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[Fix] iPad Stuck in Recovery Mode

By Emily Watson, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

iPad users constantly report that their devices are stuck in recovery mode. When trying to update to iOS 9, many iPad users ended up in recovery mode with a red iTunes logo displaying on iPad.

Someday, if you launch your iPad and just find that it has trouble to respond or if it continuously restarts, you can put iPad in recovery mode. And then, you can get iPad out of recovery mode by restoring it to factory settings. However, I don't suggest you to try this way because it will erase all data on iPad. So how can we get iPad out of recovery mode without losing data?

Solution 1: Get iPad out of Recovery Mode without Restoring

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery is a reliable tool which is pretty good to help you exit recovery mode for iPad, and recover lost data on the device. It's totally compatible with almost all iPad models: iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4/3, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini, iPad with Retina display, the new iPad and iPad 2. This software provides a straightforward way to fix iPad in recovery mode without restoring the device to factory settings. Download the trial version of iPhone Data Recovery here and install it on your computer to have a try.


Step 1: Connect iPad to PC

Launch the program and connect your iPad to PC. A moment later, click "Restart" and you can exit iPad from recovery mode easily.

iPad Stuck in Recovery Mode

Step 2: Restart iPad

After iPad restarted, the device will be normal again. If the iPad doesn't restart, go to Solution 2 and let a more professional program to handle the problem.

Solution 2: Get iPad out of Recovery Mode Without Data Loss

FonePaw iOS System Recoveryis designed to fix iOS devices stuck in system errors. Getting iPad out of recovery mode is one of its specialities. Unlike iTunes, the program can fix the problem without erasing data. With its clear procedure, you can fix complicated system problem on your own.

Currently, only Win version is available. Download the program on your Win PC.


Step 1: Connect iPad to the Program

Start iOS System Recovery on your computer. Navigate to "More Tools" > "iOS System Recovery" and use USB cable to connect your iPad the computer. Read the introduction carefully and press "Start".

Connect iPad to Computer

Step 2: Confirm to Start Repairing

The program can recognize the currect state of your iPad. See if the figure presented fits the situation of your iPad. Click "Confirm" to start repairing the problem.

Repair iPad in Standard Mode

Step 3: Verify Your iPad Information

The program will then download plugin for your iPad according to the information it detects. Check if the model type and deviced model presented is correct. If it is, click "Repair".

Step 4: Download Plugin and Repair iPad

Wait patiently as the program download plugin and begin to repair your iPad. Keep your PC connected to internet during the process.

Repair iPad


  1. Most iPad models are supported.

  2. Your iPad will be updated to iOS 10 after exiting recovery mode with the program.

  3. You should keep your PC connected to internet during the repairing process.

  4. Besides getting iPad out of recovery mode, you can also fix iPad stuck at frozen screen, black/blue screen, Apple logo, DFU Mode and more with the program.

Tip: Restore Data from iCloud Backup

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery is an multi-use tool that can not only help to get iPad out of recovery mode, but it can help you recover lost data from iPad. If you use iTunes to get your iPad out of recovery mode and find that all data are gone after the device is back to normal, restore lost data with iPhone Data Recovery from iCloud or iTunes backup.

Step 1: Click "Recover from iCloud Backup File" Tab

Run iPhone Data Recovery software, switch to "Recover from iCloud Backup File" tab, and input your Apple ID and password to allow the software to access your iCloud backup.

Recover iPad Files from iCloud Backup

Step 2: Download iCloud Backup

From the list of backup files, choose the one you need and click "Download" in the "State" column. Then, click "Next". The backup file will be downloaded and the software will automatically scan the data.

Select and Download the iCloud Backups for iPad

Step 3: Preview and Recover Lost Data

After the scanning, all the data in the iCloud backup file will be sorted by categories. Check or highlight the files that you want to get back, and then click "Recover" to save them to your PC or Mac.

Select Photos of Camera Roll from iCloud Backup

Tip: Extract Data from iTunes Backup

Step 1: Click the "Recover from iTunes Backup File" Tab

After choosing "Recover from iTunes Backup File", all iTunes backup stored on the computer you are using will be displayed on the list.

Choose the Mode of Recovery from iTunes Backup

Step 2: Select the Desired iPad Backup and Hit "Start Scan" Button

Choose one of the backup you need and click "Start Scan". If you have encrypted the backup, you need to input the password before scanning.

The Main Interface of iTunes Backup Recovery

Step 3: Preview the Presented Files

After scanning, all contents in the backup will be shown in order. You can preview them one by one.

Select and Preview the Messages from iTunes Backup

Step 4: Click "Recover" to Save Wanted Data to Your computer

Mark down all you need and click "Recover" to get back lost iPad files on your PC/Mac.

That's it. Don't hesitate and let thest useful tools to help you to get your iPad back to normal.


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