Knowing how to put an iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone 7 into Recovery Mode can be valuable knowledge, as it is sometimes necessary for troubleshooting purposes.
Typically the need to use Recovery Mode is limited to troubleshooting some more unusual scenarios like when a device is completely stuck on an Apple logo, or if the screen shows a “Connect to iTunes” screen, but it can be used sometimes for downgrading of iOS versions too.
This tutorial will demonstrate you how to enter Recovery Mode on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. This guide also applies to putting iPod touch (7th generation) into Recovery Mode too.
How to Enter Recovery Mode on iPhone 7 Plus & iPhone 7
Be sure you have a backup of iPhone before entering recovery mode, failure to do so may result in permanent data loss.
Press and hold the Side Power button on the iPhone until you see the slide-to-power off screen
Drag the slider to turn off the iPhone
Hold down the Volume Down button while connecting the iPhone to the computer with a USB cable
Continue holding Volume Down button until you see the Recovery Mode screen as you open iTunes on the computer (Mac or Windows, or in macOS Catalina open Finder)
iTunes (or Finder) will detect the iPhone in Recovery Mode
After the iPhone is successfully detected and in Recovery Mode, it can be restored with iTunes (or Mac Finder in 10.15+), or updated.
You can also use IPSW files if needed after an iPhone is in recovery mode.
It’s important to note that putting the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 into recovery mode is a different process from using Recovery Mode on prior iPhone models, and also from using Recovery Mode on later models. So if you’re accustomed to one method, recall that it can be a unique procedure depending on the actual iPhone model itself.
Some newer iPhone users have discovered that they are seemingly unable to save pictures from the web in Safari to iPhone. Typically the attempt to save a web picture goes as follows; an iPhoneuser attempts to tap-and-hold on an image found on the web, but rather than the familiar “Save” and “Copy” menu appearing on screen, instead the image appears to float above the webpage with a little arrow atop it, and then it eventually opens in a new window with the picture. This is often the case with any image that is a link too.
Rest assured that you can continue to save images from Safari directly to an iPhone, and the method you’re already familiar with is what you’ll be using. That probably sounds confusing, so let’s explain this a bit, because newer iPhone models work slightly differently.
Why can’t I save pictures from the web to iPhone X, iPhone 8, Plus, iPhone 7 Plus, etc?
If you’re trying to save a picture from the web with Safari to a newer iPhone by using the tap-and-hold trick, and you find the picture pops up into a new screen window instead of bringing up the Save menu, the reason is 3D Touch.
3D Touch is a featured introduced a while back that allows the iPhone screen to be pressure sensitive – not just touch sensitive, but pressure sensitive too. That added sensitivity to pressure of 3D Touch makes a firmer press trigger different actions than you may be accustomed to. This applies to all newer iPhone models that include 3D Touch, including iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, or iPhone 6S and iPhone 6s Plus, and presumably going forward. Older iPhone and all iPad models don’t have 3D Touch, and thus they aren’t going to find this interactivity change.
I just want to save pictures from the web to my iPhone and I don’t care about 3D Touch, how do I go back to the old way?
If you don’t like how the iPhone screen is now sensitive to pressure as well as touch, the best thing to do is disable 3D Touch on the iPhone.
Open the “Settings” app on iPhone
Go to “General” and then to “Accessibility” settings
Find “3D Touch” and tap on that
Toggle the switch for “3D Touch” to the OFF position to disable the pressure sensitivity feature of iPhone display
Exit out of Settings
That’s it, 3D Touch is disabled so you can save a picture using the regular old tap-and-hold Save trick.
Now go ahead and try saving a picture from Safari to iPhone again:
Open Safari and go to a webpage with a picture you want to save (like the one you’re reading right now, use the Shrugging Guy Emoji as a test image)
Tap on the image and hold your tap for a few seconds
Tap on “Save Image” when the menu options appear
The picture will save to your Photos app Camera Roll as usual.
With 3D Touch disabled, you can open up Safari, browse to any webpage, and try the traditional tap-and-hold trick to save a picture from the web to the iOS device, you will always see the familiar “Save” and “Copy” menu again, rather than the 3D Touch preview.
If you don’t want to disable 3D Touch, you just need to adjust how you use your iPhone slightly so that rather than pressing down, you’re simply tapping and resting on the screen without any pressure. It sounds a little confusing, but practice makes perfect.
How can I save a web picture to iPhone with 3D Touch?
The familiar tap-and-hold trick to save a picture from Safari to the iPhone still works, but the key thing to remember is that the iPhone screen is now pressure sensitive because of 3D Touch. Thus you will want to tap-and-hold as usual but not press down with any pressureon the screen itself, so it’s more like a touch-and-hold…
Navigate to a web picture as usual (to try this right now, we embedded a picture of an Emoji below that you can try this on)
Touch your finger against the iPhone screen and hold for a few seconds – do not push down with any physical pressure, just tap and rest your finger against the screen on the picture to save
Choose “Save Image” from the pop-up menu
If you see the picture pop-up into a new screen, you applied pressure and 3D Touch was activated instead. You have to touch the screen without any pressure. The screenshot below shows this happening with a 3D Touch preview, this is not what you want to see if you want to save a picture from the web to the iPhone :
One helpful trick for this is to adjust 3D Touch pressure sensitivity on iPhone to require a firmer press, which can help prevent accidentally triggering 3D Touch instead of the action you may have intended. Or, you can turn the 3D Touch feature off on iPhone completely as detailed above. It’s up to you.
Many users disable 3D Touch for this very reason amongst others, whether it’s because you’re not able to easily save images from the web as we describe here, or perhaps a perceived inability to delete apps from the iPhone because of 3D Touch, or perform other tasks as a result of 3D Touch triggering instead of the expected behavior, simply disabling 3D Touch will allow the iPhone to behave as it did before 3D Touch existed. 3D Touch is a cool feature, but it can be confusing to use, so often simply turning it off makes for a simpler user experience. You’ll miss out on some 3D Touch specific features, but if you weren’t using them anyway you shouldn’t miss it much.
❤ Apple iPhone: How to turn off location services on iPhone 7
Why would you want to turn off location services on iPhone 7? Two words: Security and Privacy. Here’s how you can manually turn off location services.
How to turn off Location Services on iPhone 7
Launch the Settings app from the Home screen.
Tap on Privacy.
Tap Location Services at the top.
Tap System Services. It’s all the way down at the bottom of the list.
Tap Significant Locations.
Enter your passcode, use Touch ID, or Face ID, to authenticate access.
Tap the Significant Locations On/Off Switch. When the switch is gray, that means the feature has been turned off.
That’s all there is to it. Locations you travel to most will no longer be tracked. While this comes at the expense of not having as accurate location data in places like the Today Summary screen, it also preserves your privacy better and to a lot of us, that’s more important.
Should you upgrade? Let’s compare iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 so we can let you decide if you should by stick with the older iPhone 7 or buy the new iPhone 8.
Slight Size Difference, Very Minimal
But look closer and you’ll see one change which is not for the better:
iPhone 8 – 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm (5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 in) and 148g (5.22 oz)
iPhone 7 – 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in) and 138g (4.87 oz)
Yes, the iPhone 8 is fractionally larger than the iPhone 7 and over 7% heavier. Why? Because of its most controversial change: the back of the iPhone 8 is glass not aluminium.
iPhone 8 is Louder
Where Apple has improved the iPhone 8 is a 25% boost in volume compared to the iPhone 7’s stereo speakers, though there is no return for the headphone jack with Apple retaining only the Lightning port (some naively hoped for universal USB-C) as the sole port on the phone.
More Computing Power for iPhone 8
What you would buy the iPhone 8 for, however, is its performance. According to most benchmarks, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus remains the fastest smartphones in the world but that was before the iPhone 8 came along:
iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X – Apple A11 ‘Bionic’ chipset: Six Core CPU, Six Core GPU, M11 motion coprocessor, 3GB RAM (iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus), 2GB RAM (iPhone 8)
Yes, the iPhone 8 is getting essentially the same performance as the more expensive iPhone 8 Plus and 40% more expensive iPhone X. The difference is less RAM, but the iPhone 8 drives a lower resolution display and only a single rear camera (more in the Camera section) so there should be no tangible difference in real world use.
No Battery Improvements
When it comes to battery life there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is even Apple admits on its comparison page the iPhone 8 only “Lasts about the same as iPhone 7” which in turn was barely better than the iPhone 6S or iPhone 6. Wasn’t losing the headphone jack meant to free up space for a bigger battery?
The good news is when your iPhone 8 does run out of juice, it will charge more quickly as Apple has finally added wired quick charging and followed this up with Qi-compatible wireless charging.
More Storage and More Expensive
Like battery life, there’s good and bad news with the iPhone 8’s price:
iPhone 8 – 64GB ($699), 256GB ($849)
iPhone 7 – 32GB ($549), 128GB ($649)
Yes, storage has doubled but prices have gone up as well and there are now only two storage options. Meanwhile Apple has reduced the iPhone 7 by $100, but retained its smaller storage capacities creating a real dilemma between the 128GB iPhone 7 and paying $50 more for a 64GB iPhone 8.
❤ Apple iPhone: Top 5 best iPhone X chargers for your bedside tables
Do you want to wirelessly recharge your iPhone X? Here’s how you can do it with these list of best iPhone X chargers you can get for your bedside tables.
Qimini Pocket Wireless Charger
We’re not entirely sure who this product is for, exactly. It’s a wireless charging pad with an integrated USB cable that tucks away inside. That’s sort of neat and makes it a little more portable, but you still need something to plug the USB plug into. If you’re on the go, you can plug it into your laptop or something like that, but do you really need a wireless charger for that?
The Qimini site proclaims it to be, “The world’s thinnest wireless charger plate to date,” but the Anker Powerport Wireless 10 is definitely thinner. It sells for $59.95, without a power adapter, which easily twice what it’s worth. Oh, and it maxes out at 5W output, so it’s one of the slower wireless chargers out there.
The Qimini Pocket works, and it’s not a bad design, but it’s slow, expensive, and frankly a bit too large to fit in many pockets. We like the idea of an integrated USB cable, but that’s about all we like about this.
Anker PowerWave 7.5 Stand
Anker’s new PowerWave products greatly improve quality over its older wireless chargers, but they bump up the price to match.
The new stand looks good, as long as you’re okay with the white color. A small blue charge indicator on the front is subtle enough to use on your bedside table. The angle is steep enough to make it suitable for unlocking your iPhone X with Face ID while your phone is resting on your desk.
Anker includes a Quick Charge 3.0 compatible power adapter and a matching white microUSB cable, but the cable is way too short. Anker’s spec sheet says it’s three feet long, already a little on the short side, and we measured it at 34 inches. The charger supports 7.5W charging on Apple devices and the 10W fast charge mode on the latest Samsung flagship phones.
The power coils inside cover the entire back of the stand, so we had no trouble charging our iPhones in either portrait or landscape orientation. A little cooling fan blows air out a vent in the rear to keep the charge coils cool, which keeps the charge rate from slowing down. If it’s especially quiet and you put your ear up next to it, you can hear the gentle whirring sound.
You can easily find this little Qi wireless charger for about $10, which makes it one of the least expensive options for wirelessly charging your iPhone 8 or iPhone X. In some ways, you get what you pay for. The PowerBot PB1020 is as basic as it gets: it doesn’t come with the necessary micro USB power adapter and recommends using one with 2.1A output for best results.
We like the rubberized design that prevents slipping, and who won’t love the price, but that’s where the love affair ends. The small size is convenient for your bag, but it makes it a little difficult to precisely place your phone in the right spot to start charging. Also, power output is limited to 5 watts, rather than the 7.5-watt maximum supported by the latest iPhones.
Anker PowerPort Wireless 5 Stand
Anker’s PowerPort Wireless 5 stand is a decent choice for iPhone X users who want something with the right angle for Face ID, but a number of small annoyances keep it from being a clear winner.
First, there’s charging speed. Anker employs two charging coils for excellent coverage, and as a result the stand works great whether your iPhone is in portrait or landscape orientation. But it’s limited to 5-watt speed, not the 7.5 watts supported by iPhones. And of course, that’s a bit slow for Android phones, too.
Second, the base is just a little bit too short. The result is that, when you try to use your phone while it’s on the stand, your tapping will constantly cause it to tip back a little. If the base extended back even a half inch more, this would probably be avoided.
And finally, while the price tag looks pretty good (typically around $27 online), that’s without a micro USB adapter. It’s still not overpriced, but it’s not the bargain it seems at first.
Anker PowerPort Wireless 10
Anker’s skinny little PowerPort Wireless 10 is a pretty slick item. It’s easily one of the thinnest charging pads I’ve seen, and can disappear into a bag with you even noticing.
It supports charging speeds up to 10 watts on compatible phones, which is great, but you need a Quick Charge USB adapter to get that performance. Unfortunately, there’s no USB adapter of any kind in the box.
That’s sort of a shame, too, because the price is the only thing giving me pause. We like the ring of blue LEDs that “breathe” for about 10 seconds before turning off, to let you know a charging connection has been made. We like the size. We like the grippy top that your phone won’t slide around on. If you find this on sale, or have an extra Quick Charge USB adapter lying around, it’s a great buy.