Restoring your iPad in iTunes is one of the most effective ways to fix most iOS/iPadOS related problems. But what if your iPad won't restore in iTunes? Well, this is not an isolated problem because many users have reported their iPad failing to restore in iTunes.

If this is happening to you, this article will explain why your iPad won't restore in iTunes and what you can do to fix it.

Situations and Reasons Why iPad Won't Restore

This problem can often be characterized in a number of ways. Some of the most common include the following:

iTunes error - Your iPad may fail to update thanks to an unstable OS as a result of jailbreak or an update. In this case, most users see an iTunes error message such as "iPad could not be restored. An unknown error occurred.".

Backup is corrupt or incompatible - You could also be unable to restore the device because the backup available on your computer is incompatible with the device (was created using another device) or is corrupt.

Failure to restore after an update - Most people encountered this problem as soon as they updated the device to the latest version of iOS/iPadOS. It is characterized by iTunes failing to recognize the device.

iPad is Stuck in Recovery Mode - Your device may also be unable to restore in iTunes if you were attempting to restore it in recovery mode and it gets stuck in recovery mode.

Part 1. Try to Enter iPad into Recovery Mode if iPad Won't Restore

If the iPad won't restore in iTunes under normal circumstances, the best thing to do is restore the iPad in recovery mode. Follow these simple steps to do it:

Step 1: Open iTunes.

Step 2: Put the iPad in recovery mode using the following procedures.

For iPad with Face ID - Press and hold the power and volume down button until the power off slider appears. Slide to turn off the device and then hold the power button while connecting the device to the computer until you see the recovery mode screen.

For iPad with a home button - Press and hold the power button until the slider appears. Drag it to turn off the device and then hold the home button while connecting the device to the computer until you see the recovery mode screen.

Step 3: Choose to restore when the option appears in iTunes and wait for the restore process to complete.

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Part 2. How to Fix iPad Won't Restore Even in Recovery Mode

If the iPad will not restore even in recovery mode, try the following solutions:

Way 1. The Best Way to Fix iPad Won't Restore in Recovery Mode Due to iOS/iPadOS Issues

One of the main causes of an iPad that won't restore may probably be a problem with the iPadOS system. In this case, the best solution would be a third-party iOS system recovery program that can repair whatever issues the system may be having. The best tool for this task is iMyFone Fixppo. Fixppo can repair the device's iOS system in just a few minutes.

  • It can be used to fix all kinds of iOS or iPadOS-related problems including iPad/iPhone can not be retored with a 100% success rate.
  • It utilizes a standard mode to fix common problems without data loss and the advanced mode for more stubborn problems.
  • It is very easy to use and a few simple steps can repair your iPad in minutes.
  • It supports all iOS/iPadOS/tvOS devices like the newest iPhone 12/iPad Pro and all iOS/iPadOS/tvOS versions like iOS/iPadOS 14.
  • Many professional media sites have recommended it around the world.

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Step 1: Download and install the program on to your computer and launch it. On the main window, select "Standard Mode" and then connect the iPad to the computer using USB cables.

 connect your device to your computer

Step 2: Use the instructions on the next window to put the device in DFU/recovery mode.

 enter DFU Mode under Standard Mode

Step 3: The program will then detect the device's mode and provide firmware for it. click "Download" to begin downloading the firmware.

download firmware under Standard Mode

Step 4: When the download is complete, click "Start to Fix" and the program will begin repairing the iPad. Keep it connected to the computer until the process is complete.

finished fixing your device

Fixppo offers a simple yet highly effective way to repair a malfunctioning iOS device. Try it now for free and a lot of users have trusted it.

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Way 2. DFU Restore The iPad

You can also try restoring the iPad in DFU mode. DFU mode fixes devices that are experiencing software issues or fail to restore in the normal way. Here's how to put the iPad in DFU mode.

Step 1: Connect the iPad to the computer, open iTunes and press the Power and home button at the same time.

Step 2: Let go of the home button after 8 seconds, but keep holding the power button until iTunes informs you that iPad is in recovery mode.

Step 3: Let go of the home button and if the screen goes black, you have successfully entered DFU mode.

Step 4: Restore the iPhone in iTunes again to see if the problem persists.


Way 3. Update iTunes on Your Computer

If you are seeing an iTunes error when trying to restore the device, it is possible that the version of iTunes you are using is outdated. To update iTunes follow these simple steps:

On Your Mac:

Step 1: Open iTunes and then click on the "iTunes" bar at the top of the Apple toolbar.

Step 2: Click "Check for Updates" and if there is an update, iTunes will update automatically.


On Windows:

Step 1: Open iTunes and click on "Help" in the Windows menu bar.

Step 2: Click "Check for Updates" and if updates are available iTunes will update automatically.


Now open iTunes, connect the device and try restoring it again.

Way 4. Restart Your Computer

Sometimes the problem may not be the iPad, but the computer you are using. Restart the computer and then try restoring the device again.

Part 3. Review of The 5 Methods

Here's how the four methods outlined above compare to one another in terms of reliability, ease of use, the cost and effectiveness of each method.

Success Rate Difficulty Required Time Data Loss What Can Be Fixed
via Recovery Mode 70% Complex Long Yes Some software issues
iMyFone Fixppo 100% Easy Short No All system/software issues
DFU Restore 70% Complex Long Yes Some software issues
Update iTunes 50% Easy Short No Only iTunes issues
Restart Computer 30% Easy Short No Only computer issues


The solutions above are supposed to work to repair an iPad that will not restart. It is important to note that different solutions will work depending on the cause of the problem. Choose a solution that you feel will be useful to you in your situation. If you have any questions regarding this topic or any other iOS related issue, post it in the comments section below and we will find a solution for you.

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