and choose your iPhone X from the list of your devices
- Once you select your iPhone X, you should see the options for ‘Restore iPhone’ or ‘Restore Backup’ in the bottom half of the screen.
- If the Restore options are missing or your device is not showing up on the iTunes screen, press and hold the side button on your iPhone X past the Apple Logo and the restore functionality should appear on your iTunes screen
- Choose Restore from Backup and choose the most recent iTunes backup in order to restore your device
- Keep your iPhone X/XS/XR connected to the computer until the sync process is done. Once your iPhone X has synced with your iTunes backup, you can remove the device.
We are not sure what causes this error on the iPhone X Series phones. Many users have written to us about this issue particularly users who have been trying to use the new iOS betas on their iPhone X.
We hope that you are able to successfully restore your iPhone and get rid of this annoying issue. Please let us know in the comments below if you have any questions or concerns.