One of the most headache issues on several iOS devices is being stuck on recovery mode. This problems usually happens when you try to restore the iOS device in iTunes. If the device is stuck on recovery mode, it will not be able to bypass the Connect to iTunes screen. The major system errors are the main cause to trigger such a problem. Sometimes, it can relate to a hardware issue as well. Highlighted in this post are solutions to the problem on iPad devices. Keep reading this post if you are encountering the same issue on your iPad.

Here are some procedures to help you get rid of software issues that have caused your iPad to be stuck on recovery mode. You can try these solutions to fix your iPad stuck in recovery mode before making an appointment at the Apple Center.

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Below are potential solutions if the problem is not related to hardware problem since software factors are in these procedures.

Solution 1: Force Restart to Exit Recovery Mode

Software errors will prevent your iPad from working properly, but they can be fixed just by a force restart. Since your iPad is being stuck, a usual reboot cannot help as the touchscreen is not responding. In this case, performing a forced restart on your iPad is the feasible solution. It is an alternative way of rebooting a frozen iPad. Here is how to do that:

  1. Press and hold the Power +Home button at once on your iPad for a few seconds.
  2. When you see the Apple logo, release both buttons.

If your iPad can exit the recovery mode screen and boot up, you should then do the following methods to get rid of the possible triggers as well as prevent your device from being stuck on the recovery mode screen. Otherwise, move on to the fourth solution.

Solution 2: Install updates available on your iPad

This solution is only applicable in case your iPad can bypass the recovery mode screen after performing a forced restart.

The explainable reason why your iPad is stuck on recovery mode is because of outdated apps and systems. The performance of your iPad might be unstable if it is out of date. To fix this, you should check and install the pending updates of your apps and then install them on your iPad. Simply follow these steps below:

  1. Open App Store app from the Home 
  2. Scroll down to the bottom and tap on Updates. You will see a list of apps with pending updates.
  3. Tap on Update button next to each app to install it individually.
  4. If there are multiple updates, tap on the Update All button on the top corner.

If your iPad is connected to a Wi-F and has at least 50% power, you can then check for an OTA update wirelessly. Simply follow these steps to update your phone:

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Tap on General >Software update.

If there is an update available, you will see a notification with the updated details. Follow the instructions below to download and install the latest iOS update on your iPad. Alternatively, you can manually update or restore your iPad through iTunes. Simply follow these steps below:

  1. Plug your iPad into the computer using a Lightning cable coming with it.
  2. Launch iTunes software and wait for it to detect your device.
  3. Once your iPad icon shows up in iTunes, simply click on it.
  4. Click onSummary 
  5. SelectCheck for Update.
  6. Click on Download and Update if there is an update available.

After your iPad is updated, perform a reboot to apply the recent system changes and remove bugs.

 Solution 3: Reset all settings on your iPad

If your iPad Air 3 is stuck on recovery mode when you try to restore it in recovery mode with a faulty firmware, and your iPad can still boot up after performing a forced restart, then you can stop this error by doing an all settings reset. This process also removes all customization and automatic settings that have been overridden from the recent iOS update. Here is how to do it:

  1. OpenSettings app from the Home
  2. Tap on General > Reset section
  3. Tap on Reset all settings line.
  4. When you are asked for a passcode, just enter it.
  5. Tap on the popup to confirm all settings reset.

This reset will not affect any saved data on your device memory, so backing up files is not necessary. Once the process is done, all your customized settings on your iPad will be deleted and the default values will be restored. If you want to use features on your iPad, you need to re-enable them again through its Settings.

Solution 4: Connect your iPad to iTunes again

If your iPad is stuck on the recovery mode screen for the first time, it does not mean you still face it on the next attempt. Thus, you should try to boot into recovery mode again. To do so:

  1. Power off your iPad first.
  2. Open iTunes on your computer. Make sure it’s the latest version of iTunes to avoid conflicts.
  3. Plug your iPad into the computer while pressing and holding Power +Home buttons at once.
  4. Go of Home button when you see Connect to iTunes screen.
  5. iTunes will then show a message saying that it has detected your iPad in recovery mode and you will be asked for restoring/updating. Click on Restore iPad button to start restoring your iPad through the recovery mode.

Follow the rest of the onscreen prompts to complete the recovery process on your iPad.

Solution 5: DFU Mode Restore

The last resort you can try if none of the previous methods helped you is DFU mode (usually known as Device Firmware Update mode) restore. Your iPad will be booted into a state that can still communicate with iTunes even when your system is corrupted. If you ensure that your iPad does not suffer any physical damage, then you should proceed with this method. But you should remember that this process will erase all your data stored in the storage. Should you still want to give it a shot, prepare a computer with the latest version of iTunes already installed and follow these steps:

  1. Power off your iPad completely.
  2. Connect your device to the computer with a Lightning cable.
  3. While it is connected, press and hold the Home + Power buttonat once for about 7
  4. After 7 seconds end, go of the Power button, but still holding down the Home button until your iPad screen goes black.


  • If you see the Apple logo after releasing the Power button, you have held the button too long. In this case, you should try to do it from the very beginning.
  • In case there is nothing showing on your device screen, then it means that your iPad has successfully entered DFU mode.

When done, you can now start restoring your iPad through iTunes. All you need is to follow the onscreen prompts to complete the entire process. Once restoring the iPad finishes, perform a forced restart to exit DFU mode. Afterwards, you will see your iPad boot up normally.

If your iPad still gets stuck on the recovery mode screen, then the problem might be too complex that it couldn’t be addressed by the aforementioned procedures. However, it requires advanced solutions. If you want further assistance, you should contact Apple Support so that they give you advanced troubleshooting to fix the problem. Otherwise, bring your iPad to the nearest Apple Genius bar, make an appointment with a technician to have a check for your device.