How to put an iPad into recovery mode (with or without the home button)


Putting the Apple iPad into recovery mode can help apply updates, restore the device, and fix a number of general software problems.

It is unlikely that many users will have to do often put an iPad into recovery mode, but knowing how to do it when the situation calls for it is important. Recovery mode is a useful way to quickly and easily make changes to your Apple tablet, including restoring an iPad. While the process of entering recovery mode is quite simple, it differs depending on whether the iPad has a Home button.

As is the case with most Apple devices, an iPad is a fairly reliable product. Therefore, most users should be able to avoid the frequency and intensity of problems that can affect operating systems and ecosystems that tend to be more open. However, that does not mean that problems never arise. Like any device, an iPad can be prone to software crashes at times, and recovery mode is often a useful way to fix problems.

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The method to put an iPad in recovery mode it depends on the model. More specifically, whether the tablet has a home button or not. On iPad models with a home button, recovery mode can be activated by holding down the home and top buttons at the same time. If there is no top button, the side button can be used instead. Regardless, both buttons will need to be held down until the recovery mode screen starts. If an iPad doesn’t have a Home button, then a different button combination is required to enter recovery mode. In these cases, the user will need to press but quickly release the volume up button, followed by the volume down button (press and release again) and then press and hold the top button. At that point, the iPad will start to reboot, and as long as the user holds the top button, the iPad will boot into recovery mode.

When and why to use recovery mode

Actually turning on recovery mode is just the first step and largely useless on its own. However, what Recovery Mode can and does enable is the option to quickly access the system settings. Once here, users will be able to apply pending updates or fully restore iPad. Either one can be a way to fix any issue that may be affecting the tablet. Generally speaking, the upgrade option will be the best option to try first, but the restore is there for when all else fails. Recovery mode can also be a very useful tool when the problem affects the general access to the iPad. For example, when the tablet is stuck on the Apple logo, a restore could fix the problem and allow the user to access their iPad again.

Often times, many problems can be fixed without going through recovery mode, regardless of whether it is an iPad or some other device. Not to mention that restoring an iPad can result in the loss of data on the device and this is more likely when Apple’s backup features are not used actively or frequently enough. Because of all of this, putting an iPad into recovery mode should really be considered the last option for troubleshooting, once all other options have been tried.

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