Sometimes an iPad must be put into recovery mode before it can be successfully restored or updated using a computer. For example, if the iPad gets stuck on a black screen with an Apple logo for a very long time, recovery mode can usually fix it. Normally, recovery mode is used for troubleshooting, but it can also be used to downgrade from iOS / iPadOS beta versions.
The instructions here will show you how to enter recovery mode for iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini and earlier iPad Pro models using the Home button. Basically, if the iPad has a “Home” button, the instructions provided here will help put the iPad into recovery mode. However, any new iPad Pro model without any buttons on the front panel and with Face ID should use these instructions to go into recovery mode instead on iPad Pro 2018 and newer devices.
How to enter recovery mode on iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, early iPad Pro
To enter recovery mode on iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini and earlier versions of iPad Pro with the Home button (versions 2017 and earlier, this will not work on current iPad Pro 2018 and later models), you will need a computer (Mac or Windows). PC) with iTunes and USB cable to connect your device to a Mac or PC with.
- Turn off your iPad first, do this by pressing and holding the power button until the power off slider appears on the screen, and then slide it to turn it off.
- Launch iTunes on your computer *
- Hold down the "Home" button while connecting your iPad to your computer using a USB cable.
- Continue holding the Home button until iTunes (or Mac Finder) shows a message that an iPad was detected in recovery mode.
After iTunes (or Finder) detects an iPad, iPad mini, or iPad Air, you can restore it using iTunes or update it as usual. If you are using iOS beta, you can also upgrade to the latest stable build in recovery mode.
* Use iTunes for MacOS Mojave 10.14 and earlier, and all Windows computers will use iTunes. If Mac is installed on MacOS Catalina 10.15 or later, use iTunes Finder instead.
Exit recovery mode on iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini
If you want to exit recovery mode without By performing any action in iTunes, you can do this by simply restarting the iPad.
- Hold the POWER button and the HOME button at the same time until the Apple logo appears on the screen, indicating that it has been restarted forcibly.
After rebooting the device to exit recovery mode, it will boot as usual. Or, if it is experiencing difficulties, for example, it is stuck on the screen of the Apple logo, it will most likely just load back, if you didn’t actually launch the restoration to restore the iPad.
Almost all serious problems with the iPad can be solved with the help of Recovery Mode, but rarely in some very stubborn cases you may need to switch the iPad to DFU mode and restore it from there. This is quite rare, however, and is really applicable only when the recovery mode does not work successfully to restore or update the device.
All iPad, iPhone and iPod touch models can be put into recovery mode, although the instructions for this are different for each device. For reference, here are the steps for other iOS / ipadOS devices:
- How to enter recovery mode on iPad Pro 11 ″ and iPad Pro 12.9 ″ (2018 and newer)
- How to use recovery mode on iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone XS Max and iPhone X
- How to enter recovery mode for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and iPod touch 7th generation
- How to enter recovery mode on iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5 and earlier versions and iPod touch 6th generation and earlier versions