How to Put Your iPad into Recovery Mode

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If your iPad won’t even show up in iTunes, the only way to restore your iPad is to put your iPad into recovery mode. Recovery Mode is about how to start all over again on your iPad like new. It deletes everything, including the operating system, and reloads directly from Apple. Once your iPad is in recovery mode, you can proceed to the iPad restoration process.

3 Common Reasons for using Recovery Mode:

  • You want to forget the past and you want your iPad to look new.
  • Your iPad isn’t working right and you want to see if starting from the beginning will fix your problem.
  • You want to sell your iPad and therefore you want to ensure there are no artifacts or remnants of your personal data, apps, and settings on the device.

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4 Steps to put your iPad into Recovery Mode:

  1. Disconnect your iPad from your PC.
  2. Hold down the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time. (Do not slide the red slider bar when it appears, just keep holding the buttons).
  3. After about 15 seconds, the iPad will power off itself and turn back on. When you see the silver Apple appear on the screen, continue holding down the Home button but release the Sleep/Wake button and immediatly plug your iPad into your computer running iTunes.
  4. At this point, you should see a symbol appear on the iPad with a picture of a USB cable with an arrow pointing to the iTunes logo. iTunes will then say that it detected an iPad in recovery mode. You can now proceed to the restoration process.
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