Are you an iPad Air 5 user who is looking to put his or her iPad Air 5 in Recovery Mode or DFU Mode? If yes, then you should keep reading as that is exactly what we are going to do in this step by step tutorial.
iPad Air 5 offers recovery mode and DFU mode for problem solving. This includes solving iPad issues that includes device stuck at Apple logo, iPad Air becomes unresponsive or it simply does not work as expected.
Before we share steps on how to put iPad Air 5 in Recover Mode or instructions on how to put iPad Air 5 in DFU mode, first you should know about the difference between the two modes.
What is the difference between Recovery Mode and DFU Mode?
Recovery mode is a failsafe in iBoot that allows users to install a new version of iPadOS on their device. This mode can be used in situations when Finder or iTunes does not recognise your device or your screen is stuck at Apple logo.
DFU which stands for Device Firmware Update is an advanced mode that is primarily used to perform a clean install of iPadOS on an iPad Air 5. In DFU mode the iPad is able to interface with iTunes or Finder without loading the boot loader. A DFU mode is useful when the iPad is seemingly broken and is only showing the black screen. When an iPad is in DFU mode users can connect their device to computer and fresh install iPadOS on it.
How to put iPad Air 5 in DFU Mode
Follow these instructions for putting iPad Air 5 in DFU mode.
Step 1. Connect your iPad Air 5 with a computer using a USB-C cable.
Step 2. Now press Volume Up and then Volume Down button. Next press and hold the Power/Touch ID button.
Step 3. Continue pressing the Power/Touch ID button and also press the Volume Down button for 5 seconds.
Step 4. Now let go of the Power/Touch ID button while keeping the Volume Down button pressed for 10 more seconds. During this time iPad Air 5’s screen will remain black.
Step 5. Connect your iPad Air 5 to your computer. On the computer you should see the following text ““iTunes has detected an iPad in recovery mode. You must restore this iPad before it can be used with iTunes.”.
Now you should be able to restore iPadOS on your iPad Air 5th generation.
Important note: If you want to exit DFU mode without restoring iPad mini on your iPhone, then you need to force restart it. Detailed steps on how to do are given below.
Force Restart iPad Air 5 to exit DFU Mode
- Press and release Volume Up button.
- Press and release Volume Down button.
- Now press and hold the Power/Touch ID button until you see the Apple logo on your iPad’s screen.
How to put iPad Air 5 in Recovery Mode
Follow the step by step instructions below in order to put iPad Air 5 in Recovery Mode.
Step 1. Take your iPad Air 5 and connect it to your computer using a USB-C cable.
Step 2. Now press Volume Up button and then Volume Down button. Next press and hold the Power/Touch ID button.
Step 3. Keep the Power/Touch ID button pressed as your iPad Air 5 reboots and you see the Apple logo.
Step 4. Now let go of the Power/Touch ID button as you see the Recovery mode screen on your iPad Air’s screen.
Step 5. Now your device is in Recovery mode and you will be able to restore your iPad or update it to the latest version of iOS.
Important Note: In case you want to exit the Restore Mode without restoring or updating your iPad Air 5, press the Power/Touch ID button until iPad Air reboots and let go of the side button as you see the Apple boot logo.
There you go folks, this is how you can put iPad Air 5 in Recovery Mode. We also showed you how you can put iPad Air 5 in DFU Mode and how to exit DFU mode.
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