I had an iPad that was bricked and i brought it into Recovery Mode to Factory Reset it:
- Disconnect the USB cable from your iPad, but leave the other side connected to your Mac or PC
- Launch iTunes
- Press and hold down the Home and Sleep/Power button on the top of the iPad to turn off the iPad
- Press and continue to hold the Home button while you reconnect the USB cable to your iPhone, this will cause the iPad to turn on
- Continue to hold the Home button until an alert message in iTunes informing you that an iPad in recovery mode has been detected.
The last point did not work for me. While the iPad went into recovery mode (showing the plug to connect to iTunes), iTunes did not recognize the iPad.
iTunes reconizes my un-bricked iPhone, but it does not recognize any device in recovery mode.
The problem was that the recovery mode drivers were not installed. Here is how to fix this.
- In Windows 10, go to Device Manager
- Go to View > Devices by connection
- Expand and search for the entry "Apple Mobile Device (Recovery Mode)"
- Right-click on the entry above called "USB Composite Device" and choose Update driver software...
- Choose Browse my computer for driver software
- Browse to the path "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\Drivers" and click Next
- This will install the Apple driver
- iTunes should now recognize your device in recovery mode
If you need to download the Apple iOS manually, do the following. Go to:
Choose the hardware model (e.g. iPad4 (GSM)
Then download the .ipsw file (this can be 2GB in size or more).
Place this file in the following directory (that's for Windows 7):
C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPad Software Updates
When you connect your iOS device to your computer and start iTunes, you can directly load the update.
If you forget your device passcode or PIN, there is no way to get into it again. You have to do a factory reset of the device. For that, you need iTunes and a USB cable to connect your device to your PC.
Find below the steps to recover your handheld:
Important: These steps will wipe (delete) all your data and settings from your device.
- Remove all cables from your device.
- Switch your device off by holding the Standby button and swiping to the right.
- Hold the home button and connect your handheld to a running iTunes. Keep holding the home button until the "Connect to iTunes" logo appears on the device.
- In iTunes, click "Restore".
- In iTunes, click "Restore and Update".
- If you are shown an iOS Update screen, click "Next".
- On the License Agreement, click "Agree".
- iTunes now downloads the latest iOS software and puts your device in "Recovery Mode".
- The update and factory reset can take up to an hour.
Update: This does not work for iPhone 7 (and later models) as the home button functionality has changed. On the iPhone 7 you have to press the Standby and Volume Down buttons at the same time.
I come from a Windows and physical keyboard world, so things that are simple in Windows seem very complicated or undoable in iOS. For example, shutting down an App (as simple as clicking the red X in the upper right corner of a window) didn’t seem possible in iOS.
Find below some shortcuts that show how to do the “impossible”:
- Go to Standby: Press the Standby button shortly.
- Wake up from Standby: Press the Standby button shortly.
- Go to Home screen: Press the Home button shortly.
- Shutdown the device (Power off): Press the Standby button for several seconds until “Slide to power off” appears. Then slide to the right and the device will power off.
- Switch on the device: Press the Standby button shortly.
- Reboot the device: Press the Standby and the Home button simultaneously for several seconds until the screen goes black and the Apple logo appears.
- Go to a different App, but leave the current App open: Press the Home button and choose a different app from the Home screen.
- Close an App completely: Double-click the Home button: All the open apps will appear. Choose app and swipe it up: The app will close completely (will be removed from memory).
- Delete an App: Tap on an App icon for several seconds. The App icons will start to shake. Tap on the small X on the upper left corner of the app icon to delete it.
- Take a screenshot: Press and hold the standby button and press the home button shortly. The screen will go white shortly and you will hear a shutter. Release the standby button. The screen shot can be found in the camera app under the camera roll.