iPad Stuck in Recovery Mode? How to Fix

  1. Published on Dec 30, 2021
  2. Updated on Jan 4, 2022
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Recovery mode is a common way to fix an iPad when it exhibits common iOS stuck issues. For example, you may be advised to put your iPad in recovery mode if it is stuck on a boot loop.

Usually restoring the iPad in recovery mode will work to fix a malfunctioning iPad, but sometimes you may find that the iPad gets stuck in recovery mode, and now the solution you relied upon becomes the problem.

This is actually a very common problem that affects thousands of iPads every year and the good news is, you can easily get your device out of recovery mode.

The solutions listed in this article are the best possible options you have when you have an iPad that is stuck in recovery mode.

Force Restart Your iPad

A force restart will usually get any device out of recovery mode, so when your iPad is stuck in recovery mode, it is the first thing you should try.

For iPads with Face ID, press and release the Volume Up button, press and release the Volume Down button and then press and hold the Power Button. Do not release the Power Button until you see the Apple Logo and the iPad restarts.

For iPads with a Home Button, press and hold both the Power and the Home Buttons at the same time. Hold both buttons down for at least 10 seconds or until the Apple Logo appears on the screen.

Force Restart the iPad

Apply an iPad System Repair Tool

TinyFix iPad System Repair tool is a tool that you can use to get your iPad out of recovery mode in a single click.

It also comes with iOS system repair tools as well that you can use to fix the iPadOS, if you are unable to get the device out of recovery mode using the steps we have outlined below:

Step 1: Install TinyFix on to your computer. Launch the program and then connect the iPad to the computer using a USB cable.

Step 2: The program will immediately detect that the connected device is in recovery mode and highlight the “Exit Recovery Mode” option on the main screen.

Step 3: Click on this option and in a few seconds, the iPad will exit recovery mode and restart in normal mode.

 main screen of TinyFix

If this method doesn’t work, select “Standard Repair” and then follow the onscreen prompts to fix the iPadOS.

Standard Repair Mode

Use iTunes/Finder to Exit Recovery Mode

You can also get the unresponsive iPad to work again by restoring it in iTunes or Finder. To do this, you may need to put the iPad in recovery mode again.

It may sound counterproductive, but bear with us as this process has been proven to work.

These steps should help you through it:

Step 1: Start by making sure that the version of iTunes running on your computer is up-to-date. If you are using Finder, ensure your version of macOS is updated.

Step 2: Connect the iPad to the computer using a USB cable and open iTunes or Finder.

Step 3: Use these steps to put the iPhone in recovery mode. Do it even if the device is already in recovery mode as the goal here is to get iTunes or Finder to detect the device.

iPads with a Home Button: press and hold the Home and the Power Buttons at the same time. Continue to hold them even if you see the Apple Logo. Only release the buttons when the recovery mode screen appears.

Put iPad with homw button in Recovery Mode

iPads with Face ID: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Press and quickly release the Volume Down Button. Then press and hold the Power button. Hold it even after you see the Apple Logo and only release it when the recovery mode screen appears.

Put iPad with Face ID in Recovery Mode

Step 4: On your computer, you should see the option to “Update” or “Restore.” Choose “Update” and iTunes/Finder will install the latest version of iPadOS without affecting the data on the iPad.

When the update is complete, the iPad will restart in normal mode.

Use iTunes/Finder to Exit Recovery Mode

Restore iPad from DFU Mode

If the previous restore solution fails, then you can put your iPad in DFU mode and try to restore the device.

This is a very deep restore and may wipe all data and settings from the iPad before reloading every bit of code.

By the end of this process, all features and functions on the iPad will go back to their defaults.

This method will not restore any of the data on your device, but you should be good if you have a recent backup on your computer. Here’s how to do a DFU restore:

Step 1: Open iTunes or Finder on your computer and make sure that you have the latest version.

Step 2: Connect the iPad to the computer and then put in DFU mode using these steps:

iPads with Home Button: Press and hold down the Power and the Home button together for about 10 seconds. Release the Power button, but continue to hold the Home Button for about 5 seconds until you see a message pop up in iTunes.

iPads with Face ID: Press and let go of the Volume Up button, do the same with the Volume Down button and then press and hold the Power button for 10 seconds until the screen goes black.

Then, hold the Power and the Volume Down buttons at the same time for 5 seconds. Let go of the Power button, but continue to hold the Volume Down button until a message pops up in iTunes.

You will know you have successfully entered DFU mode when the screen is completely black. If you see any logo on the screen, you will need to repeat the steps.

Step 3: Select “Restore” in iTunes and wait for the DFU restore to be completed. Once it is complete, the iPad should restart in normal mode.

Restore iPad from DFU Mode

iPad Still Stuck in Recovery Mode? Ask for an Apple Support Service

If your iPad is still stuck in recovery mode even after performing a DFU restore, it is time to consult an expert.

Use the Apple Support page to make an appointment at your nearest Apple Store. Technicians at the store will be able to run diagnostics and quickly figure out what the problem is.

If the device is still under warranty, you can even get it fixed for free. If the warranty has expired you may need to pay for the repairs, which although are not cheap, may be the only option you have.

It is not uncommon for an iPad to get stuck in recovery mode, but with the solutions above, you can easily get it back to normal in no time.

Choose a solution that best suits your particular situation and follow the steps above to implement the solution as precisely as you can.

If you have any questions, let us know in the comments section below and we’ll be glad to help.

Aaron Roussey

Aaron is tech-savvy and enjoys writing technical articles about phones, computers, games, and the internet!
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