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How to Put an Unavailable/Disabled iPad into Recovery Mode

Go to your iPad disabled or unavailable? Learn how to put your unavailable or disabled iPad in recovery mode so that you can reset it and set it up again.

How to put disabled unavailable ipad in recovery mode.
How to put an unavailable or disabled iPad in recovery mode.

If you got your iPad showing you that it’s disabled or unavailable, don’t be frustrated, you can fix it with recovery mode by yourself if you have a computer.

Maybe you’ve used the recovery mode before, but it’s a little different to put a disabled iPad compared to a normal one. Follow the below steps to put your unavailable or disabled iPad in recovery mode.

Recovery mode needs the step of connecting an iPad to the computer, so make sure that you have a computer and a good compatible USB cable.
If you don’t have a computer, you can borrow one from your friends or go to the Apple Store, Apple authorized service provider, the library, or an office with computers, etc.

Preparation.
Prepare your computer and a USB cable.
Turn on your computer. Make sure that you have either a Mac or PC computer.

Step 1. Turn off your disabled or unavailable iPad.

How to turn off your unavailable iPad?
Firstly, disconnect your iPad from the computer if it’s connected.

For iPad that has a Home button.

If your iPad has a home button, please press and hold the top button until the power off slider appears. Then drag the slider to turn off your iPad. Wait for a while to make sure it’s turned off completely.

For iPad that doesn’t have a home button.

If your iPad doesn’t have a home button, please press the volume up button and the top button at the same time until the power off slider appears. Then drag the slider to turn off your iPad.

Step 2. Connect your iPad to the computer with a USB cable.

After turning off the iPad, connect the iPad to your PC or Mac with the lightning to USB cable.
If it turns on automatically, turn it off again.

Step 3. Put your iPad in Recovery mode.
If your iPad has a home button, press and hold the home button. Keep holding the home button until you see the recovery mode screen. Then let go.
If your iPad doesn’t have a home button, press and hold the top button. Keep holding the top button until you see the recovery mode screen on your iPad. Then release the button.

If you still can’t enter the recovery mode, unplug your iPad from the computer if it’s connected.
Do the following things.
Press and hold the home button or top button(iPad that has no home button) while immediately connecting your iPad to your computer. And keep holding the button until you see the recovery mode.

If your iPad is not disabled, you have more ways to put it in recovery mode. Check our tutorial on How to Put iPad in Recovery Mode with or without Home Button.

If you failed with unlocking the disabled iPad with iTunes or Finder, you can also unlock it in more new ways. Move to the page: iPad Unavailable Security Lockout? How to Fix It – 4 Ways.

If you want to put the unavailable/disabled iPhone 14/13/12/11 in recovery mode, please move to How to Put Unavailable iPhone 14/13/12 in Recovery Mode. 

I am the chief editor of softwaredive.com. I have been engaged in software and computer gadgets fields for over 10 years, offering proven guides, tips, and software solutions in data recovery, and multimedia field.

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