Restoring iPhone, iPad to default settings with iTunes is helpful in fixing almost all kinds of iOS problems. Thus iTunes is always the first choice for iDevice users when their device gets stuck, slows down or any other issue. But what if iTunes goes wrong, what could you do? Below we will show you some possible situations you may come across and the potential solutions to fix “iPad won’t restore with iTunes on iPad Pro/Air/mini, iPad 4/3”.
Part 1: Common Situations of iPad Can’t Restore in iTunes
Below are some of issues that commonly happened when trying to reset iPad to factory settings and then affect the restoring process.
1. iTunes Error Occurred
“iPad could not be restored error” is always reported by a lot of iPhone, iPad users. When you try to restore your iPad after update or jailbreak due to the instable iOS, it is possible to receive the iTunes error message with saying “The iPad could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (-1).” or any other similar error, like iTunes error 3004, error 39.
2. Backup is Corrupt or Incompatible
You will see this message of “iTunes could not restore the iPad because the backup was corrupt or not compatible the iPad that is being restored” when the backup available on the Mac or PC is corrupt or incompatible with the device that you are trying to restore. There might be something wrong when you make a backup with iTunes.
3. iPad Cannot Restore with iTunes after Update
A lot of users also reported that iTune won’t restore iPad since have the device updated to the latest iOS 11.2.1/11.2/11. The iPad will not be recognized and keep asking you to connect to iTunes. Then all this means that iPad won’t restore from iTunes.
4. iPad Won’t Restore with iTunes and Stuck in Recovery Mode
You may also encounter the “iPad won’t restore in recovery mode” issue, which means iPad restore failed and it gets stuck in recovery mode, this will lead to your device won’t finish restoring from iTunes.
Part 2: Potential Fixes for All Kinds of iPad Not Restoring with iTunes issues
If you have experienced any one situation we listed above, then these solutions might be helpful in fixing iPad not restoring with iTunes problem. Just finding out the right solution below according to your situation.
1. Install the Latest iTunes Version
When you attempt to restore your device using iTunes, please make sure you are using the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer, this simple update can fix a lot of issues related to iTunes.
This error’s occurance might be related to the iTunes issue. Hence, another solution to fix all kinds of iTunes stuck or sync issues is taking advantage of a free third-party iTunes repair tool, like Tenorshare TunesCare, which can tackle iTunes repairing task including various kinds of iTunes errors, iTunes get stuck in recovery mode, and sync issues in an easy manner and tune up iTunes to best condition with one click for totally free. Get TunesCare and give it a free try now:
Step 1: Download TunesCare and click “Fix All iTunes Issues” to fix your iTunes on computer.
Step 2: Click “Repair iTunes” to start downloading iTunes drives for repairing.
Step 3: After downloading the repairing drives for iTunes, the repair process will kick off automaticall. After repairing, TunesCare will prompt you that iTunes is repaired successfully and your iTunes will automatically restart.
Now you can retry to reset your iPad to default setting from iTunes.
3. Restore iPad with an iTunes Alternative When iPad Cannot Restore in iTunes
Nothing above helps? There is a way to have “iPad could not be restored in iTunes” issue fixed easily and completely - using an iTunes alternative to restore your device without using iTunes. Here I will highly recommend Tenorshare iCareFone, a program focuses on fixing various issues in iOS by restoring iOS device to factory settings. And the part most worth mentioning is that it does all this without any data loss. So you can fix your device without any fear of losing your data. Now have Tenorshare iCareFone downloaded and installed soon by clicking the icon below:
Connect your iPad to computer via USB cable and select "Repair Operating System" function on the main interface and hit “Fix Now” to proceed.
When your device is detected by Tenorshare iCareFone, click “Download” to download the matching firmware package before repair.
Then click “Start” to start the iPad restore. After all these, you will notice that, your iPad has been restored to the default settings.
This is all about how to fix “cannot reset iPad to factory settings using iTunes”. If you have any other solutions, please feel free to leave comment in the comment section.