Rarely you may need to enter into Recovery Mode on an iPad Pro in order to restore iOS or update iOS software. The latest iPad Pro models without a Home button make the typical process of getting into Recovery Mode impossible however, so if you have a new iPad Pro 11 inch or 12.9 inch model without a Home button you might be wondering how to enter into Recovery Mode on the 2018 iPad Pro and beyond.
How to Enter Recovery Mode on iPad Pro 11-inch or 12.9-inch (2018 models)
You will need a USB cable and a computer with iTunes. Be sure you update to the latest version of iTunes on the Mac or Windows PC before beginning this process. You will want a backup of the iPad Pro handy before starting this process, as restoring may result in data loss otherwise.
- Connect the iPad Pro to a computer with a USB cable
- Open iTunes on the computer (Mac or Windows)
- Press and release Volume Up
- Press and release Volume Down
- Press and hold the Power button until the iPad Pro is in recovery mode
- iTunes will alert that a device has been found in Recovery Mode
Once in Recovery Mode within iTunes, you can update the iPad Pro or restore with iTunes as usual. You can also use IPSW if necessary, though the IPSW file must be signed and matching the iPad Pro model as usual. You can find find IPSW files here if needed.
Remember that restoring any iOS device may result in data loss, you will want to be sure you have a backup available to restore your data from, otherwise you may have data loss.
How to Exit Recovery Mode on iPad Pro
- Disconnect iPad Pro from the computer
- Press and release the Volume Up button
- Press and release the Volume Down button
- Press and hold the Power button, hold until you see the Apple logo appear on screen
Remember that Recovery Mode is not as low-level as DFU Mode, but for most troubleshooting issues requiring a device restore, Recovery Mode on iPad Pro will do the job. DFU Mode is really only necessary when a device is completely stuck in an unusable or bricked state like during a failed iOS update or something similar.
Note this only applies to the iPad Pro models without any button on the front of the device (the home button), meaning the 2018 model year onward, but only for the iPad Pro. The normal iPad continues to have a Home button, and the 2018 base iPad with a Home button can enter into Recovery Mode and DFU Mode the same as all prior iPad models with a Home button did.
Recovery Mode and DFU Mode can be helpful for troubleshooting iOS devices that are not functioning as intended. These other articles on the topic but for other iPad and iPhone models may be helpful in that regard:
- How to enter and exit Recovery Mode on iPhone (iPhone 6s and earlier only)
- How to enter DFU Mode on iPad with Home buttons (applies to all iPad models with a Home button)
- How to enter DFU mode on iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus
- How to enter DFU mode on iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus
- How to enter DFU mode on earlier iPhone models
- How to enter DFU mode on Apple TV
While this process may seem new and different from prior iPad models, it’s standard on all the new iOS devices that have no Home button. Other changes have come to the latest iPad Pro models as a result of removing the Home button too, including taking screen shots on iPad Pro as well as forced rebooting and entering DFU Mode on the device too.